This indispensable reference book includes all the sewing tools, materials and techniques you will ever need. It offers advice on seams, darts, pleats, tucks, necklines, buttonholes, zippers, hems, embellishments and much, much more. Wendy Gardiner takes you through the steps to get you started, helps to improve your skills with the latest sewing tips, and gives inspirational tips on new creative approaches. Once the basic hand and machine sewing techniques are mastered,you can furnish a home, dress a family, or create wonderful embroidered pictures, gifts, and cards. All the techniques are clearly illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.
Internationally accredited sewing machine expert Wendy Gardiner has been editor of leading sewing magazines, Vogue Patterns, Sewing World and Sew Hip and has produced major books and DVDs on sewing, which she passionately promotes as a fun, affordable hobby. She runs a sewing resource website, iSew.co.uk which is packed with projects, tips and techniques. Wendy also teaches, runs creative sewing weekends and is a regular guest presenter on shopping channels Ideal World and Create & Craft TV.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: SEWING BASICS 8 Tools and materials Sewing machines and sergers Choosing and using fabrics Using paper patterns Common stitches and sewing terms
CHAPTER TWO: ESSENTIAL SEWING TECHNIQUES 40 Essential hand stitching Essential machine stitching Easy tailoring All about seams Interfacing and stabilisers Techniques for soft furnishings
CHAPTER THREE: SPECIAL SEWING TECHNIQUES 102 Finishing touches Couture techniques Sewing with special fabrics Creative sewing Gallery 144 Reference charts 156 Web resource guide 157 Index and credits 158 Contacts 160