9781903975664

The Encyclopedia of Sewing Techniques A step-by-step visual directory, with an inspirational gallery of finished pieces

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  • ISBN13:

    9781903975664

  • ISBN10:

    1903975662

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/13/2015
  • Publisher: Search Press
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

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

Introduction 6

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

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