This article is from the Textile Related Books FAQ, by Lara J. Fabans email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
[firstname.lastname@example.org (Nancy Reynolds, c/o Adam M Gaffin)]
My mother taught me to sew, so I don't know what
the "best" beginning sewing book is. I have Singer's "Sewing Step by Step."
It costs $24.95, is hardbound, has slick pages and beautiful color photos.
Here are some of the topics it covers. (a mixture of both beginning and
Essential Equipment--marking tools, measuring tools, cutting tools, etc.
Notions--thread, trims & tapes, buttons & closures, zippers
A Place to Sew
The Pattern--The pattern envelope, Inside the pattern
Fabric Essentials--handling special fabrics, sheer & silky fabrics,
lustrous fabrics, knits, classic fabrics, etc.
Interfacing, Layout, Cutting & Marking--preparing the fabric, laying out
the pattern, laying out plaids & stripes...
Fit--understanding ease; General guidelines for pattern adjustments
Seams--encased seams, stretch seams, conventional edge finishes
Construction basics include: Darts, Gathers, Sleeves, Collars, Waistbands,
Cuffs; Closures; Hems
Tailoring (definitely advanced!)
Sewing for children
sewing Home decorating projects (This is a 100 page section!)
This book explains things carefully without it feeling like a textbook. The
color photographs are a delight. The home sewing section explains how to do
projects in such a way that you don't need to buy patterns to carry out the
ideas. The nice thing about this book is that it is so comprehensive. I am
not a beginner--I started sewing when I was 9 and just made my wedding
gown--but I recently bought this book to get extra tips and learn about
aspects of sewing which are foreign to me, such as tailoring and home
decorating. But there's a lot of extremely basic stuff, such as how to read
the back of a pattern envelope and how to sew a plain seam.
Alternate comment [Diane Barlow Close]: I found
Singer's Sewing Step by Step to be greatly lacking in certain steps. On the
points I was interested in learning more about (attaching cuffs or collars,
for example) this book would state "There are so many different methods.
Refer to your specific pattern for the best instructions." Heck, if I could
read and follow the pattern's instructions _I wouldn't be looking for a book
like this in the first place_!! I just found it to be too lacking for my