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21 Novice Or Intermediate: Power Sewing and More Power Sewing




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This article is from the Textile Related Books FAQ, by Lara J. Fabans lfabans@adobe.com with numerous contributions by others.

21 Novice Or Intermediate: Power Sewing and More Power Sewing

by Sandra Betzina. My personal
perennial reference is Power Sewing by Sandra Betzina. It's not that you
wouldn't learn a lot by reading it straight through. But it really shines by
its discussion of small precise topics, in the vein of how to do a perfect
lapel. And it has a good range of topics, from specific fitting problems to
categories of details like pockets or collars. I've rarely found any other of
those specifics that I like better elsewhere. [mahe]

Sandra is an extremely clear and entertaining teacher, and this reflects it.
She covers a variety of topics from fit to mitered corners, which are culled
from her column (in the San Francisco Chronicle at least). If you have read
her columns and not quite gotten the point, it's because the wonderful
illustrations by Amy Maeda get censored, so try the book. This is the book
you want to use when you can't figure out what the pattern company wants you
to do. As a matter of fact, one of Sandra's principles is to ignore the
pattern directions and just do what you know is right - this is the book that
teaches you what's right. For example, you should just find out how to make a
really great welt pocket, and do that everywhere you want a welt pocket. Or
figure out how to ease the sleeve, or how to add ease to it. (Sandra makes an
exception for Issey Miyake, by the way, and she is right on that too) [mahe]

This is the best book for pointers on recovery. Of course, it's best to
follow her advice from the start. But if you don't and you get yourself into
trouble, she can usually help you recover. She understands what you go
through, and she doesn't try to conceal the fact that she often doesn't buy
enough material, or sometimes messes up something. The Saga of the White Suit
at the end of the 2nd book is priceless, it had me on the floor (it was under
'project burnout'). [mahe]

The books contain copies of articles so each topic contains a number of
articles that are short one or two page descriptions of specific problems and
solutions. The articles are arranged by subject. The first book has a general
index; the second book does not.

The address is:
Power Sewing
185 Fifth Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118
voice (415)386-0440 fax (415)386-0441
Prices are $16.95 for volume I, $19.95 for volume II, and $3.00 postage &
handling. (March 1992)

 

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