This article is from the Textile Related Books FAQ, by Lara J. Fabans firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
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I think _Let's Sew_ is a good beginning sewing book. After an older teen or
adult has the basics down from this book and wants to do more on their own, I
suggest _Mother Pletsch's Painless Sewing with Pretty Pati's Perfect Pattern
Primer_ by Pati Palmer and Susan Pletsch (list $7.50). It expands on the
basics with additional information about selecting thread, fabric,
interfacings, etc. There is basic fitting information, more pressing
techniques and more basic sewing tips. It could also be a good review and
update on sewing techniques for someone who hasn't sewn for years, but wants
to start again.