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"Reader's Digest" Complete Guide to Sewing [Hardcover]

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest (Oct. 9 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0276001826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0276001826
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 21.6 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  36 reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Aug. 13 2006
By Diana E. Brandon - Published on Amazon.com
I have had this book since I started sewing, I think (maybe around 15 yrs?). I use it whenever I am trying a new technique, like sewing sleeve plackets or shirt collars. While it is old, I think at this point is biggest fault is that none of the gaments shown are popular anymore. However, the patterns in the illustrations are all basic and still exist in clothing today - you just have to ignore the glaring 70's styles!

I love it!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favorite! Dec 27 2007
By Kathleen F - Published on Amazon.com
This book is now more than 30 years old and it's still my very favorite sewing reference book. Whenever I can't remember how to do a certain handstitch, or how to cut properly on the bias, or put a zipper in perfectly, I drag out this book and find all the answers.

Some of the information is dated, of course. It doesn't cover the newest fabrics or types of sewing machines. But the basics never change - and this books explains them all beautifully.

I especially like the illustrations which show each step of the procedure. For the visual learner, these just can't be beat. The written explanations themselves are excellent, too.

The book is well-organized and has a fantastic index so you can easily find what you're looking for.

I know there's an updated version for sale at Amazon, so I am considering purchasing that edition for my daughter who is beginning to get interested in all things sewing.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed... Nov. 25 2008
By J. Berry - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is for the 1976 edition.

I haven't done any garment sewing since I was a kid in 4-H. I am working with a pattern which does not have any instructions and my memory has faded regarding how all the pattern pieces come together and in which order. This book helped immediately.

I had several critical questions while working on my first blouse and this book answered every one of them. For example, I needed help with how to piece together the front facings, collar stand, collar and garment and the book provided clear examples. It has the choice several different types of facings, different collars, with and without collar stands. I also had questions about piecing together princess seams and the book goes through the process in detail.

I like that the illustrations are clearly drawn instead of photographs. When it talks about types of fabrics it is a bit outdated, but that kind of information is available on the Internet.

I am happy with my decision to buy with this book!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything included, just one grip........ Nov. 29 2007
By S. Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
This book has it all and I do mean it all. Everything from detailing fabrics and how they are constructed, a section devoted to needles, scissors, thread you name it. It also goes in to good detail on how to read, adjust, and cut out patterns. The only complaint that I have is the photo illustrations at times it is hard to understand from them what is happening. However the description under the photos helps to clear up some of the confusion. It would make a very nice addition to any library.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sewing book that actually tells you how to sew clothing Jan. 2 2013
By RD Burton - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is fabulous. Unlike more recent versions of the Guide, this book explains in detail many of the skills necessary in sewing and tailoring clothing. Some of the newer versions focus solely on craft sewing, which is not as useful when one wants to take in a dress or hem some pants. This book explains and illustrates this kind of techniques for those already familiar with the workings of a sewing machine. It also explains a variety of hand construction techniques in great detail. I have used it to help with building of dresses, aprons, and floor-length lined drapes. Excellent reference.

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