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Sew Everything Workshop [Spiral-bound]

Diana Rupp
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Book Description

Nov. 29 2007
The Book A lively how to and why to sew tutorial that marries attitude and instruction while teaching everything you need to know:
  • How to find the right machine, and become one with it
  • Essential skills, from winding a bobbin to sewing a dart to customizing a pattern
  • Preparing a workspace
  • The Ten Fabric Commandments
  • Laying out and cutting patterns
  • With step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs and illustrations throughout
The Projects
  • Cuddle-Up Cardigan
  • Tender is the Nightie
  • Foxy Boxers
  • Canine Couture Coat
  • Cape Mod
  • Power Tie
  • Tokyo Tie Bag
  • Lucky Scrap Scarf
  • Naughty Secretary Skirt
  • Founcy Tank Top
  • Knockout Knickers
  • And more!
The Patterns Includes ten original patterns—an $80.00 retail value—rated from One Spool (easy) to Three Spools (advanced Beginner) and designed to build skills.

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Sew Everything Workshop + One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! + Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics
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"This is the sewing book I've been waiting for! Like the hippest home-ec teacher on the planet, Diana Rupp guides readers through every step of the process. It's fun, it's inspiration, it's everything you need to know."
—Debbie Stoller, author of Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook

Book Description

It's hip (think Project Runway), it's hot (with a potential audience of 45 million), and it's coming from exactly the right publisher (remember Stitch 'N Bitch and Generation T). Introducing S.E.W, the beginning sewer's bible.

A reinvention of the postwar sewing how-to, here is a hold-your-hand guide that marries attitude and instruction, that speaks the language of today's crafters while teaching them everything they need to know from winding a bobbin to sewing a dart to customizing a pattern. Diana Rupp, the author, comes from a long line of crafters, and parlayed her passion into a career as the founder of Make Workshop, a unique DIY school that's been written about in Elle, Budget Living, BUST, Real Simple, Time Out, Vogue Patterns, and more. In S.E.W, Rupp brings the workshop home: buying the right machine; setting up a space and furnishing it with the right tools; introducing fabrics—manmade vs. natural fibers, wovens vs. knits, color theory, buying vintage fabric on eBay; the art of laying out a pattern and cutting; and becoming one with your machine, from best posture to seam allowances, buttonholes, zippers, and the finer points of hand-sewing.

Then comes the fun: 25 amazing projects, 8 with patterns included, all handled with clear, step-by-step instructions—gingham wrap skirt, gauchos, drawstring pants, silky top, downtown hobo/laptop bag, patchwork throw, dog sweater, unisex boxers, vintage apron, more.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book April 30 2008
By Pounces
I am a beginner sewer and I bought this book as well as Sew Fast Sew Easy. Both were around the same price, but the Sew Everything Workshop contains a lot more stuff. I was surprised how thick the book was and it's all in colour. It's got practical advice, and lots of sewing patterns. (Sew Fast Sew Easy only had 3). It's spiral bound so it's easy to keep a page open for reference. I highly recommend this to any beginner.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for June 4 2010
By Kemba
I am really enjoying this book. As a beginner sewer I find the tone of the book friendly, encouraging and easy to read. The instructions, tips and recommendations are right in line with information I've been given through several sewing workshops I've taken. It puts all the tidbits of advice given from the various instructors (that I had forgotten) in one handy place. Unlike other beginner books, there are several projects that I am actually interested in completing. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best introductory book for beginners July 22 2009
By lpop
This is by far the best introductory book for beginners.
If you need to learn everything from scratch, this is the first book you should try.
It comes with several easy and functional patterns. The spiral spine is great to keep it flat open while you work. There is plenty of pictures and the book design is very appealing, making it a fast and easy read, despite the large amount of information and projects.
I've read several books for beginners and this is the best of all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book By Far for Beginners! Nov. 21 2013
By Lex
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This is by far the best "learn to sew" book for beginners. It is colourful, easy to read, the coil binding is also a nice touch to easily keep the pages open. The book goes into the basic knowledge necessary to start sewing including equipment, types of fabric, pattern symbols and parts of different types of sewing machines so that those looking to buy can make an educated decision on what machine might be best for them. The book also includes a lot great pictures and tips for the novice sewist. It also comes with a vast assortment of very easy to slighty more difficult patterns with instructions for people to try (and as stated before in other reviews, they are ones that I would actually consider making). As a home economics teacher myself, this book is full of helpful hints, tips, pictures, that actually have made me a better teacher. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in getting into sewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare and Wonderful Book July 15 2013
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp

Considering the vastness of the subject, these 240 pp in 7.5 x 9" format, spiral bound between hard covers, is a mere short story. Nevertheless Ms. Rupp has chosen her words so well that she has me feeling that I comprehend all I need to know about the craft to make any garment and drapery that does not demand a Bond Street tailor.

In her kaffee klatch conversation, Ms. Rupp begins by explaining every necessary tool, continues with the care and handling of a sewing machine, and then gets into a few dozen of the most common and practical fabrics. From projects simple enough to delight a child, she progresses step by illustrated step to teach the cuts, gathers, and stitches of garments looking tailor made. I do believe that a beginner of ordinary aptitude will be ready to tailor a jacket by the time one practises all the lessons, although I should expect that it will have to be done twice to work out all the puckers in the seams and pulls around the shoulders.

I have never read a better organized, articulate, and inspiring teacher. Moreover, she advocates that beginners form sewing clubs to make the art a social activity. Clubbing is surely the best way for students to learn and advance their interests; professional scholars call their clubs a college.

SEW is a rare and wonderful education by a rare and wonderful young teacher. She gives me the feeling that I always knew how, but did not know how I knew.

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