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Jan Saunders Maresh
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Aug. 11 2004 For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)
Do you love to sew—or want to learn how? Then this book will have you in stitches in no time. There’s nothing like the feeling of completing a project using beautiful fabrics and great timesaving tools and then sharing it with your family and friends. Plus, learning to sew will save you money too! Before long, you’ll be stitching your own hems, repairing split seams, sewing on buttons, and much, much more.

Sewing For Dummies is a book for both absolute beginners and experienced sewers. If you’re a stone-cold beginner, you’ll find everything you need to know to sew beginning-level projects—and the book doesn’t assume that you’ve ever even picked up a needle and thread before. If you’ve had some experience with sewing, you’ll find tips and tricks that it took author Janice Saunders Maresh, a nationally known sewing and serging instructor, years to pick up! You’ll discover how to:

  • Master hand and machine stitches
  • Read a sewing pattern
  • Hem a variety of fabrics
  • Negotiate sleeves and pockets
  • Install zippers, buttons, and other fasteners
  • Shape garments with tucks and pleats
  • Adjust projects for better fit and function

This updated edition features a fresh 8-page color insert of all the new home decorating projects, including new patterns and instructions for a traditional living room with slipcovered couches and throws; a French country dining room with drapes and slipcovered chairs; and a bedroom with shams, duvets, dustruffles, and window treatments, as well as:

  • a bathroom with a shower curtain and towels
  • hip and funky tote bags
  • the perfect little black dress

Complete with lists of quick fix-it tools, sewing fundamentals, and sewing resources, Sewing For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is the fun and easy way® to get the basics and stitch up a storm in no time!

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8-page color insert of new projects

Get the basics of sewing and stitch up a storm in no time!

This easy-to-follow guide gives both beginners and more advanced sewers techniques to sew faster and easier . . . and have more fun with the craft! This updated edition shows you how to sew sensational seams, shape garments with tucks and pleats, or revamp a room with quick home décor projects.

Praise for Sewing For Dummies

"Just in time for those of us with no time, Jan’s book is about ‘reality sewing.’"
– Gail Brown, coauthor of Simply Napkins

"Jan’s . . . clever techniques and home décor projects . . . make sewing a fun event."
– Dewey Sadka, President of Dewey Color System

Discover how to;

  • Master hand and machine stitches
  • Read a sewing pattern
  • Create custom cornices and draperies
  • Make a bedroom ensemble in a weekend
  • Install zippers, buttons, and other fasteners

About the Author

Jan Saunders Maresh is a nationally known sewing instructor, educator and journalist, and has worked as the education director for Viking Sewing Machine Company and as the director of consumer education for JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. She is the bestselling author of 13 sewing books and a frequent guest on national sewing TV shows.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sewing for Dummies Dec 30 2009
I like the book because it's very straight forward and lots of diagrams to look at. Whether you don't sew at all or are up to intermediate I think it would be helpful. I bought it as a reference book. The only thing I didn't like is that it's clearly written from an american perspective and since I'm using it in Canada there will be some language and measurement differences to take into account.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners! March 29 2012
By LyndaB
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Great Book! Very helpful for someone who has never sewn! A great resource and very helpful/descriptive. I would definitely recomend this to someone who's looking into taking this up as a hobby!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sewing for Dummies Feb. 17 2012
By laura
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book just sucked, it's missing to much information to be a beginners manual and is defiantly not detailed enough to be a book for advanced sewer. I got this book a couple years ago when I wanted to start sewing again after a few years and have tried to reference it on several occasions and have not been able to find what I was looking for. I don't like how the book was written either I felt talked down to, I mean I get it's a for dummies book but I don't want to feel like I'm being treated like a total idiot.
Anyway thats all I have to say I haven't gotten any useful information out of this book and I won't recommend it to anyone I liked.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it's okay April 8 2005
By Rj Belt - Published on
This book is just okay really. I knew absolutely nothing about sewing when I got this book. I wanted to start sewing clothing to sell, so I thought this would be a good place to start. It's not something you can sit down and just read at all. There's ALOT of information just sort of thrown together. It seems less like a how-to book and more like someone who knows alot about the subject just babbling at you. Honestly, I'd suggest 101 Essential Tips Basic Sewing. It gives you good basic advice in a quick simple manner. It's alot easier to follow. You dont have to skip from this section to this section to see what they're talking about, AND it's ALOT cheaper.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not for "dummies" Nov. 25 2007
By I. Printz - Published on
I usually LOVE the dummies series and find it very useful for new subjects I want to just dive into. This book is useful, but not as a first reference for someone who has never done more than the occasional needle-and-thread wobbly patching most of us did in College.

The good:
1. Very thorough subject coverage - everything from clothing to arts & crafts, to home decor (in fact, I think if they broke this up into two books - one for clothing only, and one for the rest, they would have done themselves a big favor).
2. The step descriptions are broken down into mini-steps very well (I think).

The bad:
1. hardly any illustrations at all. Where there are illustrations, they are very basic, mostly restricted to the type of stitch described rather than an illustration of the step-by-step process.
2. the level of terminology-knowledge assumed by the book is insanely high for beginners.
3. There is insufficient internal cross referencing - the writers seem to assume you will read the book from cover to cover in the right order, and that you will remember everything you learned from one chapter to the next.
4. The section on "Quick fixes and alterations" which is boasted about in the book description is far from comprehensive, and the steps described are skimpy - largely without internal references to where within the book these steps are described.

This will be a great 2nd book, I think. But until I reach that level I'll have to find something else.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars should have gotten a different book July 8 2009
By Rose Seeman - Published on
The problem is that the book is ALMOST helpful. It seems to be giving simple instructions. But when I try to learn anything (and I am a mechanically-inclined non-dummy) I find there is just not quite enough to get from one step to the next. I frequently found myself spending an entire hour poring over 2 pages, trying to visualize what it is saying, and failing. It would have been so easy to add an additional step, or make clear whether the right side or the wrong side is showing in the drawing, or a simple photograph of a finished product, and it just doesn't.

The best I can say for it is that it gave me enough information on any particular topic to look it up on the internet and get useful help.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This book didn't work for me. July 27 2007
By Amy - Published on
I've been teaching myself to sew the last few months and in that time I've checked out all the books my library has to offer on the subject. Since I really like all the other "for Dummies" books that I have read I decided to buy this one sight-unseen to keep around the house as my reference. It's not a bad book but there are better books out there for those of us who are new to sewing or need a refresher in basics. If the book were organized differently I think I might like it more. Compared to other books of this type the information is not as well organized or easy to find. The illustrations are nice but again I've seen others that work better for me. I wouldn't say not to buy this book, but check it out first and make sure it's teaching (or refreshing what you already know) in a way that is useful to you. This book was not useful to me.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Way to Start April 10 2007
By Paul W. Harwood Sr. - Published on
This is a great way to learn sewing from the bottom up. It is well written with much in the way of helpful advice and tips for the beginning sewer. I have managed to make several items and I just started sewing with a machine given to me, oh yes, I am 62 years old and a man.
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