Sewing For Dummies Paperback – Aug 11 2004
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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, Jans book is about reality sewing."
Gail Brown, coauthor of Simply Napkins
"Jans . . . 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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Top Customer Reviews
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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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).
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.
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.
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