- Spiral-bound: 256 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (May 2 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316118370
- ISBN-13: 978-0316118378
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 780 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sew U Home Stretch: The Built by Wendy Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics Spiral-bound – May 2 2008
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She shows how to alter patterns to make different types of garments, which is great. I wish she had gone a step further to show how we can alter these to fit better. Like making fitted t-shirts or tapered sleeves. The sizing in her patterns is generous. I made the boatneck T and unlike the picture, it came out frumpy and boxy. I just kept taking it in at the seams until I liked it.
Hemming will make or break the looks of your knit garment. She goes over a few methods, but I had poor results with all (I don't have a coverlock machine). She completely left out twin needle stitching and the benefits of stabilizing your hem as you serge it.
Overall, if you are just branching into knits like I am, get this book. You will love it. Just use it along with other books on serging and sewing with knits.
You also receive actual patterns for crewneck, raglan, and dress/skirt from the book. By this I mean, not patterns that have to be scaled up but actual patterns which are worth the price of the book by themselves. This is a great price for patterns and a book.
For me, the only downside is that this book, while touching on the subject, does not explain much about pattern making for knits. Although, that is not the purpose of this book so I did not count it against it with my rating. If you are serious about sewing with knits and creating designs, I would recommend purchasing this book with a book on pattern making for knits and a book on serging.
I will definitely order Built by Wendy guides in the future and recommend them to anyone who asks!
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