The Sewing Bible: A Modern Manual of Practical and Decorative Sewing Techniques Hardcover – Nov 10 2009
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RUTH SINGER is a skilled textile designer and an accomplished textile historian. Her work has appeared at exhibitions including the Craft Council's "Origin" show and New York Design Week. Visit her website at www.ruthsinger.com and her blog at www.mantua-maker.blogspot.com
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It is divided into three sections: Practical Techniques, Decorative Techniues and Using the Techniues though each section has its own list of projects.
Setting up a sewing space
Pressing and steaming
Notching a curved seam
Edgings, bindings and piping
Continuous bias strips
Frills and ruffles
Pleats, folds and tucks
Decorative box pleating
Fabric manipulation (gathers)
Yo-yos (like the ones on the cuff on the cover)
Stich and slash (creating faux chenille)
Quilting, aplique and patchwork
Trapunto (a really cool looking way to use shapes and stuffing to give fabric texture)
Using the techniques:
Customizing and recycling
Repairs and alterations
More tools are covered at the back of the book and there is a fabric guide, templates for the projects, a glossary, a section for further reading and a list of suppliers back there before the index. My only comment on the projects included is that they are very cute and vintage looking, which is something I like about them, but someone looking for more avant garde designs won't find what they're looking for in here. All in all, I love this book already and I know that it's going to be a constant companion as I takle the world of sewing without taking lessons in a classroom setting or a family member to teach me.
I recommend Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing (Hardcover - 1981) for in-depth, clear directions as well as instructions on how to measure a person, alter patterns, and fix common sewing machine problems. An oldie and a goodie!
This is a great book for beginning sewers to advanced ones. I have shopped around and read through a lot of other books and this is the only one I purchased.