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Vogue® Sewing: Revised and Updated Paperback – Jun 28 2006
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All in all, this is a pretty thorough resource but basic guide for home sewers and beginners. If you are seeking more professional and/or couture sewing techniques, check out "Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers" by Julie Christine Cole and Sharon Czachor and the books "High Fashion Sewing Secrets" and "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire Shaeffer.
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My first sewing book was The Complete Book of Sewing New Edition, which IS great for visual references on what the tasks you're undertaking should look like throughout the process, but I found it to be very bare bones when it came to answering my "okay, sooo, WHY am I doing this again, instead of doing that???" type questions. "Vogue Sewing" answers all of those questions for me, as well as offering very helpful hints on how to properly tailor a garment to your specific figural requirements, how to remove specific stains, why to use one fabric over another, what the differences are between a variety of fabrics.... and I got all of this from simply skimming through the book! Yes, this book may guide you towards using Vogue patterns, but considering that that company's name figures VERY prominently in the title, it should be pretty obvious that this book isn't necessarily going to steer you towards using Simplicity or Butterick patterns, especially since I doubt that they have easy access to the copyrights that would allow them to reference those companies' patterns. If that doesn't bother you (it sure doesn't bother me), this book isn't just worth a look, it's worth the full cover price, let alone the discounted price you'll find it for here on Amazon!
Again, if you want a book that's going to ease you into the world of sewing by holding your hand and helping you take baby steps (something we ALL can use at the beginning of anything new), you're probably better off with The Complete Book of Sewing New Edition, as a starting point. BUT, if you're looking for a book that will take about as much deciphering as a standard pattern's guide sheet but offers a great wealth more information about why you're doing what you're doing and everything you could think of in between, this is DEFINITELY the book you want to buy! Heck, you could just do what I did, and buy 'em both! If, however, you only intend to buy one sewing book in the near future, and you want something that will take a little more investment (of time and thought), and give you a MUCH bigger return in knowledge and experience, buy this one first!
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that this book has a lot of overlap with The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing (or the older edition Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing). If you already have one, I don't really think you need the other. I hadn't noticed before, but after I bought and read both books and saw that they were very very similar in content, I realized that most of the bloggers recommend either one or the other, rarely both. I would say the newer edition of the Reader's Digest Guide is probably more beginner-friendly, and I think even the older edition that has only line drawings has clearer illustrations and slightly better formatting than the Vogue book, but the Vogue book is definitely the biggest sewing info bang for the buck because it crams so much in. If you are able, try to borrow both books from a library or a friend and flip through and see which one you like better, because I think it depends a lot on personal preference. If you already own the Reader's Digest guide, there is info in the Vogue book that is not in the Reader's Digest book, but I think it will be better value to invest in more in-depth books on specific subjects rather than get another book that mostly covers the same basic principles. If you buy or already own the Vogue book, there is really no reason to get the Reader's Digest book unless you just really dislike the instructional style of the Vogue book.
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