Sewing: A beginner's step-by-step guide to stitching by hand and machine

Paperback | January 1, 2012

byCharlotte Gerlings

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Sewing is a timeless craft that is easy to learn - whether you''re learning for practical reasons so you can mend and repair clothing or for creative reasons so you can create your own designs from scratch. Written for the absolute beginner, as well as those looking for a refresher course, Sewing includes three projects with straightforward instructions, as well as a step-by-step illustrated guide on threading a needle, reading a pattern, basic stitches, cutting and shaping fabric, and machine sewing with confidence. Included are sections on choosing the right equipment, a glossary of terms and abbreviations, and how to take care of your homemade products. Sewing will provide you with skills that will last a lifetime.

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Sewing is a timeless craft that is easy to learn - whether you're learning for practical reasons so you can mend and repair clothing or for creative reasons so you can create your own designs from scratch. Written for the absolute beginner, as well as those looking for a refresher course, Sewing includes three projects with straightforward instructions, as well as a step-by-step illustrated guide ...

Charlotte Gerlings is an expert in several art mediums, including needlecraft and fabric arts. She graduated in Publishing from Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) and since then has worked as a book designer, writer and editor. She lives in South West London and is currently studying at Wimbledon School of Art for her MA in Fine Art. She is the author of several books, including Sewing, Patchwork, Cro...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 11 × 8.8 × 0.25 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:FOX CHAPEL PUBLISHINGLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1565236823

ISBN - 13:9781565236820

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Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Equipment and Materials Equipment Needles, pins and cutting tools Thread Fabric The sewing machine Paper patterns Notions Part 2: Hand Sewing Methods and Techniques Threading a needle Straight sewing stitches Sewing an open seam Sewing an encased seam Curves and corners Mending Using a seam/hem gauge Hemming Casings PROJECT: Drawstring favour bag Binding Gathering and pleating Smocking Waistbands and cuffs Openings and fastenings Making a hand-sewn buttonhole Attaching set-in sleeves Trimming: Beads, sequins and bows PROJECT: Apron Trimming: Edgings, rouleau and applique Part 3: Machine Sewing Methods and Techniques A basic border Assembly Finishing Part 4: Applique and Quilting Threading the sewing machine The bobbin The importance of tension Troubleshooting Stitch length and width Machining special fabrics Machining an encased seam Machined seam finishes Making darts Shaped facings Inserting a zip fastener Topstitching Machining a buttonhole Shirring Making piping [cording] PROJECT: Dachshund draught excluder Laundry and aftercare Sewing terms