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The New Complete Guide to Sewing: Step-by-Step Techniquest for Making Clothes and Home AccessoriesUpdated Edition with All-New Projects and Simplicity Patterns

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This is the ultimate stitch-and-seam reference book that brings you everything you need to know to sew your own distinctive creations, whether you are a beginner or an accomplished sewer.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 11th 2010 by Reader's Digest (first published April 1st 1972)
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N Yen
Dec 26, 2015 N Yen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Something for everyone.
Awesome! Really good for beginners in sewing, with clearly-illustrated diagrams and detailed instructions. I liked that it was well-organised, professional and easy-to-digest. A really neat book and the only one you'll need to follow (better to take my words with a pinch of salt and combine this with online resources) to get to a beginner-intermediate level where you can actually engage in your own projects.
Beadrbop
Jan 01, 2012 Beadrbop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by an amazing sewer. It is a good reference book for anyone interested in sewing. The publisher lists it as an ultimate stitch and seam reference book. The photos give a clear understanding of what the stitch/seam is supposed to look like and the steps to get there. In addition there are 20 projects that can be made from this book. The projects include-trousers, traditional curtains, a light summer dress, kid's clothes, a beach towel, patchwork bag.

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Erika
Mar 20, 2010 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sewing
This is an updated version of the earlier Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. Things are rearranged, updated, new information added, and all new illustrations. Although this is a good book, I still prefer the older version!
Melanie
Jan 19, 2008 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
My sewing instructor recommended this book. As a beginner I can see that it has a TON of info in it and has just about everything you need to finish a project; but it is a bit overwhelming as well.
shari
Jan 25, 2008 shari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book every on sewing for beginnings through advanced. Good for all levels of sewing.
Denise
The drawings are reasonably clear, and I usually find drawing illustrations better reference than photographs in these sorts of books, but it seemed to be missing all the things I was looking for.
Karin
Apr 01, 2009 Karin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to sew more
Shelves: craft, sewing
This is what I've been looking for! Complete tailoring instructions in an easy to find indexed format. Skills grouped together, but easy to cross-reference and look up. It even had a section on how children's and men's tailoring differes from women tailoring. Extensive explanations of fitting and sizing also were present along with many of the shortcuts that I had found especially useful in Nancy Zieman's book. I definitely want this one as a reference in my personal library. I read the 1995 edi ...more
Sara Musko
Aug 28, 2008 Sara Musko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All sewers
Recommended to Sara by: Sewing instructor
Shelves: crafts
This is the definitive all around sewing resource book. If you are learning how to sew and are wondering which complete sewing book to buy, get this one. The instructions are clear and the illustrations actually make sense. I am constantly pulling this out when I am working on a new technique or old ones that I need to brush up on.
Amanda
Jan 12, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crafty-shelf, 2015, i-own
I bought this book after a lady I took sewing classes off of had an older version. This book is great! It has some really good detail and is fairly easy to follow. A must have book for all those seamstresses out there. It's one of those books that you will continuously read just because it's such a wonderful reference book for all things sewing.
Lise Petrauskas
Invaluable information.. The illustrations are good, but not compelling, and the projects are a little ho hum, but it's a must-have book because it covers everything you might come across while puzzling through almost any sewing project, and it's pretty easy to find a solution even if you don't know what you're looking for or what the necessary techniques are called.
Shalon Lippert
This book is sort of useful as a reference, I guess... It has a section on seam construction that I refer to a lot. But somehow I never use anything other than unfinished (pinked) or french seams anyway. If you are planning to do strictly home dec sewing then it this book is probably all you need. If you are making clothes, just get some other book that goes into more detail.
Nicole
Aug 08, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: craft-books
Way back when I was learning to sew, this was the required book for the class. Of course, this was a couple of editions ago but the guide is essential. I still reference this book when to mentally refresh on a technique I don't usually do.
Ashley
Feb 28, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AWESOME book. I reference it daily! Hands-down the best book I've seen if you want to dive into garment sewing... like I wanted to:) But they also show some home decor techniques -- i.e., pillows and curtains. Admittedly, those patterns might need a little altering. They're (adorably) dated.
Monica
Jul 11, 2012 Monica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The 2002 edition lacks instructions on how to sew invisible zippers, despite 5 references to them in the index. A glaring omission for a basic sewing book.

(The 1976 edition does have diagrams and instructions for invisible zippers; not sure about other editions between 1976-2002.)
Amy
Mar 03, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great general reference book: extremely thorough, good illustrations, well-written instruction sequences.
Jane Baldwin
Sep 29, 2011 Jane Baldwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sewing
I recently upgraded to the newest edition of this book. It's an invaluable reference and was most useful when I recovered my sofa.
Mary
Apr 23, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal reference! I sew often and I use this all the time. Great guides, tips, how-to diagrams... plus, it's a very pretty book.
Amanda Skinner
Mar 10, 2013 Amanda Skinner rated it really liked it
Got this out if the library. It is very comprehensive. It has more step by step pictures than some other guides I have come across.

One I would like to own.
Katie
Aug 24, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sewing
Best sewing book in my library! Every time I get stuck or am not sure how to do something, this book always has the answer. I've read it cover to cover several times and I always learn something new.
Rhonda
Jun 20, 2008 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sewing
Best textbook from college - lots of photos and instructions for anyone who wants some help learning to sew or trying a new technique.
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