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SueC56
Posted 2010-04-05 12:15 AM (#61997)
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I didn't find a thread on this topic, so decided to start one. I know books have been mentioned in various posts, but it would be helpful to me to have one place where people could post their recommendations.

I'm can make a basic garment, but have never done things like welt pockets, fly front pants, linings, etc. Which books would you recommend for a basic-to-advanced sewing library?

Don't be shy, I know you guys have a lot of books between you.

Sue C
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Cate - Gold Coast
Posted 2010-04-05 2:31 AM (#61998 - in reply to #61997)
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I would recommend any of the Palmer & Pletsch books for fitting/sewing and I use the Singer range of books - although the one basic thing they omit is how to sew a zip onto a faced or lined garment.  I also like the Nancy Zieman books because she has some quick alternatives.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-04-05 7:26 AM (#62002 - in reply to #61997)
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The Readers Digest Sewing book is very good.

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rowena___.
Posted 2010-04-05 8:12 AM (#62007 - in reply to #61997)
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i always recommend the same two books to beginners:

1--the better homes and gardens sewing book, 1960 edition.  
2--the reader's digest complete guide to sewing, 1981 edition.

and here's why:
http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2007/09/the-best-sewing.html


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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2010-04-05 9:42 AM (#62009 - in reply to #61997)
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When I taught sewing I used and recommended the Singer Sewing Reference Library. In particular, the one called Sewing Essentials. This book has very clear photos and instructions, and includes modern techniques like fusibles and at least mentions sergers.

Here's a link to what the series looks like, although I don't see Sewing Essentials in this lineup:

http://www.librarything.com/series/Singer+Sewing+Reference+Library

Here's a link to an eBay sale of Sewing Essentials:

http://tiny.cc/k5l5q

It's worth looking for any of these books on eBay or at garage sales. They're all very well done.
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Jenn062
Posted 2010-04-05 9:45 AM (#62010 - in reply to #61997)
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I really like Sandra Betzina's books. You can also see a lot of good tips on YouTube. Just plug in her name and she has some videos that are very informative.
Jenn
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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2010-04-05 9:45 AM (#62011 - in reply to #61997)
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PS For more advanced techniques, including piping and welt pockets, Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide is excellent. She has tons of information on various fabrics, how to sew each, and loads of photos. At the back there is an extensive interfacing guide and what amounts to another book of techniques, including techniques that would now be found only on true couture garments these days. Even very high-end garments have flimsy serged seams today, so I'm glad that Claire took the time to document some of the ways in which designers once created some of the most beautiful clothing in the world.
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rosemary
Posted 2010-04-05 9:47 AM (#62012 - in reply to #61997)
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Ditto all the Singer range of books - great clear pix and instructions. I also like Betzina's Power Sewing and Vogue Sewing.
The instructions in the commercial patterns can also be very helpful.
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magenta
Posted 2010-04-05 5:12 PM (#62017 - in reply to #61997)
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Dorling Kindersley - The complete book of sewing.
Better Homes and Gardens Sewing Book.
Sandra Betzinas 'More Fabric Savvy'.
Sandra Betzinas 'Power Sewing step by step.'
These are the four I reference most often.

Claire Schaeffers books 'High Fashion Sewing Secrets' and 'Couture Sewing Techniques' are also useful.

HTH Sarah
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Olwynmary
Posted 2010-04-05 5:23 PM (#62018 - in reply to #61997)
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What I always recommend to newbies is to set aside a full afternoon or evening to browse in the local public library, or, if you live in a small town, to make a trip to the city where there is a sizeable branch. Once there, pull down all the sewing books on the shelves and browse through them, seeing which ones "talk" to you. Some are easier than others for newbies to understand, but then some are so simplistic as to be virtually useless. Like many other posters on here, I find that the old, "outdated" books are much more use than the new ones. For instance, I was very disappointed with the latest version of the Reader's Digest one, and I was also underwhelmed by the For Dummies one.

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.
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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2010-04-05 6:46 PM (#62019 - in reply to #62018)
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You're so right, Olwyn Mary. I found the newer versions to be subpar, as well.

If at all possible, the Vogue Book of Sewing should be added to any good sewing library. It's excellent.
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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2010-04-05 6:48 PM (#62020 - in reply to #62017)
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The only problem with the Dorling Kindersley books is that they are written by and for British-speaking people. There could be a bit of a translation issue in some areas. For instance, "muslin" and "calico" mean different things in the US. The DK book I have also does not even mention a serger; do the newer ones?

Otherwise, they are beautifully done books, and well-written.
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Fashions by Joellyn
Posted 2010-04-08 10:41 AM (#62067 - in reply to #62020)
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I agree with Karen M., I like the Singer series. Prior to their publication, I'd only had a couple of sewing classes, so I learned how to put things together from pattern guides and a very basic book in black and white, where it's difficult to illustrate dimension. The Singer books, with their colorful pictures, made learning new techniques very easy! I now have tons of sewing books, but I would still recommend the Singer books!
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rosemary
Posted 2010-04-08 11:32 AM (#62069 - in reply to #62020)
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Speaking of translation issues, sergers are overlockers 'over there' just in case someone's looking in the index for them...!
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Jenn062
Posted 2010-04-08 9:17 PM (#62070 - in reply to #61997)
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I have to add one more! I was recently confused about the order to do things in and got out one of Marcy Tilton's books. They are called Easy Guide to.... and they are wonderful. The series is called sewing companion library and I found them in a used book store. A gem of a find! There is a book on linings, one on tops and t-shirts, etc. There is always a one page synopsis about what the order should be to put something together. Priceless!!
Jenn
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Susan in Miami
Posted 2010-04-09 12:20 AM (#62071 - in reply to #62070)
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I agree that this series is very good but they are not all by Marcy Tilton - only the Easy Guide to Sewing Tops and T-shirts and E G to Sewing Skirts. The E G to Sewing Linings book is by Connie Long and so is the book E G to Sewing Blouses. E G to Sewing Pants is by Lynn MacIntyre. This information might help you to more easily find the books.

Susan

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Jenn062
Posted 2010-04-09 12:27 AM (#62072 - in reply to #62071)
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Oh my gosh, now I'm embarrassed! You are so right! I was just looking at the one that I got out but I think they are all winners and all knowledgeable authors.

Jenn
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PCMomwad
Posted 2010-04-11 2:42 PM (#62100 - in reply to #61997)
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I really like a rather new book that I learned about on my Janome 6600 sewing list. 

It's called Thread Work Unraveled, but includes info on thread, needles, ergonomics, free motion stitching and more.  Sarah Smith is an award winning art quilter and teacher, but there's lots of information here for garment sewists as well as quilters.

http://www.sarahannsmith.com or buy it other places, but she gets more profit if you buy it direct, and she will autograph it!

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mastdenman
Posted 2010-04-11 4:26 PM (#62105 - in reply to #61997)
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I like the Singer books and also the Vogue Sewing book. Readers Digest has one that has been recommended, but I haven't seen it.
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SueC56
Posted 2010-10-26 11:11 PM (#69290 - in reply to #62007)
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Rowena,

I have to thank you (and anyone else who mentioned it) for the recommendation of the older Readers Digest sewing book.  I bought two, one for myself and one for my daughter.  I skimmed through it the other night while "watching" football and am very very pleased with all the information on technique and all the detailed pictures.  Thanks!
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welenaw
Posted 2010-10-27 12:04 AM (#69292 - in reply to #69290)
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Reader's Digest Complete guide from 1976 is the most complete. Also, I find Guide to Fashion Sewing by Connie Amaden-Crawford is very usefull: she teaches good sewing techniques with detailed and clear pictures.
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Selma
Posted 2010-10-27 12:42 PM (#69311 - in reply to #61997)
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Check out the sewing books at your local library or book store. This might give you an idea on which ones you would like to purchase.
Selma
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SueC56
Posted 2010-10-27 10:30 PM (#69351 - in reply to #69311)
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Yes, I got the 1976 version of Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing.  :-)
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Bobolots
Posted 2010-10-28 10:58 AM (#69364 - in reply to #61997)
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for me, nothing beats the old Singer Reference library books. On top of excellent instructions/ explanations, the pictures are really clear and detailed. I have a bunch and am slowly collecting more. I find lately they are the first ones I turn to.
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