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Date: 2/16/14 1:04 PM

Not sure if this is the right place for this topic, so moderators feel free to move it if necessary.

Does anyone have the complete list of books in the Singer Sewing Reference Library? I think they were originally published by Singer, but then later editions were published by Cy DeCosse Inc. or CDI.

I have so many of these books and was wondering which ones I was missing.
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Date: 2/16/14 1:22 PM

My favorite sewing books ever. I believe there were about 20. You might look on Ebay and see if there is one you don't have. At my local Goodwill I've seen them come in sets.

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Date: 2/16/14 1:41 PM

I know there are a bunch. And I have a bunch. And I've seen a bunch on eBay, Amazon, and at HalfPrice Bookstores. I was just wondering if anyone had them all or a list of them. I'd love to know which ones were still out there.

They are good books, aren't they?

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Date: 2/16/14 1:54 PM

You may want your local reference librarian to check but I found a list of 44 here:
http://www.librarything.com/series/Singer+Sewing+Reference+Library

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Date: 2/16/14 3:00 PM

Oh, thank you! That's a great resource.

I did think to ask the librarian the next time I go to the library, which will probably be this week sometime. I will certainly do that.Great idea.

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Date: 2/16/14 3:25 PM

I started buying these books as a hardcover series when they first came out in the mid-'80's. I only kept the ones I thought I would use (26 plus Master Index) and boy have I! I go to them frequently as I make different projects for Home Dec, work with knits and lingerie, and have questions about fitting pants. I've even picked up a few of them at the local used book store.

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Date: 2/16/14 3:29 PM

Checking with the local library would be my starting point. If they do not have the book(s) you want, perhaps you can get them thru interlibrary loan. Ask the librarian. After I have looked at the book and decided I really want to own a copy, I go to AbeBooks.com. This is another Amazon spin off, but they do have a boat load of books. Prices on the Singer Reference Library books seem to start around $3.50 including shipping. I didn't look at all of the Singer books, so there may be more popular ones at a higher price point.

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Date: 2/16/14 11:17 PM

Thanks for the ideas. I'm not looking for a specific book. I am looking for a list of the books. I would love to know what they are.

Judy, you say there are 26, at least, or 26 all together?

Northern WI, my library doesn't have them and I can't ask for them through inter-library loan without a title. Although, if I were looking for a specific one and knew the name, that would be a great idea.

It's a list of the titles that I am looking for. Anyone?

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Date: 2/17/14 0:56 AM

In the Master Index (copyright 1992), there is a list of 20 books; I have all but one(*):

Sewing Essentials
Sewing for the Home
Clothing Care & Repair
Sewing for Style
Sewing Specialty Fabrics
Sewing Activewear
The Perfect Fit
Timesaving Sewing
More Sewing for the Home
Tailoring
Sewing for Children
Sewing with an Overlock
101 Sewing Secrets
Sewing Pants that Fit
Quilting by Machine
Decorative Machine Stitching
Creative Sewing Ideas
Sewing Lingerie
Sewing Projects for the Home*
Sewing with Knits

While bouncing this list off the books in my sewing library, I found two duplicates so I'm down to 24. Here are some additional books that I have that weren't included in the Master Index:

The New Sewing with a Serger
Creating Fashion Accessories
Quick & Easy Sewing Projects
Quilt Projects by Machine
Sewing Update No. 2

I'm not sure how many books the Singer Sewing Reference Library contains. Good luck with your search.

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Date: 2/17/14 5:18 AM

Four more in my collection:

Sewing Update 1988
More Creative Sewing Ideas
Upholstery Basics
Sewing for Special Occasions

I don't have the books on quilting as I dont make quilts, but I found one on quilting that includes quilting clothing that I don't have. I've done a little of that, but I don't have the book. Must add that one soon.

I have found these books to be so thorough and as the Chinese say, one picture is worth a thousand words. I can read from now on, but add a picture to the text and I'm there!

Most of these books sell for less than a dollar, plus the $3.50 shipping. I started getting these books when they came out with them by mail in the 80's. I quickly found that I liked the paperback better than the hard back and I could get paperback at Joann's I've had some of those hard backs to come loose. Some of the most used ones for me, Sewing With Style and Tailoring, I've bought second copies to get the paperback. It's a shame that I can't find a place locally that will cut off the spine and put it in a spiral form. I've heard others talk about doing that and it would be nice if they would lay flat.

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