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PatternReview on Facebook: What's Your Favorite Sewing Book? By DianeSev on 6/13/13 5:01 PM

PatternReview on Facebook: What's Your Favorite Sewing Book?

What sewing book do you rely on most heavily?

Tell us about it in the comment section below!

Or, join the discussion on Facebook.

Here’s what other members said on Facebook:

Reader's Digest Complete Book of Sewing. It's a mid-80s edition.

Me too - but the latest edition.

Reader's Digest New Complete Book of Sewing

The same from 1976.

My 70s Vogue Sewing book (first metric edition!).

Vogue Sewing.

Vogue Sewing

Power Sewing by Sandra Betzina.

The Internet and YouTube!

Fabric Savvy and Power Sewing by Sandra Betzina.

Power Sewing

The one called "YouTube"

Reader's Digest!!!

Reader's Digest 1976 and current edition and Vogue Sewing 1970's.

Reader's Digest

Reader's Digest for me too.

Funny, I thought I was the only one who still loves the Reader's Digest sewing book!

Reader's Digest (1976-very popular), current edition is highly recommended to our students and my favorite for vintage directions is the 1943 edition of The Complete Book of Sewing by Constance Talbot.

The Complete Book of Sewing by Constance Talbot

Clotilde's Sew Smart - my mother just sent it to me and it's really good.

The Internet!

Reader's Digest Complete Book of Sewing 1976 is the best!

Clotilde's Sew Smart


Another vote for Readers Digest Complete Guide the 1978 version!

Reader's Digest. Mine is the 1976 version.

Reader Digest! It's very good, but I had no idea it was so popular with others!

I did not know Reader's Digest issued such book - worth to check. I am using the most Vogue sewing book and all the Claire Shaeffer couture books... also my old school is a lot.

Couture Sewing Techniques

Vogue Sewing book, picked mine up at an op shop years ago.

My #1 is Reader's Digest Complete Book of Sewing, late '90s edition. It was the book my 1st sewing instructor highly recommended and to this day she is still correct, I refer back to it more than all the others I have bought since.

Reader's Digest Complete Book of Sewing!

Gertie's book and metric pattern cutting - Aldrich

Gertie's new book for better sewing

Like so many others, Reader's Digest!

McCall's has best fit for me with least adaptions to be made to it.

The Sewing Bible by Ruth Singer.

The Sewing Bible by Ruth Singer

Shona Tomberlin Roon Colette Sewing Handbook...and Google.

Pattern Fitting by Nancy Zieman.

Pattern Fitting by Nancy Zieman

For years it was my Vogue Sewing Book from the early 80's, then it was Power Sewing and a beautifully photographed book from Singer, Sewing Essentials, I think. Now, I could not narrow it down to one book, but I spend a lot of time with Claire Schaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques.

Bridal Couture by Susan Khalje

I had to quit "liking" all the Reader's Digest ones. My mouse finger cramped! That one is my go-to (1973 edition, I think). I've been using Claire Schaeffer's Couture and Susan Khalje's Bridal Couture a lot lately, too.

Palmer & Pletsch, "Fit for Real People".

Palmer & Pletsch, "Fit for Real People"

My only sewing book is The Batsford Book of Sewing, which I got in England in 1990. It was published in 1979 but is such a great reference book.

Add a new favorite to your library! It's not too late to enter our Creative Publishing Book Giveaway.  You have 'til 11:59 tonight!


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SewSharpe said... (6/19/13 2:15 PM) Reply
We all run into problems when sewing and I found "Sewing 911 - Practical and Creative Rescues for Sewing Emergencies" by Barbara Deckhert very helpful.
CatherineUK said... (6/19/13 1:42 PM) Reply
As Amethystgirl has mentioned home furnishing my curtain bible was The Curtain Book by Caroline Clifton Mogg (1989). Vogue Sewing for dressmaking but I'm just off to buy Reader's Digest after all the recommendations.
backagain said... (6/19/13 11:02 AM) Reply
I picked up a copy of No Time to Sew by Sandra Betzina at the library. The simple garments and great time-saving tips helped me get quick results when I really had no time to sew. I went out and bought my own copy right away. While I have many other great books, this one jump-starts me when I want to sew but have too much else to do. Sewing becomes a meditation with tangible rewards.
amethystgirl said... (6/18/13 9:23 PM) Reply
I was given the 1976 reader's Digest edition before I was married and have consulted it for many projects. The most challenging one was making a slip cover for the couch which I accomplished by following the book directions step by step. It was a perfect fit! Also have used it many times for curtain instructions.
Kelly S. said... (6/18/13 7:38 PM) Reply
HAH! Each time I refer to my favorite book, I sort of feel that I "ought" to be looking at something more...professional? scholarly? encyclopedic? But I REALLY LIKE my book! Yep...I am yet another fan of the 1976 Reader's Digest "Complete Guide to Sewing." I have other books, of course, but the "Complete Guide" is the one that sits next to my chair!
astrosmom said... (6/18/13 2:17 PM) Reply
Reader's Digest, invaluable.
Gwen said... (6/18/13 12:28 PM) Reply
I enjoyed seeing all the other books and my favorite go to is the 1976 Readers Digest "Complete Guide to Sewing". Have never had a need to purchase another basic sewing book so if you can get a used one online you will be set. I have been for 37 years so far!
Mary Hayes said... (6/18/13 11:49 AM) Reply
for me it has been Islander system and vidio, nancys notions, and Palmer and pletch and vidios and now c.d.'s.
Keyboard Carol said... (6/18/13 11:47 AM) Reply
My all time favorite is The Complete Book of Sewing Shortcuts By Claire Schaeffer. The section on setting in sleeves is the best instruction I've seen to get a perfect set in sleeve. Sometimes sleeve patterns need to be adjusted for fabrics that are more difficult to do a set in sleeve. Her solutions are excellent.
ridgetop01 said... (6/18/13 11:10 AM) Reply
"Vogue Sewing" - it has everything, including couture techniques, fabric types, etc - excellent for sewing beautiful clothes from patterns.
Iwannasew2 said... (6/18/13 10:56 AM) Reply
I love the Clothide Sew Smart book! It's a shame it doesnt' get the publicity that it deserves as so many others. It is WELL WRITTEN, perfect pictures and great for all levels. :-)
violetsparrow said... (6/14/13 11:35 PM) Reply
ok, I'm "favoriting" this page so I can get check out all of them!
leandam said... (6/14/13 3:39 AM) Reply
I realised that I needed to recommend "The art of Manipulating Fabric" by Colette Wolf. It is just so full of wonderful information that you can use to really get creative with your sewing.
pilcherpam said... (6/13/13 11:43 PM) Reply
Simplicity had a nice series of How To covering many aspects of sewing with very simple instructions and beautiful big color photographs. I have always liked those along with Vogue Sewing.
daintydeb said... (6/13/13 8:59 PM) Reply
Sandra Betzina's Power Sewing transformed my thinking about sewing.
belle poitevine said... (6/13/13 7:40 PM) Reply
Shirtmaking by David Page Coffin and Fit for Eeal People
Tee Jones Actie said... (6/13/13 5:40 PM) Reply
I love the Reader's Digest, Sandra's Power Sewing, and my go-to-bible for formal wear. Susan Khalje. Bridal sewing book!!!!!!!

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