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Posted on: 8/8/14 11:24 AM
Recommended? No
Review Rating: Helpful by 5 people   Very Helpful by 5 people   

Book Index/Chapter headings The subtitle of the book is "An A to Z guide to 101 sewing techniques + definitions". It starts with abutted seams and works through the alphabet until it gets to different techniques for zippers (lapped, centred, hand-picked and concealed/invisible). Several seam types and finishes are covered, as well as different stitches (edge, top, pad and a number of hand stitches). Several pocket styles are demonstrated (slash, patch, inseam and welt). Many tools are explained as well, such as the tailor's ham, seam roll, different types of facings and interfacings, linings and interlinings, and so on.

The author (not on the list) is Tasia St Germaine, of Sewaholic patterns.

PaperBack or HardBound? The book is hardcover, with a coil binding that allows it to lie flat.

Does this book have clear illustrations or photographs? It is very nicely presented, with clear photographs. Stitching is shown in contrasting thread and there are some nice methods/techniques here. Explanations and definitions are clearly described and illustrated.

Would you recommend this book as a MUST HAVE? No, I would not. It is a lovely book, but there are many other books out there that are much more comprehensive and logically organized. I love lists (and alphabetical ones at that!), but the book overall is a bit disjointed for me. This is a result of the alphabetical listing. In some techniques, steps are merely mentioned and not shown because they are covered elsewhere. There is always an accurate reference to where the step is covered in the book, but it is annoying (for me) to be flipping throughout the book in this manner.

For people who prefer photographs over illustrations, this book may be desirable. There is good content in here, but it is not terribly comprehensive, and I don't feel that it will grow with me. For development of skills related to sewing and comprehensive information, I would recommend the Reader's Digest and Vogue guides instead, which contain much of the same information, and then some!

I was fortunate that my local public library enabled me to give this book a test drive, as I was considering adding it to my sewing library. I'm a bit of a book junkie and am always on the lookout for interesting and useful books.

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solosmocker said... (8/12/14 1:22 PM) Reply
thank you for your honest review. Greatly appreciated.
ASiverson said... (8/9/14 8:47 AM) Reply
Thank you for your review. I have this book and really like it. That being said, I can see how someone might not like it so much. TFS!
clcruick said... (8/9/14 7:17 AM) Reply
You're welcome! annem54, I am trying to restrain myself as well when it comes to sewing stuff. This one is just not necessary if you already have a more thorough sewing book that you like and use.
annem54 said... (8/9/14 4:44 AM) Reply
Thanks for the review. It's not available in the UK yet but I had been thinking of getting it as, like you, in a book junkie. Now I probably won't get it (practising restraint). Not sure if I'll eventually get to see it in our library.
MrsCharisma said... (8/8/14 11:51 AM) Reply
Thanks for the review!

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