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Date: 2/5/09 1:05 AM

I am wanting to take my sewing from beginner to beginner advanced/intermediate. Are there any sewing books that anybody can recommend, please?

I do have the Reader's Digest book from the 70's. I have SEW Workshop, (which I love) and a new Singer photo book. Can't remember the exact title.

Thanks!
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Date: 2/5/09 7:37 AM

Interesting question, I wish I had an answer for you. Personally, we have an awesome public library, and I've probably checked out every sewing book (and video) and skimmed through them. I find the best information here online in many of the tutorials that have been created by all these wonderful sewers. Just tracking a couple blogs has also helped.

I guess it depends on what exactly you want to work on. Level of expertise is based on lots of practice, clothes fit wonderfully, details are very important. Lots of perfect top-stitching, quality fabrics...did I mention fit.

I will continue to follow this thread to see what books may be suggested.

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Date: 2/5/09 8:56 AM

I have to agree with the previous poster. There's only so much you can learn by reading. I have read Sew U, Sew What: Skirts, I have the Vogue sewing book, have Marcy Tilton's T shirt DVD, and took a lounge pants class. I hope to take a fitting class next time it's offered at a time when I'm not traveling for work.

In order to take myself to the intermediate level, I started to look for books and classes, but realized that there is SO MUCH you can learn that I'm going to focus on one garment at a time. For example I really need some shirts so I am going to look for tutorials online on fitting, buttons, pockets etc. I found an awesome sleeve tutorial which helped me do a knit top with sleeves that actually turned out! Next I hope to make some dress shirts with a great Burda pattern that I found. Again, when I get stuck I'm going to look for online tutorials, threads articles, etc.

That's just my approach, though. You have to figure out what works for you.

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Date: 2/5/09 9:01 AM

Claire Shaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques is a wonderful read. Lot's of detailed writing, photos, and illustrations of how sewing is done in couture workrooms. at amazon.com


Patternmaking for Fashion Design is an amazing resource for how patterns for all styles are made. Someone is selling the 3rd edition in the classifieds here right now.

Vintagesewing.info has older sewing books open to read online. I love the older books, they include everything and are written without any goofy-ness.

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Date: 2/5/09 9:04 AM

How do you feel about the fit of your clothes? Maybe the next step is to move into "refining," perhaps invest in some books on fitting. I know that Fit For Real People is a real help to lots of people.

Alternately, you could just push yourself and select some more difficult patterns, and then evaluate based on what you want to do with them, what books you might want. Or you could start to try some new techniques on the easier patterns, like french seams, or finishing all your seams with binding, or selecting some fabrics that you may have been afraid to sew before...like silks or knits.

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Date: 2/5/09 9:15 AM

At this point I would look into specialty books. You have the general info so what are your interests in sewing? Garment making, Home Decor, Quilting? If garment making then you might want to check out the reviews for "Pattern Fitting" by Nacy Zieman. Other areas would be "More Fabric Savy", or any of the Threads series such as Easy Guide to Sewing Skirts. There are also books in that series for making tops, sewing a lining and so on. So of these you may need to order used from Amazon.com if your local library does not have them. You can check out the reviews here and on Amazon before purchase to see if it is of interest to you. Also try a board search here for favorite sewing books.

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Date: 2/5/09 9:17 AM

WendyGr,

Could you please tell me the link for the tutorial on sleeves?

Thanks!
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Date: 2/5/09 9:21 AM

There might be some tutorials of interest at this PR tutorial topic.

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Date: 2/5/09 2:01 PM

Shannon Gifford teaches Build a Better T-shirt online at this site. The lessons are PDF and create a book that is most helpful with getting the best fit.
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Date: 2/5/09 10:06 PM

I like Sewing Secrets from the Fashion Industry. It has sections on pockets, collars, installing zippers, buttonholes, linings, etc. I like it because you can absorb bite-sized chunks by using one technique at a time on a new garment--for example, I learned to install welt pockets on a TNT jacket pattern.
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