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Date: 3/19/13 9:39 AM

I have been sewing for most of my life and my mother is an awesome seamstress, however, I would like to be able to do most of my fitting at home because getting together with my mom is difficult to do. We made a duct tape dummy last week and I am working on getting it finished. Which book would you reccomend for fitting clothes on my own? I was looking at Fit for Real People or Sandra Betzina's Fast Fit. Thanks for your help!!!

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Date: 3/19/13 10:25 AM

My favorites are Fit for Real People, or Singer's The Perfect Fit.

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Date: 3/19/13 10:35 AM

I looked through Sandra Betzina's and it seemed to have a lot of information, so I went ahead and ordered it. I will add Fit for Real people to my next order. I had to order two other books for my son that he needed soon.

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Date: 3/19/13 10:39 AM

You won't regret Sandra's book. It has lots of fitting issues and the solutions are direct and easy to follow for the most part.

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Date: 3/19/13 12:14 PM

I always feel obligated to preface with: From a beginner... :)

I would say check them out from your library first. I have been able to check out every book that is heavily referenced here and in the sewing blogosphere. A couple of the really popular ones, the format didn't work for me, yet others did. That gives you a chance to "drive before you buy". Books are expensive!

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Date: 3/19/13 12:50 PM

I agree with Mrscharisma. I have done this with so many books, and it has paid off in the long run for me. I have not invested in so many books that seemed like they would be good by looking at them first. And that is not to say that the books were not usable. Not at all. It was the format of the instructions, the photos or the illustrations, or they way the instructions are written that helped me make the decisions about which book would work for me.

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Date: 3/19/13 1:00 PM

I think it's risky for beginning sewers to buy sewing books sight unseen. When I was starting out, I took out dozens of sewing books from the library and bought used copies of my favorite ones on amazon for very little money, sometimes as little as one penny.
At this point, I'm familiar enough with the well known sewing experts to know which ones communicate clearly and which ones don't.

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Date: 3/20/13 7:51 AM

I agree. The Fit series just doesn't work for my body type, only certain bodies are included. Go the library route if possible. I had good luck with fitting with confidence by Nancy Z.

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Date: 3/20/13 7:58 AM

The library is the best way to test drive any sewing related (or other how-to books). We all learn differently and finding the book that we respond best to is important in the process.

Used sewing books can be purchased through many sites, amazon being the most common. I also like alibris NAYY. As Nancy2001 points out, some good quality used books can be only pennies...you pay more for shipping.

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Subject: Which book to buy first???tv Date: 3/20/13 9:43 AM

You can't go wrong with Fit for Real People. It is the most complete and the best illustrated of any fit book I have seen. I prefer it hands down to Sandra Betzina's any day. The video is also excellent. I highly recommend both. I rush to buy any book or video Palmer/Pletsch put out. They are the only books which give pbotographs of both the tissue and the fabric on real people. In this case a picture really is worth a thousand words.

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