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Great Sewing Books

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Use this helpful list, excerpted from "Great Books" by Threads Executive Editor Judith Neukam in issue 171 (February/March 2014), to find the best references for you and your sewing needs. We've listed them by topic: General Sewing, fabric, fitting, specialty, couture, and patternmaking. Click on any section to jump directly to the collection you're most interested in.

Sections

General Sewing

Fabric

Fitting

Specialty

Couture

Patternmaking

General Sewing

Dressmaking for Real Women
by Lorna Knight
(Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 2012)

Dressmaking:The Complete Step-by-step Guide to Making Your Own Clothes
by Alison Smith
(DK Publishing, 2012)

A Guide to Fashion Sewing, 5th edition
by Connie Amaden-Crawford
(Fairchild Publications, 2010)

Me and My Sewing Machine: A Beginner's Guide
by Kate Haxell
(Breslich & Foss Ltd, 2010)

THE NEW COMPLETE GUIDE TO SEWING : Step-by-step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Accessories
by Reader's Digest
(Readers Digest, 2010)

PatternReview.com 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips: Top-Rated Favorites from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers
compiled by Deepika Prakash
(Creative Publishing international, 2010)

The Sewing Answer Book
by Barbara Weiland Talbert
(Storey Publishing, 2010)

Singer New Sewing Essentials
by the Editors of Creative Publishing
(Creative Publishing international, 2008)

Singer Sewing Book
by Mary Brooks Picken
(Singer Manufacturing Company, 1949)

Threads Sewing Guide: A Complete Reference from America's Best-Loved Sewing Magazine
by Threads magazine
(The Taunton Press, 2011)

Vogue Sewing
by The Editors of Vogue/Butterick
(Sixth&Spring Books, 2006)

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stitchhappy judith neukam, senior technical editor
Posted on Dec 20th, 2013 in sewing, online extras, tools & supplies, books, sewing resources

Comments (6)

MaRoseBear MaRoseBear writes: VOGUE SEWING 1982 EDITION
COUTURE SEWING TECHNIQUES by Claire Shaeffer
High Fashion Sewing Secrets
Vintage Couture Sewing
EASY GUIDE TO SEWING LININGS
HOW TO SEW LEATHER, SUEDE, FUR
FIT FOR REAL PEOPLE
THE DRESSMAKER'S HANDBOOK OF COUTURE SEWING TECHNIQUES


Posted: 5:51 pm on January 1st

sewold sewold writes: I have the Reader's Digest sewing guide and have found it to be a real help on basics. Also have one of the Singer sewing books but I'm not sure which title. Both are really good reference books, for beginners or experienced (when I forget a technique).

Posted: 10:19 am on December 26th

jewelea jewelea writes: I would certainly include Design Your Own Dress Patterns and How to Make Clothes that Fit and Flatter by Adele P. Margolis.
Posted: 10:53 pm on December 24th

ChiquitaEmilita ChiquitaEmilita writes: I wish I could find a good book on pressing and ironing. A guide for when to press seams open or to what side, along with other areas of importance. I know that pressing and ironing between sewing can greatly impact the outcome of a project.
Posted: 12:13 pm on December 23rd

zeromind zeromind writes: Couture Sewing Techniques by Ms. Shaeffer is definitely the best book of the world!
Although this list would be missing two great books:
Bridal Couture by Susan Khalje and
Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing by Roberta Carr.

They are essential!

Kind regards!
Posted: 11:16 am on December 23rd

chelosunny chelosunny writes: Just wondering which ones should my local library have. I am planning to donate four. Thx
Posted: 10:06 am on December 23rd

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