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Book Giveaway: Easy Guide to Sewing

Easy Guide to Sewing makes a great gift for any sewer!

Easy Guide to Sewing (Taunton Press, 2009) by Marcy Tilton and Lynn MacIntyre, teaches everything you need to know about sewing and fitting tops, t-shirts, skirts, and pants. This latest version is a collection of three earlier Taunton classics and features three hundred and seventy pages of diagrams and guides help you start and finish your projects perfectly.

As an experienced sewer, I thought there would be nothing for me in this book. But when I started looking through it, I quickly realized I was wrong. Easy Guide to Sewing serves as an easy and fast reference for any sewing question I can think of, so it’s great if you need to look something up in a hurry. And the guides to styles, silhouettes, zippers and proportions make finding the right pattern and style easier and faster for any sewer. 

If you’re looking for a gift to give a sewing friend at any level (Mother’s day is right around the corner!) Easy Guide to Sewing is perfect.

For the chance to win a free copy of Easy Guide to Sewing for yourself, leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm on Tuesday, May 12th. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Wednesday, May 13th.



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  1. jenbot | | #1

    Looks like an excellent resource. Nice to see something for knits specifically.

  2. cosmicday | | #2

    this sounds like a really terrific book- I am always looking for help on something!

  3. LittleFish | | #3

    I'd like to have this book too. I just started sewing again after 5-6 years and need all the help I can get remembering what I've forgotten.

  4. valm | | #4

    sounds like a great book, I can never have enough go to books.

  5. SilksWithAttitude | | #5

    Looks like a very interesting book - would love it for my library.

  6. Cruickid_Crafter | | #6

    Always in the market for a new sewing book.

  7. kjrhammer | | #7

    I'd love to make more of my own clothes but I'm worried about getting them to fit correctly - this would be a great help!

  8. FunkyMum | | #8

    At last...t-shirts and tops! There is not enough info on stretch fabric work and how to adjust pattern correctly so it fits very well. I'd love to see what they have to say on the topic!

  9. CuttingEdge | | #9

    This book looks like the ultimate resource to get started to sewing clothing the right way. I haven't sewn clothing for myself since grade 11 and after making quilts etc. for 20+ years would like to get back into it.

  10. marquise | | #10

    I'm always looking for good sewing books that I can suggest to my students. This one looks like a great book.

  11. lalexander | | #11

    What a great book!

  12. birdlady1 | | #12


    My mom just bought herself a sewing machine. As as child, my mom always put me first from sewing some of my clothes, mending them when they needed fixing and knitting me a lot of skating sweaters. I think this book would be great for her to have. Now that I am older she can make clothes for herself and with this book, it would be very helpful. It would also be cool that I was able to win something for her as she deserves a lot more than I can give her.

  13. Macorastyle | | #13

    I am a newbie to sewing and this book looks like it will help me in my quest to become an experienced and effective seamstress. There is so much information out there I need something that will have everything in one place. Looking forward to reading it.

  14. frolics | | #14

    oooooh this looks like it would be such a good "go to" book when you need to know just that one little thing.

  15. feirahippie | | #15

    So excited to be a part of threads! I hope I win so I can really get involved and learn many new things! Thanks Threads :)

  16. Bionerd | | #16

    Looks like a fabulous book ! I think my 1975 edition of Vogue Sewing could finally use some help.

  17. MAAH | | #17

    Thanks for this excellent offer! I've been sewing since grade school in the 1960s, but I always enjoy learning more! Threads is a great resource!

  18. K_D | | #18

    For someone like me who is new to sewing, this book would be a treasured resource!

  19. kelroc | | #19

    A great book to add to my library. Never can have to much info on sewing.

  20. NannieT | | #20

    I bought my grand daughter a sewing machine and this would be ideal to 'jump start' her sewing for my two fabulous great-grand daughters. Of course I could use a refresher course myself after several years of not doing any sewing.

  21. kiti63 | | #21

    I've been sewing for thirty years, and in that time I've accumulated a huge library of books, patterns and magazines. When I'm ready to make some basics for a new wardrobe, I end up wasting time sorting through so many combinations I end up getting frustrated and not sewing anything at all. This book looks like an excellent time saver that condenses all I need to just sit down and start sewing. It would simplify everything by have a quick reference at my fingertips.

  22. GrammaKay | | #22

    I never learned how to sew. This book would really help me so that I can sew for myself and others. It looks like the right book for me.

  23. januarypaula | | #23

    It's been quite a while since I've done any sewing for myself, so this book sounds like it would be just what I need to rebuild my confidence, especially when it comes to making things fit properly and sewing with knit fabrics, which I love to wear. I would love to have this book to get me back to sewing for myself.

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    BirdWatchingDesigns | | #24

    I don't have this book yet! Looks like a good one!

  25. rsgrandinetti | | #25

    I would love to have this. As I have gotten older, I wish I would have paid more attention to my sewing classes in high school. I'd love to have a good reference book on sewing.


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    sarahannseitz | | #26

    I would love to win this book. I have far too few good sewing resources.


  27. CarolAB | | #27

    Would love to have this book. I have started sewing for myself after many years of being depressed about fitting. I finally made slopers that actually fit and now I need to refresh my techniques and find out what is new out there.

  28. needlestoknowbasis | | #28

    I've just found a job (Yeah) after a long search and found that most of my business clothes really need help. So I dusted off my sewing machine. After a few attemps at threading the needle, I believe we need relationshiop therapy. This is my grandmother's sewing machine, which my mother swears by, and from what I remember from making that apron in home ec... well, I really need some help. What does tension do anyway? I don't think it can be fixed with a glass of red wine. This may be the book to help me fix my wardrobe, be a success at the new place and relieve my fiscal tension!

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    lisamarie817 | | #29

    i could get a lot of use out of this book

  30. RamblinRose37 | | #30

    I think the book looks very interesting. I think it would be great book to help inspire creativity just like the patterns you create. You've got my curiousity peaking and would like to see more.

  31. 2xgramma | | #31

    A great way to fit yourself using a dress form.

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    belinortiz | | #32

    I have use my own clothes as patterns to make clothes I like, almost always I make it too small or it doesn't fit in one area or another. This book would definitely come in handy for me. It would also teach me a thing or two.

  33. ninabeard | | #33

    i'v recently retired and need something to do.i used to sew years ago and would like to try it again,i think this book might help.posted 2:54pm june 12 2009

  34. lmwesq | | #34

    I'm starting to sew again after a 20-year hiatus--yikes! I need lots of help, because I am rusty and because so many things have changed--new equipment, new fabrics, new techniques. This looks like a great book

  35. nycNewbie | | #35

    As a child I watched my mother sew. I use to sew some, but now I feel as if a am starting from scratch. I think the book would be helpful.

  36. dianakc | | #36

    this would be a nice learning expriment. thanks.

  37. LydiaHelen | | #37

    This looks like an AMAZING resource for teaching sewing classes at my college.

  38. tamranw | | #38

    I would like to get back into sewing and this looks like an excellent resource.

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    ArtbyDanaC | | #39

    Love to learn and always thought - to make a perfect fit, I would need a dress form, although I have been sewing for years… both for others and myself & using many techniques’, It would be great to learn more on fitting, as I know there are always new ideas and thoughts on the subject.

    Thank you for your website and magazine….I have been enjoying the magazine for quite a while and now, love to have discovered your website.

  40. patiosew | | #40

    Wow, I'd love to have that book. I'm always trying to adjust patterns to get the perfect fit. This book might be a timesaver for me. Love the magazine and website!!!

  41. K_sew | | #41

    I am looking to build a great sewing reference library and this book looks perfect. Even though I've been sewing apparel for awhile, it would be wonderful to win this book. Thank you for having this contest and offering such a nice prize!

  42. kcranst1 | | #42

    I'm new to sewing and this website. I've found some patterns that break down things so well, and others that appear to be simple, yet are difficult to understand what they want you to do! As a beginner this book would definitely come in so handy! Currently, I take up so much time searching for techniques on the internet. With all the wonderful websites and blogs out there, it takes a while to research. This website is a great tool and I will be subscribing to the Threads magazine as well.

  43. rosemary28052 | | #43

    I guess I'm not alone. After a few years (more than a few) I am returning to sewing,hoping to get some fit in clothes that don't look like old lady garb. I would love to have the book. Quite a bit has changed -- fabrics, techniques, etc., and it appears that there is the opportunity for a whole lot of creativity. I got a dress form for Christmas. Would love to have that book !!!

  44. fayebaby1950 | | #44

    I am so odd shaped, I really need this book on fitting!

  45. Suesews98 | | #45

    I have been sewing for many years (40+ years) but still have not gotten the whole fitting thing down. I sew for my granddaughters and I mend and sew home dec items easily but get so frustrated when it comes to making a simple tee that actually fits and doesn't look amateurish. This looks like just the ticket for me!

  46. togorose | | #46

    I really need this book, as I have lost so much weight due to on going slow growing cancer disease. I cannot find clothes to fit me decently anywhere. I can't shop in the teens dept. as I am a senior with a weight of 93 lb. It is so hard to try purchase clothing, I have been learning to sew, so I can make my own clothes for special occasions, I don't care what I where around home, but when I go out I want to look good.

  47. LouisianaJones | | #47

    I would definitely enjoy winning a free copy of this book, as more help is always appreciated when it comes to garment construction! I love sewing, and have been able to wear most of what I've created, but could always use clear advice and tips.

  48. Lil_Tourniquet | | #48

    Man could I ever use one of these :D I'm sure even my mom who is an awesome seamstress could benefit from it hahaha

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