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CJoens | Posted in General Sewing Info on


I think about buying a new sewing book, Can you recommend any?




  1. lin327 | | #1

    I can reccomend TONS of books!  But what type are you looking for?  A beginner book?  An  "I can sew a little but I want to get better" or "I can sew great and I want to be outstanding"  No matter what your sewing level David Page Coffin's Shirtmaking is my absolute favourite!  It's mostly about men's shirts, but the information on techniques are good for women's shirts as well!   I think he should write a book on jackets pants and coats, too, but so far no luck.

    Let me know what level you sew at and what your looking for, and I can give a couple reccomendations of books I wouldn't live or sew without!

    1. BUNZINO | | #2

      Sandra Betzina's "Fabric Savvy". I hear a new edition is c oming out, so you might want to wait, or pick up aan old copy at Amazon as I did. It's indespensible.

    2. CJoens | | #3

      Hi Kat,

      I think I'm an average sewer. I'm looking for a book that includes a lot of tricks, that you can't find everywhere but also basic things like: how to sew a handmade buttonhole......

      I ordered Claire Shaeffers "couture sewing" for a start, but I think, that you can't have too much books!

      Thank you


      1. CarolFresia | | #4

        The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing is a very good reference book--it can answer pretty much any basic question you'll have. It doesn't include many of the "industry inspired" tricks that sewers like to use these days, however, and also doesn't give advice on sewing with some of the newer fabrics, so you might need to look elsewhere for that information.


      2. lin327 | | #5

        That's what I needed!  Give me a day and I'll go through all my books (I have tons of sewing books, everything from college textbooks to the newest ones from threads)  and I will tell you my faves with all the coolest tricks!  And it's true! You can never have too many books!  Especially about sewing! 

        1. CJoens | | #6

          Hi Kat,

          have you been throu all your books??



          1. lin327 | | #9

            I am soooo sorry!  My computer was acting up!  I could read, but not post.  Every time I posted I crashed.  I could e-mail though! I got it all fixed up.  I e-mailed a list of books that took my sewing from okay to wow!

          2. CJoens | | #10

            Hi Kat,

            my DH has deleted your email, because he thought it was spam.

            Please email me your list again!



          3. peppi | | #11

            One of my favorites is High Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World's Best Designers by Claire B. Shaeffer.  I also have her Couture book and was fortunate to take a workshop on hand sewing couture.  For more practical use, I really like the first book.  If you want more info, e-mail me.

            [email protected]

  2. HNYMAMA | | #7

    I sugest going to your local libary and checking the books out too see if you really like one before you buy it,  books I thought were going to be great I found I really did not like,  and then I found other that I would have never bothered to buy if I had not read first.

    1. CJoens | | #8

      Hi Honey:),

      due to the fact that I live in Germany, there are no american sewing books availble in our libary and there are so many more sewing books in  English.

      O.k., there are german sewing books for example from burda mode or others, but they always give examples for beginners and I want books that include everything from the basics to the haute couture tricks. A book for beginners I already have and as far as I can see Claire Shaeffers book is great. I need books which include drafting and fitting and so on!

      Thank you all for your replies!


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