Sewing

ISBN-10: 0471749915
ISBN-13: 9780471749912
Edition: 2006
Authors: Debbie Colgrove
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/24/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Sewing is attracting lots of young people looking to express their individuality by making their own gifts and fashions. Fueled by popular home decorating shows like Trading Spaces and Design on a Dime, interest in making placemats, window treatments, and other decorative items for the home has risen as well. More than 100,000 people took sewing classes at Jo-Ann Stores in 2004! This book is like getting a private sewing lesson on every spread. It shows readers how to operate a sewing machine, choose fabrics, do a variety of basic stitches, and follow patterns. Proceeding at their own pace, readers see and learn how to hem and mend garments and make simple sewing projects, such as a messenger bag and a gift bag for a bottle of wine. Debbie Colgrove (Elizaville, NY) has served as the sewing expert for About.com since 1997. She teaches 4-H sewing groups and has been employed as an assistant manager at a fabric store. She also has sewn for local manufacturers as an independent contractor and has produced her own line of sewn products. Colgrove has a wealth of experience on both home and industrial sewing machines.

Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine
The Parts of a Sewing Machine
Sewing Machine Needles
Sewing Machine Options
The Manual
Setting Up Your Sewing Area
Basic Troubleshooting
Selecting and Using Sewing Tools
Measuring Tools
Cutting Tools
Thread
Hand-Sewing Needles
Straight Pins and Pincushions
Marking Tools and Seam Rippers
Ironing and Pressing
Fabrics
Beginner Fabric Choices
Fabric Characteristics
Test Fiber Content
How Fabric Is Sold
Find Bolt End Information
Prepare Fabric to Cut and Sew
Lining, Interlining, and Interfacing
Lining
Interlining and Underlining
Interfacing
Hand Sewing
Threading a Hand-Sewing Needle
Knotting the Thread
Double Thread or Single Thread
Hand Basting/Running Stitch
Backstitch
Slipstitch
Catch-Stitch
Blind Stitch
Chain Stitch
Thread Chains
Buttonhole Stitch/Blanket Stitch
Ending Hand Stitches
Basic Techniques
Threading the Bobbin
Placing the Bobbin in the Machine
Threading the Sewing Machine
Cutting Fabric with Rotary Cutting Tools
Squaring Fabric with Rotary Cutting Tools
Cutting Fabric with Scissors
Removing Stitches with a Seam Ripper
Marking Fabric with Dressmaker's Carbon
Marking Fabric with Tailor's Chalk and Quilting Pencils
Machine Basting
Gathering
Easing
Sewing Badges and Purchased Appliques
Pleats
Sewing Seams and Seam Finishes
Seam Guides
Testing Seam Guides
Straight Seams
Curved Seams
Pressing Seams
Clean-Finished Seams
Zigzagged Seam Finishes
Corded Seam
Lace Set in Seams
Turning Corners with Seam Insets
Making Darts
Marking Darts
Pinning and Basting Darts
Basic Darts
Double-Pointed Darts
Special Finishes for Darts
Pressing Darts
Sewing Facings and Edge Finishing
Preparing a Facing
Grading and Clipping a Facing Seam Allowance
Under-Stitching
Exploring Bias Tape
Double-Fold Bias Tape to Enclose Edges
Making Facings with Bias Tape
Turning Corners with Bias Tape
Sewing in Zippers
Parts of a Zipper
Types of Zippers
Centered Zipper
Lapped Zipper
Finishing the Ends of a Zipper
Adding Fasteners
Buttonholes
Flat Buttons
Shank Buttons
Snaps
Prong Snaps
Hook and Eyes
How to Sew Hook and Eyes
Hook and Loop Tape
Hemming Techniques
Amount of Hem
Mark a Garment Hem
Turn and Prepare a Garment Hem
Topstitched Hem
Invisible Hem
Faced Hems
Stretchy Knit Hems
Decorative Hem Additions
Warm-Up Sewing Projects
Sew a Sachet
Bottle Gift Bag
Simple Tote Bag
Reversible Table Runner
Reversible Placemats
Cloth Napkins
Baby Receiving Blanket
Balloon Window Valance
Straight Window Curtain
More Sewing Projects
Pillow with a Zipper
Round Pillow with a Zipper
Messenger Bag
Small Pouch with a Zipper
Flanged Pillow Sham
Tabbed Valance and Curtain
Hostess Apron
Gathered Bed Skirt
Using a Purchased Pattern
Find a Pattern
Envelope Information
Inside the Envelope
Layout, Cutting, and Marking
The Instruction Sheet
Pattern Sizes
Expanding Your Horizons
Stabilizers
Marking Fabric with Tailor Tacks
Flat-Felled Seams
French Seams
Shortening a Zipper
Serger/Overlock Machine Possibilities
Machine Embroidery Possibilities
Index

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