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Sewing For Dummies, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-62320-6
416 pages
August 2010
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The most complete guide to sewing basics

People are always looking for ways to cut expenses and be creative and stylish at the same time. Learning to sew is a great way to arm yourself with the skills to repair and create clothing and furnishings for yourself and your family for little to no cost. But learning how to sew and how to choose the tools and supplies to begin sewing can be confusing.

Now, you can turn to this hands-on, friendly guide for the most up-to-date information, the best techniques, and fun projects for learning (or brushing up on) the art of sewing.

  • Easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations make it easier to learn
  • Fresh new patterns, projects, stitches, and techniques for fashion and the home
  • Budget-conscious tips for breathing new life into existing garments

Complete with a section on common sewing mistakes and how to avoid them, Sewing For Dummies, 3rd edition gives you the confidence and know-how to sew like a pro.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Getting Ready to Sew.

Chapter 1: The World of Sewing.

Chapter 2: Assembling Your Sewing Kit.

Chapter 3: Selecting Fabric, Findings, and Interfacing.

Chapter 4: Working with Patterns.

Part II: Mastering Basic Sewing Skills.

Chapter 5: Kicking Off Your Sewing Adventure.

Chapter 6: Securing Sensational Seams.

Chapter 7: Fast and Easy Hems by Hand and Machine.

Part III: Fashion Sewing Fun-damentals.

Chapter 8: Shaping Things Up.

Chapter 9: Zippers, Buttons, and Other Closure Company.

Chapter 10: Sleeves: The Long and the Short of It.

Chapter 11: Pockets Full of Ideas.

Part IV: Sewing for Your Home.

Chapter 12: Do-It-Yourself Decorating: Home Décor Sewing.

Chapter 13: Quick-Change Table Toppers.

Chapter 14: Praiseworthy Pillows.

Chapter 15: Adding Wow to Your Windows.

Chapter 16: Giving Your Bed a Makeover.

Part V: Making Alterations and Quick Fixes for a Sustainable Wardrobe.

Chapter 17: When Clothes Are Too Short, Too Long, Too Tight, or Too Loose.

Chapter 18: Making Repairs on the Run.

Chapter 19: Eco Fashion: Giving Existing Garments New Life.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Mixing Prints.

Chapter 21: Ten Rookie Sewing Mistakes to Avoid.

Chapter 22: Ten Important Sewing Fundamentals.

Appendix: Sewing Resources.


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Author Information

Jan Saunders Maresh is a nationally known sewing journalist and educator as well as a bestselling author of 15 books, including Home Staging For Dummies. She has worked as the Director of Consumer Education for White Sewing Machine Company and JoAnn Fabrics and is also an interior re-designer, color specialist, and Certified Staging Professional. Look for her Web-TV show at www.nakedroomsolutions.tv.

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Press Release

September 10, 2010
Sewing For Dummies® Takes the Guesswork out of Needle and Thread

Has your favorite pair of jeans become too tight, too loose, or begun to look ready for the scrap pile, but you can’t bear to part with them? Or maybe you’re tired of the same old curtains and throw pillows, but can’t afford to go on a decorating spree? The new third edition of Sewing For Dummies® (Wiley; August 2010, ISBN: 978-0-470-62320-6) has the perfect solution. This step-by-step guide takes you from assembling your own sewing kit chock-full of every gadget you’ll need to creating your own outfit from scratch.

No matter what your cause for learning to sew, Sewing For Dummies enables you to create your own stylish, unique wardrobe and even decorate your house for next to nothing. While you learn to patch up your family and decorate yourself and everything around you, Sewing For Dummies encourages you to become a confident, self-expressive sewing machine. Lessons include how to:

  • Measure yourself to perfection
  • Estimate your favorite garments in yards
  • Cover up your skill: pillow covers for beginners
  • Get straight to the right point—needle point, that is
  • Mix and match into a larger wardrobe
  • Stop rookie mistakes and sew like a pro 

Whether you need a quick fix to patch a hole or create a new dress, Sewing For Dummies is the guide for you!

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