The Home Sewer's Guide to Practical Stitches

The Home Sewer's Guide to Practical Stitches
Title: The Home Sewer's Guide to Practical Stitches
Nicole Vasbinder

An ideal worktop companion for home sewers, The Home Sewers Guide to Practical Stitches is a complete and illustrated resource of hand and machine stitches. What’s the best stitch to hand set a zipper? When should you use a diagonal basting stitch? What are other uses of a blind hem stitch? Whether sewing clothes from published patterns, designing your own sewing projects, or executing simple repairs, The Home Sewers Guide to Practical Stitches is the most comprehensive and ready reference consolidating all the most useful and practical information sewers need to choose and use every kind of sewing stitch.

While sewing patterns come with instructions on what stitches to use, they don’t actually include the instructions on how to do those stitches. With machine stitching, using these recommended stitches is contingent on that stitch being available on your sewing machine. If it isn’t, would you know what would make an appropriate substitute? Now, with Practical Stitches for the Modern Seamstress, not only do you have a complete resource of step-by-step techniques for every stitch, the directory style advice arms you with the information you need in order to make your own choices according to the fabric you’re using and what you wish to accomplish.


No. of pages: 176
Cover type: Paperback
Trim size: 220mm x 170mm
Colour type: Full colour
Series: Milner Craft Series
Imprint: Sally Milner Publishing
ISBN: 978 1 86351 464 4
RRP: A$29.99


How to use this book

 Section One: Machine Stitches
Chapter One: Sewing Machine Basics
How to change stitches - computerized machines
Mechanical machines
Machines with cams
Chapter Two: Machine Stitches
Straight stitch
Basting Stitch
Zig Zag stitch
Three Step Zig Zag
Stem Stitch
Triple Straight Stitch
Ric Rac Stitch
Blind Hem
Stretch Blind Hem
Four Step Buttonhol
One step Buttonhole
Rounded Buttonhole
Keyhole Buttonhole
Stretch Buttonhole
Straight Buttonhole for Leather
Stretch Overedge (Serger Stitch)
Double Overedge Stitch
Reverse Overcast
Multi Stitch Overedge
Slant Pin Stitch
Shell Stitch
Serpentine Stitch
Fix Stitch
Auto Back Tack
Smocking Stitch /Honeycomb
Feather Stitch/Herringbone
Fagoting Stitch
Rampart Stitch
Domino Stitch
Walls of Troy
Lattice/Ladder Stitch
Blanket Stitch
Applique Stitch
Reverse Blanket Stitch
Reverse Applique Stitch
Quilt Stitch
Saddle Stitch
Satin Stitches
Arrowhead Stitch
Half Arrowhead
Banner Stitch
Bead Stitch
Block Stitch
Diamond Stitch/Kite
Mountain/Peak Stitch
Greek Key
Cross Stitch/Sampler X Stitch
Argyle/Cross Stitch
Double Triangle

 Section Two: Hand Stitches
Chapter Three: Hand Stitches

Running stitch
Basting Stitch
Blanket stitch / Button hole
Whip stitch
Blind Hem stitch / Catch stitch
Slip stitch
Ladder Stitch
Darning stitch
French tack/Swing tack
Bar Tack
Tailor’s tack
Diagonal Basting
Pad stitch
Prick stitch/Pick Stitch
Top Stitch/Saddle Stitch

 Section Three: Resources
Chapter Four: Threads

Polyester Thread
Cotton Thread
Elastic Thread
Silk Thread
Topstitch Thread
Hand quilting Thread
Invisible Thread
Decorative Threads

Chapter Five: Needles
Machine Needles
Hand Needles

Chapter Six: Sewing Machine Feet
Basic Feet
Zig-zag or all purpose (metal standard)
Satin stitch (clear)
Walking foot (even feed)
Zippers and Buttonhole
Zipper Foot
Invisible/Concealed zipper
Manual button hole
Automatic buttonhole
Other Useful Feet
Blind hem
¼” quilting
Edge joining


How to use this book Section 1: Machine stitches Chapter 1. Sewing machine basics Chapter 2. Machine stitches Section 2: Hand Stitches Chapter 3. Hand stitches Section 3: Resources Chapter 4. Threads chapter 5. Needles chapter 6.
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