Stress Free Sewing: Troubleshooting Tips and Advice for the Savvy Sewer

Stress Free Sewing is an essential reference book for home sewers, crafters, and sewing enthusiasts at all levels. You know that panicky feeling you get when your sewing machine jams? Or that awful frustration of seeing your careful stitches in a buttonhole come undone? What do you do when you look on the Internet and everyone has a different take on how you should be sewing on a ruffle? Sewing, for the beautiful and rewarding fun you get out of it, can sometimes be stressful and frustrating, even for the best of us. Organised by the stages in a project, from choosing tools, through reading patterns to fitting waistlines and adding buttons and zips, all the information is presented so you know exactly where to look when you get stuck with a problem. Illustrated entries cover every aspect and item in the sewing process, with each entry providing the characteristics, pros and cons, and basic considerations of working with that item. Icons alert the reader to whether tips relate to buying and choosing materials – using and working with them; techniques and best practice hints; or health and safety considerations. Cross references take you between chapters so you can see how different aspects relate to each other, offering troubleshooting tips that offer advice on how to deal with virtually any sewing situation. A detailed contents list combined with an index at the front of the book make it extremely easy to flick through and find information.

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Stitch it Simple: 25 Hand Sewn Projects to Make and Share

The projects in this book range from greeting cards to shopper tote bags, to a starter quilt, which is easy to piece together; the perfect place to start for your first quilt perhaps? There are cushions for the living room, a doorstop, slippers to keep your feet warm and looking great, a cute apron for baking, a wall tidy to hide away bits and pieces in your bedroom or office something for every room and every occasion. While the projects are straightforward and easy to follow if you are new to sewing, they are also sure to appeal to the more experienced sewer, with lots of possibilities for adapting the ideas to make your own. Creating great textile projects doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. It is all about choosing the right fabrics and using them in a simple and effective way to create something that is both striking to look at, and practical to use in everyday life.

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Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know to Begin Sewing Clothes and Home Furnishings

Sewing Basics will teach you every essential sewing technique and give you the confidence to dust off your sewing machine and create the garments you’ve always dreamed of making. Learn to sew like an expert and make 12 terrific projects along the way for yourself, your family and your home. Sewing Basics is a complete beginners guide to machine sewing that covers every stage from choosing fabric to completing the finishing stitches. Step-by-step colour photographs, detailed diagrams and easy to follow instructional text will ensure that you absorb each technique quickly. 12 original projects allow you to practise new techniques and skills while creating garments and furnishings right from the word go. Be inspired again and again by Wendy Gardner’s fabulous title.

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Pretty Birds: 18 Simple Projects to Sew and Love

Most crafters are guaranteed to have a stash of lovingly collected fabric scraps and off cuts hoarded away in anticipation of the perfect project. However, in reality many crafters need inspiration as to what they can actually make with these pieces of fabric, and end up watching guiltily as their stash grows ever larger and more disorganised. Pretty Birds has now provided the perfect answer to what to do with your stash.

More elegant than cutesy, Pretty Birds is aimed at the young and hip end of the hobby crafts readership, offering creative inspiration and easy to follow tutorials that are suitable for sewers of all levels. Crafters will fall in love with the charmingly simple illustrations, which will have them diving straight into their fabric stash in order to recreate each whimsical character for themselves. In addition to the book’s core fabric projects, inspiration and advice is also offered for transforming each into a useful and original household item, such as a chunky doorstopper or handy cable tidy pouch. A selection of standard pattern templates for items such as these is included at the back of the book, providing readers with a valuable additional resource.

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Kids Learn to Stitch

The latest in the successful Kids Learn to… series. This book enlists the help of two animal characters, Pip and Peg, who will help children learn how to use a sewing needle and thread to make simple, practical and decorative projects. With clear colour photographs and comprehendible instructions, this title will inspire children to create their very own unique toys and designs. Enjoy hours of fun and creativity with this brilliant title.

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The Home Sewer’s Guide to Practical Stitches: The Ultimate Guide to Sewing Seams, Hems, Darts and More!

An ideal worktop companion for home sewers, The Home Sewer’s 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 Sewer’s 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 The Home Sewer’s Guide to Practical Stitches, 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.

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Heartfelt: 25 Projects for Stitched and Felted Accessories

Make a wide range of accessories for children and adults using felted knitting, embellished with applique and embroidery techniques. This creative title includes a range of techniques to suit all abilities and varied resources. Teresa Searle demonstrates her unique method of combining felted knitting with applique and embroidery to inspire a wide range of richly coloured accessories. Projects include unique hats, mittens, slippers and scarves, as well as beautiful jewellery such as brooches, hair clips and corsages. Discover the creative opportunities of felted knitting with Teresa’s terrific project guide!

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200 Sewing Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets

Just like having your own personal sewing guru on hand 24 hours a day, this book covers all the techniques you could ever need, along with hints, timesaving tips, and homespun secrets. Improve your skills, speed up your sewing time, and make garments, accessories, and home projects with a professional finish in no time. Easy to follow, step-by-step techniques are organised in the order you will need them, or you can dip in and out for help with a specific problem. ‘Try this’ and ‘fix it’ panels highlight useful inspirations and troubleshooting ideas throughout the book.

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