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The ultimate sewing book
Gordon, Maggi McCormick.
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Publication Information:
London : Collins & Brown, 2002.
Physical Description:
320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Whether you're stitching clothes, creating home accessories, personalizing garments, or jazzing up interiors, these techniques help you add that special, creative touch. Photos and diagrams show how to stitch in a straight line by machine or hand. Try tricks of the trade for everything from buttonholes to adding collars. Plus: dressmaking basics and caring for and repairing textiles.
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TT705 .G6724 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This is a reference to all aspects of home sewing, from choosing materials to finishing garments. It is full of handy tips on how to tell the difference between synthetic fibres and natural ones, and how to work with them on your sewing machine.

Table of Contents

Getting Startedp. 8
Tools and equipmentp. 10
Sewing machinep. 16
Creating a workspacep. 18
Sewing Basicsp. 24
Stitches: Hand and machinep. 26
Seams: Hand and machinep. 34
Edgesp. 40
Pressingp. 52
Dressmakingp. 54
Patternsp. 56
Choosing fabricsp. 64
Man-made fabricsp. 66
Difficult fabricsp. 68
Dartsp. 72
Facings and interfacingsp. 76
Tucks and pleatsp. 80
Sleevesp. 82
Cuffs and placketsp. 85
Collarsp. 88
Waistbandsp. 92
Pocketsp. 96
Fastenersp. 104
Hemsp. 110
Liningsp. 120
Project: Evening wrapp. 124
Project: Beach bagp. 126
Home Furnishingsp. 130
Assessing furniturep. 132
Choosing a stylep. 138
Choosing colorp. 140
Choosing fabricsp. 142
Choosing patternp. 150
Choosing texturep. 152
Fabric glossaryp. 154
Measuringp. 162
Preparing and cuttingp. 170
Zippers in furnishingsp. 174
Trims and embellishmentsp. 178
Pads and fillingsp. 184
Assessing windowsp. 186
Curtainsp. 188
Curtain valancesp. 197
Blindsp. 200
Tiebacks and holdbacksp. 208
Curtain headingsp. 212
Choosing curtain supportsp. 218
Project: Tab-headed curtainp. 220
Project: Plain Roman blindp. 224
Sheetsp. 228
Pillowcasesp. 231
Duvet cover and duvetp. 234
Throws and bedspreadsp. 236
Project: Striped duvet coverp. 242
Project: Playmatp. 246
Table Linenp. 253
Project: Double dressingp. 260
Project: Bordered tableclothp. 264
Project: Quilted table matp. 266
Cushions and pillowsp. 268
Project: Colonial cushionsp. 284
Project: Velvet pillowp. 290
Slipcoversp. 292
Project: Chair coverp. 300
Project: Sofa drapep. 304
Care and Repairp. 306
Indexp. 313
Acknowledgementsp. 320