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Sewing basics
Gardiner, Wendy.
Personal Author:
First edition for the U.S.
Publication Information:
Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's Educational Series, Inc. ; London : Quarto Publishing, [2003]

Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
"Barron's" -- T.p.
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Home Location
Central Library TT705 .G373 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Twelve original projects encourage even the least experienced needlecrafter to bring out the sewing machine and create attractive, professional-looking items for home and wardrobe. Starting with basics and progressing to more complex patterns, the projects include a drawstring bag, a cushion cover, a ballerina skirt, a cape, a summer sarong, a set of window curtains, a Japanese kimono, and several other items of apparel or household enhancement. The author also instructs on hand stitching, getting the most out of the standard home sewing machine, using commercial clothing patterns, making buttonholes, hemming, attaching zippers, and much more. Instructions are supplemented with more than 350 color illustrations.

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Booklist Review

UK author Gardiner is another advocate of sewing simplicity, and her latest work is dedicated to educating even rank novices. The dozen projects are preceded by detailed, illustrated sections on materials, essential equipment, and basic techniques, from comparing different types of threads to learning blind and basting stitches. Even in the projects section, she intersperses directions with instructions on specific methods, such as piping or darts. Most patterns, however, feature nothing more complicated than straight stitching; envelope pillows showcase trims, while a toasty-warm fleece scarf and hat set display the art of applique. Handy tips throughout quickly give beginners the benefit of Gardiner's expertise, as when she recommends adding trims before the garment is sewn. --Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2003 Booklist

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