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Sew any fabric
Shaeffer, Claire B.
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Publication Information:
Iola, WI : Krause Publications, [2003]

Physical Description:
159 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
"A quick reference to fabrics from A to Z"--Cover.
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TT557 .S5324 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Fabric Basics at Your Fingertips

Have you ever wished you could call an expert and ask for a five-minute explanation on the particulars of a fabric you are sewing? Claire Shaeffer provides this key information for 88 of today's most popular fabrics. In this handy, easy-to-follow reference, she guides you through all the basics while providing hints, tips, and suggestions base don her 20-plus years as a college instructor, pattern designers, and author.

In each concise chapter, Claire shares fabric facts, design ideas, workroom secrets, and her sewing checklist, as well as her sewability classification to advice you on the difficulty of sewing each fabric. Color photographs offer further ideas. The succeeding sections offer sewing techniques and advice on needles, threads, stabilizers, and interfacings. Claire's unique fabric/fiber dictionary cross-reference over 600 additional fabrics.

An invaluable reference for any one who sews, "Sew Any Fabric" provides practical, clear information for novices and inspiration for more experienced sewers who are looking for new ideas and techniques.

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Library Journal Review

Shaeffer has written some 15 books on sewing, including Couture Sewing Techniques and High Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World's Great Designers. This update to her Fabric Sewing Guide is a handy alphabetical reference to more than 80 different fabrics, from acetate to zebra (the author's term for any rare or unusual fabric you have never sewn or cannot identify). Shaeffer describes how to analyze a zebra and gives hints for sewing on such fabric. Each fabric is covered in some detail, with information ranging from characteristics to essential supplies for sewing the fabric (including needles, thread, and suitable interfacings). Small color photos illustrate each fabric made up into a garment. Along with Sandra Betzina's Fabric Savvy, this title should be on the shelves of every sewing collection. Betzina's guide is better for quick reference, but Sew Any Fabric is more detailed and also includes a comprehensive fabric dictionary with cross references to variant names as well as valuable information on stabilizers and interfacings. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.