Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Reading List - The Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing
I'm going to start off at the very beginning, some will already have this legendary book. If you don't have it, get it, as this is the sewing Bible.
The Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing - 1976 - prepared with technical assistance from The Singer Company. 519 pages long.
The books covers everything you need to know about sewing from start to finish which is the important part. Don't worry about it being old, the older techniques are the best.
It details with clear illustrations threading your machine, bobbins and tools. Covers basic patten cutting and fitting and clear construction techniques. There are whole chapters on sleeves and waistbands and zips. The book may be 36 years old but the information you need is still the same and this is more complex than many sewing books today which don't seem to be as concise.
Our sewing machines are still very much the same so the methods haven't dated and it's the go to book when you need to learn to finish a neckline, add a pocket etc. The book has all you need to get started in sewing.
At the back of the book there are also some amazing DIY's. You can make a whole foam furniture set for your living room! I am just imagining the looks on your faces when you open this section of the book, (lots of giggles at the rain hat) it's certainly not for the unambitious.
The original book is available from Amazon here.