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A Beginner's Guide to Sewing by Hand and Machine

A complete step-by-step course

Published by CICO Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

Use this informative book to hone your skills in the art of sewing.

A Beginner's Guide to Sewing by Hand and Machine is a complete sewing course for first-timers. It starts by telling you which pieces of sewing kit you need to buy, explaining which fabrics to use, and how to use paper patterns. The second part of the book is a structured course of 12 workshops, which build from the most basic hand-sewing techniques through to more advanced dressmaking skills. At the end of each workshop, there is also a step-by-step project, which reinforces the skills mastered in the workshop, allowing you to recognize your progress as you go. The projects range from simple hand-embroidered pillows to a lined throw, and from a shirred sundress to an organdie pleated skirt. Techniques include embroidery, patchwork, quilting, dressmaking, and curtain-making, and there are useful tips and shortcuts throughout the book to help you become a sewing expert!

About The Author

Jane Bolsover has over 20 years’ experience as a designer and writer specialising in sewing and crafts. She was sewing editor on Essentials magazine, contributes to magazines, has written several books on soft furnishings, and now works as a consultant for a major textile and craft show company, for whom she organises craft demonstrations, workshops and displays. She is the author of Sewing Machine Basics (published by CICO Books) and holds workshops through Rowan at Liberty of London and John Lewis stores. The author is based in Dorking, Surrey.

Product Details

  • Publisher: CICO Books (February 8, 2022)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781800650930

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The fact this book is so easy to follow, and covers an extensive range of sewing techniques makes it an ideal reference books for beginners. Definitely a handy book to keep in your sewing library - The Sewing Directory

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