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Sew Step by Step: How To Use Your Sewing Machine To Make, Mend, and Customize

DK. Feb. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9781465491084. $24.99. CRAFTS
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This succinct primer explains the processes of sewing, from basic tools to decorative embellishments. Unlike the familiar giants (McCallsVogue, Readers’ Digest), this work summarizes key techniques that are applicable to most sewing projects. It describes and illustrates tools, from the sewing machine to straight pins, as well as techniques for hand and machine stitches, collars, sleeves, gathers, patterns, fastenings, and other facets of stitching. An excellent section on fabrics discusses both natural and artificial fibers and the projects best suited for the needles, threads, and layouts they work well with.
VERDICT Experienced sewers will find this a handy reference tool. Lavishly illustrated, this is recommended for anyone interested in sewing.

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