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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BE Spiral bound
  • Publication: 03 December 2015
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782212645
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 148x210 mm
  • Illustrations: 384
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: £12.99
  • Series: Absolute Beginner Craft
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Sewing for the Absolute Beginner


by Caroline Smith

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Book Description

Caroline Smith tells you everything you need to know to create beautiful, colourful soft furnishings and accessories even if you've never sewn before.

There is plenty of helpful, expert advice on tools, equipment and terminology as well as exciting projects including an apron, curtains, pillows, tablecloths and much more. Guiding you from the basic stitches right through to more complex techniques, this clear and easy-to-follow guide is ideal for the absolute beginner.

Step-by-step instructions and the spiral, hands free format enable you to practise and master each technique more easily. Caroline covers all the equipment and tools, terminology and techniques, and includes a selection of attractive simple projects specially designed for the beginner.

  • A reasonably priced, basic guide to sewing for people with no previous experience
  • Clear, step-by-step photography, and no-nonsense, easy-to-follow text
  • The small size and wire-bound format make this an extremely handy little book to carry around and use on the go

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Fabric know-how 10
Equipment 14
Hand stitches 18
Sewing machine basics 22
Seams 30
Hems 34
Patterns and scaling 38

Simple pillows 42
Table runners 46
Tab-top curtain 50
Tablecloths 54
Bolster pillow 58

Mitred corners 62
Buttons 66
Loops, ties and tabs 70
Zips 74

Duvet cover 78
Cube 82
Roll-up shade 86
Children’s tepee 90
Pocket storage 94

Bias binding 98
Bias strips 102
Piping 106

Peg bag 110
Apron 114
Nursery bag 118
Eyelet curtains 122

Appliqué 126
Using trims 130

Duffel bag 134
Café curtain 138
Mini beanbag 142
Tote bag 146

Quilting techniques 150

Placemats 154
Oven mitts 158
Beaded quilted throw 162
Padded headboard 166
Lined linen basket 170
Beach roll 174
Dining chair cover 178

Fabric glossary 182
Index 190

About the Author

About Caroline Smith

Caroline is an English writer and editor who has worked in lifestyle publishing for nearly 20 years. Her areas of expertise include needlecraft, cookery, gardening and DIY. Caroline lives in Surrey, England.

Crochet Addict UK

An invaluable book for anyone who wants or does sew. The book takes you through all the skills and techniques you need to know and then offers you projects to practice your new found skills. Whether you are new to sewing or you just want to expand your knowledge, this book offers fantastic value for money. It's jam packed with so much information. I love the fact that this book is hard backed so will last a long time with a lot of wear and tear. It's spiral bound so it means that you can keep it easily open at the page you need. The projects that you are supplied with to practice your new skills are beautiful, practical and perfect for your home or as gifts.
The projects are varied using all the different techniques. I only received my first sewing machine as a Christmas Present this year and this book has taken the fear out of using it. I am learning so much and I love the fact
that I can quickly flick to the technique I need to learn about and soon find that the book makes me at ease with it.  Each of the techniques discussed and each of the projects come with clear and easy to understand instructions as well as really easy to follow pictures. This book is fantastic value for money. I already find it invaluable and keep it on hand whenever I start a new sewing project.

For the full review and images: http://www.crochetaddictuk.com/2016/01/sewing-for-absolute-beginner-search.html

Love to Make

This book is a clear easy-to-follow and reasonably priced guide for the sewing novice. It is packed with helpful adivce from sewing expert Caroline Smith, who guides readers from basic stitches right through to the more complex techniques. The step-by-step instructions and spiral, hands-free format enable you to practice and master each technique more easily. Caroline covers all the equipment and tools, terminology and techniques and includes a selection of simple projects designed to incorporate the techniques you have learned.

Karen Platt- yarnsandfabrics.co.uk

Sewing can be bewildering, and if you are at a loss as a complete beginner, this book should prove useful. Even if you have never sewn before, this book will show you how to make soft furnishings and accessories. You'll find advice on tools and equipment as well as sewing machine basics. Hand stitches show you how to complete projects. The projects include an apron, curtains, pillows, tablecloth and more to make your house a home. You'll learn how to do basic stitches and other techniques. Discover how to do seams, hems, make curves, mitred corners, make buttonholes and more. The spiral binding means the book lies flat, which is always a bonus. The images and instructions are clear. This is an extremely useful book. Recommended.

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