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Sewing For Dummies


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Introduction. Part I: Getting Ready to Sew. Chapter 1: The World of Sewing. Chapter 2: Assembling Your Sewing Kit. Chapter 3: Selecting Fabric, Findings, and Interfacing. Chapter 4: Working with Patterns. Part II: Mastering Basic Sewing Skills. Chapter 5: Kicking Off Your Sewing Adventure. Chapter 6: Securing Sensational Seams. Chapter 7: Fast and Easy Hems by Hand and Machine. Part III: Fashion Sewing Fun-damentals. Chapter 8: Shaping Things Up. Chapter 9: Zippers, Buttons, and Other Closure Company. Chapter 10: Sleeves: The Long and the Short of It. Chapter 11: Pockets Full of Ideas. Part IV: Sewing for Your Home. Chapter 12: Do-It-Yourself Decorating: Home Decor Sewing. Chapter 13: Quick-Change Table Toppers. Chapter 14: Praiseworthy Pillows. Chapter 15: Adding Wow to Your Windows. Chapter 16: Giving Your Bed a Makeover. Part V: Making Alterations and Quick Fixes for a Sustainable Wardrobe. Chapter 17: When Clothes Are Too Short, Too Long, Too Tight, or Too Loose. Chapter 18: Making Repairs on the Run. Chapter 19: Eco Fashion: Giving Existing Garments New Life. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Mixing Prints. Chapter 21: Ten Rookie Sewing Mistakes to Avoid. Chapter 22: Ten Important Sewing Fundamentals. Appendix: Sewing Resources. Index.

About the Author

Jan Saunders Maresh is a nationally known sewing journalist and educator as well as a bestselling author of 15 books, including Home Staging For Dummies. She has worked as the Director of Consumer Education for White Sewing Machine Company and JoAnn Fabrics and is also an interior re-designer, color specialist, and Certified Staging Professional. Look for her Web-TV show at

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