Sewing Books

Eaton, Jan: The Encyclopedia of Sewing Techniques (8366)

PAR 1st 1989
4to, glazed pictorial boards in a similar d/w F/VG++ 840 gms
(Order reference 8366).

This is the book for everyone who enjoys home sewing—a comprehensive manual for all types of sewing, from making clothes, to curtains, to fine needlework. Each technique is fully explained and accompanied by clear illustrations, many of them in colour.

Opening with a chapter on sewing machines—how to choose one, how to operate it, and the other essential sewing equipment which will be needed—the book then moves on to discuss fabrics. There is a detailed directory of the numerous fabrics available, with information on how they are made and what they are suitable for, as well as hints on how best to care for each fabric. "Basic Sewing Techniques" explains the different methods that are used to make garments and furnishings for the home, dealing with hand sewing and the constructional elements of sewing: seams, hems, shaping and fastenings. Here, as throughout the book, each step of the way is carefully explained and illustrated.

For many people, an interest in sewing arises out of the desire to need to make clothes for themselves and their family: the garments are individual, less expensive, fit better, and there is an enormous choice of fabrics and colours available today. "Making Garments" takes you through the intricacies of paper patterns, and gives instructions on making collars, sleeves, waistbands and soon, while the following chapter describes how to add a personal touch to your sewing. Choice of colour and pattern, and techniques of decoration such as embroidery and applique are covered, all helping you develop your personal style.

The final chapter deals with items of home furnishing—bedlinen, tablecloths, curtains and cushions—and shows you how to coordinate colour schemes successfully. The book is completed with an index.

Easy to understand, comprehensive in scope, and generously illustrated throughout, The Encyclopedia of Sewing Techniques is an essential addition to every homemaker's bookshelf.