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This indispensable reference book includes all the sewing tools, materials and techniques you will ever need. It offers advice on seams, darts, pleats, tucks, necklines, buttonholes, zippers, hems, embellishments and much, much more. Wendy Gardiner takes you through the steps to get you started, helps to improve your skills with the latest sewing tips, and gives inspirational tips on new creative approaches. Once the basic hand and machine sewing techniques are mastered,you can furnish a home, dress a family, or create wonderful embroidered pictures, gifts, and cards. All the techniques are clearly illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
* The complete step-by-step guide to hand and machine sewing
* The book combines basic know-how for the beginner with advance techniques for the more experienced sewer
* Beautifully illustrated with full colour photographs and clear diagrams to help you achieve professional looking results every time
* A gallery of stunning, original sewn pieces is included to inspire and encourage you to create your own unique designs
Wendy Gardiner is an internationally accredited sewing guru. She has held the role of editor at several leading sewing magazines, including Vogue Patterns and Sewing World; written 17 books, most recently The Great British Sewing Bee: From Style to Stitch; presented nearly a dozen DVDs on sewing; and is a Craftsy.com tutor. In addition, Wendy is the brand ambassador for The McCall Company; works with leading exhibition organizers to produce extensive workshop programmes; and teaches and makes guest appears on Create and Craft and Sewing Quarter TV. She also runs regular residential Creative Sewing Weekends and writes projects and technique articles for various magazines and her own resource website www.wendygardiner.co.uk, which is packed with tips, techniques and projects. Through all of this, Wendy shares her passion for all things to do with sewing in her much-loved enthusiastic and friendly manner. Wendy lives in Hampshire, UK.
...This book is perfect for total amateurs but also the more experienced as there are many advance techniques. Each chapter contains beautiful illustrations and colour photographs so that you can't possibly go wrong. Beading, buttonholes, braiding, decoration, cushions, fabrics, measuring, cuffs, pleats and seams are all covered in the book amongst many more things. A recommended read for anyone wishing to pursue a hobby of sewing! An encyclopaedia that will get much use!
By Wendy Gardiner & Lorna Knight
By Wendy Gardiner