Elementary Sewing Skills : Do it once, do it well, Paperback Book
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A super-stylish new handbook from Merchant & Mills containing all the answers to sewing's most frequently asked questions.

Providing an overview on the art of sewing, this handy volume is packed with information on the tools and materials you will need, seasoned with homegrown tips on essential good practice. Topics given the full Merchant & Mills treatment range from the planning stages through to putting the finishing touches to your project.

Measuring and marking, form (including darts and gathering), seams, ease, hems, interfacing and closures such as buttons and zips are all covered.

There is expert advice on using and understanding patterns, performing basic alterations, and of course plenty of tips on making the most of any dressmaker's best friend - the iron. Successful sewing is very achievable: just make sure that you have this book to hand at all times, and bear in mind the Merchant & Mills motto: do it once, do it well.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages, Black & white illustrations and colour photographs
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Needlework & fabric crafts
  • ISBN: 9781909397415



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This is a ridiculous 58 page book that is so basic it is insulting. Does anyone need a picture with a label to help them identify a sleeve?The first actual page of instructions (page 9) says you need a zigzag machine to sew. Tell that to anyone who used the machine IN THE PICTURE! a good old Singer like my mom and grandma had. Grandma's machine was a converted treadle model. There are ways to manage button holes and the way Singer did it was a gadget that made button holes. Clip it on and set the button hole size and it shakes itself in time with the needle and walks around a track to create the shape. Couldn't do zigzag though.The book is not accurate. Here is a statement:The basic principle for threading is across, down, around and hooked, up, down and through the needle. This is always the same, no matter what model of sewing machine you have.Well I had to go online to the website of my commercial Juki and download special instructions for threading because the thread definitely did not go across, down, around and hooked, up, down and through the needle.The drawings are terrible, with the zipper foot as the illustration of the zigzag foot. When I saw that I stopped reading. Not that there is much to read anyway in 58, mostly white, pages.Don't waste your money. Get the same info online free.I received a review copy of "Elementary Sewing Skills" by Carolyn Denham, pictures and words (whatever that means) by Roderick Field (Merchant and Mills) through NetGalley.com.

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