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From: akire
Date: 10-27-2005, 09:51 AM (1 of 6)
Hey all...anyone have any good book recommendations for Sewing? I have been sewing for quilting for a few years, but just very basic stuff. I would like something that covers all the basics (to make sure I'm not missing something) and then goes into more detail like creating reading/creating patters, just more fancy stuff.

Any recommendations appreciated...gotta give hubby some ideas for Christmas!


I have lots of ideas for things I'd like to make...but need more technical knowledge so that I'm not left frustrated when I try to make things!
User: akire
Member since: 03-06-2001
Total posts: 61
From: HeyJudee
Date: 10-27-2005, 06:56 PM (2 of 6)
Here is a thread from the Beginner Sewing area that has ideas on sewing books.
TTFN from
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
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From: akire
Date: 10-28-2005, 06:51 AM (3 of 6)
Cheers Judy.
User: akire
Member since: 03-06-2001
Total posts: 61
From: blanken6
Date: 11-05-2005, 05:01 AM (4 of 6)
I don't have a book idea but a magazine that has done wonders for my sewing; from brushing up on the basics to challenging me. Threads magazine, they have reformatted this year and I don't exactly like all the changes but I still read it cover to cover and use at least two things out of each magazine. I hope that helps a little?
Proverbs 31:10-31
User: blanken6
Member since: 08-11-2004
Total posts: 41
From: Helen Weiss
Date: 11-05-2005, 12:16 PM (5 of 6)
I agree with your opinion of Threads magazine. I have managed to complete my set, and truthfully, I usually find answers to my questions within their pages. The online index is very helpful for finding specific information. Aside from that - the magazines are creatively inspirational, and sometimes give you a whole new way of looking at a procedure. The sewing basics sections are so helpful, even seasoned sewers can learn something new.The magazines aren't cheap, but I had great success on EBay when I was looking for missing editions from my set. I now have a subscription that won't run out - EVER!! I've even bequeathed my collection to a dear friend !!
User: Helen Weiss
Member since: 10-16-2003
Total posts: 69
From: akire
Date: 11-07-2005, 09:23 AM (6 of 6)
Oh, yes, yes...thank you for that reminder...I was looking at subscribing to that last year, and it totally fell off my 'to do' list. I don't mind the cost if its something that helps me. I gave up magazines a couple years ago, but now just have a couple that are directly related to a craft I'm doing.

thanks a bunch.
User: akire
Member since: 03-06-2001
Total posts: 61
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