Editor’s note: The winner of the giveaway is commenter #86, Michelle, who said….
“How awesome is this book! Blind hems are ny downfall, for some reason I can never remember how to do those on the machine no matter how many I have done. And bed quilt sizes…I never remember how much fabric I need and end up having to re-calculate at the store.”
Carla Hegeman Crim, The Scientific Seamstress, has a new book out! It’s called The Essential Sewing Reference Tool and it is exactly what the name suggests – a go-to sewing reference book. (Anyone else totally geek out on reference books?)
If sewing is a new hobby for you, this book can help you make sense of all the new sewing jargon, techniques, and tools you’ll encounter. Or, if you’re a more experienced sewist, this is a great resource for when you need a refresher on a technique you don’t use as often. It’s also chock full of charts of standard measurements and conversions you might need if you’re making a project without a printed pattern as a guide.
A quick look at the table of contents shows sections for tools and supplies, stitches and seams, materials, edge treatments, zippers, buttonholes and buttons, home décor, sewn accessories, garment making, size charts (very useful info, especially when sewing without a purchased pattern, and without child around to measure), and number conversions (decimals to fractions, yards to inches, yard to centimeters/meters).
There is so much information packed into this book! For example…
If I was wondering what type of elastic I should buy to use in an elastic casing, I could find the answer on pages 16-17. There, I’d find out the differences between elastic types (woven, knit, braided) and style (nonroll, fold-over, buttonhole, lingerie, sport, clear, and elastic thread). FYI: A nonroll knit elastic would be a good choice for this application.
Or, suppose I was making a skirt and wanted to use French seams because they look nicer and don’t fray, but the pattern I was following didn’t call for any special seam finishes. I could turn to page 27 and see how to make a French seam.
Or, maybe I’m making a blanket for a child’s bed, to give as a gift. I can look at page 72 and find out the dimensions of a standard comforter. The same table gives dimensions for coverlets and bedspreads, and the section explains the difference between all these types of bedcovers.
In the home décor, sewn accessories, and garment making sections, you can find instructions for basic sewing projects, like a pillow cover or a simple gathered skirt or a set of napkins and placemats.
With so much information literally at your fingertips, The Essential Sewing Reference Tool would make a great addition to any sewists’ library!
Want to know what others think of this book? Check out the earlier stops on the blog review tour:
Monday: The Southern Institute
Tuesday: Pattern Revolution
Wednesday: Imagine Gnats
Thursday: Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!
Friday: Modkid Boutique
Happy news! I have a copy to give away!! (You can also skip the suspense of the giveaway and just buy yourself a copy here.) To enter the giveaway, leave a comment here telling me one sewing technique you always need instructions to do.
I’ll choose one answer at random as the winner. Deadline for entry is midnight CST on Saturday, March 22, 2014.