Review and Giveaway: The Sewing Answer Book


When I was learning to sew, I kept my mother on speed-dial so she could answer my random sewing questions as they arose.  “Uhh, Mom?  The pattern is asking for something called interfacing.  What is that?  And why do I need it?”  or “How can I keep that facing from peeking out at the neck?”   Her advice was invaluable in helping me avoid mistakes and in giving me confidence to take on more difficult projects.

But what if don’t have an accomplished sewist to call for advice?  The Sewing Answer Book might be for you, then. 

It’s a book of general sewing knowledge organized in a question-and-answer format.  From setting up your sewing room, to sewing with patterns, achieving seam and hem finishes, and installing fasteners and closures, this book is chock-full of practical sewing advice. (Over 400 pages of sewing questions and answers!)

At 6.5″ x 4.5″, the dimensions of the book make it easy to keep it at your fingertips on your sewing table or nearby bookshelf.  If you’re new to sewing and want to know what all those complicated sewing terms mean, or are perhaps a more advanced sewist wanting to stretch your skills, the information in this book is accessible, relevant, and easy to understand.

If you’d like a copy of The Sewing Answer Book for your very own, you’ll be happy to know that I’m giving away my review to one lucky Craft Gossip reader.  To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me one question you needed the answer to, or one technique you found overwhelming or confusing when you were learning to sew.  I’ll choose the winner at random from the comments.

Deadline is midnight CST on Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

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  1. nicole says

    gathering and I HATE each other- I can always pull the threads and get HALF right, but either the thread breaks, or it wont scrunch anymore. I need a good walk thru on how to sew the threads right!

  2. says

    you were so happy to call your mother all the time, my mother’s answer is practicle, she would rather complete my work than answer me…

    i hated too much when i add bias tape to the neck line specially the rounded one, interfacing is better but i dont figure it out till the last minute when i used all the fabric uhhh so i start my mesorry with bias tape, when i finish the dress i always always always stragle with the sleeves i hate it when i be in this level of sewing, i dint knew why i alsys dint make it right. Si what is the easiest way with the round neck finishing and the sleeves adding

  3. April Henard says

    I am VERY new to sewing…. I just made my first pillowcase last week during my first class. I am very excited and am making a cosmetic case (with zipper! eek!) for my next project. I hope I win this book, because I may need lots of help indeed….

  4. Tammy says

    I’ve been sewing for a very long time, but I still get tense at the thought of buttonholes!

  5. Mary Jo Smith says

    I’d love to win this book! I have been sewing for a few years, but still have LOTS of questions! I’m sure this could help me answer all of them! :)

  6. Kathy says

    I would love to learn how to use the free form sew sewing foot. I bought one and haven’t attempted it yet. What is the correct way to sew with one of these?

  7. Pat E says

    I still have a hard time judging the length of elastic. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I have to tighten it up.


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