Continuing on from Learning to Sew, from last week, I will be reviewing another book that has helped me learn to sew.
This time I am going to look at another popular book: Sewing for Dummies. This is another good book that has helped me out quite a lot. If you are familiar with the "For Dummies" range, then you will recognize the layout of the book, which can be quite helpful. At the beginning of the book you have a handy "cheat sheet" which includes references such as a needle size chart, with what fabrics are best for different sized needles. And a yardage conversion table, for changing what yardage of fabric you need depending on the width of fabric. (This is a lot less scary than it sounds at first.)
Sewing For Dummies also has useful icons throughout the book, with tips and reminders, as well as warnings.
This is a book that if you wanted to, you could read from front to back. But if you just wanted to look up a certain technique or look for a few hints and tips on a certain process, you can certainly dip in and out of it with ease. This is the primary book I used when I first started to learn to sew, however it can be a bit intimidating as it does look a lot like a text book:
If you have just started, and have tried a few things, then I would say that the last chapter (The Part of Tens) is a definite must read! Ten Tips for Mixing Patterns, Ten Mistakes Beginners Often Make and Ten Sewing Fundamentals to Remember. I should probably have listened to the advice given here about not attempting a project beyond your skill level. I spent ten months avoiding my sewing machine because the first item of clothing I tried (a SHIRT!) had got me very confused and feeling a bit useless!
This does have some projects included, but they are a bit old fashioned for me. But if you do like the projects then that is an added bonus.