Sewing Answers

A few weeks ago I received from publishers David & Charles a little book that made the somewhat bold claim on its cover “Solutions to every problem you’ll ever face.  Answers to every question you’ll ever ask”.  What was my reaction to this statement?  “I don’t need a book for that; I have Google and YouTube to answer all my questions”.  So because of my virtual ‘oracle’, I wrongly left this little book on the side to have a look at some other time (maybe when the internet connection was down).  I wish I hadn’t. Without having to log on, register for endless offers I don’t want, reset my firewall settings, do something with cookies (gone are the days they were something you ate them!), or virus scan, the Sewing Answer Book by Barbara Weiland Talbert is a wealth of information for both the gurus and beginners.

Look no further, the answers to your sewing questions are in this book.

You might say that the best way to learn to sew is to, well, sew and maybe one of the best ways to do that is to sign up for a sewing class or join a sewing club; and I agree.  But what happens when you are at home reading a pattern, or wondering what is the best interfacing to go for, or why you are doing wrong when machine-stitching a stretchy knit hem the fabric tunnels and ripples.  Well this book has those answers.

What I like the most of this little book is that it doesn’t only give you the definition of a term or lists the different types of fabrics, it also tells you why it is important to do something or why not to do it.  Do you want an example for that?  Let’s take something very simple, topstitching.  Many patterns tell you to topstitch a piece of a pattern.  I sometimes did it sometimes not, mainly because I didn’t know what the purpose of that was.  Now I know that it is to stabilize the edge of a fabric amongst other purposes, now that I know this I never fail to do it.

Do I recommend this book?  Absolutely yes.   Has it delivered what it states on its cover?  So far it has.  To test how good this book really is I have conjured up questions or and considered what would I need to do to if I ever wanted to this or that? and then looked in the The Sewing Answer Book and voilà the answer was there, prompting me to stop thinking about possible scenarios with my sewing machine and get sewing!

The Sewing Answer Book by Barbara Weiland Talbert is published by David & Charles ( ISBN-10 0715338390, ISBN-13 978-0715338391)

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7 Responses to “Sewing Answers”

  1. Mary says:

    Does it tell you how to bias bind the inside of a corner? I’ve finishing a project which has corners like a quilt and then the opposite – see I can’t even describe it let alone know where to look for the answer! That was my little issue last night! I did however bluff my way through it but I’m sure there must be a way…

  2. lizzet says:

    Hi Mary! Difficult to find the answer to that question, but I think the answer of your question is on page 263 and 268. This can turn in a challenge game to test this book! By the way, the dresses that you have been making for charity are beautiful and the time that you have invested in making them is priceless. xx

  3. Fiona says:

    Hi Lizzet
    You’ve talked me into this. Heading out this afternoon to pick up my copy! The shop have kept one on the side for me!

    Fi

  4. lizzet says:

    Hi Fiona, I hope you like it. The books is very well divided in chapters and the index also takes you straight to where you want to be. Let me know what you think of the book xx

  5. Mary says:

    Hi Lizzet
    I guess I’d better put it on my wish list then, if it can solve that query for me it must be awesome!
    Mx

  6. Mary says:

    My copy has just arrived so I’m sat down with a cuppa (choc brownies with sour cherries in the oven – smelling divine, my screaming boy now asleep in his pushchair) and checked out those pages – nope they don’t solve it for me, so I’ll keep reading!

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