The thing about sewing is that you will never learn it all. And, that's one of the things I love about it. Perhaps you've been doing a particular technique the same way for years, but it's almost guaranteed there are several different ways of doing the same thing. Sometimes even better.
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In my free time I run a sewing group (a sewing support group is more like it). The things I've learned from members have made my sewing easier, more productive and certainly more professional. I wouldn't trade hands on learning for anything.
Next in importance to learning is my sewing library. Over the years I have amassed quite a selection and it's stocked with all kinds of books on techniques, tips, how-tos from the pros and most of them offer a different take!
If you are new to sewing you'll want to start collecting books that offer sewing tips. The things I look for in a sewing book are clear photos or illustrations that have step-by-step instructions of techniques. I personally am a visual and hands on learner. Having a well thought out visual presentation is a must for me.
Secondly, I love spiral bound books, they lie flat, and unless my cat is serving as my giant big-butt paperweight, spiral bound is nice to have.
Additionally, there are books in my library from the best seamstresses around. Nancy Zieman and Claire Shaeffer are just two experts that I have in my library. Their sewing knowledge is a must for beginner and pro.
Tip: Shaeffer's Fabric Guide is indispensable. Period. Plus, I sew vintage, and having vintage sewing books is a must. Check local flea markets, thrift stores, eBay and garage sales for these gems.
A relative newcomer Joi Mahon's new book Create the Perfect Fit: Measuring and Pattern Fitting for Real Sewing Solutions hit shelves back in 2014. To be honest I didn't think it would offer me much and came to it with a closed mind, I'm afraid to say. But, then I opened it up and absolutely LOVED IT. I have a fitting issue that I've been trying to tackle for a while and her solution was magic. I love her charm, her approach and can't wait to see what else she does in the future. Oh, and the book is spiral bound.
Nicole Vasbinder is name that might not be familiar to new sewers, she has a series of books that are a must for seamstresses at any level. Her books offer great photos and illustrations, easy to follow instructions, timely advice and tips that will expand as your expertise does. I particularly like her new book Sewing Machine Secrets. I had no idea my sewing machine was keeping secrets from me but now I know a lot more, and I've had my machine for 10 years!
Let me know what your favorite tip is or your favorite sewing book is and you will be entered to win Sewing Machine Secrets by Nicole Vasbinder.
Happy sewing and reading!
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