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A-Z of Heirloom Sewing


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Compiled by the expert team at Country Bumpkin, renowned Australian publishers of embroidery books and magazines.


Jul 2015

Today we are so used to buying clothes off the peg, so it is refreshing to see a book about sewing that can be handed down the generations. This is a wonderful resource for beginners and experts alike and is packed with information; equipment, fabric, stitches and pressing are all included, as well as lace techniques. While hand-worked edges and finishes are all described, most of the work is executed on electric swing machine, but this is taken back to its basics with pictures that can be easily followed. A beautifully produced book.

* Yorkshire Gazette & Herald *

September 2015

Heirloom sewing includes specialized techniques often seen in antique or couture garments, including entredeux, lace insertions, smocking, and decorative hems and edgings. This guidebook introduces heirloom sewing methods via step-by-step instructions with close-up photographs of each step. While contemporary sewing machines can be used for some of the techniques, the traditional method is often hand sewing, and this book presents both approaches as applicable, allowing sewists to choose which is best for their specific application. Heirloom sewing techniques are most commonly employed on formal clothing for children, and numerous examples of finished items demonstrating the use of multiple techniques are provided. VERDICT Though this targets a very specific segment of the sewing community, there aren't many resources that clearly present heirloom sewing techniques in one place. Like other books in the series, this presents useful information in an easy-to-use package.

* Library Journal, USA *

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