Wendy Gardiner is an internationally accredited sewing machine expert who has been editor of leading sewing magazines, Vogue Patterns, Sewing World and Sew Hip. She has produced major books and DVDs on sewing, which she passionately promotes as a fun, affordable hobby. Wendy also runs creative sewing weekends and is a regular guest presenter on shopping channels Ideal World and Create & Craft TV.
This book is great for a beginner, or someone who needs a refresher for on sewing! Instructions are clear, pictures are easy to look at, very nice. -- K-State Library This book has a wealth of information for anyone wanting to learn about sewing or the sewer who needs a refresher. -- DOD FMWR Libraries Wendy includes useful information of fabrics, threads, needles and other equipment. Her clear directions and the helpful pictures will help you in your sewing adventure! --Tea Rose Home Gardiner, editor of Vogue Patterns, organizes the basics of sewing techniques into a photo-heavy encyclopedia (minus the thumb indexes) for beginner sewers and experts alike. --Publisher's Weekly From Publisher's Weekly: Gardiner, editor of Vogue Patterns, organizes the basics of sewing techniques into a photo-heavy encyclopedia (minus the thumb indexes) for beginner sewers and experts alike. Gardiner begins with the essentials: she addresses what to look for in a sewing machine and how different machines work, and proceeds to discuss types of fabrics, threads, needles, and other notions. There's also pattern and measurement advice. She covers the sewing techniques of hand and machine stitching, plus "corners and curves" and seams. Then her attention shifts to the style techniques of hemming and facing. She covers darts and tucks, waistbands, cuffs, and fasteners (zippers and buttonholes); she teaches how to gather and ruffle and how to thread elastic through a casing. At the end, she shifts from sewing clothes to sewing soft furnishings like curtains and blinds. Along the way, among lists of types of fabrics and machines, she tucks in Heloisean hints ("use a seam ripper to open buttonholes") and helpful tips such as how to applique. Although her introductions are bloated with glittering generalities (e.g.,"there is a huge range of sewing machines available today"), her main content is needle-sharp. (Oct.)