• Singer Perfect Plus

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    Kathleen Cheetham presents 4 enclosed patterns, step-by-step construction, and fitting instruction. Readers can create a wardrobe of versatile and stylish garments--which can be adapted for office wear, casual wear, or evening wear, just by varying the colors, fabrics, and finishing details. Never have to say you have nothing to wear again!

  • The Pocket Stylist

    Behind-the-Scenes Expertise from a Fashion Pro on Creating Your Own Unique Look

    Professional fashion advice for all body shapes and sizes!

  • Pants for Real People: Fitting Techniques

    Any sewer will benefit from the fitting techniques featured in this informative DVD, a companion to Pants for Real People: Sewing Techniques . 

    Sewers will learn how to buy the right-size pattern, fine-tune it before cutting, and then tissue-fit it. 

  • Pants for Real People: Sewing Techniques

    This informative guide illustrates how to sew great pants that flatter any fit. 

    The tips and techniques within this useful reference include how to prepare and cut fabric, mark darts, sew zippers, pin-fit the fabric, press seams, and attach different styles of waistbands. 

    This DVD is a must-have to follow up the fitting DVD.

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The Sewing Machine Guide

The Sewing Machine Guide Book

The Sewing Machine Guide Book

I’ve been reading again . . . I’m a bit of a “book”-a-holic!

Written by John Giordano in 1997 (ISBN #9 781561 582204, Taunton Product #070308), this book includes the following chapters

  • Introduction
  • Chapter One – Smart Ways to Think About Sewing
  • Chapter Two – Smart Ways to Choose a Sewing Machine
  • Chapter Three – Smart Ways to Maintain Your Sewing Machine
  • Chapter Four – Smart Ways to Buy a Sewing Machine
  • Chapter Five – Smart Ways to Use a Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Machine Sources
  • Index

I don’t know if it’s still in print and/or available, but it can be found at public libraries.

Not only is this book a great resource for anyone thinking about buying a sewing machine, it is also a good one to read about refurbishing an old machine.

One thing in particular I wanted to point out was how this book names a number of older sewing machines that are really worth their weight in gold. These are machines that were built to last and worth every penny. Mr. Giordano advises that if you ever come across one of these sewing machines, GRAB it and HOLD ON!

  • Baby Lock
  • Bernina (especially models 830, 910, 930, and 1230) are treasures
  • Brother (exceptional high-end machines)
  • Elna (especially models from the 1970’s) The “Super”, “Lotus”, or “Carina” are especially well-loved.
  • New Home (Janome) older, more expensive models were especially well-made
  • Necchi – any machine made before 1980, especially one in the Supernova series (1957)
  • Pfaff – all older models, especially model 1222 or any other model with a walking foot
  • Singer – black (sometimes white) Singer Featherweights – will only sew straight stitch but do it VERY well – and the Touch and Sew series of the 1950’s and 1960’s – avoid early computerized models (I used to have one and have to agree)
  • White – good middle-price-range machines – now owned by Viking – check with a Viking dealer

Just as when buying a car, take the machine for a nice long “test drive” before buying it!


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