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Practical sewing techniques

Practical sewing techniques

Sleigh-Johnson, Ruth; Palmer, Martin, 1947-

A general introduction to the basic skills of sewing practice, this practical guide gives learners a solid foundation from which to expand their sewing confidence. It is also a handy reference tool for those with more experience

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: A. & C. Black, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: Ruth Sleigh-Johnson ; photographs by Martin Palmer
ISBN: 1408127482, 9781408127483
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: 143 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm.
Subject: Beauty and Fashion.; Sewing.


  1. GETTING STARTEDSewing by hand to make and mend, handsewing buttons
  2. hems, mending, etc.How to become a confident machinist - setting up
  3. your machine - sewing in a
  4. straight line - going round corners - getting curves right.
  5. Choosing and caring for fabric.CONSTRUCTIONStitches: temporary joining
  6. neatening, decorative; Seams: French, flat
  7. raw-edged; Fastenings: zips, buttonholes, hooks and loops; Hems: by
  8. machine, by
  10. FACINGSDESIGN DETAILS Sleeves, collars and cuffs, pocketsFINISHING
  11. TOUCHES Binding and piping, frills, smocking, roleau hoops and
  12. rosettesMAKING Start to finish in sixty minutes.
  13. Skirts: A-line, dirndl, and circle; Dresses: shift, kaftan and empire
  14. Tops: T-shirt, blouse and vest
  15. Cushions: pillowslips, bags and tablelinen

Author note

Ruth Sleigh-Johnson lives in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex and is a mother of three. She has worked as a freelance stylist and fashion editor for magazines, catalogues and TV and radio items. She has lectured at colleges including London College of Fashion, and currently teaches art and textiles at a girls' grammar school. She is the author ofPractical Textiles Techniques.