My first attempts at sewing were disasters. I chose the wrong fabrics, the wrong thread types, the wrong pins and needles (trust me, it's possible), and I didn't understand what most of the pattern terms meant. What's the difference between basting a seam and sewing it? How do you make the sewing machine work right so that it doesn't pucker the fabric? What does it mean to ease a seam? Isn't a pleat the same as a tuck?
Singer Sewing Essentials is a must-have reference library book for all would be seamstresses and tailors that answers all of these question and more. The entire book is well-illustrated with color photographs that show you exactly what is meant as well as explains how to do many of the basic sewing techniques that are common to many sewing patterns.
The softcover book is divided into three main sections: Equipment, Getting Started, and Sewing Techniques. Under Equipment, the sewing machine and essential tools necessary for sewing are discussed. Under Getting Started, understanding patterns, fabric essentials, and layout, cutting and marking the fabric is discussed. Under Sewing Techniques, stitches, seams, darts, gathers, pleats, tucks, collars, waistbands, hems, buttonholes, snaps and zippers are discussed and fully illustrated in step by step detail.
Using Sewing Essentials as a reference guide, even a goofy beginner like me was able to sew tailored lined jackets for myself that looked so good that people were asking me what store I bought my jacket from. Now THAT'S a successful accomplishment!