Friday, October 01, 2010

Serious Sewers, Listen Up! You want these!!!

As regular readers of this blog know, I've been in a sewing mood all summer and it seems to be continuing in to Fall. I've been scanning Amazon and picking up second-hand sewing books when I can get them for under $5 and recently I got two EXCELLENT ones. If you are serious about sewing I encourage you to check these out.

Fine Machine Sewing by Carol Laflin Ahles
I almost passed this one up because I didn't think I'd do much fancy sewing but I'm very glad I didn't. It is LOADED with information including how your sewing machine works, how to choose presser feet, threads, needles and more and tons of tips on gorgeous precise detailing for anything you care to use it on. I doubt I'll ever make anything as dainty and lacy as some of the French heirloom pieces shown but I can't wait to use the hemstitching techniques, the twin needle welting and pintucks, etc.

I love sewing with silk, fine cotton and light-weight linen. I have a Viking 105e and this book gives plenty of tips for adapting all these techniques for whatever machine you have. I've learned so much before even sitting down to sew. Great book.

The Great Put On: Sew Something Smashing! by Lois Ericson and Linda Wakefield
I mentioned buying Design & Sew it Yourself: A Workbook for Creative Clothing by Lois & Diane Ericson a couple weeks ago so when I saw this book I snapped it up. It's every bit as inspirational as that one. It has chapters on pockets, sleeves, collars, cuffs, linings, adapting patterns, techniques and more - a terrific book by the always inspiring Ericsons.  

Thanks for reading.


  1. Ooooh, that coat in the last picture, almost enough to make me take up sewing.

    You will be turning out some great stuff with these books around.

  2. Have and love both of these books. I also love "Shirtmaking" by David Page Coffin, which is full of couture tips and techniques. He also has a video, and YouTube episodes. Can't wait to see what you make next!

  3. Thanks, Carla. Of course, it now gives me an excuse to buy more presser feet!

    LaceLady, I have Shirtmaking and love it. Some of his tricks are amazing. I made a shirt using his techniques from fuschia silk dupioni and it is one of my favorite garments.


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