The Sewing Book: Over 300 Step-by-Step Techniques


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This is your complete guide to sewing absolutely everything, from altering clothes to home decor. Master every sewing technique in the book!

Fully illustrated and easy to use, this sewing book covers all the essential skills and techniques for successful hand and machine-sewing. It’s a must-have for beginners and expert stitchers alike.

Comprehensive step-by-step instructions cover everything from cutting out patterns to making sleeves and stitching hems. Accompanied by close-up photographs, clear instructions, and a glossary of sewing terminology to demystify even the trickiest technique. This book will help you advance from a sewing learner to a seasoned stitcher in no time.

All the techniques and projects are graded by difficulty level, from the simple and straightforward to the more complex and challenging ones. There are 10 new, stylish projects to help you put into practice what you’ve learned. Explore in-depth descriptions on more than 100 tools and 250 techniques, and browse an updated visual directory of more than 50 fabrics.

From basic sewing kits and cutting tools, to measuring tools and marking aids, this book will also help you get properly kitted out! Zoomed-in photographs of hand and machine tools show you the best equipment for the job and teaches you exactly how to use it.

A Stitch in Time 

There have been over 375,000 copies sold worldwide, making this the ultimate sewing book!

We will guide you through every hand stitch, machine stitch and sewing technique you’ll ever need. We’ve included the best way to seam and hem, and put in linings, fasteners, darts, pleats and pockets, and how to create necklines, collars and sleeves so you can make your favorite bespoke outfits.

Inside the pages of this sewing guide, you’ll find:

• Up-to-date techniques to help you master the art of sewing and develop your stitching skills.
• How to choose and use today’s sewing equipment, fabrics, and paper patterns.
• 10 new projects for stylish homeware and clothing.
• Step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions.

About the Author

Alison Smith MBE is the founder of one the premier sewing schools in the UK, offering courses in all aspects of
sewing, including dressmaking, tailoring, and corsetry. She regularly lectures at specialized sewing shows and is a
contributor to Sewing World magazine. She is also the author of DK’s Dressmaking. She is the first person to be
awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) honor for services to Sewing and Corsetry.

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The Sewing Book: Over 300 Step-by-Step Techniques



Failure to choose the correct thread can spoil your project and lead to problems with the stitch quality of the sewing machine or serger.

Useful Extras

There are many more accessories that can be purchased to help with your sewing, and knowing which products to choose and for which job can be daunting.


The term notions covers all the bits and pieces that sewers tend to need, for example fasteners such as buttons, snaps, hooks, and eyes, and Velcro. But notions also includes elastics, ribbons, trims of all types, and boning.


All collars consist of a minimum of two pieces, the upper collar (which will be on the outside) and the under collar. Interfacing, which is required to give the collar shape and structure, if often applied to the upper collar to give a smoother appearance to the fabric.

Envelope Cushion

This attractive cushion with matching covered buttons is quick and easy to make; an ideal project for beginners. It is made using just three pieces—one front and two back pieces—to create the envelope, and requires just 20 inches of fabric using an economical cutting layout.


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