Sew Any Fabric

Sew Any Fabric

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Fabric Basics at Your Fingertips

Have you ever wished you could call an expert and ask for a five-minute explanation on the particulars of a fabric you are sewing? Claire Shaeffer provides this key information for 88 of today's most popular fabrics. In this handy, easy-to-follow reference, she guides you through all the basics while providing hints, tips, and suggestions base don her 20-plus years as a college instructor, pattern designers, and author.

In each concise chapter, Claire shares fabric facts, design ideas, workroom secrets, and her sewing checklist, as well as her sewability classification to advice you on the difficulty of sewing each fabric. Color photographs offer further ideas. The succeeding sections offer sewing techniques and advice on needles, threads, stabilizers, and interfacings. Claire's unique fabric/fiber dictionary cross-reference over 600 additional fabrics.

An invaluable reference for any one who sews, "Sew Any Fabric" provides practical, clear information for novices and inspiration for more experienced sewers who are looking for new ideas and techniques.

Publisher: Iola, WI : Krause Publications, c2003.
ISBN: 9780873496438
Branch Call Number: 677.02864/SHAEFFER
Characteristics: 159 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.


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Aug 20, 2013

Normally these 'fabric selection' books aren't very useful, but trust Claire Shaeffer to bring the smarts. She pulls out some "oh man, why didn't I think of that!" techniques for stretch, slinky, silks; she has slippery, stitch slip matters under control, with back up plans when the first solution won't work. Or the second.

I do like Shaeffer's writing, I have enjoyed all her books; she has a very personable and professional approach to sewing; it's about problem solving, of getting the product that you were aiming at. Her work on couture sewing is aspirational and worth checking out.

I honestly expected to blast through this in an hour, and am still making notes a week later. Worth a look for advanced or beginner.


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