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A notion for sewing
Inspired to sew by Bari J. : 15 pretty projects, sewing secrets, colorful collage
[Bari J. Ackerman].
Lafayette, CA : Stash Books, c2011.
Inspired to Sew features brilliant full-colour photography, as well as Bari¿s in-depth and easy-to-follow advice on fabric collage, free-motion stitching, machine appliqué, patchwork piecing, and simple garment techniques, making it a must-have for quilters everywhere.
     
Sew step by step : [more than 200 essential techniques for beginners]
Alison Smith.
New York : DK Pub., 2011.
  1. Includes index.
  2. Subtitle from cover.
  3. "Previously published as The sewing book."
     
Death threads
Elizabeth Lynn Casey.
Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2011.
  1. Originally published: New York : Berkley Pub. Group, 2010.
  2. "Includes sewing tips and a pattern."
     

Sewing for pleasure is a great way to save money. This is especially satisfying when you are sewing clothes for yourself and family.  It can be the creation of a special family keepsake too.

Whether you are the standard store size or can never find a size that fits you right, sewing may be the only way to get the outfit you want. Finding a sewing pattern is the first thing you need to do. Once you find the design, selecting the sewing material is next on your list of things to do.

Sewing terms

Baste - temporarily joining fabric using large stitches
Embellish - adding special decorations to your sewing project
Notions - sewing supplies such as needles, thread and scissors
Selvage - the edge of raw fabric which is unable to fray

Sewing Words

Finding a fabric outlet store can be your best friend. It is always easier to select material that gives you the satisfaction that you saved money. By the time you have your sewing material selected, you should be well on your way to getting started with sewing. Check the back of the sewing pattern for exact sewing notions needed to complete your pattern. Matching threads, elastic for waistbands, zippers, and buttons are the typical sewing notions required.

To enhance your unique dress or jacket, try some online searching for interesting buttons. It is always fun to discover a different style or color of button that will make it different from off the store rack. You will be excited about creating exceptional clothing yourself.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff