DetailsSuppose you have just run out of fabric, clipped through a seam, or made an awful welt. If you do, don't panic -- emergency help is on the way.
With humor and understanding, Barbara Deckert draws from her personal experience to show you how to correct all the possible mistakes that you may encounter while sewing. The first book of its kind, Sewing 911 is an indispensable manual for newbie and experienced sewers alike.
With step-by-step text and photographs, Deckert explains how to salvage your project -- even if things appear to have gone terribly wrong. You won't have to work by trial and error -- or worse -- give up out of frustration. You will learn to correct fitting flaws such as clothes that are too short, too tight, too wide or too low cut -- and have fun doing it.
'This book is a first-aid manual for sewers -- knowing how to fix your mistakes will help you sew with calm and confidence.'
-- from the Introduction
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SKU THR63077767 Table Of Contents Introduction
Chapter 1 Accidental Fabric Injuries
Flaws and Holes
Rips and Snips
Overly Enthusiastic Clipping and Trimming
Chapter 2 Shortages
Not Enough Fabric
Not Enough Buttons
Not Enough Thread
Chapter 3 Defective Design Details
Lopsided Laps and Lower Edges
Uneven Hemlines on Layered Skirts and Dresses
Fixing Flap Fatigue
Flipping, Flopping, Puckering, and Pulling
Mismatched Plaids and Patterns
Chapter 4 Fitting Flaws
Too Low Cut
Not Enough Ease
The Sleeve Doesn't Fit the Armscye
Chapter 5 Surface Problems
Spots and Show-Through
Finicky Fibers and Weary Weaves
Appendix A: Troubleshooting Your Sewing Machine
Appendix B: Emergency Supplies
Appendix C: Stain Removal
Appendix D: Burn Testing for Fiber Content
Do you have sewing emergencies? We all do, no matter how well we sew or how many years we've been sewing. Mistakes just happen, and they always seem to happen when it's least convenient. The phone rings and while you're screening the call, you accidentally cut off a hem allowance on a skirt. Your toddler sneaks up behind you and tugs at your sleeve just as you're clipping open the ends of a welt pocket. It's 6 p.m. the day of your daughter's prom, she's hovering over you in electric curlers and hysterics, and you run out of the right color of thread to topstitch the hem of her dress. The circuit board in your electronic sewing machine shorts out in the middle of your last keyhole buttonhole on the new jacket that you wanted to wear for the big meeting in the morning. So what's a sewer to do?
As in any emergency, when we make a sewing mistake it's easy to succumb to panic and exasperation. For our common medical problems, like a sprained ankle or a bout with the flu, most of us are prepared with a little basic knowledge of first aid, some elastic bandages, and canned chicken soup. Sewers also need to keep remedies and supplies handy for their sewing disasters. This book is a first-aid manual for sewers.
Please note that you will find few if any 'you should have dones' in this book. Hindsight is always clear! Nor will you find many admonitions to 'rip and resew,' since that's a straightforward solution to a sewing error that just won't help in many situations. What you will find here are practical and easy-to-follow instructions for other methods of 'saving the patient,' that is, the labor and materials you have invested in your sewing project.
Some of the treatments in this book are quick and simple. Some are more elaborate and creative. You get to choose how much effort you wish to put into your sewing emergency, and that will depend on the monetary and emotional value of the project. Remember that while not every 'patient' can be saved, most can. Knowing how to fix your mistakes will help you sew with calm and confidence.
Video No Author Barbara Deckert ISBN 978-1-60085-584-9 Publication Year 2001 Pages 160 Photo color photos Drawings and drawings Video Download No Other Formats No Cover PDF eBook Format eBook (PDF)
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