Sewing is no longer the preserve of grandmothers and aunties. The popularity of vintage clothing and brands such as Cath Kidston have led to a revival of make do and mend, and people of all ages are getting creative.
This Haynes Manual starts with the basic kit and techniques before introducing fastenings, embellishments, clothing and home furnishings, as well as debunking sewing machine jargon and advising on care and maintenance.
Accompanied by illustrated step-by-step projects, this manual is a must for anyone looking to take up this already popular pastime. Essential kit: different varieties of scissors, needles, measures, markers, pins and advanced tools.
Sewing machines: choosing one, the functions and terms, specialist machines, how they work, setting tension, care and maintenance.
Fabrics: varieties, properties, patterns and preparing for sewing. Materials: threads, stitches, webbing, interfacing, wadding and stuffing. Techniques: straight sewing, curves and corners, seam allowance, starting and finishing.
Fastenings: zips, buttons, Velcro, and hooks and eyes. Techniques: trims, edgings, pleats, gathers and tucks.
Embellishment and customisation: embroidery, applique, Suffolk Puffs, beads and sequins.
Clothing and dressmaking: sizing, patterns, darts, hems, pockets, waistlines, collars, sleeves, linings and mending clothes.
Home furnishings: curtains, blinds, cushions and quilts. Step-by-step projects: embroidered napkin set, applique phone case, wrap scarf, snap-frame purse, envelope cushion cover, no-pattern skirt and bunting.