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"The serger is the most versatile tool a sewist can use, capable of hemming, seaming, decorative finishes and more. Too often, sergers are used for finishing edges and nothing more, simply because "it's too complicated to change the settings." Author Gail Yellen is here to demystify the serger and help you get the most out of your machine! By familiarizing yourself with the various components and how they affect the stitch, you'll tackle new stitches and techniques with a new enthusiasm. Advice on threading, tension, differential feed, and needles relevant to all models; tips for using decorative threads that result in masterful finishes, cover stitch and more--it's all here in Serger Essentials!"--
Master the magic of the serger with this detailed guidebook and DVD workshop. Both the book and DVD are filled to the brim with serger sewing techniques, and expert instructor Pamela Leggett presents all you need to know about operating your machine and using it for so much more than cleaning up raw edges. Get to know your serger inside and out. Popular instructor Pamela Leggett explains how a serger works and walks readers through the serging process. Equal parts detailed reference and DVD workshop, readers will find a wealth of serger sewing techniques that are helpful and produce amazing results: --Spool-threading secrets (this alone is worth the price!) --Adjusting tension and controlling fabric feed --How to sew basic stitches in a speedy fashion Take advantage of all the multitasking capabilities a serger can offer. Readers will find they can sew better and faster with these techniques, and will love learning how to: · use flatlock stitching to secure heavy fabrics · embellish any fabric with decorative stitching · make tiny rolled hems on lightweight material · create heirloom-quality pintucks and ruffles Do more and do it confidently. Serger Techniques answers all your serger questions, and makes using the serger less daunting and lots more fun. This DVD/ book workshop will help stitchers of every skill level build confidence and do more with the serger than they ever thought possible.
Build your wardrobe with must-have modern basics from the premier name in fashion sewing--BurdaStyle. BurdaStyle is a legendary brand that focuses on the fashionable and high-style sewing marketplace. Sewists know the BurdaStyle name and its reputation for high-quality patterns. BurdaStyle Modern Sewing: Wardrobe Essentials includes 21 projects from the archives of BurdaStyle magazine. All of the must-have basics of a woman's wardrobe are covered in this collection: jackets, pants, blouses, skirts, and dresses. The designs include versatile separates as well as combinations that further expand the possibilities for the modern woman's wardrobe. In addition to the 21 patterns, there are 9 variations. Many of the projects include illustrated step-by-step tutorials. Most of the projects are easy to intermediate, and sizes range from 2 to 14. Wardrobe Essentials includes a Burda 101 section that covers everything the reader needs to know to follow the patterns.
For those who have mastered the basics and want a challenge, Serger Secrets provides instructions for adding more than 50 techniques to the sewers arsenal. Complete with troubleshooting tips and dozens of inspiring photographs of completed garments, Serger Secrets is guaranteed to bring out the creativity in any designer.
The Bare Essentials series is an invaluable resource for anyone entering into the field of lingerie design. This volume summarizes the basics of underwear design, from sewing and construction to drafting and pattern grading; introducing these subjects in a manageable capacity. Bare Essentials is organized into three main sections based on the complexities of the information provided. Included in this book are basic patterns for briefs and boyshorts. What you will learn: • Construction methods using elastics and stretch fabrics • Manipulation of basic patterns • Pattern drafting from measurements • Developing grade rules and grading patterns
“There's nothing better than an author who's made all the mistakes herself, has taught hundreds of others, and writes with humor. Chris James fills the bill. This beautiful book talks about knits, rolled hems, and flatlocking. At the end is a trouble-shooting guide....The close-up color photos make her text even more understandable....highly recommended.”—The Creative Machine. “The most comprehensive reference on serging to date.”—Craft & Needlework Age.
Quick and easy instructions for making seventy-five scented gifts introduce readers to the fun, fragrant world of sachets, scented pillows, bath oils, lotions, decorated soaps, herbal oils, teas, and much, much more. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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