When I started sewing for real, about five or six years ago, I knew absolutely nothing about what I was doing. I had never taken a class, never had a mother or grandmother that had taught me any sewing skills, and never really read or seen a book on how to sew. I just found some online tutorials for making simple skirts and pillowcase dresses and started there.
I wish this book had been available to me back then!
I’m so honored to know the author of the Essential Sewing Reference Tool, Carla Hegeman Crim, aka The Scientific Seamstress. She was a wonderful addition to the Sew Fab Pattern Sale last fall, and (you didn’t hear it here), but rumor has it she’s returning to the Spring Sale. She is a dynamo in the sewing world and to say that this book is a reference book does not do it justice!
The Essential Sewing Reference Tool covers everything you need to know about sewing in 130 pages (PDF version). Never sewed a stitch in your life? This is the book for you! You say you’ve been sewing for years? This is for you too! I guarantee you will learn something new! For instance, I’ve been sewing for several years and I have never really paid any attention to thread weight… until now. Lookie there! There are numbers assigned to thread weight. How did I not know this?
The photography in the Essential Sewing Reference Tool is top-notch; it’s just beautiful. It’s a visual guide as well as a reference guide, which is what makes it such a handy book to have, and trust me, you NEED this book. There is information on ways to finish seam allowances, every hem you can think of (including one I had never even heard of), how to make your own bias tape, and so much more. I particularly find the Garment Making and Sizing Chart sections to be very helpful!
I can’t say enough great things about this book because if I told you all of the awesome things about it this post would go on forever and you would leave me.
Plus we’d never get around to the giveaway!
That’s right! I’m giving away one copy of the Essential Sewing Reference Tool. Just leave a comment for me telling me one sewing skill you’d like to improve and you’re entered! Don’t forget to include your email address so that I can contact you if you win.
*International winner will receive a PDF copy, Domestic winner will receive print copy.