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Subject: Best book to Learn sewing clothes?
Date Posted: 8/15/2009 8:32 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2007
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I am having a hard time trying to find something (here), on how to make your own clothes. I don't  want books on altering clothes you already have,  but how to make pants and shirts and skirts etc.

Can anyone help recomend something, please?

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 10:44 AM ET
Member Since: 2/17/2006
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Singer makes very good basic sewing books. Try this:

Singer Simple Sewing Guide

These are also good:

Sew Everything Workshop

Sewing for Dummies

And books by this author, who writes about making your own patterns. Very good!

Rene Bergh





Date Posted: 10/8/2009 7:43 AM ET
Member Since: 7/5/2007
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Before sewing pants, consider what you're doing it for. If you just want some simple pull-on pants with maybe side seam pockets, it's probably a good idea to sew them. If you want pants like you can buy at the store... buy them at the store. They're a pain to make and cost about the same as buying them.

Once you've learned the sewing basics from the book of your choice, I recommend you read "Sewing Secrets from the Fashion Industry". It'll teach you some industrial techniques that will revolutionize your sewing and make it much faster and easier for you.

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 7:55 PM ET
Member Since: 11/11/2009
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I would suggest going to a local bookstore and browsing the shelves to find a book that you like before you buy any.  It can help to see them.  I sew most of my clothes but I originally took classes in school.  I'm old enough that you had to take sewing in jr. high and I took additional classes in high school.  Pants are difficult.  I have one friend who makes her own jeans but that's because she is 6'  tall.  She took a class to learn how to fit the pattern correctly.   When I use a new pattern I compare it to clothing that I have that I know fits.  I would start with basic patterns - probably a skirt.