Better Homes Gardens Sewing Book Author:Better Homes & Gardens The best sewing book EVER — When I first started to sew by machine (which was several years after I started sewing by hand), mama gave me the sewing book that would be the only sewing book i would own for 20+ years: the better homes and gardens sewing book, 1961 edition. This book not only taught me most of what I know about sewing, it also for... more »med my taste in clothing. And it is the book I always recommend for beginners for the simple reason that a book that old does not assume someone just starting out will have all the fancy bells and whistles that most sewing books these days expect.
Nope, the good old vintage books expect you to have fabric, needles, thread, and scissors--if your book was written before the 1950's it might not even expect you to have a pattern or a machine!
But it WILL expect you to have an active brain. And that is where you have the advantage over seamstresses who are worrying about not having a serger or rotary cutters or automatic buttonhole stitches. Because with the use of just your attentive brain, you?re simple tools, and your trusty sewing book, you can sew ANYTHING.
You can amaze your friends and impress your coworkers with your skill and ingenuity! Your children will be smarter, your car will get better gas mileage, and your hair will be soft and manageable.« less