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Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Sewing Machines Choosing a Machine Knowing Your Machine Understanding Attachments The Necessary Needle Threading Your Machine Cleaning and Maintenance Using the Machine Chapter 2: Sewing Tools and Notions Choosing Shears and Scissors Knowing Your Needles and Pins Learning About Thread Choosing Measuring Tapes and Gauges Choosing Marking Tools Considering Pressing Tools Learning About Interfacing Understanding Trims and Bindings Understanding Elastic and Fasteners Chapter 3: Fabric Facts Comments on Cottons A Look at Linen A Word About Wool Studying Silks Selecting Synthetics Knowing Your Knits Choosing Wisely Preparing Your Fabric Chapter 4: Basic Mending and Altering Why Bother? Mending Hems and Seams Changing Hem Lines Taking In or Letting Out a Seam Mending Simple Tears Mending Holes Buttons and Buttonholes Chapter 5: Making Curtains Planning Your Curtains Estimating Yardage Choosing Curtain Fabrics Cutting Out Your Curtains Sewing Your Curtains Making Ruffles Making Valances and Flounces Tab Curtains Scalloped Topped Curtains Chapter 6: Tablecloths Measuring and Shopping Piecing Larger Cloths Cutting an Oval Cutting a Circle Stitching the Hems Reversible Tablecloths Decorating Ideas Chapter 7: Pillow Possibilities Learning the Basics Adding Ruffles and Piping Making an AppliquÈ Top Making a Handkerchief Top Making a Quilt Block Top Making Woven-Ribbon Top Making Chair Cushions Chapter 8: More Stuffed Fun Fashioning a Fabric Wreath Making Gingerbread Dolls Making a Jingle Kitty Trying a Turtle Shape Making a Childís Ball Chapter 9: Three-Piece Crib Set Taking the Measurements Buying Special Supplies Making Fitted Corners Encasing the Elastic Making a Comforter Cutting and Stitching the Bumper Pads Adding Ties Finishing Chapter 10: AppliquÈd Tote Bag Designing the Bag for Your Needs Fabric Shopping Making Patterns for AppliquÈ Cutting to Order Putting the Pieces Together Making the Handles Sewing It All Together Boxing the Corners Chapter 11: Fun-to-Make Gifts Trimming Infantís Tee shirts Easy Turned AppliquÈ Adding Snaps to Toddler Overalls Learning Machine Monogramming Toddlerís Quiet Books Activity Book Alternative Chapter 12: Lined Baskets and Pincushions Measuring Your Basket Cutting Pieces and Pockets Stitching and Gluing Adding Trim Removable Lining Lining the Lid Pincushion Basket Chapter 13: Hanging Caddies Planning for Specific Uses Pattern and Pieces Pockets and Trim Attachments for Hanging Putting Front and Back Together Binding the Edges Final Details Chapter 14: ìWelcome Springî Wall Hanging Reading the Pattern Planning the Message Blocks Cutting the Pieces Piecing the Tulip Piecing the Butterfly Learning Reverse AppliquÈ Assembling and Quilting Preparing for Hanging Folded Binding Chapter 15: Making a Simple Dress from a Pattern Choosing a Pattern Reading the Envelope Fitting the Pattern Laying Out the Pattern Inserting a Centered Zipper Cutting and Marking the Pieces Stitching Darts and Seams Sewing Facings and Interfacings Hem, and Youíre Done Chapter 16: Infantís Gown Making a Pattern Fabric and Notions Sewing the Sleeves and Side Seams Making Bias Binding Finishing the Neckline Front Fasteners Making a Casing for Bottom Tie Shirt Alternative Chapter 17: Making a Vest Making a Pattern Shopping and Cutting Decorating With Crayons Adding a Slashed Pocket Adding Back Ties Constructing the Vest Reversible Alternative Sewing the Shoulder Seams Adding Buttonholes Chapter 18: Making a Skirt from a Pattern Choosing a Pattern Shopping and Fitting Cutting and Marking Inserting a Lapped Zipper Possible Pockets Hidden Side Pockets Sewing Darts and Seams Finishing the Waistline Final Details Chapter 19: Little Girlís Jumper Taking Measurements Choosing Material Making the Patterns Cutting Pieces by Measure Constructing the Top Constructing the Skirt Attaching Skirt to Front Buttons, Buttonholes and Ties Chapter 20: Tailored Shirt from a Pattern Beginning as Usual Finishing the Front Edges Making Tailored Pockets Sewing One- or Two-Piece Collars Making Cuff Openings Adding the Cuffs Easing in the Sleeves Finishing with Buttons and Hem Chapter 21: Advanced Mending and Altering Appraising the Problem Darts and Shaping Shortening Sleeves Adding Panels Frayed Cuffs and Collars Replacing Worn-out Lining Replacing a Broken Zipper Camouflaging Stains Or Mended Areas Complete Makeover Ideas Appendix A: Glossary Appendix B: Resources
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Sewing, Dressmaking