Sewing Books – Beginners and Fashion

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Sewing books are our speciality since we have been publishing books on how to sew and fit fashion patterns for over 30 years!  Our best selling books are our series - FIT FOR REAL PEOPLE.  As home sewing industry recognized experts we are proud to offer our complete library of books for everyone on subjects such as:

Learn How to Sew
Teach Children to Sew
Sewing and Fitting Knit Fabric
Making Pants that Fit Great
Sewing with Sergers for Home Decor
Become a Sewing Teacher Business

and lots more..

winner-2016-best-sewing-booksCheck out our newest book - Fit for Knits here which won the prestigious book award for 2016 "Best Craft, Hobby and Sewing Book"

  • Knits for Real People

    Fitting and Sewing Fashion Knit Fabrics by Susan Neall and Pati Palmer Do you want fashionable, comfortable knit clothes? Sewing fashion knits is hot and it’s all new for the 21st century! Sue Neall, Pati Palmer, and Palmer/Pletsch instructors worldwide provide fitting and sewing how-tos for today’s modern knits, with hundreds of real people photos for illustration. ibpa-bfa-silverwinner_168w    

    WINNER OF THE 2016 IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SILVER AWARD FOR CRAFT & HOBBY BOOKS

    5 out of 5
  • The BUSINE$$ of Teaching Sewing

    SECOND EDITION by Marcy Miller and Pati Palmer Now is the ideal time to enter the business of teaching sewing. As sewing curriculum in the schools diminishes, thousands are looking elsewhere to learn to sew, or to improve their sewing skills. This newly revised book compiles more than 30 years of teaching ideas gleaned from thousands of classes taught by Palmer/Pletsch corporate educators. The authors guide you through setting up a business, identifying what, where and when to teach, creating lesson plans and visuals for teaching, then marketing yourself and your "product." Reproducible and editable business forms and teaching handouts give you a head start on making money teaching sewing.
  • My First Sewing Book—Hand Sewing

    Second Edition by Winky Cherry This book provides a fun sewing experience for children as young as 5 years. Read the book aloud (it's written in rhyme!), then help children follow directions as they sew and stuff one of many shapes from the book. The books comes as part of a kit, which includes: ▪ Two sets of precut shapes from quality felt ▪ 3 yards each of four colors of crochet thread--enough to create two projects. ▪ 43 patterns for additional projects. This book and kit is the first in the My First Sewing Book series.
  • Pants for Real People

    Second Edition by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto Forget the fitting shell! Toss the tape measure—after taking just one measurement! Now, with just the hip measurement and the help of the new Palmer/Pletsch book, Pants for REAL People, by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto, women of all sizes, shapes, and ages can try on the tissue-paper pattern to see how to fit the pants they sew. Tissue-fitting, a technique devised and perfected by Palmer/Pletsch over three decades of hands-on teaching, has never before appeared in print for pants. 192 pages.
  • Sewing Ultrasuede Brand Products by Marta Alto, Pati Palmer, and Barbara Weiland Ultrasuede is an amazing suede-like fabric that looks, feels, moves, and even sounds like real suede. This book, with its color fashion photography, simple step-by-step how-tos, easy-to-follow line drawings, tips, and care guidelines will inspire and guide you as you sew with these fabulous fabrics: Ultrasuede, Ultrasuede Light, Facile, Caress, and Ultraleather.
  • Jackets for Real People

    UPDATED by Marta Alto, Susan Neall, and Pati Palmer Use this book and ALL of your sewing will improve. For a minimal investment and a little time, you can have a designer jacket. Using the latest interfacings sew it Armani-style and achieve a custom fit no matter what your figure.
    5 out of 5
  • THE WINKY CHERRY SYSTEM OF TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN TO SEW Teaching Manual and Teach Young Children to Sew DVD

    Video and manual, each $19.95; Combo price $34.95 Not only will you learn how to teach children to sew, but also how to form competent little people who respect both people and things in this teaching system designed by teacher and author Winky Cherry. You will be introducing them to the joys of sewing, and also to a "method of learning" that can be used in all phases of their education. Levels progress from hand sewing to embroidery, doll-making, machine sewing, patchwork and quilting. Author and teacher Winky Cherry believes that children should learn to sew by hand before they learn to use a sewing machine. For ages 5 and up. Also available are book kits and teaching supplies for each of the six levels.
  • My First Embroidery Book — A Name Sampler

    Second Edition by Winky Cherry Through simple rhymes and clever illustrations, this book introduces children ages 5 and up to embroidery. Part of Winky Cherry's hands-on approach, the projects encourage children to slow down and enjoy the process of learning to sew. Fledgling embroiderists will learn basic techniques, such as the cross-stitch, by stitching their names onto gingham using charts as guides. Inspiring young students to think of embroidery as art, the simple rules in this how-to show kids how to stitch letters, borders, and hearts. The book comes as part of a kit which includes: ▪ 8" embroidery hoop ▪ gingham fabric ▪ flannel backing fabric to eliminate show-through ▪ crochet thread...enough for one name sampler This book is the second in the My First Sewing Book series.
  • Mother Pletsch's Painless Sewing with Pretty Pati's Perfect Pattern Primer Fourth Edition

    by Pati Palmer, Susan Pletsch This completely revised Mother Pletsch's Painless Sewing is a lighthearted book for both beginners and those who want a sewing brush up... the most uncomplicated sewing book of the century! Learn to sew FAST, with professional-looking results. And with Pretty Pati's Perfect Pattern Primer, you'll find your clothes fit better than ever before, thanks to co author Pati Palmer, who also designs for The McCall Pattern Company as The Fit Expert. From selecting fabric to cutting, fitting, shaping, and those all-important details, you'll love sewing, and you'll love the results.
  • Théâtre de la Mode Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture

    Liberation in the fall of 1944 after four years of foreign Occupation found Paris surviving on minimal resources. Hoping to make a statement to the world that Paris was still the center of fashion, couturiers, jewelers, milliners, hairdressers, and theatre designers joined together to present the Théâtre de la Mode.

    Using the ages-old tradition of traveling miniature mannequins dressed in current couture, the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture mobilized a whole industry with unprecedented cooperation and creativity to prove that life could begin again through these 27” tall ambassadors of fashion. This book tells their story.

  • Dream Sewing Spaces — Second Edition Design & Organization for Spaces Large & Small

    by Lynette Ranney Black

    At last... a book to help you turn your dream into a reality. Whether you have a closet, laundry room, a corner of the family room, a spare bedroom, or even the attic, author Lynette Ranney Black guides and inspires you with pages of color photos, plus, selecting lighting and cabinets. Learn how to make the most of the space you have. Check out the hundreds of storage ideas. She even shows you how to reorganize existing closets to make room for sewing storage. The Second Edition includes new sewing room photos, lots of color, and updated information. 

    5 out of 5
  • Creative Serging for the Home and Other Quick Decorating Ideas

    SECOND EDITION by Lynette Ranney Black and Linda Wisner Discover hundreds of decorating ideas. Inviting, personalized rooms range from rustic and country to contemporary and elegant, with inspiring photos and easy-to-follow illustrated how-tos for window and wall coverings, table toppers, furniture and bed covers, pillows, napkins and accessories. Easy no-sew techniques combined with serger finishes, decorative threads and simple sewing.