Fabrics A-to-Z: The Essential Guide to Choosing and Using Fabric for Sewing ペーパーバック – 2012/4/1
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Fabrics A to Z is the essential guide for sewists and fabric enthusiasts of all levels. This thorough resource explains the unique characteristics, strengths, and limitations of more than 100 fabrics in easy-to-understand terms, so any sewist can enter a fabric shop with confidence. From dotted swiss to silk charmeuse to faux fur, each entry includes a close-up photo of the fabric as well as an overview of its characteristics, ideal uses, and special considerations when sewing. As a bonus, the book concludes with a section on the best tools and notions to use when working with particular fibers, as well as tips on how to read patterns. The small size and flexibind format of Fabrics A to Z make it perfect for tossing into a bag when headed to the fabric store.
Dana Willard is the creator of the popular blog MADE. Her patterns and designs have been featured in sewing publications such as Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause and Sew magazine, as well as on blogs and zines such as Craft, Odeedoh, Sewfearless, and Refashion. She lives in Texas. Visit her website at dana-made-it.com.
If I could make a suggestion it would be to make it spiral bound and add fabric swatches so you can see and feel the fabric. Or make it expandable so the consumer could add swatches.
I have read through this book twice, and have learned a lot about fabrics, even seeing where I went wrong with past sewing disasters. It has made an excellent quick reference. It is small enough to keep by my machines. It has saved me time setting up my machines and testing on scraps, knowing what thread to use, needle, stitch, or special considerations with the fabric I am sewing. I highly recommend this book.
Not only does she give info on fabric, but she also includes descriptions about notions and pattern symbols. I think this is a great reference book for anybody who sews.