We all familiar with the process of learning from books. In fact, books are part and parcel of our learning process since our childhood.
Considering the importance and potential of books for learning how to sew, many experienced seamstresses have come forward to play with their sewing and literary skills.
Honestly speaking, you’ll find hundreds of books for learning how to sew. So, it’s very easy to get confused to select some books to start your reading with.
And you’ll find it easier to handle your machines, fabrics, tools and above all your projects confidently and smartly after reading a few of the masterpiece books.
In this article, I’ve enlisted a total of 10 such books that will ease your journey towards sewing career as a beginner.
I’ve mentioned what you're likely to find in these books. So, you'll be able to analyze yourself – your skill level, your goal, and where to start with.
Besides, I’ve mentioned the names of the writers of these books. So that, you can easily find these books if want to buy them.
So, let’s get started!
1. First Time Sewing: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide
By the Editors of Creative Publishing International, is one of the best books to start sewing career.
The strongest side of this book is that it contains step by step description. You’ll see that even the easiest thing to follow is described using the step by step process. The book won’t leave you in the dark.
Besides, you’ll find vivid descriptions of the sewing machine accessories that you’ll have to handle while doing a project. So, it’ll be easier for you to handle those accessories.
On top of that, you can even do some practical work by following some of the fun projects for beginners.
2. Sewing 101: Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily
This book is yet another masterpiece by the Editors of Creative Publishing International.
Even an absolute beginner will find the book easy to understand. Because it is prepared that way! You’ll see that the basics are described with photographs – each step with a photograph.
All the projects are categorized as either domestic or industrial. Making it easy for you to select projects for practical work.
Without doing practical work, reading a hundred books might not have any positive result. Try to take as much practical work as you can from this book.
3. Stitch By Stitch: Learning To Sew, One Project At A Time
Deborah Moebes is one of the popular names in this sector. In her career, she was a school teacher for ten years. Then she started teaching sewing. So, her method of describing is pretty easy to understand.
This book mainly deals with 11 sewing projects suitable for the beginners only. You'll have fun learning the projects those are fit for modern day fashion as well.
4. Singer Complete Photo Guide To Sewing
There are some people who are comfortable in learning from visual experience. Considering that in mind, the Editors of Creative Publishing International have produced this amazing book.
There are over 1000 images in the book that’ll show you how to operate your machine. Besides, you’ll also find adequate projects to do some practical work.
Don’t worry, everything is described in a step by step process. They’ve tried their best to make the book easy to understand for you.
5. Sew Everything Workshop
This book is applauded by many seamstresses for its tone and comprehensiveness. The author, Diana Rupp has made her approach from a different angle.
She tried to answer the most basic queries alongside discussing various projects for beginners.
If you’re unable to decide where to begin with, buy this book. It’ll guide you. You might even find that all your questions are answered in this book.
6. Complete Guide to Sewing
This is more of a guide than a book! Many seamstresses use this guide as a reference. The Reader’s Digest has done an outstanding job producing this guide.
You’ll find it easy to handle as the guide contains a well-organized index. If you’re stuck at one point of your project, open the index. You’ll probably find your solution.
One of the readers commented on this guide, “…it will give you lots of options.”
So, as a beginner, you can give this guide a try.
7. Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking
Tilly Walnes has a totally different approach in her book. She has tried to approach her readers using an inspirational tone.
Many people have the urge to make something by themselves. But, they lose their zeal when fail to understand where to begin. If you’re one of them, you can buy this one.
The author will make you understand the differences between making clothes all by yourself and buying one for yourself. You’ll start loving your sewing work more and more!
8. The Sewing Book: An Encyclopedic Resource of Step-by-Step Techniques
It’s really hard to say something about such a great a book. The author, Alison Smith, will take you as deep as possible so that you can relate the images and explanations.
You’ll find almost everything in this book. Descriptions of tools, patterns, different stitches, and so on. Moreover, you’ll get a total of 25 projects to decorate your loving home.
Now, if you complete some of these projects, you’ll gain practical experiences as well. This book will easily guide to accomplish these projects.
9. Sew Me! Sewing Basics
It doesn't matter if you're an absolute beginner at sewing! This book by Choly Knight will guide you in the right direction.
All the directions are easy to follow even for a beginner. You'll find the tone of the book to be easily comprehended.
Choly Knight described the basic sewing skills in a very detailed manner. Plus, you’ll get some exercises for the described skills. Learning through reading and working is the motto!
10. Sewing to Sell
Now, Virginia Lindsay has taken this book to a whole different level. This book is for beginners, not new in sewing but the business!
If you’ve basic sewing experience, this book is for you. It’ll help you use your skill and opportunities to start your own business. You’ll also get some idea on how to set up a studio for sewing.
On top of that, this book will provide you with 16 projects for beginners. With Virginia Lindsay’s tips and direction, you’ll even learn how to sell.
In a word, this book could be the best guide for seamstresses to start sewing business at home.
Before I conclude, you must keep in mind that these 10 books are just a few of the hundreds of quality books in the sewing industry. Buy few of these 10 books, and you'll understand everything automatically.
One important thing: don’t underestimate the importance of books in sewing. They come in handy at times when you don’t find a way out.
As I’ve said earlier, there are books available in the market as well. If you find buying books to be costly for you, search online for pdf books. What I mean is always keep some books with you. They’ll be your guide at times of difficulties.