Sewing is one of those crafts that once you get started, you can change your world: you can make clothes that actually fit, pillows and curtains the exact color you want, beautiful gifts for your friends and family… and so much more!
The Liberty Book of Home Sewing
This is the first-ever home sewing book by the venerable textile company Liberty of London, using their fabrics.
Oliver + S Little Things to Sew: 20 Classic Accessories and Toys for Children
Liesl Gibson is a mom and the founder of Oliver + S, a sewing pattern company known for its contemporary yet classically sensible kids' designs, its precise, easy-to-follow instructions, and its paper doll-inspired packaging.
Me and My Sewing Machine: A Beginner's Guide
Learn how to make different kinds of seams, hems, fasteners and bindings, as well as when and why to use each kind. Find your perfect signature style with fanciful finishing techniques like ruffles, pleats, ribbons and applique.
Sew Retro: 25 Vintage-Inspired Projects for the Modern Girl and A Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution
This fun, inspirational book uncovers sewing's colorful history, from the introduction of the sewing machine to the modern DIY movement.
Switch Craft: Battery-Powered Crafts to Make and Sew
Oh my! Take a look at this! Switch Craft takes the nerdiness out of electronics and puts it to use in cool, functional sewing projects like the Shiny Clutch that lights up when you open it or the WiFi-Finder Laptop Sleeve that tells you when you're within wi-fi range. Here are some projects that you can do with your significant other!
Sewing for Dummies
Now in its 3rd edition, this book is both for beginners and experienced sewers.
Couture Sewing Techniques: The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results
Offering essential, step-by-step professional techniques and tips, this guide takes the mystery out of the sewing and finishing techniques that many dressmakers assume are either extremely difficult or are only for professional fashion designers.
Sewing with Oilcloth
If you picked up some colorful oilcloth on your last trip to Mexico, here are some ideas on how to use it. Make a tablecloth, garden apron, farmer's market tote or a baby bib!
Growing Up Sew Liberated: Making Handmade Clothes + Projects for Your Creative Child
Great imaginative ideas for fairly easy projects for your kids.
Sew U Home Stretch: The Built by Wendy Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics
Fresh on the heels of her first book, Sew U, which focused on sewing with woven fabrics, Wendy will now teach the creatively inclined how to make perfect t-shirts, dresses, and hoodies, all with soft knit fabric. Anyone who has sewn with knits can tell you that knits behave very differently from woven fabrics.
This is a new updated version of the Readers' Digest reference book for both beginners and seasoned sewers, including thousands of illustrations and diagrams for each stage of the sewing process.
The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook
Didn't you always want to know what all those attachments that came with your sewing machine were for?
If you don't want to commit yourself to making clothes, start with something small and easy that you can give away for Christmas!
With hundreds of time- and money-saving projects, user-friendly chapter dividers, and wirebound to lay flat, this is a comprehensive source for sewing information for both new and experienced sewers.
The Sewing Book: An Encyclopedic Resource of Step-by-Step Techniques
q TT705.S577 2009x
Alison Smith runs a sewing school in Britain and offers a comprehensive book of sewing techniques and tools.
Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders
This idea/pattern book is organized by material: cottons, knits, voiles, corduroy, fleece, flannel, home decorating fabric, oilcloth, wool. Naturally with only one yard, the projects are small and mainly decorative and children's items.
One-Yard Wonders: Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!
This is the first volume.
Sewing Modkid Style: Modern Threads for the Cool Girl
Patty Young is a textile designer for Michael Miller Fabrics and runs modkidboutique.com which specializes in high quality boutique-style sewing patterns.
(DVD) TT713.E373 2007x
This video presents five different techniques for adding zippers to garments without pins or basting, covering: right and wrong zipper feet; slot zipper; lap zipper; invisible zipper; traditional fly zipper; mock fly zipper.
(DVD) TT713.G353 2007x vol. 1-4
A Four DVD collection that demonstrates various machine sewing techniques.
(DVD) TT713.I533 2004x
Presents a variety of machine sewing techniques, covering: cutting; sewing machine basics; curves and crimping; pockets; darts; zippers and waistbands; no-bulk back neck zipper openings (lapped zippers); crossing bulky seams; simple and double mitered bindings. Islander Sewing Systems I is the companion book.
(DVD) TT542.P363 2004x
Do you long for pants that actually fit you? Check out this DVD for help.
Browse the Catalog
For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subjects:
- Machine Sewing
- Sewing machines
- Childrens Clothing
- Clothing and dress -- Alteration
- Costume design
- Tailoring (Women's)
- Textile Crafts
You can also browse under the series title:
Check here for easy sewing projects and projects using old sweaters, socks, etc. Great for recycling.
American Sewing Guild
The American Sewing Guild is a nonprofit organization for sewing enthusiasts, incorporated in 1993, that now has over 20,000 members with 130 chapters across the nation, including one in Pittsburgh.
PatternReview.com is used by 244,185 sewers to collaborate, share and discuss the projects they have been working on, or are planning to work on. It catalogs and describes sewers experiences and opinions in a structured way so that you can quickly and easily find the information they are looking for.
This website by The Sewing & Craft Alliance offers a Sewing Enthusiast section with sewing projects.
The website of this Taunton publication offers a few articles to get you started as well as a preview of the articles in the print publication.
Their website offers webinars.
This manufacturer's site will give you specifications for their machines.
Includes a section on "Choose the right machine," as well as specifications for its machines.
American Sewing Guild, Pittsburgh Chapter
This website provides a calendar of sewing events in the Pittsburgh region as well as information on neighborhood sewing groups, when and where they meet.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Has multiple locations in the Pittsburgh area that also offer classes.
A sewing machine store in Monroeville and the North Hills