Vogue/Butterick Step-by-Step Guide to Sewing Techniques

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Win a copy of a newly revised and updated edition of the well-loved Vogue/Butterick Step-by-Step Guide to Sewing Techniques!

This important sewing reference book has been in print since the 1980s and now also includes information and instruction for the latest sewing trends. You can find explanations and illustrations for almost 500 sewing techniques and terms; if there’s a sewing procedure you want to learn more about, chances are you’ll find it in the book. There’s information on Casings, Facings, Collars, Zippers, Appliquรฉ, Darts and so much more! (And now we all know about the importance of a well-done dart after the Oscars, right?!) If you sew garments, this is a book you’d be happy to have on hand.

Vogue Butterick Guide to Sewing

Vogue Butterick Guide to Sewing

Vogue Butterick Guide to Sewing

Vogue Butterick Guide to Sewing

Enter to win a free copy of Vogue/Butterick Step-by-Step Guide to Sewing Techniques with your comment below. Tell us what you’d flip to first in the book. Which sewing technique do you want to know more about?

(If you don’t win, this book is available in the shop for 15% off.)

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316 Responses to Vogue/Butterick Step-by-Step Guide to Sewing Techniques

  1. Rita Parenteau says:

    I would flip to Slotted Seams! I would love to see the variations and uses that are presented! Thanks.

  2. Amber says:

    Yup, I’d flip to the first page….Long story short, i’ve begun sewing as a way to reconnect with my mother. She’s been sewing for well over 37 years and we’ve been not so friendly for 7. I’m so fond of sewing because it really has become a wonderful activity for us in buiding a new relationship and we’re creating beautiful items in the process. So I’m all in…wanting to learn anything and everything I can. So yes..i’d jump to Page 1. lol

  3. Gunilla says:

    Looks like a great and useful book! I would love to learn more about zippers. and how to sew garments, a dress especially.

  4. Virginia says:

    I would turn to the beginning as I am trying to teach myself how to sew.

  5. Marian B says:

    Wow, that looks like a great book. I have been sewing off and on for over 40 years, but I am pretty much self-taught, so I am sure there are plenty of hints and pointers in the Vogue Guide to help me refine my sewing!! Also, I can find out if I am even doing some things the right way!! LOL

  6. rikki says:

    french seams… no, zippers… no, pockets!

  7. Twylla says:

    Fitting patterns, definitely!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    altering patterns for a better fit is my current focus.

  9. Sarah says:

    I need more help with pattern fitting to myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Amanda says:

    Definitely darts and blind hems!

  11. Jody says:

    I would love to have this book, as I’m not even sure where to start!

  12. belle says:

    easing sleeves and making lines !!

  13. Laken says:

    I would love a copy! I think I’d go straight for welt pockets, they’re so gorgeous when done right … Thank you for the chance !! ~L

  14. Debbie Grosskopf says:

    My daughter has just taken up sewing and quilting – I am thrilled but not able to be there to help her all the time – this would be a great addition to her sewing kit! I have a very OLD Vogue sewing tips book and it is dog eared! As much as I know, there is always more to learn!

  15. Andrea says:

    Well I really don’t know where I would go 1st.

  16. Andrea Hayles says:

    Button holes and invisible zippers.

  17. Kim T. says:

    pintucks – i love them!

  18. Tacora Houston says:


  19. Angela says:

    I want to learn how to bag a lining.

  20. Kim says:

    I hope they have welt pockets in there.

  21. Carolyn says:

    I would flip until I found the first thing I didn’t recognize and then learn about it…

  22. Kate says:

    I seem to always struggle with zippers, hems, and I also have a hard time finding tutorials for box pleats in the back of skirts.

  23. I’d like to learn more about fitting patterns to my body.

  24. Celtictrek says:

    I would love to have this, as I REALLY need to brush up on skills! I’d probably look for zippers and buttonholes first!

  25. jessica w says:

    I would love to know how to welt pockets!

  26. Deece says:

    After thumbing through the whole book, I’d turn straight to pants. And then lining garments.

  27. Andy says:

    First to look would be at collars.. Need to learn on collars and techniques

  28. carla says:

    I don’t know anything about garment sewing so I’d probably start at the beginning and read from cover to cover looking for anything I can pick up! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Melissa says:

    I am new to sewing—Teaching myself. So this book would be amazing. I’m sure that there’s not one technique in there that I wouldn’t be looking up!

  30. CandaceInUT says:

    I would love to learn how to alter patterns to my body for the best fit, for sure!

  31. Joyce says:

    Rolled Hems! I’ve been struggling with rolled hem corners all week!

  32. Irene Marie says:

    I would go to the section on fitting patterns.

  33. kirsten says:

    I am always trying to google zippers and darts while sewing. Also general ideas on how to alter for a better fit.

  34. Niki says:

    Buttonholes! Very scary.

  35. Suzi Beyer says:

    Bound buttonholes. I did them in college, but was never the best at it. I could definitely use some practice…with the assistance of the Vogue/Butterick Step-by-Step Guide to Sewing Techniques kindly donated by SEW,MAMA,SEW.

  36. Sandi Pierie says:

    I would liketo blind hem without it puckering. Then about interfacing on what type & when to use it

  37. jessicac says:

    Got to be the zipper section!!

  38. valeska says:

    Every sewing technique! I am just starting to sew but I am very interested in everything (of course, id learn one at a time) i love love love sewig!

  39. Madalyn Lind says:

    Love this website! I’m learning so much from it! The first page I would turn to is nacklines. I have a hard time keeping it all neat and even.

  40. Mary Leffler says:

    Darts! Then on to pintucks, then on to shirring, then on to zippers…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. shirley says:

    I’d go to the serger section, if there is one! I only edge with my serger and would love to learn other uses for it!

  42. Heidi says:


  43. Teresa says:

    Welts and proper finishing techniques. I’ve learned quite a few quick and dirty ways to do things, but some help on proper finishing would be welcomed!

  44. annie says:

    Hi, I am about to start a tailored jacket so al of the techniques will probably be helpful!! Probably the technique I have most problems with is making pockets look professional.

  45. domestic diva says:

    I would start with zippers — they always cause me some trouble.

  46. Jen S says:

    Good to know the book is updated with new tips. The first section I’d got to is hems. I would love to learn new ways to hem based upon fabric and garment style.

  47. Alyssa S says:

    I would turn to dart manipulation first, then zippers.

  48. Lauren says:

    I’m just starting to sew, so I need it all! ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Ginger says:

    Definitely zippers my biggest bugga-boo.

  50. Beth says:

    I think I would start with applique, and then flip top zippers. Beginning and the end! a and Z!

  51. bj says:

    pintucks! working on a project right now, and I’d love to feel confident I’m doing it “right”

  52. Margo W says:

    I usually start at the beginning and scan everything.

  53. Annie K says:

    I need a good resource to turn to when adjusting a pattern for my measurements…it can get so frustrating when you’re trying to do it the hard way, have to stop and flip thru five books and search a dozen web sites, just to figure out how to put a dart or a tuck in the right spot!

  54. Kahty says:

    Interfacing and it’s proper uses. I always struggle selecting the right interfacing. My iron in puckers, the sew in buckles… HELP ME!

  55. Rachel says:

    I would like to learn more about everything I think. I have just started sewing, and I would love to learn how to make all my own clothes, especially jeans, because store-bought clothes pretty much never fit me!

  56. Carolyn says:

    Pattern alteration and fitting, especially FBA.

  57. Cinnamon says:

    I’m wanting to dip my toe into the “slow fashion” movement, where you make or refashion your own clothes, and this book would be a perfect resource because I am not so good with the details like darts and whatnot.

  58. Ginger says:

    If there is a knit section, I would look at it first.

  59. Ann Marcano says:

    Awesome book.

  60. Jonell says:

    I’d check out the seam finishes.

  61. Abigail.S says:


  62. Heidi says:


  63. Megan says:

    I think fitting really is my next big hurdle in brining my sewing to the next level of accomplishment.

  64. Erin says:

    I’d flip straight to darts!

  65. Jamie says:

    Zippers! I haven’t sewn much since my daughters were babies – even then I never mastered zippers. I have 3 baby granddaughters now and a new sewing machine. Time to master those zippers!

  66. Robynn says:

    I would look up sewing with knits

  67. Bev Dickison says:


  68. Kayla says:

    I definitely need to learn how to alter patterns for my body shape. I seem to always do it wrong!

  69. Mara says:

    I would look up how to get a straight hem line.

  70. Pepija says:

    Collars… linings… very interested, no experience whatsoever!

  71. Julie says:

    I would start at the very beginning. I’ve obtained my sewing skills from Youtube. It’s true. I would love the chance to read and learn and reference skills as needed. I’m a sew wanna be!

  72. Karyn says:

    Zips. I suck at zips. One side looks good but the other never does!

  73. Sue says:

    I’d check out the sewing with knits tips as I have some ufo’s that I need some help with.

  74. Danijela says:

    Buttonholes,invisible zippers…everything!!!!

  75. Carmen says:

    I’d check out the section on hemming.

  76. Peggy says:

    Definitely different types of seams. Need help with those.

  77. Elisabeth says:

    I’d like to review how to adjust patterns for fitting issues. Also, I want to add some patch pockets to a skirt and could use a refresher on that technique.

  78. Kim says:

    I would check out zippers! ๐Ÿ˜€

  79. RyeBlossom says:

    Hmm… I wanted to write “darts”, but actually I hardly use them (avoid them is more accurate to say), and what I really need to master is sewing curves nicely. All types of curves. Especially underarm curves >_<

  80. Fenna says:

    Invisible zippers!

  81. Karrie Pennington says:

    Pattern alteration or fitting, 40DDD, help!

  82. grace says:

    hems! I bought a sewing machine was because I was purging my closet before Christmas and I had 10 pairs of pants that either I had never worn because they were too long, or I had tacked up so I could wear them but never actually hemmed…they look terrible. It would cost more to pay to have all of those pants hemmed than to buy a sewing machine. I’m too scared to ruin any of these pants so I still have 10 pairs of unhemmed pants. (and a million little crafty items that I’m using to work on my skills confidence.

  83. Steph says:

    Definitely zippers–I’ve tried them numerous times but they still intimidate me!

  84. Geni says:

    Seam binding techniques; I want to make an unlined jacket and use decorative seam binding. Have the pattern placed and ready to cut but avoiding because I am scared of the seam binding.

  85. Stacy Alfano says:

    Zippers for sure!!!!

  86. anna gerard says:

    I’d love to learn smocking!

  87. PAQUI says:

    me gustarรƒยญa poder sacar mis propios patrones, y mejorar las tรƒยฉcnicas en diseรƒยฑar las mangas y sisas

  88. Applique, for sure! Thanks for the chance to win!

  89. Deborah says:

    I need all the help I can get! First up for me would be buttonholes and zippers.

  90. tara says:

    Hems too!

  91. colleen says:

    Smocking, darts, and sewing with knits!

  92. Kathe says:

    I would love to win this book. As for techniques, it’s always a plus to keep up with the changes that sewing anything is going thru. Thanks.

  93. Teresa says:

    zippers and buttonholes

  94. Jen says:

    I soo need a good reference book. I would turn to bound buttonholes …

  95. Mhairi says:

    Pockets – I would love to have the confidence to add more interesting pockets to my clothes. And I would like to see how to do details on small clothes as I love to make dolls clothes.

  96. MammaNene says:

    I’d like to win this book to learn everything about darts and patternmaking ๐Ÿ™‚
    AMmmaNene from


  97. Pam says:

    Gathering and ruffles. And zippers!

  98. FluidMoon says:

    Everything! I am new to sewing, and I need to learn a lot

  99. Ashleigh says:

    Seams – how to make them look lovely

  100. VjustV says:

    I would zip, per-haps, directly to the section entitled “Zippers”. Zippers? Yes, Zippers! There the authors will explain to me why those wonderful things frighten me so!

  101. Invisible zippers!!! Definitely! Thank you for this giveaway ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe, I didn’t read well but is this worldwide? I’m living both in London-UK and Paris-France


  102. Sarah says:

    Zippers! I am afraid of them and this limits the projects I decide to try! ๐Ÿ™‚

  103. Lora W. says:

    I am a beginning sewer, so I need all of the tips I can get. I would see if there is a section on basics or fundamentals first.

  104. Taryn O says:

    Invisible zippers for sure!!

  105. Nenny says:

    I really want to know more about placket and fly-over zipper. Still got intimidated with those two!

  106. Prachi says:

    I am beginner, so I would start with the basics. Smocking has always intrigued me – so that may be the first section to look at for inspiration !

  107. Lene says:

    hmmm… either buttonholes in a double breasted winter wool coat or how to control the roll line on coats. Those ALWAYS get me down.

  108. Sewing princess says:

    I’d love to learn about bound buttonholes and welt pockets…. They are such a cool finish

  109. MelodyJ says:

    The basics.

  110. Galatina says:

    Any tips on getting my hemming better. Thanks.

  111. Lynne Tilley says:

    Zippers, definitely!

  112. I would definitely start by the beginning. How to cut precisely and report the pattern. I sometimes have difficulties because it’s not properly done ..
    Thanks for the giveaway

  113. Gemia says:

    Would love the help, especially in the wee hours of the night when it is quiet but my mind is no longer working!

  114. Erin says:

    Seam finishes!

  115. smocking _ I love to learn new techniques

  116. Diana White says:

    ZIPPERS! I’ve had terrible luck with zippers

  117. Holly says:

    Not sure if it has it, but I would love tips on altering clothes you already own to fit better.

  118. Tina L. says:

    How to alter patterns. I would like to have a great fitting garment.

  119. Lucia says:

    Definately zippers! smocking would be the next one. These would help with the projects I am currently dreaming up. Also I want to add pockets to ALL of my clothes! thanks so much!

  120. Mika says:

    Welt buttonholes!

  121. Shelley says:

    I would turn to the techniques regarding sewing knits.

  122. Judith says:

    I’d look up finishing techniques. I’d really like my garments to look as nice on the inside as they do on the outside. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

  123. Anna says:

    Pattern notations – what does this the two darts mean? How do you read pattern directions?? Patterns are definitely my weakness ๐Ÿ˜›

  124. Lisamarie in CT says:

    I’d look up how to make a bound buttonhole. I love how polished they look on a coat. My next “for me” project is a new winter coat with bound buttonholes.

  125. I’m just starting garment sewing, so I have lots to learn. First stop: buttonholes!

  126. Sarah says:

    Invisible hems, definitely.

  127. Diana says:

    Darts and other fitting techniques. For certain.

  128. LinAZ says:

    Collars and collar bands.

  129. Munaiba says:

    I want to learn how to insert zips invisibly.

  130. Hannah says:

    Seam finishing!

  131. Tamie says:

    Zippers- really.

  132. i would go to bound buttonholes!

  133. Jessica says:


  134. Oma-Rita says:

    Zippers, buttonholes, hems, sleeves(curved piecing)…that’s for starters!!! Sounds pathetic doesn’t it! Sigh. SMH.

  135. Karen says:

    Invisible zippers! I’ve never used one.

  136. Emita says:

    This book looks so great ! I would first flip to find help on sewing sleeves.

  137. Colleen says:

    I think I would start at the beginning . I’ve learned by bits and pieces backwards so it might be nice to start at the beginning .

  138. Eileen says:

    I’d check to see what I could find about making pants fit. Thanks for the chance to win.

  139. Melanie says:

    I’d go for the zippers — they’re so intimidating!

  140. Jackye says:

    Anything and everything to help with knits.

  141. Deb McLaughlin says:

    Sewing with a serger!

  142. Larissa says:

    I’d start at the beginning and read my way through, since I’d love to learn to sew clothes!

  143. Natalie L says:

    i need help with attaching sleeves. i try and try and try, but they never come out great. but this looks like it would be a HUGE help!

  144. Cid says:

    Stand up collars, I’ve been struggling with a pattern. I really, really need to win this book.

  145. Vicky P says:

    I would turn to making pattern adjustments.

  146. Yvonne says:

    Inserting a front fly!!. Just can never get this right.

  147. Kari says:

    Altering patterns–particularly for adult fit and installing zippers in clothing

    Thanks for offering such a great give-away!

  148. Judy says:

    Looks like a great addition to anyone’s sewing library. I would be curious to see what information that they have about buttonholes. I generally try to avoid them and would much rather put in a zipper but with all the great buttons out there I really would like to be able to make better buttonholes.

  149. db says:

    I would flip right to Shirring – I am terrified of this technique!
    Thx for the chance to win

  150. Sarah says:

    Zippers. For real.

  151. Dee says:

    Definitely how to sew a perfect buttonhole. Never been able to do that with my older machine.

  152. tiphaine says:

    I guess I would be curious about neat finishing on a garment. This book seems awsome !

  153. Anna says:

    Shirring – something that is currently stopping me from trying a couple of patterns!!

  154. Fiona says:


  155. Kara M says:

    I think I would turn to fitting techniques, or perhaps reinforcing. My husband has gone through way too many pants lately!

  156. Janis Graslie says:

    I would look up how to sew on Jersey material, it has always presented problems for me!

  157. ClaireE says:

    Facings – I always struggle with them!

  158. Deanna says:

    Fitting suggestions are a big need in my sewing world–I would go there right away!

  159. Kady says:

    I’m so new to sewing that I would need to read the whole thing! What a great resource it would be!

  160. Angela says:

    I would so love this book!!! The first thing I would look for is inserting a zipper into a lined dress. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  161. Caishnah says:

    Sewing stretch fabrics and, like ,out, zippers!

  162. Kathy says:

    I need help with ZIPPERS! They kind of scare me. And I haven’t attempted them since getting a new sewing machine with a new zipper foot.

  163. Christine M says:

    Zips! There’s something that makes me avoid patterns with zips! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  164. Hayley P says:

    Definitely collars, I can never seem to get those things right!

  165. Shannon says:

    Button holes. For some reason I just can’t seem to make them correctly!

  166. Kelly Jo says:

    Probably turn to different types of seams (if I could get there without stopping a million times!) What an amazing resource this would be!

  167. Darts!

  168. Bethany says:

    I love these types of books. I love the different way all the different ones explain things. I love the different hems, that is where I would look first!

  169. Elaine Mcd says:

    I would go to the table of contents first. I like to see all of the stuff that I will be reading later. Thanks for the chance to win this amazing book ๐Ÿ™‚

  170. Fabienne says:

    Probable biais binding…

  171. Sandra says:

    Inserting a zipper – i have had 3 zips recently that have not gone well so i need to take a step back and look at what i am doing. Following this guide would get me there.

  172. Fawn B. says:

    I’d stop first at either welt pockets or zippers (true fly zip style).

  173. John S says:

    my wife would love to sew zippers!

  174. Meghan says:

    I would like to know more about hems. And then zippers.

  175. Leann says:

    Hems and zippers mostly. New to sewing and could use help with almost everything, lol

  176. Trina says:

    I really need to hem some pants.

  177. Beth says:

    I’d flip to knits or smocking first.

  178. Taryn B says:

    Yes, linings! I need to know!

  179. Carole says:

    My first stop would be hems and I’m interested in lining garments and on and on….

  180. Tamsyn says:

    Installing a zipper. Last time I tried to put a zipper in anything I sewed through my finger and haven’t attempted since! So that’d be my first stop…

  181. A. Tejpal says:

    I’d love to know more about sewing clothing. And zippers.

  182. Tez says:

    I have never done collars with a collar stand before and I totally want to learn. This book would be amazing.

  183. Melanie in AZ says:

    Probably zippers. I’m getting better with them, but still need help sometimes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  184. Jodie says:

    Quilts are where my heart is, so I’d probably have a lot to learn from this book. I’d love to make children’s clothes someday.

  185. Rachael says:

    What a great book!

  186. Margaret says:

    My first stop would be the section on sewing with knits.

  187. sharon says:

    the index–all at my fingertips!

  188. Pat V. says:

    I’d love to improve my clothing-sewing abilities. I’d go right to collars.

  189. Meg says:

    Table of Contents!
    I’d want to peruse all the possibilities…

  190. Donel says:

    I have been sewing for a long time, but I love technique books. I am constantly checking them to learn new ways to do thing. I am focusing on sewing with knits right now, so that would be the first section I check.

  191. Crystal says:

    I would check out various seam finishes. I would like to have a more polished finish on my garments.

  192. Risa says:

    Oooooweeeee!!! Lots to learn on zippers.. This would definitely help with my upcoming projects!

  193. Amber C. says:

    I would flip right to Appliquรƒยฉ. This book looks great!!!

  194. WendyBee says:

    Hmmm…I think I’d check out setting in sleeves, or bias binding. And of course, zippers.

  195. melanie says:

    I would check out the smocking section first because I like how it looks on a garment yet never actually use one on my sewing …

  196. Lulu says:

    Side-seam zippers. Ugh, the last one I installed was not good.

  197. Linda S says:

    finishing, definitely my weakest area.

  198. Veronica says:

    Hemming and french seams. I am terrible at hemming things evenly and my daughter has sensory issues with tags and seams. I keep messing up french seams or they only do them here and there. I need to know more and there are no classes around me… would love some “professional” help!

  199. Amy says:

    Please, oh please, I would love and cherish this book!!!

  200. Meagan says:

    I would flip to hems and necklines first for sure!

  201. marthaeliza says:

    I would flip to zips — to see a comparison of setting in lapped and invisible zippers.

  202. Allison C says:

    I know hardly anything about garment making so I would focus on all of those chapters.

  203. Andrea says:

    Oh what a fabulous give away! Does it have a section on lining garments? If so, that’s what I would flip to first. Or how to make bound button holes, or facings. Thanks for the chance.

  204. Sowmya says:

    Buttonholes! Where to start. Such a scary-seeming technique….

  205. Meg Connor says:

    I am deathly afraid of zippers. Unfounded fear, but real all the same. Thanks for the chance!

  206. Sam says:

    I would love to solidify my zipper skills! I can do zippers usually, but they never look quite perfect.

  207. Lisa says:

    What would I flip to first? Applique. Definitely applique. Slowly, steadily, I’ve been growing my quilting skills. Applique is my ultimate goal and what I’d love to know more about.

  208. Zippers!

  209. This would be a great addition to my library. The first thing I would flip to would be how to properly use the blind hem foot to hem my husband’s dress pants.

  210. I would read about darts. I want to draft my own blouse patterns, but I’m not sure I understand the use of darts well enough to that yet.

  211. Katy says:

    Zippers, zippers and more zippers ๐Ÿ™‚

  212. Melissa says:

    I’d love to know more about different types of hems! Being on the short side, my pants and long sleeved shirts are always too long and I’d love to fix them myself!

  213. amber says:

    What a great looking reference. I would most likely read up on perfecting putting buttons on properly and making sure they are spaced correctly. I have a button down shirt and a shirt dress currently under construction and I am having a hard time with getting the buttons just right.

  214. Rachael K. says:

    Seam finish techniques like the French and Hong Kong seams!

  215. maggie says:

    I’d probably flip to the placket section first. Seems like there are several ways to make them and I want to find the best one!

  216. Gali Katz says:

    bias binding!

  217. chibidani says:

    I think I need to know more about darts.

  218. Taysha Riggs says:

    I’d love to learn about blind hems and perfecting it ๐Ÿ™‚

  219. Afton says:

    I read about finished edges.

  220. DMeredith says:

    The first thing I’d look into would be seam finishing techniques. One can’t ever have enough reference books!

  221. Jill A says:

    I’d probably flip to darting first. Any technique that will make me look thinner!

  222. Julie Aeschliman says:

    I would first flip to skirt making. I am a little scare of sewing garments but want to master a simple A-line skirt for myself and my daughter.

  223. Morgan says:

    Zippers – specifically in backpacks and other odd shaped/long areas.

  224. Megan says:

    Insert an invisible zipper.

  225. Kathy says:

    DARTS! I’m afraid of darts because I need to resize them to fit my cup size. Past attempts have not gone well.

  226. Lauren Dahl says:

    Great giveaway! I would love to win a copy!

  227. Far says:

    What a great giveaway! I think the first thing i will flip to first will be all about sleeves!!! It’s quite tricky and will be nice to see more reference on the techniques…

  228. Savannagal says:

    Blind hem. I have 2 pairs of pants I bought 2 years ago that I still haven’t worn. I need to shorten them and use a blind hem.

  229. Crickett says:

    The pleats in the 2nd picture, for a skirt I wanted to make before my vacation, and couldn’t! It’s supposed to be a box-pleated skirt, with contrasting fabric inside the box-pleats. I figured out how to do the contrasting box-pleats. But I just couldn’t wrap my head around how to do the upper, sewn down, sections of the pleats. I could use the help!

  230. Keelin Purcell says:

    Ooo, just looking at these posted pages makes me want to learn more about making pockets!

  231. Lindsey says:

    I’d flip to seam finishing. I’d like to know different ways to finish seams without a serger. Having the inside of my garment look as nice as the outside would be wonderful!

    I’d love a copy of this book!

  232. Diya says:

    Thats a lovely giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚ There are too many techniques that I would want to browse .. Pin tucks top the list

  233. Barbara says:

    I would like to learn how to add collars and hoods to garments.

  234. Sherryl says:

    My bugaboo has always been in making pants that fit. I’ve about given up. Especially since I don’t know much about making alterations. I’ve been lucky to be able to pretty much wear a dress I make “as is”. So… alterations! Hopefully there’s something in there that covers that!

  235. Charlotte Amaro says:

    I would look at the index first so I could get a feel for all the wonderful categories. Thanks for the contest!

  236. Laura in MD says:

    My biggest fear with starting to sew is how to alter a pattern to get it to fit me well. So I’d turn to those techniques that I would use to help me to do that – like darts!

  237. Seanna Lea says:

    I’d immediately go to all of the information about zippers. While I have done a few invisible zippers, I need my hand held each time!

  238. Miranda Evans says:

    I would love to make perfect hems!

  239. Laura J. says:

    I would flip to the zipper section. I have done it, but it always makes me feel stressed!

  240. jessicac says:

    Darts! Thanks so much for the chance!

  241. Katy says:

    This would be so so so helpful for me!! Especially the zipper section – I’m afraid of zippers.

  242. kristal says:

    I’d love to learn more about making nice seams.

  243. Seam finishing. That’s what I am really trying to learn right now!

  244. Kim says:

    I can use help with everything! Zippers would probably come first. Thanks for the giveaway!

  245. I’m really interested in learning the technique in making a muslin pattern before the actual garment. And garment making, in general. I would LOVE to win this, so thank you for the giveaway!

  246. Kate Sellin says:

    After my latest pattern tester project- sewing bias seams and french seams on slippery fabrics!!

  247. everything! I would love to use this as a reference when sewing garments for technicques. Would probably first flip to button holes.

  248. joyce ansari says:

    Probably zippers, but i could just start at the beginning and work my way through the whole thing ๐Ÿ™‚

  249. Sarah Wimberley says:

    Would love this book to help me answer all my sewing questions!

  250. Doriane says:

    I want to learn how to sew, so this book would be a great help! Thanks for sharing!

  251. Kimberly says:

    I plan on sewing my first garment – a skirt – this weekend, so I’d probably have to start on page 1!

  252. Marnie says:

    I’d just start at the table of contents! This looks like something I would read cover-to-cover!

  253. angela says:


  254. Clare G says:

    Honestly, I feel like I really need a refresher on all techniques, I haven’t been sewing much lately. I would probably check out zippers first.

  255. Angela says:

    I would be very interested in learning shirring with fabrics for garment making! Sounds like a great resource.

  256. Sheila says:

    Zippers….they currently get the best of me ๐Ÿ™ thanks for the opportunity!

  257. Valencia says:

    I would love to learn how to make pants and those tricky sleeves, I have a problem with.

  258. Norma says:

    I will love to learn more about applique.

  259. Carla says:

    Shameful probably, but button holes! lol!!

  260. Olga says:

    I’m interested in yokes and lining top of dresses.

  261. Alli says:

    I’m not sure which technique I need to learn about most — I’d probably just read the whole thing through and be amazed at how much I didn’t know! ๐Ÿ˜€

  262. Wendy says:

    Wow I was just getting ready to buy an older copy of this book! I flip to zippers first.

  263. Patti says:

    I would flip to zippers first I think. I’m still fairly new and the thought of sewing zippers gives me hives. haha

  264. Brandi says:

    I haven’t bought a pattern since 8th grade Homemaking. I have now started sewing at 40, and love it. Yet, I still have not bought another pattern. I can’t think of any particular one thing, but that the book in itself would be a wealth of knowledge for me. When is the drawing?

  265. Jan says:

    I can’t think of one particular technique that I’d flip to first. I’d like to review all the techniques to find out if there are better and more efficient ways to make my garments look great. I’m especially excited that it includes techniques related to the latest sewing trends!

  266. Corvus says:

    Zippers! I can do zippers; I mean, I’m not afraid of them. I just suspect I could do them better.

  267. rebecca mosser says:

    I want to learn sewing in general! I love it but i dont know much about any of it! Thank you for this opportunoty!

  268. Sarah says:

    Oh, I want this book! I have been looking for a good sewing reference book. I think I would start with the basic – I want to know what needles to use for what fabric and learn how to use patterns.

  269. Sherrye says:

    I would turn immediately to couching! I’ve seen quilts using this technique and they are AMAZING! Thanks for the giveaway

  270. HeatherK says:

    I think the seam finishing and tucks would be the first places I’d go. Haven’t done a lot of clothing lately, but I’ve been wanting to try again.

  271. Heidi says:

    I would flip to anything to do with hand stitching. I can sew all day on a machine, but my hand skills could use some improvement!

  272. Anya says:

    Zippers! Thanks for the chance!

  273. Sarah says:

    Smocking! Summer is around the corner and I plan on living in comfy dresses. ๐Ÿ™‚

  274. julie says:

    What a nice book. I could sure used this one. I’m so afraid to sew garments because those patterns are not complete so I pick those “Easy” one and still i’m having trouble. I would quickly go through the underarms sewing techniques. I like the fact that it has pictures.

  275. Charlotte in Ga says:

    I think Id check out invisible zippers first. Thanks for the chance.

  276. Java Jane says:

    Holy guacamole!

    I’d flip to facings. I am teaching a sewing class to teens and wonder if there are any tips to pass along to them. These girls have made skirts and pj pants but a bolero with a facing is something new for them.

  277. mdevries_22@yahoo.ca says:

    How to sew in zippers

  278. Melissa says:

    One can never have too many sewing reference books. I’d like to improve my zipper sewing skills.

  279. Deana says:

    I loove sewing books! I’d probably look up working with lace. I have some ideas swirling around about lace necklines….

  280. Tammy says:

    My grandma gave me a pretty thorough education, for which I’m very grateful! I think though, that I would still glean a lot from this book! I would probably turn to zippers first, and see if I could get some finishing techniques down a little better.

    I always called my grandma when I had a puzzling sewing problem, now that she’s been in Heaven for 2+ years I have to look elsewhere for my sewing questions! ๐Ÿ™

  281. Jenny M says:

    Zippers. I want someone to show me how. I know, everyone says it’s easier than they thought…

  282. Heather says:

    Zippers! I know that it can’t be that hard, but I have yet to put them into a garment. I just go with buttons instead!

  283. Liz Warner says:

    Pockets and zippers and linings! I want to make a lined skirt, with side invisible zipper, with a side pocket. I did it once, but it was messy.

  284. malinda lloyd says:

    I’d flip to zippers first, then appliques! This looks like a very handy book!

  285. Nina Christina says:

    I will flip open the Index pages first to feast my eyes with the list of everything , or anyone, could ever learn about sewing.
    What I want to learn the most are the whole basic to professional techniques with the best quality from a pro, as it’s quite embarassing but I never really learn how to sew properly so my sewing skill is very bad and messy. That’s why upon reading your review about it, I really want to enter & wish could get it, because I really want to learn & practice all the sewing techniques properly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  286. Robin says:

    Hard to decide which technique I would go to first-I need help! Set in sleeves, invisible zippers. I could go on and on.

  287. Diane says:

    Zippers and button holes. Even though I have been sewing for over 30 years it seems like there are always better techniques.

  288. January says:

    Being new to sewing clothing I would start from the beginning and work my way through the entire book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  289. Hannah says:

    Zippers! After some breaks from sewing I am starting back into this and have really struggled with zippers. I am sure this would be a wonderful and constant guide as I continue to do more sewing projects.

  290. Lynda says:

    I don’t know, there’s so many to choose from!

  291. I would turn first to the section on zippers. I would love to be able to install zippers more professionally.

  292. Gayle says:

    I’ve always wanted to know how to make welt pockets.

  293. Holly says:

    Rolled edge hems! And how to make a hem on a circle-ish thing, like the bottom of an a-line skirt!

  294. Debbie says:

    I used to make all of my clothes. Tish would be a great book to get back to sewing clothing.

  295. MaryD says:

    I would turn to altering darts and adjusting neckline.


    What a great book to have!! I would treasure this book greatly. I think the first thing I’d flip to was the section on hems. I have a hard time with them for some reason.

  297. Elizabeth says:

    I haven’t done a lot of garment sewing, so probably tips on that. And my sewing nemesis is zippers…

  298. Welt pockets!! That’s an area I need some help in!

  299. kate C. says:

    Zippers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  300. Ledys says:

    Collars! I think I’d first flip to that. I’ve been trying to figure how to best add a collar to a pattern without one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  301. Kelley Hill says:

    I am such a beginner that I only know the very basics!! I would first flip to find help on sewing sleeves. Also, my two little girls are trying to learn to sew, so I know they would benefit from sections about the very basics.

  302. Brianna H says:

    Lining garments…I need some help! : )

  303. Savannah says:

    I’d first flip to the section in the book that covers zippers. I need a lot of help there!

  304. Brenna says:

    I’d like to know more about altering patterns to fit me.

  305. Wendy says:

    Looks like it would be a great book for any sewing room!

  306. Nancy W says:

    This would be perfect to give to my daughter who just got hired to help out in the Loyola Marymount University costume department.

  307. Kristin says:

    I would love a copy of this book! I’d flip to the zippers first!

  308. Tara Weigner says:

    ZIPPERS. I don’t know why they scare me so much. I read/watch all the tutorials and just can’t get it right. ๐Ÿ™‚

  309. Nic T says:

    I want to know more about pattern layouts so that would be the first section I would flip to.

  310. Debbie says:

    This looks like an awesome sewing book. I’d like to learn more about fitting adult clothing. Thank you for the chance to win!

  311. Jen says:

    darts!!! they confuse me

  312. Mel Nowlan says:

    Ooh shirring !!! It scares the hell out of me.

  313. LindaC says:

    I’d go to making buttonholes first as I really struggle to make good buttonholes and this book would help me enormously

  314. Elizabeth L. says:


  315. Molly Martin says:

    Hems (mine always look atrocious), and zippers in pants (flys).

  316. Patricia says:

    I would definitely look up French seams! They are so beautiful, and seem so counter-intuitive. I definitely need illustrations and detailed explanations to get it.

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