Singer is a leader in the sewing industry. The company was founded in 1851, so they have the experience and knowledge that comes with over a century and a half of existence. Today, we’re going to discuss a book by Singer that’s packed with over 1,100 photographs that cover every aspect of fashion and décor sewing.
The book is a meaty 352 pages of information-packed bliss.
The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing – Revised educates and helps new sewers get a grasp on sewing a variety of projects. You’ll learn the right tools and notions to use sergers and conventional sewing machines.
If you’re a novice or expert seamstress, this is the one book you need in your collection.
Digging Into Singer Complete Photo Guide to Sewing
Cracking open the book for the first time, it’s hard not to notice just how much “meat” (or pages) this book contains. The author went to great lengths to ensure that sewers refer to this masterpiece time and time again.
You’ll notice that this is almost the same as the Singer Sewing Step by Step released in the 1990s.
But, this version has been revamped and updated to provide a more modern look into sewing.
Getting Started: A Go-to Section
The Getting Started section of the book is where you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of sewing. This section spans 81 pages, so there is a lot of information ready and waiting to be digested in this section.
A few of the key sections that we found helpful are:
- A section that covers sewing machines, overlockers/sergers and essential equipment.
- A helpful section on patterns and fabrics. There’s also a long section on fabric textures and designs.
- The final section we want to discuss covers the process of creating layouts, cutting and marking your projects.
Again, this is a basic section filled with must-know information to start sewing the right way.
The second section is massive, and it spans to page 212 of the book. But, these are the techniques you need to know when sewing any project. If there is any section that you’ll go to repeatedly, it’s this section.
You’ll use the techniques section as a reference for most of your projects.
Singer goes into detail about a lot of topics, and a few that stuck out to us (there were many) are:
- Pattern adjustments
- Sewing activewear
If you spend the time to read and digest this information, you’ll be able to start creating everything from home décor to bedding and clothes.
The final section in the book covers everything related to home decorations. This is over 130 pages in length, and you’ll learn how to create a variety of functional home items, including:
- Window treatments
- Bed and bath
- Table fashion
The immense number of topics covered are all accompanied by extensive use of photographs to make the learning process visual, too.
Home decorations require a different style of sewing, so this section is great for the crafty mom or dad who wants to make home décor that doesn’t unravel during the first tumble in the washing machine.
You’ll learn the basics, and when you master the basics, you’ll be able to sew anything. This is what Singer attempts to offer readers as they dive into the book. You’ll even learn the ins-and-outs of your sewing machine, with nifty diagrams to help you along the way.
Owners of other Singer specialty books may find that some of the material is redundant, but this isn’t a reason to overlook this book.
Readers point out that a lot of time is spent on the function of the machine, and this is true.
Singer takes the approach of the reader being new to sewing, so if you’re an advanced seamstress, you’ll want to skip these basics and move on to the techniques section.
If you’re looking for a book that has dozens of patterns, this isn’t the right book for you. We recommend using this book along with an advanced book to tackle complex patterns. The depth of imagery used in Singer Complete Photo Guide to Sewing makes it a must-have for the visual learner. However, if you are looking for a sewing book with a ton of patterns and step-by-step guides you can take a look at the ones I review here.
This is a sewing encyclopedia that provides readers with the information and knowledge needed to tackle any sewing project that comes their way.
Jessie has spent her whole life sewing and crafting. Her passion is to teach others to sew, especially her grandchildren. She currently lives in Washington State and loves to spend time with her family and enjoy the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.