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Reference Guides

  • Quilting shouldn’t be a pain in the neck!  Stay pain-free with this quilter’s survival guide to a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Ever been unusually sore after a marathon day of crafting? There’s no need for pain! This guide will make sure you have the right posture, techniques, and stretches when putting in those dedicated hours on your next project.  Expert Rose Parr will teach you the methods behind ergonomics with useful visual guides, endless tips, healthy recipes, and contributions from the best quilters in the industry!  Certified health and ergonomics specialist Rose Parr shares her expertise on how to sew smarter, healthier and happier Includes exercises, stretches, recipes, and tips to keep you in prime sewing form Keep your mind sharp and your body ache-free!

    Rose Parr ––  Quilting shouldn’t be a pain in the neck! Stay pain-free with this quilter’s survival guide to a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Ever been unusually sore after a marathon day of crafting? There’s no need...

    $14.95
  • Troubleshoot Your Sewing Machine… Stat!

Kick tension problems to the curb and say goodbye to presser foot problems! This pocket-size guide helps you troubleshoot your sewing machine on the go. A comprehensive chart of common issues will help you quickly diagnose the issue at hand and find the remedy to get your stress levels back to zero. Master needle nicks, tricky threaders, and baffling buttonholes once and for all! This portable guide is perfect to take along to retreats and classes so readers can quickly get their machines back up and running.

    Bernie Tobisch –– Troubleshoot Your Sewing Machine… Stat! Kick tension problems to the curb and say goodbye to presser foot problems! This pocket-size guide helps you troubleshoot your sewing machine on the go. A comprehensive chart...

    $19.95
  • Sergers made simple!

Scared of the serger? Don’t be! From the best-selling A Field Guide series, this visual guide will help you get to know your serger from the inside out. Learn how to thread an overlocking sewing machine and achieve beautiful results with both basic and specialty stitches. Enhance your expertise working with an array of fabrics, from knits and wovens to sheers, and troubleshoot stitch issues with detailed how-tos. Bring ten fashion and home decor projects to life, from easy T-shirts and leggings to a market tote and elegant table decor. Whether you are breaking your serger out of the box, or looking to sharpen your skills, this comprehensive guide has everything you need to confidently create with your serger.

Watch your confidence emerge! The “everything” guide to serger sewing 
Visual how-tos on choosing and using serger stitches: basic stitches, flatlocking, rolled hems, and coverstitching
Learn by doing as you sew cute mug rugs, knitwear, and more

    Katrina Walker –– Sergers made simple! Scared of the serger? Don’t be! From the best-selling A Field Guide series, this visual guide will help you get to know your serger from the inside out. Learn how to thread an overlocking sewing...

    $24.95
  • The creative studio of your dreams!

Does your creative den leave you feeling overwhelmed or uninspired? Energize your crafting space with jazzy ideas for organization and accessibility! With over one hundred and fifty photos, this lookbook offers an endless visual parade of ideas to help your studio reach its full potential. Smart storage solutions, furniture, and accessories can help quilters, needle artists, knitters, and crafters keep their creativity on track! Whether you’re undergoing a radical reinvention or looking for tiny tweaks, you’ll finally be able to plan and organize your projects in a workspace that works for you.

Inspired workspaces! Get a sneak peek inside creative studios of all sizes, designed on budgets large and small
Keep creativity flowing and stay organized with smart systems in place
Make your space accessible! Pursue your passion in spite of physical challenges

    Lilo Bowman –– The creative studio of your dreams! Does your creative den leave you feeling overwhelmed or uninspired? Energize your crafting space with jazzy ideas for organization and accessibility! With over one hundred and fifty photos,...

    $19.95
  • Take the guesswork out of choosing color schemes!

Looking for the perfect color combination? The Foolproof Color Wheel Set will help you pick a pleasing palette, every time! Die-cut “discs” and a printed color wheel illustrate ten color configurations, including analogous, triadic, and split complementary. The color wheel and viewfinder discs are easy and fun to use and come packed in a handy folder for storage. Find hundreds of color combinations that work together effortlessly—a must-have tool for any artist, crafter, quilter, sewist, or DIYer.

Total tonal harmony! Pick color combinations that work together effortlessly
Educate, inspire, and expand your knowledge of color relationships
Choose from ten incredible color schemes: direct complement, triadic, split complementary, tetradic, double complementary, double double complementary, double split complementary, double triadic, color sextet, and analogous

    Katie Fowler –– Take the guesswork out of choosing color schemes! Looking for the perfect color combination? The Foolproof Color Wheel Set will help you pick a pleasing palette, every time! Die-cut “discs” and a printed color...

    $19.95
  • Ultimate dyeing reference guide

Get info on all of the basics you need to dye fabric, including necessary tools, the best dyes, which fabrics to use, additives, precautions, and more—all in one handy reference tool! Dyeing expert Linda Johansen offers a full overview of the process, including special tips and techniques for tricky colors. The compact size is perfect to take along to a class or to the fabric store to match complementary fabrics and materials. And the hidden wire-o binding will allow the guide to lay flat next to your work surface for easy reference.

Dyeing is addictive! You’ll come back to this must-have guide over and over
Complete and easy-to-follow recipes for every shade and hue for each color of the spectrum
Includes directions for Dharma and ProChemical dyes

    Linda Johansen –– Ultimate dyeing reference guide Get info on all of the basics you need to dye fabric, including necessary tools, the best dyes, which fabrics to use, additives, precautions, and more—all in one handy reference tool!...

    $19.95
  • Always choose the right thread! This amazing reference guide features a handy thread use key (organized by thread manufacturer) that shows the most common uses for each and every thread, helping you determine which one is right for your project. Plus, get the inside scoop on thread types and fibers, thread weight, choosing the correct sewing machine needle, and how thread is made.

    Becky Goldsmith –– The best thread guide you’ll ever own Always choose the right thread! This amazing reference guide features a handy thread use key (organized by thread manufacturer) that shows the most common uses for the wide...

    $14.95
  • Discover the secrets to sewing a stylish wardrobe with staying power! This guide walks you through thirty timeless garments to create, including a must-have button-up shirt, a flattering A-line dress, and a modern classic pencil skirt (pattern included). With a conversational narrative, the authors have created an engaging, informative guide to sewing by tracing the garments’ origins, offering styling and sewing tips, and sharing a modeled photo gallery and charming fashion illustrations by Beth Briggs.

    Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr –– An inspirational book for sewing a classic wardrobe Discover the secrets to sewing a stylish wardrobe with staying power! This spirited guide walks you through thirty timeless garments to make for yourself,...

    $29.95
  • Make twenty twinning outfits, accessories, and quilts for girls and their eighteen-inch dolls! Each project comes in two versions: doll size and child’s size (kid sizes 5–12). Get the best possible fit by self-drafting some of the garment patterns—a helpful skill to learn as your children grow. Kids love being able to match their dolls, and now you can customize over twenty darling dresses, bags, skirts, tops, headbands, and more.

    Erin Hentzel ––  A match made in heaven! Sewing patterns for little girls and their eighteen-inch dolls Dressing like your doll has never been so much fun! Make stylish coordinates, modern accessories, and cozy quilts for little...

    $24.95
  • The Savvy Seamstress

    Get a few new tricks up your sleeve! Nicole Mallalieu ––Transform your favorite garment patterns, one small detail at a time. Add or remove pockets, adjust the neckline, or swap a zippered back to a button front! With step-by-step...

    $29.95
  • Sewing Supplies Handy Pocket Guide

    Carla Hegeman Crim ––A sewing supplies expert in your pocketThis mini 48 page book is packed with mega information on common sewing tools, supplies, and materials! Best-selling author Carla Crim of Scientific Seamstress shares 65+ essential...

    $3.00 - $19.00
  • Featherweight 221  The Perfect Portable

    Nancy Johnson-Srebro –– Featherweight history at your fingertips • Enjoy an entertaining look at the history of the Featherweight sewing machine • Expanded third edition updated with the latest research • Packed with photos,...

    $24.95
  • Me and My Sewing Machine

    Kate Haxell –– • Complete instructions for tried and true techniques, from the basic set-up to the finishing touches • Learn everything you need to know (but might be afraid to ask) to sew exactly what you want • Includes an...

    $24.95
  • Me & My Sewing Adventure eBook

    Kate Haxell –– Follow-up to the best seller Me & My Sewing Machine!  After learning the basics in Me & My Sewing Machine, it’s now time to graduate to more sophisticated techniques in this follow-up book, Me & My...

    $15.99
  • Essential Sewing Reference Tool: • All-in-One Visual Guide • Tools & Supplies • Stitches & Seam Treatments • Ruffles & Bias Tape • Zippers & Buttonholes • Sewn Accessories • Home Dec • Garment Making • Sizing Charts for All Ages • & More! by Carla Hegeman Crim #essentialsewingreferencetool

    Carla Hegeman Crim –– The one-stop essential reference for today’s generation of sewists! Comprehensive, this must-have book, Essential Sewing Reference Tool, is an indispensable guide for anyone who sews (or wants to start)...

    $17.95