The Best Sewing Books for Beginners

Jun 8, 2022
Wondering what kinds of sewing books are best for learning how to sew? In this episode, Sarai and Haley share a framework for building a sewing library, including three types of sewing books you should have.

Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing

An indispensable volume for beginning and advanced sewers alike that guides readers through necessary equipment, techniques, fabrics and more. First published in 1978, Reader's Digest's popular Complete Guide to Sewing has become the standard stich-and-seam reference book for both beginner and seasoned sewers.

How To Start Sewing - Assembil

The perfect 'How To Start Sewing' book for fashion design students and home sewers. Step-by-step instructions with patterns for professional results.
Tilly and the Buttons


Shop our bestselling sewing books by Tilly Walnes, author of the popular blog Tilly and the Buttons. Choose from Love at First Stitch, Stretch! OR Make It Simple.
Cashmerette Patterns

Ahead of the Curve: Learn to Fit and Sew Amazing Clothes for your Curves

Order Ahead of the Curve by Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette, the first sewing book to empower curvy and plus size sewists to feel body confident by sewing a wardrobe that fits.

The Act of Sewing

The Act of Sewing is the first book by Sonya Philip, the designer behind 100 Acts of Sewing patterns. It offers an in depth guide to sewing simple garments for both beginner and experienced makers. Arranged in two sections, the first provides an introduction to sewing terms and techniques.

9781440215452: The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress - AbeBooks - Mitnick, Sarai: 1440215456

Review: Featured Tips from The Collect Sewing Handbook: Seam Finishes Finishing raw edges will extend the life of your garment, keeping the cut edges of your fabric from raveling and possibly destroying the integrity of your seams.