Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Book Nook - The Sewing Bible

It's Wednesday, so that means it's Book Nook time!  Today we're talking about The Sewing Bible by Ruth Singer!


Ruth is a fabulous textile designer and also teaches workshops, so she knows what she's writing about!  The book starts off with practical techniques which go from setting up a sewing space to mastering invisble zippers.  Then Ruth dives into decorative techniques, like ruffles, scalloped edges and American smocking, and she finishes with a section on incorporating the techniques. There are cute projects included throughout the book, and lots of photos.  I found the interfacing guide in the back of the book to be very helpful as well.  My goal is to finally master the invisible zipper, and I think this book will help me get there!

We think you'll enjoy this book as much as we did, so Potter Craft is generously donating a copy for us to give away! Leave a comment here telling us why you'd like to win it. Make sure the comment also includes your first name, last name, city and state so we can find you. Be sure to like us on Facebook as well, and fill out our contest registration form - the link is located on our Facebook page.  Deadline is Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 5 pm Eastern time.

Last but not least, we'd like to announce the winner for our previous Book Nook.  It's Judith French from Alger, MI!  Congratulations Judith! 

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67 comments:

  1. I would love to have this book...The more I learn the better.

    Lisa Ambrose
    Baltimore, Md

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  2. Sounds like an interesting book. Since I teach others to sew, as well, it's always good having all the best tips to help alleviate frustration and ensure the fun!

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  3. Looks like a book we should all own, you can never learn enough, and remember it forever! So a book to remind us or teach us is fantastic! Would love to have this book on my sewing shelf.

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  4. Learning more about sewing will help the finished look of all my projects.

    Suzanne Ripple
    Youngstown, OH

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  5. I would love to have this book. I have self taught my self thru the years to sew. This would help me tremendously!

    Thank you

    Linda Galligher
    Nixa, MO

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  6. This is such a great book! It would be great as I am going to be teaching some teenagers and moms to sew this fall.

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  7. I would love to win this book to learn how to master American Smocking! Thanks for adding the book nook, this is a feature that is going to be so very helpful to those of us building our sewing library. :)

    Carol Fleming
    Randleman, NC

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  8. This sounds like a very interesting book. I will be creating a new sewing room and would like any ideas. I like to have different reference books to refer to my sewing students, as well. You can never have too many good sewing books! I would love to receive this book. Thanks for the offer.

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  9. As a 4H leader, always looking for great resources to glean from to pass on the the kids! This book looks great
    Pat Mahon
    Komoka, Ontario

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  10. Not only would I love this book, I need it badly. I have a wonderful machine and do crafts on it easily with straight lines but I want to learn so much more. I live in the boonies and work full time 2.5 hours from home so getting to any sort of classes is out of the question. I am a teach yourself kind of gal and need a good book to do so with.

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  11. I would love to have this book, it sounds extremely helpful!

    Vanessa Hall
    Sheffield Lake, OH

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  12. I would like to read anything about setting up a sewing space. Seems like most sewing areas just grow organically with little thought to using the space well.

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  13. I would love to have this book. I started sewing in high school & picked it up about a year ago when I began to quilt. This would be a great reference book. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Jerry Beavers
    Seattle, Wa

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  14. really need to have this book. I am a pretty basic sewer at this point, but I'd like to be able to sew for my family without them being embarrassed to wear them.

    Belinda Braeuler
    Pensacola, FL

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  15. I sewed clothing for many years for my children..most of it was always a learning process..I would have enjoyed reading a book such as The Sewing Bible. I would STILL enjoy reading this book since I am a new quilter.

    Mary Ford
    Canton, Ohio

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  16. Any self help book like that is always welcome in my neck of the woods. Have quite a few other "bibles" ie knitting, crocheting,and this one would fit right in. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. The older I get the less wise I think I am when it comes to sewing. Can always learn new things. Thank you

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  18. Would love this book! I need all the help I can get!

    Laurie Taylor

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  19. I love sewing books, Always ready for new idea's!
    Denise Nehl
    Jefferson City,Mo.

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  20. I have a baby girl on the way and would love to learn some fo these techniques to use to make stuff for her! Thanks for the offer!

    Vickie Duty
    Zachary, LA
    vlhd6@hotmail.com

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  21. Always great to learn new techniques. Regards, Evelyn
    evelyn_007@hotmail.com

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  22. I always need to brush up on my sewing techniques that I learned years ago--- there are things I have forgotten and there are improved ways of doing things.

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  23. This book would help me to fine tune my sewing techniques. Sounds like it gives lots of useful information to decoratively finish my projects. And I definitely could use the invisable zipper help!

    Carol Yemola
    Drums, PA

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  24. WoW, being so new to sewing, this would be the perfect book to have ~ but, the last winner was a Judith, so I think my odds are pretty low LOL!!!

    Judith Morris
    Valley Forge, PA

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  25. This book would be a great one to pass on to my granddaughter.
    Marilyn Zearbaugh
    Albany, IN

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  26. I am learning to sew so any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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  27. Regina Clubb, Topeka, KSMay 10, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    As much as I would enjoy this book, I don't sew much clothing like I used to. But my daughter does, and she loves sewing fancy, dressy clothes. I would love to give this to her as a gift, and I know she would love having it.

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  28. Judy Hodgs, Saratoga WYMay 10, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    After 30+ years of not sewing I have started again. This book would be so helpful to bring me up to speed on what I have missed out on in the last 30 years.

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  30. This sounds so fascinating. How do I go about receiving books with sewing involved in it. I love my nook.

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  31. No matter what experience level we are, we can always learn something new! Would love to win this book, thanks for the opportunity.

    Linda Boerner
    Laughlin, NV

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  32. Being a beginner, this would be perfect for me it looks like.

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  33. Angela CianfaglioneMay 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    This book would help me out with correct technique and looks like a great book to have for reference. Nice prize for a giveaway!

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  34. This sounds like a very interesting book. I will be creating a new sewing room and would like any ideas. I like to have different reference books to refer to my sewing students, as well.

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  35. I've been an on and off sewer for years. Lif always seemed to stop me from progressing my skills. Well, now I'm nearing retirement age with grandchildren to sew for, I'd love to be able to sew beautiful clothing and quilts for them. This book would be a great start! Thank you for the contest!

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  36. Congratulations Judith on winning the last Nook Book give away!
    I'd love to win this book so I can learn the basics to zipper installations and hopefully master it!! I'm so intimidated by them!!

    Mary White
    Kansas City, KS

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  37. Jami Carr; Holland, IA
    I'd love to win this book...I ALWAYS figure you are never to old to learn something new! LOL! ;-)

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  38. I'd would love this book, I am new at sewing and need all the help I can get :)
    Pamela Siewert
    Garden Grove, Ca.

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  39. I would love to win this book! I love to sew! The more I learn the better!

    Patty Ojeda
    Killeen, TX
    pojeda50@yahoo.com

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  40. I'm still pretty new to the sewing world. So any help I can get would be awesome! My goal for the future is merge into textile design...but I'm being patient. Thanks!!!

    Jayme C
    Rexburg, Idaho
    Jaytensen@gmail.com

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  41. I used to own a tailor shop and quite to raise my children and now that i have more time i am getting back to my sewing and catching up on new things would be a great help that is why I would love to win this book . Mary Hills Toledo Iowa

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  42. I'd love to organize my studio better. Maybe this could help?

    Anne Godwin
    Mobile, AL

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  43. I would love to learn more tips and tricks to sewing. The interfacing section has me intrigued. I seem to find many projects requiring it and would love a resource to understanding it!

    Amanda Bailey
    Upland, CA

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  44. Oh my...this sounds like the perfect book for my sewing library! It would make a great resouce for me.
    Linda Phillip
    Manitowoc, WI

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  45. This sounds like a great resource. I think I can always learn something new or better! I have friends and neighbors that ask me "You sewed that? How do you DO that?" and this would be a great resource to help them learn when they come to me with questions. Thanks for a chance to win!
    Rachell Reilly,
    Payson, Utah

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  46. "There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning."
    - Christopher Morley

    I would like to earn this book, because I yearn to have it, and having it will help me to learn......

    Rachelle Jones
    Cairns QLD Australia

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  47. I would love to win your book so that I could learn to sew in zippers, learn smocking as I am still a novice when it comes to many sewing techniques. This book sounds like just what I need. Thank you so much for your giveaway and a chance at winning your book.
    Bonita Kneller-Yee
    North Las Vegas, NV

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  48. Son already has plans for me to teach little granddaughter to sew. That's a few years away--she is just 18 mos. now but I need to get a good library for her, don't I?

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  49. Who would not like to gather more information to make a sewing room efficient, tips for finishing projects professionally and to win it in book form? Count me in!

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  50. I just started learning how to quilt, but there are many things I don't know how to sew-like clothes, mending, buttons, or hemming. This book would be a great resource for my library because it's a go-to for anything that has to do with sewing. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

    Karrie Smith
    Belleville, MI 48111
    ksmith8@emich.edu

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  51. This sounds like a great reference book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. I really need this book because I am 66 yrs. old and beginning sewing.
    Mary Landry
    Abbeville, La.

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  53. I need all the help I can get and I'm sure this book would help me a lot! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Laurie Taylor
    St Andrews NB

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  54. My mom sews but I don't live close enough for her to teach me, it would be great to have a reference to read and look at when I need help with something!
    Heather O'Brien
    Kodiak, AK

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  55. I would love to win this book
    allison butler
    piedmont, sc 29673

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  56. I would like to get better at sewing and could use all the help I can get!

    Nancy Bird
    Many LA

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  57. I'd love to have this book to use with my 4-h club.

    Kate Salter
    Danvers, MA

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  58. I would love to win this because I am still learning how to sew and I can use all the help I can get! :)

    Joy Person
    Olympia, WA

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  59. I would love to give this book to my daughter who is a beginning seamstress.

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  60. Kathleen ConradtMay 23, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    This book looks wonderful!

    Kathleen Conradt
    Oostburg, WI

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  61. This book sounds just awesome! I have so much to learn, and so much to sew!!! Thanks for the opportunity.

    Lisa Fellman
    West Deptford, NJ

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  62. Thank you for the opportunity! Can't wait to see what new tricks this book will teach!

    Amanda Bailey
    Upland, CA

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  63. Would love to win this book. I am off the summer and this book would fit in.Planing to sew this summer.

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  64. I'm teaching myself sewing and garment construction project by project. This book sounds like it will come in quite handy.

    Taiwo Oki
    Richmond, VA

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  65. Always 'need' another book :) Love to sew anything :)

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  66. I want this book to help me out of tough jams when I am sewing.

    Teague, Tx

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