The Top 7 Sewing Books For Beginners – PLUS 4 Books for Kids
Books are an excellent way to learn how to sew. Not only do they provide photo references to help you master each step, but they also include detailed written instructions that you can refer to anytime you need. Having your mother or grandmother teach you how to sew is wonderful, but it helps to have a solid reference you can rely on whenever you get stuck not knowing what to do next. If you’ve purchased your first sewing machine and are eager to get going, books are a great place to get you started quickly.
There are plenty of beginner sewing books out there, but we’ve rounded up the top 7 to help you find the right reference for you.
The 7 Best Sewing Books For Beginners
1. First Time Sewing: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide
You’ll find detailed descriptions of the tools and materials needed, and you’ll make fun projects, like pillows, aprons, shorts and pants. There are five simple projects included that will introduce you to skills like seams and hems. You’ll also learn how to balance tension and how to use a pattern.
The skills you’ll take away from this book are skills that you’ll use throughout the rest of your sewing career.
2. Sewing 101: Master Basic Skills and Techniques
All of the included projects are divided into two different categories: home decor/accessories and garments. This truly is a comprehensive guide, and it even includes online videos to further help you are refining your new skills and learning to sew.
3. Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time
Designed for sewers of all skill levels, this book also includes a bonus CD and PDF patterns for all apparel projects. This is easily one of our favorite sewing books for beginners because the patterns are so fun and modern.
4. The Sewing Machine Classroom
No projects are included – this is more of a reference guide – but it’s a title that every seamstress should have on hand.
5. Singer Complete Photo Guide to Sewing
The book includes tips on how to choose the right tools, how to use conventional machines and sergers, tailoring, fashion sewing and completing multiple projects. You’ll also find step by step instructions to complete easy sewing projects, like tableclothes, clothes and treatments. This is a book you’ll refer to time and time again.
6. Idiot’s Guide: Sewing
Every lesson includes a practice sewing project, which gives you a chance to use your newly learned skills. Projects become more advanced as your skills progress, and you’ll learn how to prepare fabrics, read patterns, create finishes, and more.
7. The Sewing Book: An Encyclopedic Resource of Step-by-Step Techniques
In the back of the book, you’ll find 25 clothing and home decor projects to put your new skills to use.
4 Sewing Books for Kids or Tweens
Teaching your child to sew? Here are four great books that are geared towards kids to help move the process along smoothly.
1. A Kid’s Guide to Sewing: Learn to Sew with Sophie and Her Friends
There are 16 easy sewing projects for kids included that range from crafts to accessories to clothing. Projects progress in complexity, so this is a book that can “grow” with your child.
2. Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing
This book is aimed at kids aged 7 and up, and includes 20 fun beginner projects to help kids master their sewing machine skills, including as zippy pouch, wall pockets, microphone and more.
3. My First Sewing Machine: Fashion School
Instructions are easy to follow, and detailed photos are included.
4. See and Sew: A Sewing Book for Children
Step-by-step instructions are included as well as 16 simple sewing projects. These projects are simple enough for most children to learn and creative enough for them to feel a sense of real accomplishment. We really like this book.
Shannon has been and avid quilter for over 20 years. Her love of quilts came at an early age from her grandmother. She is a mother of 2 and lives in the US with her loving husband.