All New Fabric Savvy

How to Choose & Use Fabrics

All New Fabric Savvy

By:  Betzina, Sandra

Product ID:  071617
$26.95 Paperback
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Taunton Press

8.0 X 10.0 in
256 pg


Named a Best Reference Book of 2017 by Library Journal

The best-selling fabric guide for sewers just got better. Fully updated to reflect new fabrics and notions as well as changes in sewing tools and techniques, All New Fabric Savvy is chock-full of essential information that all garment and home dec sewers need to work with 107 different types of fabric.

Organized alphabetically, the 107 fabrics include:

  • old favorites like cotton, wool, and knits
  • new synthetic options like faux fur and leather, oilcloth, and ripstop.
  • more than 475 photographs and 110 illustrations

Includes a comprehensive set of appendices covering everything you need to know about working with fabric. All New Fabric Savvy guarantees success for sewers of all stripes by removing the confusion inherent in working with the many types of fabric available today.

"Fabric Savvy is a necessary resource for any sewing enthusiast."

"Recommended for general purchase by public libraries."Library Journal

"Betzina's Fabric Savvy has been an indispensable addition to the garment sewist's bookshelf since its original publication in 1999, and the latest version improves upon the content of the 2004 edition. Updates include refreshed photos of garments and accessories as well as additions of fabrics that didn't appear in previous editions. All New Fabric Savvy is ideal for sewists interested in making the best possible fabric choices for garment sewing and those with an interest in specialty fabrics."Library Journal

"I first encountered Sandra Betzina in her wonderful Craftsy classes. So, I was super happy when I saw that she had a new version of a wonderful book, All New Fabric Savvy. If, like me, you hoard magazine articles about different types of fabric and pore over fabric choices in blogs, this book is for you. If, also like me, you can never remember where you saw those great tips on sewing scuba fabric, this book is DEFINITELY for you!

Each entry gives you the background on the given fabric and also has tips on pretreating, pressing, hemming and (most importantly, for me) matching the fabric to the project so that you can get the most out of your sewing time. My favorite resources are in the back of the book: a visual glossary of techniques, details on interfacing, presser feet, tools, choosing knit fabrics, determining fabric content, linings, and stain removal.

Overall, I recommend this book heartily for sewists of all experience levels."Lara Neel

"Betzina, a sewing expert and host of the popular Power Sewing web series, updates her guide to fabrics, adding new selections and techniques. Along with a visual glossary and frequent color photos, the author weaves in details on the materials that comprise each fabric and valuable information on cutting methods, threads, needles, and stitch lengths. The essential handbook for sewists of all levels."Library Journal

Sandra Betzina is best known as the dynamic host of HGTV's Sew Perfect. She is also the author of Fast Fit, Power Sewing, and Sandra Betzina Sews for Your Home, all published by The Taunton Press. Sandra also creates a line of garment patterns for Vogue called Today's Fit by Sandra Betzina, teaches sewing workshops and retreats, offers online classes, and more. She lives in San Francisco, CA.