Clueless with a needle and thread? Looking to start a new project? From beginning basics to more advanced skills, these resources will help guide you through the art of sewing.

  • Sewing 101

    Filled with lots of step-by-step photos, useful sewing tip sidebars, and a painstakingly detailed glossary, Sewing 101 teaches you how to sew successfully.

  • Singer: The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing

    A guide to machine sewing covers patterns, seams, darts, gathers, hems, tailoring, and fabric selection.

  • Introductory sewing. Part 1, Learn to sew.

    Learn the basics of sewing, including various stitches and seam finishes, and build a solid sewing foundation by completing two simple projects: a drawstring bag and a zippered pouch.

  • The Sewing Answer Book

    This friendly, reassuring resource, written by sewing expert and educator Barbara Weiland Talbert, answers the questions, corrects the mistakes, and troubleshoots the nagging problems sewers encounter every time they sit down at the sewing machine or pick up a needle and thread.

  • Sewing for Dummies

    Complete with lists of quick fix-it tools, sewing fundamentals, and sewing resources, Sewing For Dummies is the fun and easy way to get the basics and stitch up a storm in no time!

  • How to Make a Quilt

    Learn basic sewing techniques for creating patchwork quilts and projects.

  • Apparel Sewing Basics

    Liesl Gibson, founder and designer of Oliver + S sewing patterns, introduces garment sewing tachniques.

  • Sewing 911

    With good humor and a practical approach to improving sewing skills, Deckert shares her secrets for salvaging projects, even when things have gone terribly wrong.

  • Secrets for Successful Sewing

    Offers machine sewing techniques, explains how to use a sewing machine effectively, and presents tips on using the machine for beading, stitch design, Battenberg lace, and serger techniques.

  • Sewing Basics

    Twelve original projects encourage even the least experienced needlecrafter to bring out the sewing machine and create attractive, professional-looking items for home and wardrobe.

  • Sewing Tips + Tricks with Tricia Waddell

    Learn the sewing tips and tricks that give your projects a professional look and a designer's touch. Includes techniques and projects.

  • Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts

    This book covers the basics of sewing by hand or machine, along with five other time-honored crafts techniques, and step-by-step instructions for more than 150 projects.