5 Best Sewing Books For New Sewists

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Learning to sew is hard! You need to figure out what to make, what to use for fabric, and how to make it. That doesn’t even include how to use your machine! Until my own book is finished, you might want to check out these 5 best sewing books for new sewists. They have lots of great advice for a novice.

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The Basics – Sewing For Beginners

5 Best Sewing Books For New Sewists
by Rebecca Wellner

Sewing For Beginners: A Beginners Guide to Learn How to Sew Step-By-Step

This is truly a beginner’s primer. It covers your machine, fabric, pattern selection, tools, and more.

Sewing For Dummies

5 Best Sewing Books For New Sewists
by Jan Saunders Maresh

Sewing for Dummies

You know they are on top of the newbie game on everything. It will be your trusted source for beginner FAQs.

Adapt and Design Sewing Patterns

5 Best Sewing Books For New Sewists
by Lee Hollahan

How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns: From store-bought patterns to drafting your own: a complete guide to fashion sewing with confidence

When you are ready to move up to making your patterns “more you,” this is a good place to start.

Perfect Fitting Guide

5 Best Sewing Books For New Sewists
by Sarah Veblen

The Complete Photo Guide To Perfect Fitting

This is one of my favorite books. It will take your commercial patterns to the next level by upping your fit game.

Tilly and the Buttons Patterns

5 Best Sewing Books For New Sewists
by Tilly Walnes

Tilly and the Buttons: Make it Simple: Easy, Speedy Sewing Projects to Stitch up in an Afternoon

Tilly fans love her sense of style and ease of construction. She is a master at creating simple garment projects that have you wearing your creations in no time.

These 5 best sewing books for new sewists will get your sewing game started. Whether you are a true newbie or just need to bring your skills up a notch, you will find them helpful.

If you are looking for some free beginner sewing advice, check out these of my posts.

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How To Set Up And Use Your Sewing Machine

List of Patterns Perfect for Beginners

Happy Sewing,


39 thoughts on “5 Best Sewing Books For New Sewists

  1. Great resources! I have been sewing most of my life and still run across things I don’t know how to do. I don’t think about finding a book to help out. Thanks!

  2. I love crafting but sewing has always been my weakness. Thanks for the references, I will definitely be looking into these.

  3. It’s so amazing the many resources nowdays. I taught myself to sew barbie clothes because I didn’t want to waste material in my experimenting. Now there is a slew of books and things to help. Got to love the advances even just in 28 years. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I remember when everyone was taught to sow in junior high. I guess they don’t teach sewing anymore. I loved to sew when I had the time. Now I don’t even own a sewing machine but I sew hand when necessary.

  5. I love these suggestions. I’m definitely a novice sewist! I keep telling myself I’m going to dive back in to sewing, but so far I haven’t found the time or motivation to do it!

  6. I love to sew but never had any formal training. These books might be helpful. I loved your corner technique in a previous post and will be putting it to the test on some projects I am doing right now. Thanks.

    1. Beth, if you have some sewing experience, the Perfect Fitting Guide is great for garment sewers.
      Glad you like the corner tip – all these little tips and tricks in my head – trying to get them down on paper!

  7. What a cute photo! I think people should have at least basic sewing skills because it could come in handy for fixing things instead of replacing things and it can also be used for fun.

  8. I have started to renew my sewing bug with mass produced homemade masks and might see what else I can whip up here! These books look like a good place to start!

  9. I never had the patience for sewing projects, but I always loved watching my mom sew, and as a stage manager I love watching the costumers work. It’s a skill I would love to have!

  10. Have you tried any of these books? I’d love to sew more someday…maybe if I can get my house all unpacked and organized quickly, I’ll be able to get to all my sewing stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been way too long and I could use some sewing tips.

    1. The Perfect Fitting Guide is one of my favorites. I have had several students use the Tilly book with great success. They love her easy and well drafted patterns.

  11. Thanks for the great ideas! My sister was definitely the seamstress in our family. I try sometimes, I will check out these books. Thanks

  12. These look like excellent books for someone like me! I used to see a lot. But never ventured far beyond basic patterns.

  13. The books about fitting and adapting patterns sound interesting. I think I’ve still got my sewing books from secondary school in my cupboard. ? Making buttons has certainly improved since then.

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