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The Lady's Guide to Plain Sewing

The format of this book is done so that it appears like a period book, including the identification of the author on the cover as "A Lady." It's appearance -- including saddle stitching -- would make it a book that could be taken to the field to use for reference if working on sewing at the event.

The Civil War period was a transitional time in clothing construction. Although the first sewing machine was developed in the 1820's, the mass production of machines that made a locksticth did not begin until the 1850's. But, not everyone owned a sewing machine and, even if the sewing machine could do the straight stitches for seams, there was still plenty of hand work necessary to finish the garment or to provide decorative flourishes.

This book contains the instruction necessary for the basic hand stitches used in garment construction as well as a few used for decorative elements. It serves as a good reference for the basic sewing stitches to construct and finish garments. (Also see Plain Needlework in the listing of modern books)

Price: $11.95

If you want to look at the previous book in the list,
Knitting A La Mode,
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If you want to look at the next book in the list,
The Lady's Guide to Plain Sewing - Book II,
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