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The Sewing Bible for Clothes Alterations : A Step-By-Step Practical Guide on How to Alter Clothes - Judith Turner

The Sewing Bible for Clothes Alterations

A Step-By-Step Practical Guide on How to Alter Clothes

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The Sewing Bible is a step-by-step practical guide to help people learn some basic sewing skills to help them alter their own clothes.

Starting with the most common and easiest alteration, shortening trousers, and working towards the most technically challenged, shortening the sleeves on a lined jacket, this ultimate guide will take you through the steps using over 400 illustrations to give you get a clear outline of what is required.

Chapters are broken up into:

  • Introduction
  • How to use this book
  • What you will need
  • Trousers –taking up, taking in, letting out, replacing zip
  • Jeans – taking up, taking in, replacing zip
  • Dresses, Gowns and Skirts – taking up, hem lengths, types of hems, taking in
  • Jackets – taking up, taking in
  • Shirts and Tops – taking up, taking in
  • Types of Seams
  • Imperial and metric explained
  • Helpful hints and tips
About the Author

Judith Turner’s passion for clothing alterations began in the 1990s when her friend gave her a job in her fabric shop. She soon found that she had a natural gift at altering clothes and in 1996 she branched out and opened up her first shop with nothing except this skill. It was soon after opening her shop that Judith began writing manuals on clothing alterations for the staff. She wanted everyone to be altering the clothes in the same way, and also wanted to give her customers a 100% guarantee that the garment would be altered to their satisfaction.


Simple and easy to follow


I am a fan of Judith's articles in Stitches magazine, always found them to be excellent tutorials. I have learnt and applied many techniques from them. However, this book was disappointing for me, sketches not photos, very basic things like taking up hems! I was hoping for more methods for a person with more than basic sewing skills but not 'couture' if you know what I mean! I like to update, re-purpose or alter the good quality clothes my husband & I have accumulated. I would recommend it to someone who has sewn a few basic things and would like to know how to tackle some repairs.



Great for a present.


Has all that the book is intended for.




3.5 2


Acknowledgements - 4
Introduction - 5
How to use this book - 6
What you will need - 9

Trouser Length - Pinning - 12
Taking Up Technique - 35
Taking In Technique - 63
Trousers - 84
Jeans - 127
Dresses, Skirts & Gowns - 160
Jackets - 209
Shirts & Tops - 241
Types of Seams - 259
Imperial and Metric Explained - 267
Helpful Hints & Tips - 270

ISBN: 9781742576428
ISBN-10: 1742576427
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st March 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 26.4 x 21.9  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 1.27