Martha Stewart has two great instruction encyclopedias:
Both are available in the Oak Park Public Library as well as in stores and online.
These texts are extremely useful–clear directions, useful photos and fantastic glossaries will make them indispensable to you. What’s even better is that there is a CD that contains patterns and templates. (Many other sewing guides include patterns that must be photocopied and often enlarged which is often veery tricky!)
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