Like any other art or craft, sewing begins with basic techniques. This book gives you the essential information that every sewer needs to know. It is not a "project" book, but rather a reference featuring tips and methods, special techniques for certain fabrics and more detailed explanations of pattern instructions. The book gives you the opportunity to choose the best technique for your purposes. It emphasizes the details that make the difference between a professional-looking garment and one that looks homemade. Fashion details come and go, but the fundamentals of sewing can be applied to any design. The photos add depth and dimension to the instructions, giving you a close-up look at each step. For the new sewer, the experienced sewer, or the sewer who has become a little rusty, this book is designed to be a help and an inspiration.