Sewing - for all the fun you get out of it - can sometimes be stressful and frustrating, even for the most experienced of us. You know that panicky feeling you get when your sewing machine jams? Or the awful frustration of seeing your carefully made stitches in a buttonhole come undone? What do you do when you look on the internet and everyone has a different take on how you should be sewing on a ruffle? There will always be problems and snags, and that's why Stress-Free Sewing is the indispensable reference book for sewers and crafters at all levels, offering troubleshooting tips on how to deal with virtually any sewing situation. Organised by the stages in a project - from choosing tools through to reading patterns, fitting waistlines to adding buttons and zips, all the information is presented so you know exactly where to look when you get stuck with a problem. Every item used in the sewing process is described, with each entry providing the characteristics, pros and cons and basic considerations of working with that item. Illustrated tutorials offer clear, step-by-step instructions for key sewing techniques. Icons and cross-references make it extremely easy to flick through and find the information you're looking for right away. Packed full of information on tools, fabrics, fittings and techniques, Stress-Free Sewing is the ultimate quick-reference guide for your worktop.