Mother Pletsch’s Painless Sewing


We learned of this great EFFECTIVE sewing primer when we asked Lydia Wills — who makes her own clothes, curtains, slipcovers and more —for a good starter book.

“The best book I know was written in 1975 and has been re-printed many times. It’s called Mother Pletsch’s Painless Sewing with Pretty Pat’s Perfect Pattern Primer. It is really goofy-looking, illustrated with corny cartoons and some of the language is like the title. But don’t be put off by that. It is GREAT, with really solid information that will get you sewing right away.” 



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