10, 20, 30 Minutes to Sew by Nancy Zieman Published in 1992 ISBN: 0-8487-1118-1Some Chapter Headings: Minutes to Organize Fast Fashion Elements Serging, the Ultimate Time Saver Super-Quick Knits Elastics--Fast and Fun to Sew Needle Know-How and Feet Smarts Begin to Sew
- The idea that I don't have to spend a whole day to do some worthwhile sewing.
- The tip about using a recipe card file to keep track of alterations for yourself and others you sew for.
- That she writes out this tip (I knew this, but I'm not sure how I knew it, so seeing it in writing was reassuring that I was doing it correctly): "When you are sewing together 2 fabric pieces of different lengths, stitch with the longer layer down (next to the feed dogs of the sewing machine) and the shorter layer up (next to the presser foot). The feed dogs will gently and evenly ease the longer layer to meet the shorter layer." (page 25)
- The great introduction to a serger.
- The "Seams Great Elastic Casing" ( I wish I'd used this on this dress.)
- Her "Favorite Gathering Method" (page 133) that uses a zig-zag stitch rather than 2 rows of basting stitches.
- Some of the fashion ideas are a little dated.
- Her centered zipper instructions (pages 35-36) didn't work for me.