Islander Sewing Systems 1 – Now in Workbook Format
In this book on industrial techniques for garment construction, Janet explains sewing methods that have proven to be superior. Each is carefully and clearly explained in a logical sequence, accompanied by close-up photography to illustrate the steps. Readers are encouraged to make samples to reinforce the learning process. Although this workbook will be easily understood by beginning home-sewers, it is also valuable to the more advanced who wish to improve their techniques.
Islander Sewing Systems uses no pins or basting and emphasizes that the most important key to creativity comes from total understanding of materials and machines. Once you learn this system, your technical difficulties are over - you only need to follow where your imagination leads you. The techniques are so deceptively simple that they become second nature. This means that ideas quickly become reality without resorting to complicated and cumbersome methods. Just imagine cutting your sewing time in half and producing truly professional results. Now that’s exciting!
Additional supplements will be released periodically and can easily be added to the workbook.
I have followed Janet's Jacket Express tutorial and was delighted with the end result. I decided I wanted to know more and bought the book.
It is really well designed with good illustrations and easy to follow clear instructions.
You do need to practice these techniques and I would recommend following through the book and then taking one of the tutorials.
I have now got to the stage where pins are a nuisance and even when I think I need one, I end up taking it out. I still need more practice with the Burrito technique before I can do it without following the instructions. As Janet says these techniques become second nature really quickly.
Highly recommended as a go to reference for those awkward things you come across when sewing. I never thought I'd be sewing a lapped zip into a cusion without pins or basting!!
Katey on 11th Feb 2018
I haven't been able to get much into the book as yet (just received it a couple of days ago), but it looks great. The only thing missing that I had hoped would be included is is Welt Pockets. Well worth the money to get all the Islander Sewing Techniques. Mary Maychruk on 20th Nov 2017
I found this workbook really great and easy to read and follow. There are really great techniques that cut down the amount of time of having to construct garments, using these techniques. I will have this workbook on my sewing table, ready to refer to and try the different methods of sewing garments, which is so easy and having them look professional.
I am already using a lesser amount of pins!!!! Really impressed. Deirdre on 13th Sep 2017
I love the breakdown of information, it's a lot like the Islander patterns. I really love all the pictures, and especially the templates at the end of the book so you can practice techniques without having to dig everything out in the middle of a project. I am really looking forward to working through and having my own samples, but until I finish my current project, this is a great reference and has already sped up both my speed and quality. Stefanie Quinn on 2nd Jun 2017
If you own the previous book, this book isn't necessary. But, I will say, if you don't, I like it for that. Same material. I'll let u know when I start stapling practice pieces in the new sewing systems book. I haven't used it yet, but read thru it. Good material. I would give it 3.5 if I could and a 4 star rating if I already used it and loved it. Sheryl on 30th May 2017
After years of home sewing, this book has filled in a lot of spaces that have because I am self taught. Jacqueline Boswell on 29th May 2017
Islander's wonderful techniques have revolutionized my sewing, making it quicker and more fun. The workbook format is really ideal, and I look forward to updates etc. Thank you Janet for carrying on your aunt's work, and developing it further too! Ruth on 26th May 2017
Great book of many professional tips. I know it will be my best friend after we complete our down sizing procedure. I am a garment sewer. Unknown on 25th May 2017