This book contains everything your Mum tried to teach you, but you were too cool to learn! What do you do when a button pops off your favourite shirt or the hem unravels on your best dress - throw it away, or make some simple repairs? This fun but practical book caters for all your sewing emergencies, teaching everyone who never learned how to thread a needle, sew on a button, darn a hole and much more. Avoid mending traumas with these simple, basic sewing skills that will revive not just your wardrobe but also your wallet. Learn the real basics of hand and machine sewing, with clear, easy-to-follow photographs and instructions. Sections cover: a range of different fastenings, instant fixes for emergencies, zips and closures, seams, hems and many other nifty repairs. About the Author: Joan Gordon is an international consultant who has taught various crafts and sewing techniques extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She is currently working and writing for publishing and exhibition companies in the UK. Several times a year she enjoys teaching jewellery and sewing workshops in her studio at The Model House, Llantrisant, Wales. Joan has written for many magazines and co- designed and edited the UK craft magazine Beads & Beyond and is now Consultant Editor for the innovative UK jewellery magazine Making Jewellery.