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Book Review: 101 Sewing Seams

I started to sew when I was 15. Back then, I naively believed there were only 5 or 6 types of seams. And I used to sew everything that way.
Years later, I started studying Industrial Design. Clothing was the specialty I chose. There I quickly learned that, in reality, there are a lot of seams -what a surprise!.
I also learned that choosing the seams to assemble the garment depends on several factors:

  • the style of the garment/brand
  • the quality standards of the brand
  • the budget for production
  • the use of the garment
  • the fabric

I know it. In the beginning, this seems overwhelming. But honestly, it isn’t. The more you do this work, the easier it will become.
I also know some of you are struggling with this right now.
To help with this, we at ABC Seams have selected the 101 most used seams in the textile industry, and then made up this guide.


This book is a practical guide to refer to when designing clothing. 
Our goal is not only to enhance your technical knowledge, but also inspire you.
By using this material, you will explain your ideas clearly and confidently -and get better results!.

Let’s have a look at the book.


This book has 152 pages, and the content is divided into 4 parts:


The first part is the introduction. It is made up of the Table of Contents, a visual description on How to Read This Book, and a 3-step guide to choose your seams quickly and easily (Selecting Seams).


The second part holds the main content of this publication.
Here you will find the 101 sewing seams that make the book. They are classified into 3 categories, according to their function:

  1. Constructions: those seams that join two or more layers of fabric.
  2. Hems and Finishes: including those seams that polish the edge of the fabric.
  3. Details: those seams that either mold the volume of the fabric, attach on another piece, or add a decorative touch.


The third part (I Want More) includes three topics closely related to the Seams Library: 

  • Types of Stitches
  • Types of Topstitches
  • Tech Packs: these ten key styles are examples of how to specify the product assembling to a factory.


The fourth part helps to look for any terms and seams alphabetically; plus the Abbreviation and Icons description used in this book.


Now you don’t need to use the same seams again and again. Try small alterations and give a special touch to your designs. 
Just have a look at the Inspiration notes at the end of each group of seams. Explore new ideas, discover new techniques, add a touch of color. In short: create your own style.


This book is a practical guide to refer to regularly.

After each group of seams, there is a page for your notes. There you will write down your personal notes and ideas. Also, you can save those seam samples that you will refer back again.

Note: the eBook doesn’t have a blank page for notes. But once you print it, you can add as many pages as you need for it.


At the end of the Seams Library, you have a chart with all the seams. You can see them all at the same time.
The blue square spots the seam group. It shows the structure of the seam and the page number to refer to when you need more information.

This page is the one that you will refer to the most.
You will use it either to compare options or to get quick notes of codes.
If you get the eBook, you certainly should print that page. You’ll see how handy it is for quick researches.

Ssshhh… this is a secret between you and me.
If you are not buying this book but you would like to get this page, here is a link to download it for FREE.


Loved by many, disliked by others…

The eBook (digital version) was designed to be not just convenient, but easy to print: 52 pages on a white background (except the cover and undercover) and its size is a few centimeters narrower than an A4 page (landscape).


  • It’s interactive (you can navigate it as you would a website)
  • It’s cheaper than the printed book
  • You can upload it to your mobile device and bring it to school, work, or wherever you go without even thinking about it
  • It’s easy to print


  • Paper books are nicer than eBooks
  • The eBook doesn’t have pages for your notes (but you can add them yourself, anyway)


This book will help you to:

  • reinforce your technical knowledge
  • widen your vocabulary and improve communication with your colleagues
  • be more confident and make better decisions to select seams
  • spark up your creativity

Where can I buy it?

Paper Book

At the moment we don’t deliver the paper book ourselves. So you can find it at Amazon: USA, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, Japan, India, Mexico, and Brazil. Other online shops such as Book Depository sell it too. But I always found it more expensive than at Amazon.
You can also buy it at many bookstores. They might not have it in the shop, but they can order it for you.
The regular price is 24€.
Due to taxes and delivery fees, it could vary depending on the country.

eBook (Digital)

The eBook is a PDF file and it’s available here on our website. The cost is 9€: click here
If you live in Argentina, you can buy the eBook at Estudio MG with Mercado Pago (click here).

I hope this helps to decide either if this book is for you or not.
If you have any comments or questions, please let me know below in the comments box.


Belu Chi

Belu Chi

Technical Designer at ABC Seams®
Expert in apparel development and technical communication. Former Product Developer at Burberry.

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