If you ever sew, or think about sewing, at any level from
beginner to advanced, you've got to read Sewing for
Dummies, by Jan Saunders Maresh. Twice.
I checked it out from the library, read the whole thing,
and when I started my next sewing project, I checked it
out again as a reference. It covers all the basics of
sewing, from creating a buttonhole to reading a pattern.
There are also lots of pointers for making various
sewing tasks easier, many of which include the temporary
use of (who would have guessed?) invisible tape.
Then there's stuff I had never heard of, like the
difference between pressing and ironing, the fact that
pressing stitches can secure the stitching in place,
and how/when to hand-tie instead of backstitching threads.
With lots of tips, descriptions, and illustrations, this book
is a must-read for anyone in any way interested in sewing!