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For vintage inspiration we often turn to magazines or books on fashion. Yet vintage sewing books contain excellent information and usually have creative and interesting ideas, not to mention fun illustrations! While some vintage books are available for purchase, you can also find many free books online.
The Internet Archive has many sewing books available in different viewing formats. Simply search for “sewing books” and several pages of results will show up. While rather small, the Online Books has a helpful page with links to sites that host complete sewing books.
Google Books literally has millions of sewing books online. Many, if not most, of these are modern books. Some are available only for preview while others are free to view. You can do an advanced search to find exactly what you’re looking for even down to the date. Sifting through the results, you will even find some early 20th century sewing books such as this book on hand sewing.
Our favorite site for online vintage books isn’t currently working. Thanks to this amazing website you can still view the excellent selection of books here. You’ll have to wait for a moment for the site to load before you begin your search.
Do you have a favorite online resource for viewing sewing books? We’d love to know!