My sewing books

Jeans Book Sneak Peek

On Monday I’m sending the Sewing Jeans book off to the printer, which is both super exciting and also a little nerve-wracking, since I’m ordering 5 000 books, which is the biggest initial print run I’ve done.

The book is almost 200 pages, and every time I open my book document on the computer I’m a little baffled that I managed to create all this content on one particular topic, namely sewing jeans. But I wanted the book to live up to its title; Sewing Jeans: The complete step-by-step guide so I really tried to cover all the aspects of jeans making.

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About half of the book consists of illustrated step-by-step instructions for how to sew a pair of jeans, with lots of options to suit your skill level and what machines and tools you have access to. You can sew jeans just using a regular sewing machine, which is what I focus in the book, but if you have a serger or a coverstitch machine, I also show options for how to use those machines as part of your jeans making process.

I also have a chapter dedicated to fit and pattern alterations, which is pretty extensive covering everything from how to nail the fit to adapt patterns for different styles, such as skinny, bootcut etc. So that you can create a pair of jeans that are uniquely you.

Since one challenge with making jeans is to master all the stitching techniques, I also have a chapter about all the jeans seams covering everything from flat-felling to bar tacks and topstitching.

Plus a lot of fun and useful information that pertains sewing jeans. I learned a ton myself during the research process of the book, especially since I was able to connect with a jeans manufacturing professional who opened my eyes to all the intricacies that go into making jeans. He even lent me a few pairs from his vast collection, one of which is featured on the spread to the left.

So that was a little sneak peek into my upcoming book (with an additional 180+ pages) . You can pre-order the book if you like (ebook and print) and it will hit the book shops on November 3.

Once I’ve gotten the print process rolling, I will start working on increasing the availability of the print version as you can currently only pre-order the book on and (Amazon affiliate links). More Amazon stores will be added to that list and global is in the works too, with Book Depository probably being my main worldwide channel for all my books.

BTW, for my fellow Scandinavian sewists, I’m also about to get a book store distribution deal for our region as well, so that will hopefully make things easier too.

I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek and update on my upcoming book. It’s my biggest book so far, which is why it took a little longer than I had originally planned. Plus the fact that I had to return to my day job, not to mention the mental toll that has been 2020. So it feels like quite an achievement that I managed to put together a third sewing book in less than 3 years. Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement!

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  • Ellen
    August 15, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    I can’t wait! I’ve pre-ordered and am so looking forward to getting my copy.

  • Sheila Munro
    August 16, 2020 at 10:03 am

    I also cannot wait, I too have pre ordered the book and hope to finally make a pair of jeans using it. That is once I have lost some weight that has mysteriously crept on when I was not paying attention!

  • Corey
    August 16, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    I am looking forward to ordering in nov in canada. I am going to go thru book in detail and use it as my reference for all my jeans making. I have stopped buying rtw jeans and just make own now for better fit and comfort.

  • Toni
    August 17, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Really looking forward to receiving my copy Johanna. It is an amazing achievement for you, so much work.
    Glad to read that life is returning to ‘normal’ for you. 2020 has certainly been a different experience – globally!. I doubt that so many people have shared a life changing experience globally in the same way before.

  • Vonn
    September 2, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    You’re very talented, Johanna, and I hope that the rest of 2020 is much less stressful for you.

    I pre-ordered your book a few weeks ago and am excited about receiving my copy.

    Thank you for your tutorials!


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