I picked up a couple of sewing books from the library to browse through and one of them was a big heavy book by Martha Stewart called Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. It has fantastic colorful pictures and sections on many different topics.
I like the first part of the book with sections on fabric glossary, good things for sewing, embroidery and even a section on dyeing. The book also has a good number of simple projects to make with nice photos of the finished projects. I just found the book didn’t go into enough detail for a beginner to make any of the projects and those with sewing knowledge would find the book boring, filled with everything they had already figured out.
This is not a book I would add to my library. Although. it was nice to look through.