My favorite go-to reference guide for sewing stuff is the 1976 version of the Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. I first spotted the book when I was working at FirstSamples. I taught myself how to sew with it. I’ve lectured from it. I’ve told all my students that if they have to buy one book to know the ins and outs of sewing that THIS IS THAT BOOK. 500 pages of hints and tips on topics that range from sewing machine parts to fit, to home decor.
There is a newer version of this Holy Grail of sewing knowledge, which I own, but I am not a fan. That copy is currently buried in a closet for the rare occasion that I end up teaching a class to someone who has the other book. The book is missing a few things as well.
So, if you happen to come across this book for under $20 at a Half Price Books, Garage Sale, Thrift Store, Estate Sale, BUY IT! If you have a copy of it, give it to a friend.