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Video: How to Sew a Thread Chain

Feb 28, 2011

While on the road at the American Sewing Guild conference we caught up with Threads contributing editor Susan Khalje. In this quick video, Susan Khalje demonstrates how a thread chain, sometimes called a swing tack or a French tack, can hold two layers of fabric together. This couture technique may not be as strong as a thread bar, but will work for many uses.

Also, don’t miss Susan’s techniques for sewing a thread bar and attaching metal fasteners

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  1. ASiverson March 21st

    This is a nice technique to have under one's belt!

  2. User avater SewingWithKathy March 20th

    This is also a great method for constructing a hardly noticeable belt loop on a dress. One can start and end the chain in the same location.

  3. MorningGlory4 March 7th

    So nice to hear and see that someone else pins the fabric they are working on to the knee of their slacks. I have been doing that for years with wedding gown hems when I have to attach the thread chains to the many layers along the hem edge. I have the gowns hanging from the ceiling and sit on the floor to be as close as possible to the gowns hem edge and have the layers of fabric hang straight down. I also use upholstery thread for added strength.

  4. User avater CFields March 7th

    This is a nice little finishing detail, handy for loosely connecting linings that are otherwise free at the hem. To make the chain you can also use a small crochet hook in place of your fingers. The results are the same.
    Thanks for the review of these finishing techniques.

  5. Phoebebird March 6th

    I love it! I imagine it would be great for giving a loose anchor to skirt/slacks/coat and their respective linings. One side note, if one irons their thread after waxing they will find amazing results. The melted wax in the thread will strengthen the thread and make it a dream for sewing!

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