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Couch Pearl Cotton for a Delicate Edge Finish

Expert instructions for sewing an edge on sheer fabrics

Nov 08, 2017
Couture sewing expert Kenneth D. King teaches us an easy method for creating a narrow, pretty edge on sheer fabrics. Beginning with a polyester organza garment, he couches a length of pearl cotton along the hemline, then stitches over it a second time using a blanket stitch and a wing needle. Finally, he trims the hem allowance just below the couched pearl cotton using a quilter’s stencil cutter, a hot-tipped tool that melts through the organza and seals its edge. This ultrafine finish is lovely on blouses and dresses made of floaty fabrics.

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  1. user-6897006 January 9th

    "The poor man's laser cutter." That phrase made me chuckle. I love you, Kenneth. Your tutorials rock!

  2. Spinmarker December 13th

    Very interesting technique. Clear instructions and the stencil cutter is a very cool tool!

  3. Delica December 5th

    Another great technique that is so much easier to understand when demonstrated so well by Mr. King.

  4. kaychan November 21st

    Incredible. Love it.

  5. user-6880899 November 14th

    I love this lesson on a technic I’ve never seen before! His instructions were so clear and concise. I do wonder though, why the video kept repeating parts over and over, even as the clock was running forward. Was that done on purpose?
    Looking forward to watching more lessons from Mr. King!

  6. scrubble4 November 14th

    I really like the hemline, understanding about the melting point difference of the fibers and that very cool tool. The clarity of the instruction and images helped me understand exactly what and why. Thanks

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