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Welcome to Couture Techniques Workshop: Basics | Video

Claire B. Shaeffer introduces her video series on couture sewing. She notes a true haute couture garment can cost from several thousands of dollars to more than $100,000—so learning the techniques used to create these special pieces can be worthwhile.

First, you’ll see some of Claire’s stunning fabrics, perfect for creating couture garments. These include velvet, brocade, sequined and embroidered fabrics, fine wools, and bouclés.

Claire dispels the notion that haute couture garments are entirely hand-sewn. They are made individually, for a specific client, and they may contain significant amounts of hand sewing, but there may also be some machine-sewn areas. They usually feature more hand-shaping than a ready-to-wear piece.

This video series covers techniques such as marking techniques, a wide range of hand-sewing methods, machine sewing, shrinking and stretching fabric to create shape, inserting stays, and more. Claire suggests that, even if you don’t have time to make all your garments with these techniques, it’s helpful to apply them where it is most important.

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About This Video Series

This video series features three hours of insider tips and secrets for creating high-end couture garments and home accessories. See an expert at work as Claire Shaeffer illustrates the basic techniques that take sewing to the next level -- from hand sewing and machine stitching to marking methods, pressing, and hemming.

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  1. user-7356162 | | #1

    I'm confused. I can see the "watch the series" and watch the intro video of two minutes. I have an "insider" subscription, but I can't find the other videos that are supposed to have @3 hours of instruction.

  2. user-6305139 | | #2

    I have the same problem.

  3. user-7377374 | | #3

    I also have that problem

  4. user-7403221 | | #4

    I too have this problem and have tried two browsers. Can you help?

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    aprongirl | | #5

    Me 5. I have continuously been Insider for access to these and other videos. Recently renewed (even though membership period not up) because I wanted to be sure I had continued access to all things Insider. Threads - please fix this, not just for this one, but for all!

  6. user-7534529 | | #6

    But why is nobody from thread answering our questions on how to access these videos...this is why we paid but, we don't have access to what we gave our hard earned $$$$ for..This is really frustrating and i am seriously thinking of asking for a refund. Not happy with the way their websites run at all. Too much ads as well on the website and they are very distracting

  7. user-7526674 | | #7

    Why are we unable to access these vidios

  8. gwilson9 | | #8

    I too have the insider subscription and cannot access the videos. I thought maybe I needed to re-up my subscription. I could find no information under accounts. What a drag!

  9. user-7628448 | | #9

    Me too.

  10. user-7628448 | | #10

    Ok, look below these comments! The course is broken into short videos there.

  11. Bill_Columbus_Ohio | | #11

    Same problem. The SEVERAL short videos do NOT cover all the couture stitches listed in the course description.

  12. Bill_Columbus_Ohio | | #12

    My apologies. It appears that the "Videos in this Series" contains the course material. I called the Threads support and they were most helpful.

  13. Bill_Columbus_Ohio | | #13

    Me again. My original premise is true. The 7 videos listed under "Videos in this Series" appear to be lacking videos. First, the videos add up to approximately 30 minutes--not the 3 hours in the course description. Secondly, one video (pink material) is a repeat of Tacks and Chains. It is NOT the video where Claire walks through NINE couture stitches. (Sounds awesome). I've reported this to technical support and they are examining the situation. Thanks.

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