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Couch Pearl Cotton for a Delicate Edge Finish | Insider Video

Expert instructions for sewing an edge on sheer fabrics

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. scrubble4 | | #1

    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

  2. user-6880899 | | #2

    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!

  3. kaychan | | #3

    Incredible. Love it.

  4. delica | | #4

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

  5. spinmarker | | #5

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

  6. user-6897006 | | #6

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

  7. user-6962351 | | #7

    Dr King, I'm in agreement with ALL of the above praises & compliments related to your technique and teaching style. I'm excited to try out this technique. Watching your educational videos are THERAPEUTIC! Thank you, Threads, for the gift of Kenneth King. Thank you, Dr King, for sharing your skills with your can-do authenticity.

  8. jlynn | | #8

    Amazing technique, thank you Dr. King. I could binge watch your videos.

  9. user-7090167 | | #9

    Outstanding technique with crystal clear instructions - thank you very much Mr. King. I hope you will be doing many more!

  10. sewlady1108 | | #10

    All great tips! Clear, thorough instructions! Gotta get a stencil cutter.
    Thank you!

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