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Couture Jacket Hemming | Insider Video

Kenneth D. King demonstrates a couture technique for making a padded jacket hem.

Kenneth D. King demonstrates a couture technique for making a jacket hem. The process consists of padding the hemline to prevent a hard crease and using a nearly invisible stitching method. He offers tips for choosing padding material, needles, and threads to achieve the best results.

Threads magazine contributing editor, Kenneth D. King is a sewing and couture expert and an adjunct instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan. He also teaches at his studio in New York City and travels extensively in the United States, teaching fitting and couture sewing techniques. Kenneth produces one-of-a-kind, made-to-measure pieces for women and men, as well as limited-edition pieces for boutiques. His work is in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum, as well as in many private collections. Kenneth was the 2013 recipient of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award.

If you are serious about becoming adept at tailoring, Smart Tailoring with Kenneth D. King, a three-DVD set, provides an opportunity to become highly proficient quickly. You will get a behind-the-scenes view of how jacket tailoring is taught by a world-class instructor to aspiring designers and workroom professionals.

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  1. user-3445382 | | #1

    I would like to use this on a project, but how and where is the lining attached to this hem?

  2. user-3445382 | | #2

    I think I know, but want it to be easier. I like to bag the lining and that does not seem to be possible with this method.

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    KennethDKing | | #3

    You will attach the raw edge of the lining to the hem allowance by hand. No other way to do it. I find that installing a lining by hand is quicker for me than installing by machine.

  4. nandas | | #4

    You just solved a problem that has been vexing me for quite awhile! Now I can continue! Thank you so much!

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