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Stitches for Couture Sewing | Video

Video: Jeff Roos, Cari Delahanty Technical Editor: by Carol Fresia

Many stitches in any couture garment are made by hand. Claire B. Shaeffer, an expert in couture sewing, explains that some of these are decorative, and some are for construction.

In this video, Claire demonstrates nine of the most frequently used stitches in couture workrooms.

Prepare the thread

Begin by waxing and pressing the thread.

Claire recommends cutting a length of thread from the spool and knotting the cut end immediately. Run the thread through beeswax, and lay it between sheets of paper towel. Press it with a hot iron to melt the wax into the fibers. You can wax and press several threads at once. The thread is stronger and less likely to leave wax residue on the garment when treated this way.

Note: Don’t wax thread used for basting as it can leave a waxy imprint on the fabric’s right side when pressed.

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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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    user-7095274 | | #1

    Please make this a pdf available.

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