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Encouragement from Couture Expert Claire B. Shaeffer | Video

Video: Threads magazine

Claire B. Shaeffer is pleased you have watched her workshop on couture sewing. Now you’ll want to put into practice the many basic techniques you’ve learned for sewing haute couture. She encourages you to keep making samples. You will grow more comfortable and gain invaluable experience with every project. Soon you’ll be moving on to full garment sewing. 

Throughout the series, you’ll gain a wealth of knowledge, including 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.

For more information about couture sewing, see Claire’s revised and updated book, Couture Sewing Techniques (The Taunton Press, 2011), available at bookstores and online.

For more information about and articles by Claire B. Shaeffer, published in Threads magazine and online, click here.

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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. osewviolet | | #1

    This video series is fantastic. I have a new appreciation for hand sewing. I never like machine sewing over my hand basting because I could never get the basting out. I didn't know I was supposed to use thread that was easy to break! I also always wondered how you were supposed to sew a garment without having the same amount of seam allowance on both pieces that you are joining. Claire explains it all so well. Thank you for this series, Claire

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