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Welcome to Smart Sewing with Kenneth D. King: Fake Fur Basics

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Sewing with fake fur is a joy, and in this series, Threads Contributing Editor Kenneth D. King gives us all the techniques needed to make a one-of-a-kind jacket in luxurious fur.

In this video, Kenneth provides a brief overview of some of the methods you’ll need to know to sew with fur. Many of these techniques are traditionally used for constructing real fur coats, but they work equally well with synthetic varieties. Then he introduces us to a range of stunning furs, from lush, realistic fur to fantasy fur with long pile in unusual colors.

Faux fur is easy to work with, easy to care for, relatively light in weight, and best of all, doesn’t come from animals.

The chapters that follow walk you through the construction of a fabulous fake fur jacket. You’ll learn what materials and tools to purchase and how to choose a suitable pattern. Then, Kenneth provides tutorials on fabric preparation and basic seam techniques. You’ll discover the best ways to make collars and pockets, and how to assemble the jacket. Finally, you will insert a luxurious lining by hand for the finishing touch.

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In this 16-part video series, Professor Kenneth D. King leads you through the creation of a luxurious fake fur jacket—perfect to take you through a northern winter in style. New videos will be released every Tuesday and Thursday. Prep steps: Kenneth D. King, an adjunct instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, teaches you all the techniques you'll need to work effectively with any sort of synthetic fur. You'll learn about the…

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  1. user-6956676 | | #1

    Why can’t I view all the videos? I am an insider.

    1. CarolFresia | | #2

      Hello, user-6956676,

      We are posting these videos at a cadence of two per week, so they will roll out into November. As an Insider you will have access to all of them. We thank you for your patience, and assure you that it's worth the wait!

      Carol Fresia, Threads Senior Technical Editor

  2. doreet | | #3

    well, i can't even get my Mastercard to go thru, to get the new year for $29.95 for the "print edition."
    You know a lot of us already have worked with fabric paint.,and made unusual clothing years ago,so its not like this is new stuff.--And I sewed with fake fur many years ago too--So you are taking it for granted that most of us never went to Dharma Trading online nor did we fool around with tie-dye fabric painting, and did hand-painted skirts. This is stuff that a lot of sewers and artists have already done. I know you have to be careful how you fit fake-fur coats and outter wear.--I still have my Adidas that are rainbow painted(and water-proof)from using fabric paint,or "pastic paint"with fixative. As for all the unusdual costumes, I will have to get my friend in Oregon to share photos of her friends' "Pirate-Fantasy:" where she and her friends dress up like royalty and wear exotic costumes--lotsa fun!!I guess people here would like to see the pix.My friend even sews up exotic wedding gowns.--So there haS BEEN, and is still a lot of talent going on, in the U.S.A.

    --Do you realize there are many nillions of home sewers now all over the world??They have written about this on the Web--which is why those "Sewing-machine parts websites" are going crazy fixing EVERYONE;S SEW MACHINES NOW. everyone all over the globe is sewing at home!! I kid thee not!!^There is a lot of talent sewing everywhere!!--Not just a few ..---Do you know this??I see it all the time online!!! Thanks for all the articles. :)

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