Susan Khalje’s Couture Hand Stitches Video Collection Free for a Limited Time
Threads Contributing Editor Susan Khalje is known for her couture sewing expertise. In a series of exclusive Insider video tutorials, she covers the essential hand stitches used in creating couture garments. These fundamental stitches aren’t just for designer workrooms.
The stitches are easy to master. They can enrich any garment you sew. Hand stitches are often the ideal method to handle difficult fabrics and achieve better results. Plus, when you take the time to try a by-hand technique, it can be a relaxing and contemplative practice.
Now through June 30, 2020, Threads is making a collection of Susan’s hand-stitching tutorials free to all site visitors, not just Threads Insider members. Learn how to make and where to apply these stitches from the expert herself, Susan Khalje.
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The hand overcasting stitchHand-overcasting is a more delicate treatment than serging to finish edges in fine fabrics. Susan’s method will teach you how to perform this stitch quickly and efficiently, creating a neat roll to turn under the raw edges.
The fell stitchAlso known as the applique stitch, the fell stitch invisibly secures one layer of fabric to another. It delivers results not possible with a sewing machine.
The catchstitchTraditionally used for a no-show-through hem, the catchstitch is swift to perform, once you have the stitching rhythm down. This stitch also works to secure garment details such as facing edges in place on a garment’s wrong side.
The basting stitchHand basting can be swift and accurate with the right technique. Susan explains what she enjoys about hand basting, and her secrets for making it fast and easy to remove as well as sew.
The backstitch and the pickstitchSubstitute a strong hand stitch for machine sewing, to complete a seam or install a zipper. The advantage of sewing by hand is the control you have over every layer and each stitch.