Elevate your craft with advanced heirloom sewing techniques to make pieces they'll cherish forever.
Meet Susan Stewart and start by learning how to prepare narrow rickrack with water-soluble stabilizer. Then, join your rickrack to lace with precision zigzag stitching, or join it to entredeux for curved edges.
Cut bias strips from fabric and get comfortable using a bias tape tool. Susan shows you how to interweave the strips in an over-under pattern to create an appliqué. And you'll explore Susan's favorite combination of linen bias strips on a batiste base layer.
Discover the transparent reverse appliqué technique of creating a shaped fabric "window" with an intriguing faced edge. Then, stitch a sheer fabric layer into the window. Plus, find out how to adapt this technique for a sheer edge treatment that's perfect for skirt hems.
Susan shows you how to gather strips, or puffing, and join them to entredeux and lace. You'll also learn how to create perpendicular gathers, even in curved shapes.
Create tiny piping that's custom-covered with your fabric, and insert it into seams without showing your stitching. Then, discover how easy it is to add double piping in two colors!
Make your garments beautiful inside and out with exquisite seam finishes. And find out how Susan creates rolled and French seams, and create clean, elegant edges with bias binding.