SEARCH
CLEAR
SEARCH IN CONTENT
SEARCH IN SHOP
    Recent Searches
      SEARCH
      CLEAR
      SEARCH IN CONTENT
      SEARCH IN SHOP
        Recent Searches
          OWNED
          2h 36min intermediate Resources

          Replicate the look of vintage heirloom sewing with your home machine! Discover techniques for shaping and stitching lace trim, entredeux, pintucks and more.

          Episode descriptions

          Introduction to Heirloom Sewing
          1. Episode: Introduction to Heirloom Sewing
          10min

          Meet designer and heirloom sewing expert Susan Stewart and learn how simple yet precise techniques on your sewing machine can recreate the look of French-hand sewing. Susan explains the best fabrics to use for a crisp, vintage look and what types of patterns to use.

          Sewing Lace
          2. Episode: Sewing Lace
          12min

          Delicate, beautiful lace trims and insets are an essential part of heirloom sewing. Susan guides you through the characteristics of heirloom lace and how to choose the best ones for your project. Then you'll learn how to easily stitch lace to lace and lace to fabric.

          Sewing Entredeux
          3. Episode: Sewing Entredeux
          17min

          Learn all about entredeux, a beautiful trim used in heirloom sewing. Let Susan show you how to get gorgeous results with entredeux sewn to flat or gathered lace, then to flat or gathered fabric, with perfectly positioned zigzag stitches.

          Lace Shaping
          4. Episode: Lace Shaping
          22min

          Discover how to add shaped lace to your heirloom garments, from scalloped hem insertions to heart- or diamond-shaped closed-lace embellishments. Then follow along as Susan shows you options for adding a different center fabric or design to a closed-lace motif.

          Tucks & Pintucks
          5. Episode: Tucks & Pintucks
          25min

          Tucks and pintucks are classic design elements in heirloom garments. Susan demonstrates how to make perfectly aligned released tucks. Then, make beautiful rows of pintucks with a double needle. Finally, have fun with pintuck design options that look much harder to do than they are.

          Shark's Teeth
          6. Episode: Shark's Teeth
          15min

          Susan's original "shark's teeth" technique has been a hands-down favorite of her students over the years. Learn to mark, press and stitch perfect rows of points using the downloadable template for a sophisticated, lovely trim on a garment or home decor project.

          Madeira Appliqué
          7. Episode: Madeira Appliqué
          19min

          Learn Madeira appliqué, a beautiful machine-sewn finishing detail inspired by a Portuguese hand technique. You'll ready the garment and template using freezer paper, prepare the appliqué with water-soluble thread, and finally stitch with a large needle to get the look of hand sewing.

          Cathedral Lace Windows
          8. Episode: Cathedral Lace Windows
          16min

          Discover the magical cathedral lace windows technique, with shaped bias fabric strips surrounding lace inserts to create a breathtaking trim. Susan walks you through the process step by step to create precise lace windows or "eyes," then shows you options for decorative details.

          Introduction to Smocking
          9. Episode: Introduction to Smocking
          22min

          Susan wraps up the class with an introduction to smocking. Learn the basic steps of pleating and marking, as well as simple hand stitches that create smocking's characteristic designs. Susan's lovely sample garments will inspire you!

          About the Teacher

          Susan Stewart
          Curiously Similar
          Sew
          Susan  Stewart
          Susan Stewart
          Elevate your craft with advanced heirloom sewing techniques to make pieces they'll cherish forever.
          Sew
          Alison  Smith
          Alison Smith
          Sew your most luxurious and long-lasting garments with finishing techniques used by the finest couture houses.
          Sew
          Sue Hausmann
          Sue Hausmann
          Fabulous finishes don't have to take up all your time! Learn efficient ways to sew stunning topstitching, piping, binding, lining and more.

          Downloads

          Need Inspiration?

          Back
          Introduction to Heirloom Sewing
          Ready to Watch? It's Free!
          Enjoy FREE unlimited access to classes 'til 4/9 — no credit card required.

          Watch this class and thousands more!

          Plus, get all the perks of a Bluprint membership.

          Heirloom Sewing: Essential Techniques

          Susan Stewart

          Now Reading
          Heirloom Sewing: Essential Techniques