Couture Sewing
Blue transparent chiffon fabric
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Wearing chiffon is effortless — it’s so luxuriously airy and soft. Working with chiffon? Not so much. Whether it’s made from cotton, silk or synthetic fibers, chiffon can be so troublesome on the sewing table that newbies are typically warned to steer clear.
Julia Garza
woman sewing teal fabric with sewing machine
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Satin is known for its beautiful drape, glossy finish — and steep learning curve. This fabric is notoriously tricky to cut, has a tendency to fray and snag, and never lets you forget your mistakes thanks to those permanent needle holes!
Julia Garza
hand hemming a red piece of fabric
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If you're an all-day-every-day type of hand sewer — or even if you're the total opposite — chances are you've had to hand sew a hem. There just isn't a machine option that measures up to doing it by hand, it looks beautiful (seriously, the definition of couture) and, if done right, is almost invisible when seeing the whole look.
Heather Feather
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We know that only the most eagle-eyed sewing pro can spot the difference between a hand-worked buttonhole and a machine-sewn one. Doesn't matter! Sewing buttonholes by hand is a next-level skill that's definitely worth the effort.
Christine Haynes
woman hand sewing pink couture lace garment
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Couture garments are some of the most beautiful clothes you can possibly imagine. The attention to detail is almost overwhelming — and so are the prices. So here's a radical idea: Sew your own.
Bluprint
Purple Shiny Crumpled Silk fabric
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Silk is the queen of all fabrics. And like any monarch, it tends to be both worshiped and feared. Silk's reputation as a difficult fabric isn't unfounded. It can be tricky to cut, stains easily and has a maddening tendency to fray.
Linda Reynolds
jacket muslin on mannequin
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When you’re experimenting with a new sewing pattern, you do not want even one extra thing to do. But trust us when we say that making a muslin is so worth the added time.
Beth Galvin
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Master couture sewing skills with lace.
Susan Khalje
Susan Khalje
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We teamed up with Threads magazine to bring you THE cover-all guide for working with luxury fabrics… enjoy!
Kenneth D. King
Kenneth D. King
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Elevate your craft with advanced heirloom sewing techniques to make pieces they'll cherish forever.
Susan  Stewart
Susan Stewart
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