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Heirloom Sewing: Essential Techniques

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

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Susan Stewart
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Add an air of elegance to any project with heirloom sewing techniques that recreate vintage French styles! Join former Martha Pullen Company designer Susan Stewart, who will begin by showing you how to choose the best fabric, pattern and lace for an authentic heirloom look. You'll start incorporating delicate details in your work as you discover how to sew lace to both lace and fabric. Continue adding classic touches with entredeux, scalloped lace edges, and shaped-lace heart and diamond embellishments. Want your projects to have perfect pintucks? Susan will show you techniques for stitched or released tucks and pintucks. And you'll learn how to sew her lovely triangle "shark's teeth" design! Expand your decorative possibilities as you work with Madeira appliqué and make exquisite cathedral lace windows. Plus, Susan will share the basic techniques for heirloom pleating and smocking.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to Heirloom Sewing
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.
2. Sewing Lace
3. Sewing Entredeux
4. Lace Shaping
5. Tucks & Pintucks
6. Shark's Teeth
7. Madeira Appliqué
8. Cathedral Lace Windows
9. Introduction to Smocking

Taught by

Susan  Stewart
Susan Stewart
Susan Stewart was a primary designer for Martha Pullen Company for fifteen years, and instructed many of the company’s bi-annual school events through 2012. She has had dozens of feature articles in Sew Beautiful Magazine, including a tips and tricks column, “Sue Says.” In 2004, Susan became interested in incorporating machine embroidery into her quilts, which have been featured in multiple publications and won various awards, notably at Houston International Quilt Festival and the American Quilter’s Society show. Four of her pieces are permanently featured at the National Quilt Museum.

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