Finishing Techniques for Savvy Sewers
Discover stress-free, speedy sewing methods and achieve stunning end results in every project. Award-winning author and television host Sue Hausmann shows you how to enhance your finishing techniques, understand your tools and make the most of your sewing time. Learn how to support your projects with straight and decorative topstitching, then effortlessly incorporate hems or stylish no-sew alternatives. Achieve a tailored look in lined and unlined projects with set-in piping and the French bias piping method. Next, Sue will help you create beautiful edges with custom or store-bought binding. You'll also learn how to sew an edge-to-edge lining and underlining for individual garment pieces. Take your skills further with time-saving tips to make better buttonholes with your machine even use your basic presser feet to add a variety of fasteners!
Sue Hausmann is passionate about teaching sewing, which she's done professionally for more than 40 years. Sue is the author of 33 books and is the executive producer of public television series such as "America Sews With Sue Hausmann" and "America Quilts Creatively." Sue's lifetime of contributions to the world of sewing has led to her being honored with the American Sewing Guild's Sewing Hall of Fame Award and a Master CSE Award from the Sewing Education Alliance.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Gain the confidence to add finishing details quickly with professional results. Sue walks you through topstitching, both straight and decorative, to add function and beauty to your garments. Confidently tackle twin needle stitching with expert tips on stabilizing and choosing the right thread.
Achieving perfect hems and stylish hem alternatives is effortless with Sue's tips and tricks. See how your hems impact designs as Sue shows you how to expertly add in blind hems or smooth, flat topstitched hems. And for even quicker hems, try some more creative edges with no sewing required.
Give your projects a tailored look as you learn Sue's favorite finishing detail; piping. Discover the ease of creating your own piping and how to insert it masterfully. Add detail and structure to lined garments with set-in piping and learn the French bias piping method for unlined garments.
Learn the ins and outs of bindings as Sue shares her own sewn samples to inspire you. Learn to finish edges beautifully whether you make your own binding or use purchased trims. Sue even shows you a time-saving finishing option using your serger.
Get great results when lining or underlining with expert advice. Sue demonstrates lining edge to edge as well as underlining individual garment pieces with lining fabric or tricot knit interfacing. Sue's method for installing a jacket lining by machine makes turning it to the right side a breeze!
Take on the elusive buttonhole by letting your machine do all the work. Sue helps you make buttonholes no matter what machine or presser feet you own. See the impact of adding stabilizers and cording to keep your buttonholes secure as well as tips for cutting them open without cutting your stitches.
Adding fasteners to garments is easy with Sue's timesaving tips and techniques. Learn to attach buttons and snaps by machine with and without special presser feet. Explore other options for fasteners like removable buttons, decorative snaps and hook-and-loop tape to complement any garment.