Heirloom Sewing: More Classic Techniques
Susan Stewart was a primary designer for Martha Pullen Company for fifteen years, and instructed many of the companys 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 Quilters Society show. Four of her pieces are permanently featured at the National Quilt Museum.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
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.