You Can Sew That: Taming Tricky Fabric
Learn how to sew specialty fabric with expert Linda Lee as your guide. From velvet and tulle to faux fur, and even activewear and outdoor fabrics, master simple techniques to transform almost any material into garments that get noticed. The best part? After these video lessons, you'll finally be able to achieve beautiful results with fabrics that seemed daunting before.
Linda Lee has loved fabric for as long as she can remember, so it's no surprise that she's spent her career working in fashion and interior design. Shes the owner of The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection, where adventurous sewers can find patterns for distinctive garments created with innovative techniques. She has written several sewing books and contributed to magazines including Threads and Sew News. Linda has also appeared as the sewing expert for segments on HGTV's "Today at Home" and "Our Home," as well as "Sew It All," "It's Sew Easy" and "Sewing With Nancy."
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Linda Lee and start by learning how to work with openwork, sheer and fashion tulle fabrics. Then, get Linda's tricks for cutting smoothly, sewing seams without jams and hemming fashion fabrics like a pro.
Get comfortable with techniques for working with beaded and sequined fabrics that will give your special occasion garments a designer quality.
Work with pile fabrics next. Learn how to sew or trim fur and velvet. Then, follow along as Linda shows you how to choose styles and sew these specialty materials for consistently great results.
Modern waxed, laminated and coated fabrics, along with faux leathers and suedes, are better than ever. In this lesson, Linda shares her best tips for working with these rugged fabrics.
Love to work out? Explore techniques for sewing activewear fabrics, including neoprene, scuba, athletic mesh and super-stretchy swimwear fabrics.
Finally, work with high-performance outdoor fabrics, including hard-finish woven fabrics such as Ripstop and popular polyester fleece fabrics.