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Mirza
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Mirza
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Louisiana USA
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Subject: Left handed instruction? Date: 4/20/06 7:59 PM

Hi,

I am left handed. Would the downloads and such cover how to do these stitches left handed?

Also, I would love to improve and learn more handstitches but am not really into sewing couture yet. Would this class still be of use to me?

I have a almost 3 year old DD and am thinking about Barbie clothes and possibly making them by hand instead of machine. Would be a great portable project when traveling.
Could the stitches I learn here be useful in making Barbie doll clothes?

Also, what supplies will be needed for this class?
Thanks!

Mirza
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Susan Khalje

Susan Khalje
Maryland USA
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Subject: Couture Hand Stitches Date: 4/20/06 9:15 PM

Yes, I will give instructions for left-handers. And I certainly think the class would benefit you - these stitches form the basis of good, solid sewing - whether applied to a small hand-sewn project, part of a larger garment, or a couture gown. Good sewing is good sewing - and these stitches will provide you with an array of sewing tools to round out your battery of techniques.

Susan Khalje

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Subject: Re: Left handed instruction? Date: 4/20/06 9:18 PM

And supplies are pretty basic - some good hand-sewing needles (I prefer size #9 long), imported thread, beeswax, buttonhole twist thread, and fabrics on which to apply the stitches. I prefer to work on natural fibers, but it's up to you. In fact, you might want to try the various stitches on a number of different fabrics - the challenges and results will vary.

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Subject: Selecting thread, etc. Date: 4/20/06 10:24 PM

I bought some embroidery thread last weekend to attempt a neckline chain stitch or buttonhole stitch finish I saw in ready to wear. I had no idea whether to buy embroidery thread (and which weight) or buttonhole thread or just double over silk thread. Would this class help me determine such things?

Additionally, I've become interested in specialty hand stitches combined with embellishments like sequins and beads. I am thinking that would be a different class altogether but wonder if knowing hand stitching techniques would help me figure it out. It would be great to know how to do perfectly spaced stitches.

Thank you in advance,
Leah

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Date: 4/20/06 11:17 PM

Hi Susan, Are the downloads available immediately for this class? Renee

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Date: 4/21/06 7:30 AM

Anamoo, the downloads will be available before or after each chat, depending on what susan decides each chat is going to cover.

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Susan Khalje

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Subject: Re: Selecting thread, etc. Date: 4/21/06 11:52 AM

Dear Leah,
I'm a great believer in experimentation - I think it's pretty impossible to guess how a thread will perform without giving it a try. Not only will you know how it feels in your hand, you'll know how it looks against the fabric. And a thread/fabric/stitch combination in one instance may be not at all what you're after in another application. When I first started writing for Threads magazine, the editors were always asking me for specifics when it came to stitch length, spacing, and so on - and although I've learned to be more specific with what I recommend, I still go back to one's own experimentation and assessment. Having said all that, I think this class will give you a battery of stitches on which to rely - your repertoire will be expanded, so when it does come time to experiment, you'll be familiar with and secure about the possibilties. And for the decorative stitch you'd like to apply to that neckline, I'd buy 3 or 4 different threads and try them all, single and double, and see which you like best.

Mari2423
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Subject: Class info Date: 4/24/06 4:39 PM

Hi! I was interested in taking your class. I was wondering if you will be including the blindstitch or the blindcatchstitch.
Oh and learning how to sew a button correctly.
Thanks

Susan Khalje

Susan Khalje
Maryland USA
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Subject: Re: Class info Date: 4/27/06 9:45 PM

We will be covering the blind hem stitch and the catch stitch - and I think a lot of the basic sewing books discuss sewing on a button correctly - but - I will be hosting a chat for Deepika in a few weeks, and perhaps you could bring up that question and we could talk about it then.
Thanks so much for your interest.
All the best,
Susan

Andy Druian
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Date: 6/2/06 9:05 AM

With regard to the Sheer Fabric class - would the lessons include underlining sheer fabrics and how to handle these also the handling of silk fabrics and the like; I look forward to hearing from you by return before signing up for the classes! Many thanks, Andy Druian

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