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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sewing Technique - How To Do Couching for A Decorative Look

Sewing Technique - Couching

Sewing Friends:

One of my students asked, "What is couching?"

Couching, according to Wikepedia is defined this way:

"In embroidery, couching and laid work are techniques in which yarn or other materials are laid across the surface of the ground fabric and fastened in place with small stitches of the same or a different yarn."

This technique is well known in the hand sewing world. But, it is also very popular in the sewing machine world as well. You will see it on a lot of sewing projects.

Couching is one of my favorite sewing techniques. It is fast and easy and it can make a garment truly unique and special.

All you really need to know is how to do the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine. You are just zigzagging on top of some loose threads or yarns to hold them down on the fabric. It is that simple.

I like to use a clear monofilament thread on the top of my sewing machine to couch over decorative yarns or threads. Slightly loosen the tension so the bobbin thread doesn't show either.

Whether you are sewing a garment from a sewing pattern or deconstructing and sewing a makeover sweatshirt or jeans, or even doing home dec, try couching some decorative threads, yarns, trims, braids, ribbons, etc. to really jazz it up and give it a whole new look.

The Home Sewing Association has a great article on couching. Click on the link to get some good tips on how to do couching.

Check out ready-to-wear and home dec items for couching ideas. Now that you know what it is and how easy it is to do, have fun with it. Try couching on your next sewing project.

It just makes sense!

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