Heirloom Sewing, also known as French Hand Sewing, is traditionally sewn with fine fabrics and delicate laces to create special occasion garments and accessories. Elevate your everyday sewing using these beautiful techniques with your favorite fabrics from cottons to linens and more.
Joining Lace to Lace
One of the hallmarks of Heirloom Sewing projects is the lace accents. Separate pieces of lace are often sewn together to form wider laces and yardage.
Using lace to join two pieces of fabric is easier than it looks, especially when sewn with a BERNINA Sewing Machine and Edgestitch Foot #10/10C/10D.
Single Needle Tucks
Simple tucks add texture and interest to heirloom projects. The most important aspect of this type of tuck is the straight stitch. Achieve success using a BERNINA Sewing Machine and Edgestitch Foot #10/10C/10D.
Fine Edge Finish
This fine decorative edging works well on light to medium weight fabrics, providing a delicate edge that resembles a serger rolled hem. Using a BERNINA Sewing Machine and Buttonhole Foot #3 is the secret to making this edge finish.
One of the beautiful aspects of Heirloom Sewing is the attention paid to finishing details. The inside of the project often looks as finished and polished as the outside. Use a BERNINA Sewing Machine and your favorite BERNINA Patchwork foot to ensure accurate seaming.
Meaning a "bundle of twigs", fagoting is a method of joining finished edges (hemmed or folded) of fabric or ribbon with a lacy, twig-like stitch. This decorative finish is quickly accomplished using a BERNINA Sewing Machine and the Spanish Hemstitch Attachment #47.