Heirloom Sewing

Heirloom Sewing is a collection of needlework techniques made by machine with manufactured trims designed to imitate French Hand Sewing methods from 1890 to 1920. These techniques are now often seen using fine white cotton, lawn cotton, silk or linen fabrics as the base, embellished with lace insertions, tucks, ribbons, smocking and other hand sewing methods. Heirloom Sewing is often used for childrens clothing, Christening and Bridal Gowns as well as fine lingerie.

Benefits of Heirloom Sewing

  • Heirloom Sewing with a sewing machine is a time saving method that produces vintage looking results.
  • Heirloom Sewing adds fine details and embellishments to garments and quilts

Tools and Supplies used in Heirloom Sewing

You'll need the following for Heirloom Sewing:

  • Basic Sewing Supplies
  • Sewing machine
  • Specialty presser feet for pintucks, inserting lace, gathering and more
  • Fine cotton, silk and linen fabrics
  • Fine threads, lace and ribbons
What I Wish I Knew When I Started Heirloom Sewing

Many of the supplies needed for Heirloom Sewing can be found at Vintage and Antique Fairs.  Adding a few Heriloom techniques to a garment or quilt will add interest and details.

Heirloom Sewing Resources