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    Any videos for stitching the pleats?

    Like the title says, any vids? I'd assumed pleats were done with a hidden stitch which is how I did the last kilt. The art of kilt making says an edge stitch but I have no clue how to do that. The book gives a description but honestly I have an easier time understanding Greek.

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    Hi Derosa

    PM me, and I'll help.

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    Derosa,

    May I ask please, are you left or right handed? If Right handed Barb is your best source. If left handed let me know and I'll do a short video showing left handed Fell Stitch.
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    Oh - good call. I forgot to ask that...
    Kiltmaker, piper, and geologist (one of the few, the proud, with brains for rocks....
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    I am right handed and found this video on youtube.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhafAiiKHqM
    although not the best I can work out how he's sewing if it is the right stitch. If so it looks to be an easy stitch to do.

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    Well yes, that is a Fell stitch - but - the person is sewing left handed - and sewing the pleats in a very odd direction. We usually sew by hand in the direction the pleats point. Sewing in this direction it makes it very hard to insure you are going through all four layers. In fact it looks like he is only sewing through three layers. This would be very weak and subject to distortion of the fabric and ultimately failure.

    And the stitches this person is doing are going to be huge and will always be visible. The thread he is using is massive and he is not using a thimble so the motion is not smooth.

    I would not call this a good example of pleat stitching.

    But he is using the Fell stitch.
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    I agree with Steve. And a right-handed person couldn't just reverse what's in the video.

    I'm right handed (Steve's left-handed), so I'd be happy to demonstrate how I sew pleats as a right-handed person. At some point, I will make a little video, but, at the moment, I don't have time. PM me if you want to Skype.
    Kiltmaker, piper, and geologist (one of the few, the proud, with brains for rocks....
    Member, Scottish Tartans Authority
    Geology stuff (mostly) at http://people.hamilton.edu/btewksbu
    The Art of Kiltmaking at http://www.celticdragonpress.com

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