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Couching

Couching is used to fix braids, ribbons or trims which are too thick to go directly through the needle. 

Place your trim on the fabric (if possible you may find it helpful to pin it in place) and then work a series of stitches bringing you needle up below the trim, and putting it back through the fabric above the trim so the trim is caught underneath the stitches.

If your trim is likely to fray (for example, most ribbons), cut it longer than you need, and fold a little section underneath at either end so there are no exposed edges. If your trim won't fray, it's easier to cut slightly longer than needed and trim off the excess once you've stitched it down.

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