TAUNTON PRESS-Couture Techniques Workshop: Basics with Claire Shaeffer. In this 2-disc DVD set, couture-sewing expert Claire Shaeffer demystifies the art of creating high-end garments. Home sewers and professionals alike will learn essential hand and machine stitches, secrets to marking and pressing, and techniques for shrinking, stretching, and stays. Running Length: 180 Minutes. Not Rated. Requires use of a standard DVD player: not included. Made in USA.