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MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: The April/May 2012 issue of Threads magazine!

We received our office copies of the latest issue of Threads, and I can't wait to read it. There are so many fabulous articles in this issue and so much to learn!

You could win a copy of this amazing issue by simply leaving a comment at the bottom of the page. Tell us which article appeals most to you. Leave your comment on this post before the deadline-11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 20-and you could win a copy of the issue. The winner will be randomly selected and announced during the week of March 25.

Here are the highlights:
Sophisticated Deconstruction--Create unique garments by layering fabrics and stitching them together.
ASDP Member Challenge: No-Waste Designs--The winners of the Threads/ASDP Challenge were asked to make a garment without fabric waste.
Tailoring Principles--A traditional menswear tailor talks about how to build impeccable shape into garments.
Spring into Fashion--A fashion forecast of the leading colors, fabrics, and silhouettes to guide your sewing.
Bound for Beauty--Three methods to make fabulous bound buttonholes.
Garment Industry Secrets--Borrow these professional sewing techniques for precise and efficient results.
One Pattern, Endless Options--A base pattern makes it easy to whip up an entire wardrobe.

And of course, you'll also find our regular departments:
• Notions
• Tips
• Embellishments (Painted textiles--using brushes, stencils and stamps for one-of-a-kind fabric)
• How Did They Sew That?
• Designer Spotlight (Sandra Betzina)
• Pattern Review
• Fundamentals (Meet your serger)
• A Stitch in Time
• Embroidery Essentials (Make lace--Learn to stitch on air)
• Reader's Closet
• Q&A
• Closures
• Back cover

We all have our favorites. What do you think yours will be in this issue?

Comments (97)

KathfromOz KathfromOz writes: Sophisticated deconstructions is so...well, the imagination is the only limit and it's something I have lots of. Love it.
Posted: 2:40 am on May 6th

robinmhd robinmhd writes: I subscribed to Threads for years and opened each new issue like a gift! I am an architect and sewing was a low stress way to be creative and have fun outside of work. Every issue was inspiring. I started buying my magazines at the newsstands when I realized I was not receiving all my issues. I don't know why, but I was not getting abut a third of my copies. And NOW I am having a hard time finding Threads on the rack! Your website is just not as satisfying and not to be read in he bathtub! I miss you and would like to resubscribe. Could you send my copies in a plain brown wrapper so that they won't be such temptation for somebody to "borrow" ?

Posted: 7:26 pm on May 5th

ThimbleLite2 ThimbleLite2 writes: I would be interested in the Tailoring Principles and the ASDP Member Challenge: No-Waste Designs-. It will be great to see how they laid out their patterns to eliminate wasted frabric. I have always been interested in tailoring so this will be a usefull article.
Posted: 10:46 am on May 2nd

user-1121463 user-1121463 writes: Newly rediscovering sewing, after nearly 20 years, I'm reading everything I can get my hands on. Threads magazines are helpiing me learn lots! Loved the article on using one pattern in different ways.
Posted: 8:57 pm on April 14th

TheSewingCPA TheSewingCPA writes: The article most interesting to me is the feature on menswear tailoring principles. I made a pair of seersucker flat front shorts for my husband last summer, and I've been wanting to tackle some additional menswear (sports jacket, perhaps?).
Posted: 3:30 am on March 18th

Ashford Ashford writes: My sewing goal is to first learn fitting; then, learn how to change the sleeves and collars on a pattern; and finally, purchase a set of patterns for my basics, plus, each season a set of patterns for the trendy items.

The article titled "One Pattern, Endless Options" would grab my eye while standing at the magazine rack.
Posted: 2:24 pm on March 17th

czeremcha czeremcha writes: What appeals to me the most? Everything! Just everything. I'm sewing for over 30 years and having this huge experience I still have loads of humility about sewing. It's never ending learning process and there is still so much to discover!


Posted: 6:57 am on March 17th

fjay26 fjay26 writes: I am excited about the May issues of Threads magazine. Two great sustainatility textile issues: Deconstruction and no waste garment sewing. I am at uni studying to be a Home Ecoomics Teacher so sustainabile textile issues are very relevant for me and future students. I also can't wait to read about the one pattern - many styles, I love sewing my own garments that stand out from the crowd!
Posted: 2:54 am on March 17th

Kcathutton Kcathutton writes: This sounds like a great edition. I am excited to read more helpful tips.
Posted: 9:43 pm on March 16th

BaysicKnits BaysicKnits writes: I'm very interested in Tailoring Principles. I am in the processing of making a shirt for my husband and can find very little about 1) correct fit and 2) altering to get the correct fit.
Posted: 6:58 pm on March 16th

LynneKM LynneKM writes: I would love to win the Famous Frocks book by Sara Alm and Hannah McDevitt. But the best win is reading Threads every month - so glad I subscribe!
Posted: 10:51 pm on March 15th

JacquiG JacquiG writes: Love the outfit on the cover page. We have just started to have warmer weather (thou it proably won't last) and I look forward to those types of outfits.
Posted: 2:18 pm on March 15th

amorisb amorisb writes: I like to read all of the articles. I taught myself to sew this past year and half and I love your magazine because it always has information in it that I did not know, ie. the notions and basics articles. I particularly the garment construction because I have yet to venture into suiting or more complicated items because I have to build my confidence up.
Posted: 9:37 am on March 14th

amhourihan amhourihan writes: Hi The 4-H article on encouraging young girls to sew struck a cord with me. My nine year old son is in 4-H, but not much interested in sewing these days. Yet I'm thinking, maybe I should volunteer my time to teach those that are interested in learning a new skill some of the basics...
Posted: 10:41 pm on March 13th

NLFiberArt NLFiberArt writes: This is one magazine I read cover-to-cover; I even enjoy the various advertisements. If I had to choose one article I would have to join the many who look forward to One Pattern, Endless Options. While I find formal wear interesting, I rarely make it. I enjoy seeing how others organized their work areas. Mine changes with the present project.
However, I always look forward to the next issue of Threads.

Many thanks to all responsible.
Posted: 9:07 am on March 13th

Mamato8 Mamato8 writes: I like the challenge of No Waste Designs! That one sounds like fun to me!
Posted: 12:31 am on March 13th

lvstosew lvstosew writes: I would have to say they all are very interesting to me , but since there can only be one pick :) I would have to say Spring into Fashion I have recently lost some weight and am needing some new garments for this spring and this would be a great article to read and get tips and inspiration for colors and patterns etc. to use. Thanks for making the best magazine ever i am extremely addicted to your magazine and just cant wait to get the new one when it comes out
Posted: 10:53 pm on March 12th

riversilt riversilt writes: I think my latest magazine is at the front table. After reading the several references to One Pattern, Endless Options. I MUST go and have a look.

Posted: 10:06 pm on March 12th

aneko aneko writes: My Favorite will be How Do They Sew That?
Posted: 7:45 pm on March 12th

MNmosquito MNmosquito writes: I learned to do bound buttonholes 50 some years ago but they seemed to be out-of-fashion until now. They make a suit look so much more expensive and finished.
Posted: 7:16 pm on March 12th

Mitzi Mitzi writes: Having lost 120 pounds over the past 17 months, I'm really interested in One Pattern, endless options. As you might imagine, I don't have too many clothes that fit me any more, so this will be great!
Posted: 7:08 pm on March 12th

Mizmash Mizmash writes: I'd like to start with One Pattern, Endless Options and move on.
Posted: 6:26 pm on March 12th

Ziggybug Ziggybug writes: I was thrilled to receive my copy of the latest issue before it arrived at the new stand - first time ever. I usually walk by the new stand wistfully for about 2 weeks after they reach the new stand.
I've read it from cover to cover so can't wait for the next issue. My favourite article was definitely Claire Shaeffer's "Bound for Beauty". The instructions were so easy to follow and the 3 options mean there is a bound buttonhole for all occasions.
My least favourite article was "sophisticated deconstruction. For all its potential, the outfit that was highlighted was a horro!!! I wouldn't be caught dead wearing something so poorly assembled. The idea that layered hems left unfinished add dimension and texture, for me, translates into "I had not time or interest in completing this garment".
Posted: 5:38 pm on March 12th

Sillydilly Sillydilly writes: I am really interested in the tailoring of garments. I have recently gotten really interested in making garments. Thank you for the giveaway!
Posted: 5:21 pm on March 12th

Stillsewing Stillsewing writes: I love Threads mag but feel sorry to see all the other readers talking about the latest issue when I haven't got it yet! will it come soon?
Posted: 5:03 pm on March 12th

LG1 LG1 writes: I love all the articles but there's always one thing that I never thought of doing. That simple tip in the serger article -- to serge the tails into the beginning of a seam -- is huge!
Posted: 4:53 pm on March 12th

eatsallinsects eatsallinsects writes: Not trying to win a copy of the issue since I have been a subscriber since the "get-go" but all these comments have certainly piqued my interest. Need to find a quiet spot and read it thoroughly! Edith in Dallas TEXAS
Posted: 4:50 pm on March 12th

SewcietyMaven SewcietyMaven writes: I would go with Bound Buttonholes. Good sewing is comprised of flawless detail work. The basics you can find anywhere, but intricate work requires precision and someone who knows how to teach.
Posted: 4:47 pm on March 12th

vic2025 vic2025 writes: Bound Buttonholes - I can't wait to read it. I LOVE Claire Schaeffer. Thank you very much.
Posted: 4:40 pm on March 12th

theresan theresan writes: My favorite pick would be One Pattern, Endless Options.
Posted: 4:30 pm on March 12th

kromb kromb writes: I look forward to the article on sophisticated deconstruction of garments and using techniques to reinvent my existing wardrobe!
Posted: 4:11 pm on March 12th

Rabia Rabia writes: I absolutely LOVE the "Threads challenges" they are a feature that I now realize I have MISSED. I rarely see anything I like in any fashion designer's lineup but I have ALWAYS liked ALL of what came up in these challenges! Glad to see one featured here; can't wait!
Posted: 11:03 pm on March 11th

yanijean yanijean writes: I am most impatient to view the OnePattern - Endless Options article in the upcoming Threads issue. At 5ft tall and 240+ lbs the number of adjustments I make to any pattern are legion and unfortunately fitting the muslin is the part of the process i enjoy the least. Any Threads article that has me working with my stash more and fitting less is always well-loved and well-used.
Posted: 3:21 pm on March 11th

Judyta Judyta writes: I always love the Reader's Closet because invariably there will be something that I would have asked or submitted, sooner or later.....always !
Posted: 10:38 am on March 11th

hk1481 hk1481 writes: To 'Tease" - what a great idea to donate fabric for bedding to the Humane Society. Thanks!
Posted: 3:23 am on March 11th

hk1481 hk1481 writes: The more info about Bound Buttonholes the better. I love making them, especially on Chanel type jackets. Thanks Threads.
Posted: 3:21 am on March 11th

Reenie Reenie writes: Always a thrill, yes, a thrill, to read Threads. And to have the level of expertise available is wonderful. I really like having the ability to take advantage of the Garment Industry Secrets!
Posted: 11:46 pm on March 10th

CyanidexCupcakePRD CyanidexCupcakePRD writes: What a fun looking issue! I love springtime, it is when the very best fashions emerge!
Posted: 1:16 pm on March 10th

wpeck wpeck writes: I'm always on watch for tips from the industry, so Garment Industry Secrets has it for me.
Posted: 12:31 pm on March 10th

magnoliathreads magnoliathreads writes: One Pattern, Endless opportunities...

My best friend gave me an issue of threads years ago, and I was hooked!
I love Threads magazine and am excited about the possibility of a digital Threads!!! It is easier for me to read and to keep magazines when they are digital and so I have been changing over to digital whenever possible.
I love the feel and photography of a print magazine, but at this stage in my life and restricted storage space I can justify a subscription for digital.
Best Wishes!

Posted: 9:49 am on March 10th

AllieinMS AllieinMS writes: Garment Industry Secrets appeals to me. I want my sewing to look as professional as possible even though I do not have industrial machines that perform each funtion.
Posted: 5:13 am on March 10th

DustyJunkdotcom DustyJunkdotcom writes: Spring into Fashion for sure. We love to see what fabrics and colors are popular for the upcoming season, so we can work on designing new clothes!
Posted: 12:16 am on March 10th

KrazyPatch KrazyPatch writes: I have been sewing for 50 years now and Threads Magazine never ceases to challenge my sewing skills. Thanks for your one-of-a-kind magazine, so I can create my own one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.
Posted: 4:37 pm on March 9th

AmeliaSterling AmeliaSterling writes: After years of not sewing for myself, I will be again. I'm dropping weight in a way that assures me I can keep it off. I will be making classic clothes with distinctive details so I will be using the article on bound buttonholes. Thanks.
Posted: 1:59 pm on March 9th

LauriR LauriR writes: Always interested in "One Pattern, endless options". It's certainly more of a personal challenge to put in one's own designing skills.
Posted: 11:20 am on March 9th

scrandall scrandall writes: I love this magazine! I buy it when ever I can.
Posted: 7:12 am on March 9th

StitchingSiren StitchingSiren writes: I want to read the streamline sewing techniques!
Posted: 3:42 am on March 9th

tajicat tajicat writes: Great articles, especially enjoy all the tips and embellishment sections also. Anxious to read "One Pattern, Endless Options."
Posted: 3:30 am on March 9th

rainbird rainbird writes: Very interested to read about One Pattern, Endless Options and Tailoring Principles. Interested to learn from both the articles.
Posted: 9:31 pm on March 8th

Grandcarr Grandcarr writes: I am interested in the one pattern, endless options article.

Posted: 8:29 pm on March 8th

debit debit writes: I love all that Threads has to offer would love to have this issue
Posted: 6:56 pm on March 8th

CAS48 CAS48 writes: I would love to read how to design and sew my own clothes, and more about the Project Runway light dress.
Posted: 5:43 pm on March 8th

ClareeW ClareeW writes: No-Waste Designs is the article I am looking forward to reading.

I love the idea of the challenge to produce the combinations of shapes which will give a stylish garment.

As a maths student who was always thought to be a drama student because of my way of dressing. This article sounds just up my runway.
Posted: 5:22 pm on March 8th

Kate_13 Kate_13 writes: It has to be the tailoring feature. That's right up my alley currently.
Posted: 4:04 pm on March 8th

pelli pelli writes: Tease, are you crazy? Giving up fabric? Seriously, the only problem is that if you hang onto it too long in a folded state, etc., it could compromise its integrity, humidity or lack thereof could do damage, etc. If I were you, I'd sew it all up and donate the rest...then get internet shopping and have it delivered if you don't want to go out and touch and feel everything (which I think is half the fun)....
Posted: 1:21 pm on March 8th

pelli pelli writes: The Insider looks great...while I love looking through a magazine, I have turned "digital" with an ereader tablet, and now paper is finally out of my life! I think the subscription cost is too high for paper as well...but am I excited to see what the Insider will bring!
Posted: 1:18 pm on March 8th

Sewer2012 Sewer2012 writes: Last year, I paid $25 for the Claire Shaeffer DVD. I'm not happy to see it excerpted as part of Threads Insider.
Posted: 12:35 pm on March 8th

moviedoll moviedoll writes: I'd love to read the article on Tailoring. :)
Posted: 12:27 pm on March 8th

Mrs_Smyth Mrs_Smyth writes: Honestly, this is a really hard pick for me because all of these articles sound awesome! I definitely think the industry standards and fashion forecast seem the most appealing to me since I work within the garment industry. It will be interesting to compare notes with what is discussed in that article. I'll definitely be buying this issue if I don't win it :)
Posted: 12:24 pm on March 8th

Cocoasmommy Cocoasmommy writes: Garment Industry Secrets--I really would like to know how to streamline my sewing. It might help me whittle down my enormous stash of fabrics!
Posted: 12:17 pm on March 8th

Karit75 Karit75 writes: One pattern, endless options looks great!
Posted: 12:13 pm on March 8th

undeadgoat undeadgoat writes: I'm curious about tailoring but have yet to dip my toe in the water--so that would be the article that appeals to me most. :)
Posted: 12:12 pm on March 8th

alanapr1 alanapr1 writes: Threads is so awesome! But I do want to find out how much the new online subscription/membership will be. Can't seem to find it. Sigh.
Posted: 12:05 pm on March 8th

QueenZ1 QueenZ1 writes: Spring into Fashion--Yes, anticipation is making me wait for what's on the horizon or what's around the corner, so I'm about to busting out at the seams.
Posted: 12:04 pm on March 8th

Barbouille Barbouille writes: I am very curious about the "One pattern, endless options" article, but then "Sophisticated deconstruction" sounds very interesting as well!
Posted: 10:49 am on March 8th

bajjmayer bajjmayer writes: I love the idea of making something with "endless options"--what a great concept normally but especially in this economy where people are trying to be more economical, frugal and less wasteful with what they have--this sounds like a financially creative winner to me--One Pattern, Endless Options!
Posted: 9:07 am on March 8th

vcalbur vcalbur writes: I love the newsletters and especially the two lessons on creating your own bias tape and sewing snaps.
Posted: 4:59 am on March 8th

Becca102 Becca102 writes: I am really intrigued by "Garment Industry Secrets"!
Posted: 11:51 pm on March 7th

pmkurth pmkurth writes: i want! I want! Love threads!
Posted: 10:32 pm on March 7th

White77mg White77mg writes: I'm looking forward to reading "One Pattern, Endless Options." I love to see the creative possibilities that come from a single idea.
Posted: 9:26 pm on March 7th

Arlumizu Arlumizu writes: All your articles are amazing! Lots of information and easy to follow. I love everything sewing, knitting, embroidery, etc. This time I am going to choose "embroidery essentials".
Posted: 2:14 pm on March 7th

iluvthimbles iluvthimbles writes: I look forward to your bound buttonhole article. The concept can be enlarged and adapted to making nice looking pockets on purses and tote bags too! I always need refresher tips.
Posted: 1:06 pm on March 7th

NMT NMT writes: The sophisticated deconstruction peaks my interest and I am really looking forward to read about the ASDP Member Challenge!

Posted: 12:22 pm on March 7th

rebpalma rebpalma writes: "How did they sew that?". I'm always intrigues by the order of construction. It's the missing link between the fitted pattern and the finished garment.
Thank you, Threads!
Posted: 5:21 am on March 7th

KathfromOz KathfromOz writes: How did they sew that? I'm so inquisitive about the how and why-for's of every thing. I spend time trying to work out 'how did they sew that?'
Posted: 1:58 am on March 7th

MsMadisson MsMadisson writes: Dear Ms. Mohr,
How can anyone choose. All these article seem to give valuable insights to the fashion industry as well as the home sewer. Anyone would LOVE to WIN this issue. ;)

But if I must choose one article that really caught my eye, then I would have to go with, "Garment Industry Secrets".

Thank you. Have a great day!

Best Regards,
Ms. Madisson
Posted: 1:20 am on March 7th

ShiningStar ShiningStar writes: One Pattern, Endless Options sound good to me.
Posted: 1:06 am on March 7th

ahearta ahearta writes: I'm excited about the "One Pattern, Endless Options--A base pattern makes it easy to whip up an entire wardrobe" article. Mastering something so versatile seems like it would really open up one's creativity.
Posted: 12:15 am on March 7th

LadyKane LadyKane writes: I love the Garment Industry secrets, but the one pattern many options sounds very fun. Would love to receive this issue and I usually purchase Threads on disc. I do miss having the "real thing" to carry around.

Keep up your great talent.
Posted: 10:27 pm on March 6th

LadyKane LadyKane writes: I love the Garment Industry secrets, but the one pattern many options sounds very fun. Would love to receive this issue and I usually purchase Threads on disc. I do miss having the "real thing" to carry around.

Keep up your great talent.
Posted: 10:27 pm on March 6th

pochurch pochurch writes: I was ready to toss my serger out the door! Then I was directed to Threads by The article about lettuce hems, rolled hems and other serger functions made everything so clear! Machines may differ but the settings are all the same. I can't wait to sit down and try the different setting. My serger is no longer my enemy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Posted: 10:05 pm on March 6th

oregonrose oregonrose writes: One pattern, endless options sounds great. Also love the "How did they sew that?" articles.
Posted: 7:53 pm on March 6th

stelluchi stelluchi writes: There are so many great articles listed for this issue. I would be very interested in the tailoring principals and the sophisticated deconstruction.
Posted: 6:47 pm on March 6th

Tease Tease writes: I was wondering about my big stash... I am 71 and in good health and finally have time to sew for myself, as well as other things that I want to sew...I worked at a fabric store for 6 years.....
Am I being ridiculous to hang on to my fabric now? I feel that they can give it away or sell it when I check out... I do not have to shop for fabric. Sometimes it is too cold to go out and I can hibernate and sew up a storm if I want to.

Do any others have critcal family that think they are nuts for having all of that fabric?

I did give several boxes to Goodwill and more to the Humane Society to use for bedding for the animals. I only kept what I feel that I may want sometime.

I really did sew a silky green print last week that had been in a shoebox, cut out and marked to sew for more than 10 years... Yes!!! It fits...

Phyllis Bobelenyi

I learn so much from the magazine and this site!!! Thank You
I would get the magazine but I already have too many...
Posted: 5:14 pm on March 6th

ummzak ummzak writes: I'd like to learn Tailoring Principles. Of course,all of the features sound fascinating.
Posted: 5:12 pm on March 6th

TalyQu TalyQu writes: I'd love to learn more about tailoring. Great topics.
Posted: 4:49 pm on March 6th

CheryleJac CheryleJac writes: Oh man... just one. OK, I have a new beautiful serger I can barley run, so the serger article. But I want a make lace and embellishments and, and, the list goes on.
Posted: 4:27 pm on March 6th

jennieMB jennieMB writes: Garment Industry Secrets is most appealing.
Posted: 3:49 pm on March 6th

Shutrbug Shutrbug writes: Interested in the FSL story. My wife and I got the OESD Lace collection last Christmas and hoped to make ornaments for gifts. That is harder than it looks! That will be a great article.
Posted: 3:48 pm on March 6th

jsnoble jsnoble writes: Insider Secrets from the Garment Industry. Oh, yeah!
Posted: 3:38 pm on March 6th

nujoi1908 nujoi1908 writes: Bound for Beauty!
Posted: 3:26 pm on March 6th

WillaMcNeill WillaMcNeill writes: I think the garment industry secrets might be most appealing to me. But it all sounds interesting.
Posted: 3:14 pm on March 6th

Sherly_K Sherly_K writes: Definitely interested in Garment Industry Secrets!
Posted: 3:13 pm on March 6th

maxandakasha maxandakasha writes: I want to see the spring fashion forcast as I'm starting on my spring pieces right now!
Posted: 3:05 pm on March 6th

misssarcastica misssarcastica writes: Sophisticated Deconstruction sounds interesting!
Posted: 2:52 pm on March 6th

waxpop waxpop writes: One Pattern, Endless Options sounds like it would be really useful!
Posted: 2:42 pm on March 6th

racu racu writes: Garment Industry Secrets is the most appealing article for me!
Posted: 2:35 pm on March 6th

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