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Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue no.173 (June/July 2014)

Threads Issue #173

Threads Issue #173

Threads magazine's latest issue is out (June/July 2014), and it's your chance to win a free copy! It's full of great sewing techniques, embellishments, and notions for the approaching summer season. Take a sneak peek at this issue's contents here.

We asked our contributing authors, "If you could do it again, what would you change about your sewing education?" Susan Lazear explained that she wishes she would have experimented more and trusted her sewing instincts. Claire Shaeffer would have gotten an internship at a factory workroom to learn more about garment contruction. Patty Robison similarly wishes she has apprenticed with a designer in a production fashion house. Eyrlene Kammerer on the other hand says she would not change a thing about the time she spent at a 2-year Apparel Design program in California. 

What do you wish you could have done differently in your sewing career? Tell us your story in the comment box below, and you could win a copy of Threads no.173! The deadline for comments is May 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET, and the winner will be randomly chosen during the week of May 19, 2014. Good luck!


Comments (25)

sailcocktail sailcocktail writes: I wish I had not stopped sewing for 20 years while juggling career and kids. I feel like I am having to relearn so many things that I think I did by instinct when I was in my teens.

As far as fabric, oh dear. I have filled a 15x15' storage room with bins of fabric. I will never be able to sew it all. Bless deal husband for not killing me....
Posted: 8:56 pm on June 4th

kneedlez kneedlez writes: Instead of looking back, I'm wishing for success as I transition forward from my current career to a new career in some field of design and sewing. I am working toward this very intentionally and methodically and, now, am beginning actually to see a glimmer of reality in this wishful pursuit.
Posted: 7:27 pm on May 13th

ClaudiaBrack ClaudiaBrack writes: I live in the UK and have only just discovered Threads Magazine after buying Designer Techniques Vol 2, and have asked my daughters for a subscription for my birthday later this month. I'm an experienced dressmaker, having studied dress design over 40 years ago but never took it up as a career, apart from some freelance dressmaking but feel I'm never too old to learn and now I'm heading for retirement I plan to sew a lot more, and am excited about learning new techniques. A whole new world awaits me, especially with the internet - sewers of the world unite!
Posted: 8:08 am on May 8th

TwilightStorm TwilightStorm writes: I wish I had been able to learn more from my mom when she was sewing around me when I was very young. She made high end looking things for local mom-and-pop stores around her home as well as things she sold at local craft shows. The love to create things stayed with me though my whole life, and I agree with other people who commented. The Library (always) and the Internet opened up a whole world of knowledge previously unavailable.
Posted: 8:20 pm on May 7th

moviedoll moviedoll writes: I wish I sucked more information out of my teachers when I was in school. I wish I knew to ask them about how to work with different fabrics - knits are so different!
Posted: 11:05 pm on May 4th

Carly_Sue Carly_Sue writes: I wish I had gone to the Fashion Institute and gotten a degree from there. I have a lot of certificates from various seminars, which has of course meant that I have learned vey much about all phases of sewing. I especially love beautiful classic clothing and love to make home furnishings.
Posted: 12:21 pm on May 4th

spatch spatch writes: Sewing for 53 years and should have explored more couture techniques. Now learning more because of the info on the internet.
Posted: 9:03 pm on May 3rd

Bobbinlove Bobbinlove writes: My sewing education is just a year old...I am learning by using online resources and by trial and error. However,I wish I had funds to invest in formal training at an instituition or even short structured sewing courses. I would love to take a hands on course to wrap my head around some of the technical aspects of dressmaking.
Posted: 5:09 pm on May 3rd

ColourfulThreads ColourfulThreads writes: I wish that I had seen sewing as a career! It was a hobby and I didn't realize that I could find a job doing this incredible thing I loved. It's taken me twenty years to discover that, but better late than never!
Posted: 8:45 pm on May 2nd

nllesley nllesley writes: I wish that I had invested in attending an arts college to further my knowledge in all the techniques. But with a new arts school opening up in my city, I may just have to take the leap and go back to school.
Posted: 5:56 pm on May 2nd

sonjalv sonjalv writes: I should of Listen to my Mom,she said I had a rare talent for sewing clothes that no one else would wear but me.I know now,My style then hasn't change I am always going to create a fashion no one else has made.I am not shy about wearing them,and I have had some rude comments and Great comments.It goes with the intellect
Posted: 1:08 pm on May 2nd

SewMyDreams SewMyDreams writes: If I could do it again....I would have taken out a loan in order to go to a Fashion Design school. For most of my self-taught education I have read several books and relied heavily on Threads Magazine to learn techniques. I have spent countless hours ripping out and making several samples just to try to figure out how to do something. It would have been nice to have had some hands-on personal instruction!
Posted: 9:20 pm on May 1st

Mar Hein Mar Hein writes: what i would do differently in my sewing career is take a big deposit to sew &/or do alterations of wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses & graduation dresses. i have worked hours & hours on alterations of all 3 types of dresses & then only charged 1/2 of my hours; & then the owner of the dress doesn't even pay me 1/2 of that. some have promised more money &/or services, however then they never show up with the money nor answer the phone to do the services. plus i wish the internet & accessibility to Threads magazines via Library was available when i 1st started sewing. i am VERY Thankful to the women who helped me learn to sew, thus i try to pay it forward. :)
Posted: 7:44 pm on May 1st

DonaMarie DonaMarie writes: I'm moving soon & I can't wait to get back to my sewing. I've missed it so much since I've been unable to do so the last 2 years since I've been in the hospital. Yeah!!!!

Posted: 5:35 pm on May 1st

craftybanner craftybanner writes: My biggest mistake that I encourage my students not to make is taking risks rather than only working in a comfort zone. Be willing to try new techniques, welcome a new textile, enjoy the process of learning!
Posted: 4:04 pm on May 1st

pt6356 pt6356 writes: I wished I had had the confidence to experiment with pattern alterations earlier!
Posted: 3:48 pm on May 1st

bajjmayer bajjmayer writes: I wish that I could be more free in attempting to make my own design/patterns and not so regimented in following the purchased ones.
Posted: 2:41 pm on May 1st

sewindj sewindj writes: I too have wished that I had changed my college major to home economics rather the teaching that I did. I enjoy sewing and this magazine so much.
Posted: 9:29 am on May 1st

sewindj sewindj writes: I too have wished that I had changed my college major to home economics rather the teaching that I did. I enjoy sewing and this magazine so much.
Posted: 9:29 am on May 1st

jemima1 jemima1 writes: I wish that I would have changed my college major many yrs ago to teach home economics. Ready to retire from nursing now so too late.
Posted: 7:09 am on May 1st

sapientsaphead sapientsaphead writes: I wish I would have been braver - fear of failure has led me to not try as many things as I wanted to (and also to an incredibly large stash of untouched fabric that I'm afraid to ruin).
Posted: 10:09 pm on April 30th

user-2003399 user-2003399 writes: I have looked at the articles on the website but would love to have my own copy.
Posted: 7:09 pm on April 30th

jomac30 jomac30 writes: I love Threads.
Posted: 6:43 pm on April 30th

QueenZ1 QueenZ1 writes: ...pursued Sewing fully as my full-time bread and butter, because it's sew rewarding. I believe that I could have rolled a few years off my stress level. Well, no time like the present...
Posted: 1:09 pm on April 30th

Marty_Marie Marty_Marie writes: i wish i had invested the money i did in a vogue patterns magazine for a threads or sew news. I am still learning about sewing and i find now i like looking at construction techniques and tips instead of a pattern just sewn in different fabrics. I also have a habit of buying fabric. I have a whole bookshelf filled with fabrics. I wish i had purchased more craftsy classes, different sewing reference books, or an instructor taught class. I already cancelled vogue patterns and i am limiting my fabric purchases because i cant sew as fast as i can buy.

Posted: 12:42 pm on April 30th

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