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Vintage style, modern dressmaking.
Fitting without a partner can be tricky - unless you've got a stapler to work with.
This expert advice will help you adjust patterns the proper way.
Learn about the disappearance of Frostline Kits.
Sew with a tear-away laye
A personal pattern helps you design a variety of knit tops.
A precise designer method.
Strength and beauty in this ancient fabric.
Measure irregular shapes and in difficult situations with this self-adhesive measuring tape roll.
Get started longarm quilting with this budget-friendly machine.
These sewing machine feet make free-motion stitching a breeze.
This high-quality batting is just the thing to make your next quilting project shine.
This clever kind of ruler is easier to store than any other.
Worry no more about calcium deposits with this iron.
Here's what you can expect to find in the September 2016 issue of THREADS.
Discover sophistication in youthful embellishments with these to heirloom sewing techniques.
A Western-inspired detail adds a “smile” to any garment.
Combine fabulous fabrics and trim in this slim-fitting, knee-length dress. It has a three-piece front bodice, an angled waist seam, and loose tucks on the skirt front.
The mix-and-match details on this versatile blouse pattern are fun to contemplate. The five views offer two lengths and have bust darts, curved hemlines, and a pleated or darted back.
This bias-cut, sleeveless dress has a band collar, self-lined flounces edging the neckline and the front armscyes, and a center-back zipper.
This 1944 design, updated from the Butterick archives, has extended, padded shoulders. The slim cut, however, reveals an hourglass shape.
Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video to learn two great tips for sewing a better piped edge.
Threads has published lots of great advice on how to get great results for piping. Here is a tip for sewing a ripple-free piped edge.
If you're looking to add a design detail to a garment, turn to piping. Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video for a great tip on grading a piped seam.
You can make any garment special by adding shaped edges. Watch to learn how to press these curved details.
The web, or spider-web stitch, is a needle-woven stitch that makes a beautiful center for an embroidered medallion. Watch to learn how to create this basic hand embroidery stitch.
The couching stitch is useful for applying heavy or decorative threads that are too thick or textured to pass through a fabric's weave. Watch to learn how to create this basic hand embroidery stitch.
Hand embroidery can elevate the style of any garment. Watch now to learn how to create one of five basic embroidery stitches: the blanket stitch.
The fly stitch is a basic embroidery stitch. Watch to learn how to create this stitch.
Hand embroidery is a traditional embellishment technique that is within the reach of any sewer. Watch to learn how to create one of the five basic embroidery stitches: the chainstitch.
Explore the elaborate motifs of Yemenite Jewish embroidery.
There's no end to what you can learn about fabric. This collection of articles and videos helps demystify sewing with silks and knits, demonstrates how to identify fabric with a burn test, and even shows you how to dye fabric.
Threads Insiders get the very first look at the September 2016 issue of Threads magazine. Subscribers will be receiving their print copies soon, but be the first to check out what's inside this new issue.
Take an interactive 360-degree view if this collage-like dress from the August/September 2016 issue of Threads.
A patternless design fits all sizes.
Making your very own personalized dress form will make fitting a breeze. Try these techniques and see which one you like best.
If you’re looking for inspiration or need new project ideas, here are 11 free patterns to help jump start your sewing.
Designers interpret masterpieces as sheath dresses.
All you need to know about making shirts.
Expert pattern solutions to flatter fuller arms.
Learn how you can win the all-new Spiegel 60609 sewing machine. This machine is even equipped with video and WIFI integration. [Ended]
These great articles will teach you to make well-fitting sleeves.
We promised you a look at more photos from the Threads editor visit to Bits of Thread in Washington, D.C., to learn about the DittoForm's custom dress form process.
Get set to transfer symbols with the right tool for your fabric.
3-D scanning creates an accurate copy of your figure.
Techniques and advice to boost your sewing skills.
Learn how to draft and sew these supportive edge finishes.
Serger expert and instructor Pamela Leggett shares her technique for achieving great-looking darts in knits using a serger.
A roomy A-line coat from the Crossroads by Amy Barickman collection is a fresh take on a light topper.
Try a contemporary tunic designed by Sandra Betzina for her Today’s Fit line for Vogue Patterns.
Discover a handy trick for evenly dividing a measured length.
When is a jacket as comfortable as a cardigan? When it is designed for knits only. This pattern for casual jackets and vests offers five views with length and sleeve options.
Revisit classic femininity with this 1940s-inspired blouse. Two views offer a choice of a traditional rolled collar or a classic bias-cut, bow-style collar.
This collection of supplies makes it easier than ever to assemble your own shoes.
These tiny pins are perfect for piecing and applique.
A stiletto is a valuable tool for holding fabric in place with high precision.
Achieve a new level of control while free-motion stitching with these lightweight guides.
Here's a clever way to keep your swatches organized on the go.
Having one of these around will make hemming a breeze.
This specialized tool was designed with measuring curves in mind, and it shows. Simply roll it along a curve to get an accurate measurement.
Learn more about the process of mercerizing and what effect it has on a fabric.
Many luxury garments claim they are made out of a fabric called "cady." But fabric suppliers in the U.S. don't stock anything by that name. Join us as we get to the bottom of this mystery.
This zipper technique is useful in bag and garment applications. We also demonstrate something unique about nylon-coil zipper teeth: They work in either direction.
Threads Insiders get the very first look at the July 2016 issue of Threads magazine. Subscribers will be receiving their print copies soon, but be the first to check out what's inside this new issue.
Take an interactive 360-degree view if this collage-like dress from the June/July 2016 issue of Threads.
Take the mystery out of installing zippers with these 9 techniques. You'll learn how to install lapped zippers, exposed zippers, replace zippers and more.
Take a simple sketch of ancient architecture that inspires you to your computer and digitize it to create a couched embroidery version for a summer satchel.
The official rules to the 2016 National Serger Month Giveaway.
Make your dream sewing space a reality. Let these real sewing rooms inspire you and learn some valuable organizational tips along the way.
Knit panels enhance the fit and feel of woven garments.
Learn how easy it can be to scale an embroidery design with this web extra from Threads #179 (June/July 2015).
A blind-hem stitch replaces traditional topstitching.
Cassie Stephens' colorful outfits are inspired by famous works of art.
Learn 18 ways to use this couture mainstay in your sewing.
Find out how you could win a sewing machine from Spiegel!
Official rules to the Spiegel Sewing Machine giveaway.
Tools, techniques, and seams for great results.
This first step in fabric preparation ensures garments that look better and feel more comfortable.
Transform a wool sweater that's seen better days into your new favorite clutch.
Here's what you can expect to find in the May 2016 issue of THREADS.
We remember Nancy Reagan as a fashion icon. Our hearts were saddened by the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan on March 6, 2016.
When you're making pattern changes, you will need to true seams to ensure that all the pieces fit together perfectly. We've got some tips on how to do that from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 5.
Make all-purpose pouches with fabric squares and straight seams.
Masterpiece embroidery has many facets. See more examples of the exquisite embroidery and learn more about the Penn & Fletcher Studio.
This slideshow compiles many useful pieces of advice for operating a sewing machine.
Threads editors pick some of the night's most interesting red carpet looks from the 2016 Oscars. What were your favorites?
An outfit with a reversible jacket brims with inspiring details.
Cheap garments from thrift stores can help you when a detail seems out of your grasp.
This semifitted trouser or short sits 2 inches below the waist, has a flattering, curved waistband, a fly zipper, side-front pockets, back waist darts, and narrow legs.
Threads Insiders get the very first look at the may 2016 issue of Threads magazine. Subscribers will be receiving their print copies soon, but be the first to check out what's inside this new issue.
Watch to learn how to create a beautiful pleated trim from petersham ribbon.
Learn how easy it is to make petersham follow a curve. It is a great way to stabilize curved necklines, hems, and waistlines.
Take a look at nine of the latest sewing machine models to hit the market.
If you're interested in sewing leather bags, you'll benefit from knowing what the pros recommend you use.
Discover most of the details found in a traditional tailored blazer on a stylish jacket pattern from Mimi G Style for Simplicity.
Great for any season, this wrap dress with V-neckline has front and back curved yokes with strategically placed gathers.
These loose-fitting pullover tops have scoop necklines finished with narrow bias binding, a left side bust dart, and focal pleats on the right front.
Take an interactive 360-degree view if this versatile wrap dress from the April/May 2016 issue of Threads.
Adapt patterns to accommodate your posture.
A pro’s guide to creating full and floaty looks.
Watch to learn an expert's method for fitting a sleeve.
Learn some expert tips and techniques for sewing with knits.
There's nothing more important than a solid knowledge of stitches to help you build your sewing skills. These 12 articles can help propel your sewing to the next level.
Learn how to set up your sewing machine to use a twin needle.
Darts are a powerful asset that will allow you to create the exact shape you want in a garment. Learn more in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 5.
Smoothing undergarments are a cinch to sew.
A test garment is worth the extra effort. Here is some advice for when you're making one, from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 5.
Simple, efficient treatments for edges and openings.
Find the perfect bag for you in this collection of nine tutorials.
Fitting for a circumference is a more complicated topic than basic fitting. Watch this Teach Yourself to Sew video tutorial from Season 5 for some resources to help you with circumference.
Here's what you can expect to find in the March 2016 issue of THREADS.
It's unlikely a pattern's length will be perfect for you right off the shelf. Watch this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 5 to learn how to alter a pattern's length.
A dress form is an invaluable tool, but to customize it to your fit, consider modifying a standard dress form or making your own. Watch to learn about the different types of dress forms and their benefits.
Kenneth D. King explains the mechanism behind this pant-leg phenomenon, and how best to deal with it.
Create a unique repair kit for each new garment for quick, no-compromise fixes.
Many professionals use a tailor's board to achieve crisp, well-pressed garments. Learn the various ways to use this specialized tool for better pressing.
Kenneth D. King demonstrates how fitting pants is like fitting a sleeve. Watch the video to learn about his intriguing philosophy.
These articles will help you demystify the the bias cut.
For range of motion, balance the armhole and sleeve ease.
Expert Stephani L. Miller shares a wealth of information about historical corset styles.
This trio of garments has a youthful, sophisticated look.
Flattering knit skirts are wardrobe essentials. These pull-on skirts have narrow, faced waist yokes with a concealed casing for elastic, and curved panels on the upper front and back.
This loose-fitting men’s shirt with optional inset panels is loaded with creative opportunities.
This unlined sheath has a pegged hemline and ends just below the knee. The scoop neckline dips to a V in back. The front has armscye princess seams that finish as waist darts.
During National Sewing Month we asked our readers to weigh in on several sewing topics. Here is what you had to say.
Threads Insiders get the very first look at the Feb/Mar 2016 issue of Threads magazine. Subscribers will be receiving their print copies soon, but be the first to check out what's inside this new issue.
Kenneth shares a few of his go-to resources for tailoring tools and supplies.
Two threads, two needles—twice the creativity. Learn how to use twin needles in your next sewing project.
Sandra Miller helps you get--and stay--organized on your next adventure with a free downloadable guide.
From basic to advanced, a range of tools for high-quality results.
Clever planning yields versatile style.
In the final installment of this Threads Insider fitting tutorial with Sarah Veblen, she demonstrates how a camera or a smart phone can be an indispensable fitting tool.
Official rules for the 2015 Threads Holiday giveaway.
Take an interactive 360-degree view if this stylish three-piece ensemble from the February/March 2016 issue of Threads.
A wish list from our editors and authors.
Put space where you need — and want — it most.
Cheerful “cookies” satisfy your appetite for fun.
Watch this video to learn an expert's handy way of measuring your back without assistance.
Watch this video to learn an easy way to thread your needle for hand sewing.
A sewing expert shares her techniques and recommends essential tools for fitting yourself.
Watch this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 5 to learn to create and use your own personal croquis.
All of this year's pattern reviews have been collected into one place for your convenience.
During the muslin stage, a camera will allow you to observe the fit from many angles with ease. Watch this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 5 to learn how.
Threads #182 showcased several of the winning designs from Make it With Wool(MIWW) 2015, a national challenge that recognizes excellence in wool garment design and construction. You can see the nine selected winners here.
Understanding grain is crucial when planning bias garments and laying out fabric. Use this technique to create bias scarves and skirts from fabric tubes.
There are a few things to take into account when you consider your preferred fit. Watch this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 5 to learn more.
Find out how to convert a one-piece sleeve pattern into a two-piece jacket sleeve in this Web Extra from Threads #182.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Kimberly Westenberg.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Lauren Parks.
The Fashion Institute of Technology Barnes & Noble bookstore will host a launch party for "Smart Sewing: Fake fur with Kenneth D. King" on November 18 in New York City. Attend for a chance to meet Kenneth.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Kelsey Clear.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Jenna Legred.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Gabrielle Augustine.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Kristen Morris.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Dianne Galloway.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Kris Puckrin.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Jenna Legred.
Official rules for the 2015 Threads Machine Embroidery Challenge Sponsored by BERNINA.
In this Threads Essential Techniques video web extra from "Pleat to Measure," Threads #182, we show you how to use the templates to mark the pleat foldlines, and then how to fold the pleats.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1431. This semifitted, lined dress was designed by Tom and Linda Platt.
Create a functional opening on a lined sleeve.
Get expert insight on the optimal sleeve length for tailored jackets.
In #182, Threads authors, editors, and staff members shared their sewing tools wish lists for this holiday season. While we were working on that issue, we had a few more ideas and thought we’d share them.
Read more of Kenneth D. King’s interview with Vicki Vasilopoulos whose documentary film, “Men of the Cloth,” follows four master tailors.
Get a straight line every time with this trick for better topstitching.
Make a basic pattern, then revise it for new styles.
Threads reviews the Drawstring-Neck Dress and Top pattern by Maker's Atelier. The just-below-the-knee dress is smart and practical.
Threads reviews the Pepernoot Hooded Coat pattern by Waffle Patterns. This lined A-line coat has a raised waistline; fitted bodice shaped with darts; contoured, high-neck, three-piece hood; curved front and back yokes; a center-front zipper with a shield; two-piece sleeves with buttoned tabs; and zippered patch pockets.
Threads reviews the Archer Button Up Shirt pattern from Grainline Studio. The shirts have a two-piece, bias-cut undercollar, collar stand, lined yoke, separate placket, breast pockets, and set-in sleeves.
Judith Neukam will teach you to avoid rippled seams in your work, with this expert advice.
Threads Insiders get the very first look at the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Threads magazine. Subscribers will be receiving their print copies soon, but be the first to check out what's inside this new issue.
Take an interactive 360-degree view of this fabulous faux fur coat made by Kenneth D. King.
Ingenious ways to calculate yardage and folds.
Take an interactive 360-degree view of this semifitted, lined dress.
Tailoring expert Kenneth D. King offers insight on jacket pocket size and length.
Learn how turn fabric scraps into a statement accessory.
Discover the charming designs and intuitive instructions of pattern from Japan.
Kenneth explores textile options for creating tailored jackets.
Align fabric across seams with one of these expert methods.
Take a look at the winners of past Halloween Costume Contests for ideas and inspiration.
Learn how to get great-looking garments with these 13 fitting techniques and tricks.
An exhibition turns historic garments inside out to reveal construction details.
Official rules for the 2015 Threads Halloween Costume Contest.
A "dip" in the edge means you can swing your elbow through easily.
For instant style, fold a fabric rectangle in half, then sew a shoulder seam.
Conceal the raw edges of an armscye with this great technique.
Release the creases for a crisp finish.
Here's a sneak peek at what you can find in the October/November 2015 issue of Threads.
To prepare for a good fit, compare your body to the pattern.
Easily create cute pincushions from tuna cans to match your personal preferences.
This beginner-level embroidery machine is faster than any other in its price range.
Order a bundle of buttons or buckles in a variety of styles and have them covered with your favorite fabric from your stash.
Threads remembers pattern designer and sewing expert Ann Person.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 9046. This design from Claire Shaeffer’s Custom Couture collection for Vogue Patterns has subtle couture touches.
Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 6134. This flattering, form-fitting blouse is designed with a funnel neck, three-seamed raglan sleeves, and a center-back zipper closure finished with a hook and eye.
Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 1070 from the SewStylish line. This four-garment pattern includes a long-sleeve jacket, a close-fitting knit top in two lengths, and straight-leg pants or midcalf-length straight skirt.
Sarah Veblen shares a wealth of information about bust darts.
Take an interactive 360-degree view if this asymmetrical wedding dress.
Take an interactive 360-degree view of this stylish moto jacket made in graphic jacquard.
Watch this quick Threads Essential Techniques video for a creative solution to accidental fabric cuts.
Threads Insiders get the very first look at the October/November 2015 issue of Threads magazine. Subscribers will be receiving their print copies soon, but be the first to check out what's inside this new issue.
Your shoulders are one of the most important areas to consider when fitting a top. Learn more in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 5.
Your garments can be equally beautiful on the inside and on the outside. We've curated a collection of 15 techniques, videos, and articles to help you master the inner details that give garments a complete and finished look.
Official rules for Sarah Veblen's "Master Skirt Pattern Series" two-DVD giveaway.
Take an interactive 360-degree view if this spectacular Fortuny frock made by Kenneth D. King.
Kenneth explains the skills and traits he believes needed to get started in tailoring.
See what Kenneth D. King has to say about bagging a lining.
Carry and protect your cell phone, smartphone, or small mobile device in this quick-to-make fabric bag.
Here's a sneak peek at what you can find in the August/September 2015 issue of Threads. You can enter to win a copy.
Extend pants into a wear-anywhere garment.
This easy-to-sew, narrow hem is perfect for fine and delicate fabrics. Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video to learn how.
Whip up a new design from two styles.
The winner is revealed!
This bustling city offers luscious textiles and plentiful notions. Discover some fascinating fabric shops and get tips from our expert.
Make sure your notions stay where you want them with the no-residue sticky surface of this innovative sewing case.
These clever safety pins have a few tweaks that make them a sewer's dream come true.
The Janome Edge makes cutting paper and fabric designs a breeze. Great for paper crafting, quilting, embellishments, vinyl designs, and more.
These high-quality needles are available in a wide range of types and sizes.
This comfortable rotary cutter is loaded with features that ensure it can be used with the utmost convenience.
See what we thought about this book on fabric design production.
For those of us without a dedicated sewing room, a toolbox on wheels is a great way to bring notions from room to room safely and conveniently.
Sometimes it seems as if modern sewing machines can be very expensive. How expensive were they, comparatively, when they first became household items?
What is the cause of fabric pilling and how can it be prevented? An expert explains.
Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 1256. This pattern is an ensemble designed for stretch-knit fabrics. The pieces are sporty, comfortable, and meant to be mixed and matched.
Threads reviews the Marianne dress pattern by Christine Haynes. These seasonless, casual knit dresses are nicely proportioned. They are close-fitting, but slightly A-line, feature dropped shoulders, and end just above the knee.
Threads reviews the Ventana Jacket & Vest Pattern by Diane Ericson. It's a head-turning, art-to-wear jacket or vest, made with unconventional techniques.
Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 3396. This hip-length sleeveless jewel-neck blouse is versatile and classic.
Learn how to make a pattern without taking your favorite jeans apart.
Upgrade your favorite pull-on style with darts and a zipper.
A century of luxury textiles from Venice to Manhattan.
Take an interactive 360-degree view of this modular ensemble that is featured in "Pattern Review", Threads #180.
How to copy a garment that’s shaped with darts—it’s quick, easy, and accurate.
Your body is unique. In order to get the fit you need, you've got to be able to determine the difference between your measurements and those of the pattern you're starting with.
With edges wrapped in fabric, these buttonholes are bound to last.
Here are a few things you can do to keep your embroidery machine from unnecessary visits to the repair shop.
This handy attachment has a wide repertoire.
A comfy, convenient holder for tablets, books, and more.
Adjust a pattern in quadrants for accurate results.
Quick and simple, it’ll be a breeze to sew a pair of these pajama pants for every member of the family.
These cozy warmers give new meaning to the term “happy feet.”
For some, purchasing patterns can be overwhelming - how do you choose the right size? We'll show you how in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew, Season 5.
Contributing editors find the potential in a staple fabric.
Here's a sneak peek at what you expect to find in the June/July 2015 issue of Threads. You can also enter to win a copy!
Take an interactive 360-degree view of this sweetheart-neckline jacket that is featured in "Pattern Review", Threads #179.
Threads reviews the Georgia Dress pattern from By Hand London. This dress has curved front and back empire-waist seams, a lined, two-piece bust-cup style bodice, front and back princess seams, and an invisible side-seam zipper.
Threads reviews the Simplicity Threads 1103 pattern. This dress comes in four variations. All views feature a dropped waistline and an above-the-knee hem.
Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 1287. These knit shirts have long sleeves and cuffs, a hemline band, and three neckline variations.
This little tip can be a big help when you need to consider the direction of napped fabric during piecing.
These useful foam pads are soft, yet supportive. Great for bags, totes, and tablet cases.
These delightful notebooks and note cards are based off of vintage patterns.
This clever gadget lets you mark your seam allowances at the same time that you trace a garment.
Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 3325. This dressmaker jacket, designed to be worn without a blouse beneath, features a sweetheart neckline, high-cut armholes, and cap sleeves.
Say goodbye to puckers, bumps, and misaligned seams.
Put your delicate closures on a removable band.
A grid takes away the guesswork.
Take an interactive 360-degree view of this skirt that is featured in "Foolproof Skirt Fitting", Threads #179.
Learn how to adapt Bill Voetberg's removable button-strip technique for a standard button-front shirt with a separate placket and facings.
You don't always need to staystitch when using a knit fabric. Find out when it is necessary in this sewing tip from Threads #178.
Here's a sneak peek at what you expect to find in our all-new Embellishments special issue and enter to win a copy.
If you're appliquéing a net garment and intend to place any of the appliqués so that they overlap the garment seams, there's a special method for attaching them. Read on to find out how.
Watch the fourth and final installment of our exclusive interview with fitting expert and Threads video personality, Sarah Veblen.
Watch the third installment of our exclusive interview with fitting expert and Threads video personality, Sarah Veblen.
This handy sewing tip from Threads #178 helps you get both sides of the garment to stay the same length throughout the construction process.
Design a waistband to complement your body.
With this easy little trick, finding the pattern you're looking for will no longer be a chore.
This simple tip will make sure you're gathering fabrics the right way.
Learn to apply this pretty lace detail in three easy steps.
Use a resist to create artistic designs with dye.
See how Denyse deploys rolling shelves and tables for a transformative space.
Improve your sewing skills with this collection of expert tips and techniques.
Make one today; carry it tonight.
What you need to know before cutting out your fabric.
Stencil designer Laura Murphy uses paint sticks to transfer a surface texture to fabric.
Add openwork details without cutting fabric.
Applying a hemstitched design to a garment takes a little forethought and planning, but it's not difficult.
That perfect trim for your project is out there somewhere, and thanks to DecorativeTrimmings.com you can find it.
Make great-fitting underwear in pretty styles and fabrics.
Alterations to make before cutting the fabric.
This useful tool effortlessly deals with flawed seams, with no risk of damaging the fabric.
The ASDP Design Challenge brings fresh ideas for commanding ensembles.
Threads reviews the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns. This simple, knee-length knit dress has a bateau neckline, a fitted bodice with an optional lining, and a gathered skirt with in-seam pockets.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 9039.This semifitted tailored jacket has flattering angled seams and distinctive features.
Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 1168. This dress and coat ensemble pattern is ideal for a spring or fall outfit.
Threads reviews the Simplify Your Life pattern by Cutting Line Designs. These sporty pullover tops are semifitted through the bust, skim the hips, and end at the high hip in a curved hem.
With all the sewing resources available digitally today, keeping your devices close and easy to access has become a necessity.
Take an interactive 360-degree view of this dress and coat ensemble is featured in "Pattern Review", Threads #178.
Take an interactive 360-degree view this power suit from Threads #178 (April/May 2015).
Threads Insiders get the very first look at the April/May 2015 issue of Threads magazine. Subscribers will be receiving their print copies soon, but be the first to check out what's inside this new issue.
Linda Chang Teufel, founder of Dragon Threads publishing, pays tribute to designer Koos van den Akker.
Contributing editor Mary Ray shares her method for widening slot-seam openings to uncover the underlay. Learn how to turn this otherwise basic construction element into a unique and unexpected embellishment.
The top five semifinalists have been chosen, and now it's your turn to vote.
In each issue of Threads, we test several promising patterns. Now we've gathered all of our 2014 pattern reviews in one place.
21 of Louise Cutting's most timeless articles are now together in one place.
Get the inside scoop on the classes held by our contributing editors.
Threads sits down with fitting expert and Threads video personality, Sarah Veblen for an exclusive, Insider-only interview.
This three-DVD set includes five hours of comprehensive tailoring instruction from the master.
This end-of-year roundup puts 2014's most popular instructional videos in one place. Start off 2015 by adding a few techniques to your sewing arsenal.
This technique is a very useful one to have available when altering a garment.
Salvage a crucial curve after altering the pattern.
The book and DVD set by Claire Shaeffer is out now, and we're giving away four copies. Learn about this fabulous book and how to enter the giveaway.
We're giving away two copies of this book, signed by the author. Leave a comment and you could win. Don't miss this opportunity!
The 5th season of our beginner sewing series is now available in our online store.
Upcycle yesterday’s fashions into original garments.
An easier way of dealing with fusible interfacing.
Threads reviews Style Arc's Gillian Dress pattern. This knee-length dress has a right front overlay, a partial neckband, and bust darts that emerge from each armscye.
Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 6071. These straight-legged pants by Connie Crawford are great for casual or professional settings.
Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 6844. These shawl-collar cardigans come in two styles and two length options.
Fitting yourself seems daunting without a partner - but this expert Q&A will show you how.
No longer will you struggle when sewing an opening closed on a project that you turn right side out.
This collection of modular furniture is the ultimate way to stay organized as a sewer.
This solution to lost pins is clever and convenient. You can store needles, safety pins, and paper clips, too.
Learn how to make perfect bias tubes, a very handy technique for embellishment and for garment structure.
Bias tubes and fagoting create beautiful trims and medallions.
Bias tubes and fagoting create beautiful trims and medallions.
Make a fluttery Vionnet-inspired shift.
View more of the exquisite garments on display at the Winterthur Museum.
Decorative folds reduce a garment’s length or width.
Take an interactive 360-degree view of this four-shirt dress from Threads #177 (February/March 2015).
Apply this technique to both jacket lapels. Be sure to fold under or remove the seam allowances first. 1 Choose a vertical bar for the lapel's outer edge. Manipulate the cut fabric to make the bar...
Watch to learn how to make thread bars and chains. These delicacies detain wayaward straps, linings and more.
Threads reviews Decades of Style Pattern #4014. This elegant, vintage-style dress can be made floor-length or knee-length.
Take an interactive 360-degree view of this lovely dress featured in "Pattern Review", Threads #177 (February/March 2015).
Official Rules for the Threads Fancy Fabrics Challenge.
THREADS #176 showcased several of the winning designs from Make it With Wool(MIWW) 2014, which recognizes excellence in wool garment design and construction. You can see all seven selected winners right here.
Get the most out of your measuring tape with this There's a Better Way quick tip from Threads.
Having the proper supplies is a critical part of making a good fashion sketch. In this article, Vikki Yau from Fashionary shares her favorite fashion-sketching tools.
Enter your holiday-inspired homemade gifts and decorations for a chance win a prize package worth more than $150 from Shannon Fabrics, Threads magazine, and CraftStylish.
Watch this quick video tip to learn how to keep your serger from moving during use.
Angela Wolf discusses her workshops, fabric dyeing, and fishing in the final installment of this exclusive interview.
See what Kenneth's must-have notions are, and find out how he customizes his tools.
This bag is made from buttery soft Mirrabella lambskin, heavy silk satin, and a leather-covered handle. Read the instructions and download the free pattern.
Leave a comment to enter for a chance to win a book that will change the way you think about handbags. Once you master the art of making handbags, you'll never have to buy one again.
Find out how you can submit your techniques and ideas to be featured in Threads magazine.
The Threads staff is here to help you compile your wish list.
Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video to discover three methods of adding shine and sparkle to your knit garments.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Ryal Mitchell.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Helena Stefanowitz.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Jordan Newhouse.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Renata Goossen.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Gail Altekruse.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Hannah Higginbotham.
Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Erin Lyon Seidl.
Users of Floriani embroidery software will have a chance to attend an online seminar.
Explore some of our favorite embellishment ideas, techniques, and tips.
Pamela Leggett's favorite technique for finishing tricky fabric edges.
Couturier and Threads contributing editor Kenneth D. King answers your sewing questions.
Create stunning designs with iridescent wings and embroidery.
Discover the joy of sewing knits with these easy-to-follow tips and techniques.
Download the 2014 Threads Annual Index, which covers issues 171-176.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the industry's top sewing experts through exclusive interviews, Insider-only tips and techniques, and more.
Useful tips to manage and maintain your stash.
This great tip will help keep your thread spool from rolling away from you while handsewing.
Threads reviews New Look Pattern 6261. These simple, unlined, knee-length dresses feature a center-back invisible zipper, bust darts, and a short slit at the back hemline.
Threads reviews Pattern #5955 from Eva Dress Patterns. This ensemble is a reproduction of a vintage McCall’s pattern.
Threads reviews the Moto Me 1050 motorcycle jacket pattern by the Dana Marie Design Company. This semifitted, unlined jacket is uncomplicated to make and can be altered easily.
Threads reviews Nick & Zoe's Best Selling Skirt 2913 by Silhouette Patterns. This stylish, unlined, knee-length skirt flares to the hemline.
Your garment hems will be better than ever.
This simple trick will keep your beads where they ought to be and make beading a breeze.
A nice, crisp corner can turn a garment from good to great.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Amy Barickman's newest book and enter for your chance to win a free copy.
Take an interactive 360-degree view of this luxe mixed knit top from Threads #176 (December 2014/January 2015).
In this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 4, you'll learn that the correct pressing technique can make all the difference.
You'll be making buttonholes on par with the pros once you check out this collection of our best buttonhole tutorials.
Association of Sewing and Design Professionals honors Threads' executive editor.
Sew sturdy tabs to keep a coat's layers in line.
Follow along as Kenneth D. King gives you a guided tour of his personal sewing tool kit. Watch this video to discover the specialized tools he uses to tailor jackets and more.
Sewing expert Kenneth D. King gives you an exclusive look at his personal sewing tool kit.
Get to know Threads video personality, patternmaker, and fashion designer Angela Wolf.
Watch this quick video to discover a clever trick that will help keep your marks from disappearing.
Create fabric collection reference files with ease.
Believe it or not, a kaleidoscope can be a handy tool for color evaluation.
Learn how to stop trim from becoming caught or tangled.
This trick will make it easy to slide fabric out from a tall stack without disturbing it.
Loose threads and lint can be a hassle to clear away, but not anymore.
Don't let yourself be caught off-guard when you run out of a fabric type.
If you want to leave yourself handy notes, painter's tape is the way to go.
See what's inside this quilting special issue.
Official rules for the 2014 Threads Halloween Costume Contest.
Learn how to take the right measures on your own with these simple steps — no assistant required.
Three Quick-Sew Pet Projects
To mark the recent release of the Handbags special issue from Threads, we're giving away a copy of this fabulous book. Leave a comment, and it could be yours.
Try this super-cute, super-quick designer scarf
This technique makes bias facings a snap.
The official rules for the 2014 National Sewing Month giveaway.
Online fabric retailer NY Fashion Center Fabrics stocks a wide variety of fabric and offers fashion assistance for online customers.
Keep your thimble from slipping off your fingertip with this quick video tip.
Three Colorful Pillow Patterns to Sew in an Afternoon
The official rules for the Threads Storage Solution Giveaway Sponsored by Go-Organize.com.
The annual designer sale and open house at Cañada College in Redwood City, CA is coming up soon. Get the details here.
Learn how to design your own passementerie with a simple loom by following these steps.
Three Quick-Sew Curtain Projects
Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 3039. These straight-leg pants are shaped with waist darts in the front and back and enhanced with contrasting trim along the waistband's top edge, mock flap pocket, and hemline.
In Threads #175, weaver and sewer Daryl Lancaster showed you how to use an inkle loom. Here, Daryl shares more tips for inkle weaving.
See how one of our contributing editors organizes her space.
With the help of this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 4, even techniques that seem complex will be in your reach with a little attention to detail.
The merits of using a dual feed versus using a walking foot when topstitching velveteen are explained.
A folding screen can double as a design board for sewing projects. Follow along as Threads Executive Editor Judith Neukam shows you how to make your own.
You can never have too many buttons, and we've found the perfect place to get them.
Sew through any lighting conditions with this tip from Threads #175 (October/November 2014).
Here are a few tips on how to incorporate this season's hottest styles into your own garments.
Take an interactive 360-degree view of this lovely Chopkey embellished dress from Threads #175 (October/November 2014).
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1331: an appliquéd coat. This Koos van den Akker knee-length coat is distinguished by its contrasting front panels with large oval cutouts.
Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 6902: chic trimmed jackets.
Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 1279. These classic, long-sleeve button-front shirts feature a comfortable fit with a 1-inch-wide center-front placket, front and back gathers where the bodice pieces meet the shoulder yoke, and cuffs with a continuous lap.
Quick-Sew Curtains, Table Runner & Chair Covers
A chance for young sewers (ages 8 to 18) to showcase their budding talents.
Discover two more understitching methods in this Web extra from SewStylish Fall 2014.
Quick-Sew Fabric Roses and Flowers
Learn how to set sleeves perfectly using a couture technique in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 4.
Claire Shaeffer looked to two Dior garments for inspiration when coming up with a method for inserting a standard zipper without visible topstitching. Here’s a closer look at that stitching and other exquisite hand sewing and details on these couture garments.
In Threads #174 (August/September 2014), authors Nick Coman and Chase Wong explain a fascinating way to create random, unique patterns on fabric with ice dyeing. They share a few of their favorite color combinations for ice dyeing in this Web extra.
See how easy it can be to space buttons and buttonholes with this quick tip from Threads.
With this clever sewing tip from Threads #174, your zippers will be feeling better than ever.
Learn a clever way to store fabric with this tip from Threads #174 (August/September 2014).
Get your very own handy flash drive in the shape of a sewing machine, pincushion, or spool of thread.
An costume and textiles expert answers
It's easy to achieve a comfortable, custom shape for your bra.
Learn to make a market bag, boho frock, and a pair of skirts with these patterns by Cheryl Kuczek. Leave a comment for a chance to win.
Three Quick-Sew Tote Bag Patterns
Find answers to your sewing questions by reading through our latest Expert Chat with Louise Cutting.
How to scale a pattern from the size you have to the size you need.
Find out how you can get involved in this year's Passion for Fashion Sewing Challenge, hosted by the American Sewing Expo.
Serger expert Pamela Leggett is back with an all-new exciting video to help unlock the creative potential of the serger. This specialized sewing machine can do much more than clean up raw edges.
Pretty Quick-Sew Gifts to Make and Share
Threads reviews Style Arc's "Angie Dress" pattern. This feminine summer dress has an empire waist, a ruched midriff panel, and a flowing knee-length skirt.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1310. This bias-cut outfit drapes gently over the body.
Threads reviews the Center for Pattern Design's Bias Tier Coat Pattern. This striking design is chic and easy to wear.
Louise Cutting is back with two all-new sewing videos, which offer pro-level techniques, secrets, and solutions to help improve your skills.
Enrich your wardrobe with a designer-inspired slot seam or cargo pocket.
If you will visit New York City's Garment District, be sure to check out these fabric shops listed in this web extra from Threads #174 (August/September 2014).
See how Helen organizes treasured supplies in her home studio.
Watch this quick Threads Essential Techniques video to learn about waxed silamide thread and its uses.
Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of this selvage-trimmed red wool dress from Threads #174.
The key to any successful sewn project are its seams. This comprehensive collection of 17 techniques, tips, and videos, covers everything you need to know to sew durable and beautiful seams.
Sewers have a multitude of ways to mark their fabric. Watch this quick video to learn two handy tips for marking fabrics and patterns.
The importance of understanding the uses of many types of seams cannot be overstated. Learn a couture method by watching this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 4.
Before your scissors and pins are put to work, you’ll need to review your sewing pattern and its instructions. Browse this collection of 13 articles, tips, and techniques to help you get started.
You could learn something that will change how you sew forever. Check out this handy collection of 14 sewing tips and tricks.
See how easy and inexpensive it can be to create your own faux-velvet board with this quick video tip from Threads.
Leave a comment to win a set of custom acrylic bases for totes by Lazy Girl Designs.
In this free web-only video series, Threads executive Editor Judith Neukam shares quick tips, tricks, and techniques to help you sew smarter, better and faster.
Learn how to insert elastic into a garment to create a gathered effect.
Don't miss this chance to show off your sewing skills and win fabulous prizes! This month's theme is "Dress the Part."
To get the perfect seam finish on wool fabrics, a steam iron isn't always enough. Watch this quick video tip to learn how to make your own dauber to help press seams on wool garments.
Threads Handbags Special Issue
Four Pretty Quick-Sew Scarves
Tea Cozy, Reversible Apron & Pot Holders to Sew for Your Kitchen
Here's a sneak peek at Threads issue 173 (June/July 2014)
This—and other mysteries of fit—resolved.
We'll show you how to choose the right material for each part of a garment in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 4.
Get the most out of your serger with these secrets and techniques.
Classic Garment Sewing Skills
Play with this unexpected material for stylish results.
Find out the best way to ensure your vintage patterns are kept safe.
This nifty tip will help you remember an essential rule of fitting.
Threads reviews McCall's 4424 children's pattern. This delightful ensemble consists of a sundress, romper, panties, and a hat.
Threads reviews Burda's Style Pattern 7024. This lined jacket has a round neckline, raglan sleeves with elbow darts, an empire waist, and front princess seams that emerge from the armscye.
Save time when altering a pattern by using a scalloped blade.
Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of this blue evening gown from Threads #173.
Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 5860. This collection features a belted wrap top or dress with length and sleeve variations, and a straight-leg pant with a maternity panel.
Dramatic or subtle, ombré fabrics create distinctive garments.
Watch this quick video tutorial to learn how sew a figure-eight stitch using techniques by Claire Shaeffer.
Make a fun and fully recyclable handbag with a geometric print. Also included are the instructions to make the bag pattern.
Bind an edge and create a stay tape with these stretchy bands.
These tools are great to have around, and environmentally friendly too.
Threads reviews Kwik Sew Pattern 3987. Incorporate this playful skirt and hat duo into your wardrobe.
There are all sorts of corners: 90-degree, 45-degree, and less—or more. Watch this video to achieve well-sewn outside corners, such as collar points.
Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 3163. This sleeveless jumpsuit has a surplice, blouson bodice, symmetrical diagonal pleats at the center-front waistline, and palazzo legs.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8938. Make two tops, a knit skirt, and two pairs of pants from this ensemble pattern.
Temporary stitches can be useful for holding fabric together during the process. Learn about basting in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 4.
Quick-Sew Rosette Necklace, Flower Belt & Blossom Brooch
Three Patterns for Quick-Sew Belts and Wraps
Five Quick-Sew Pillow Patterns
Three Quick-Sew Lace Top Patterns
Three Quick-Sew Purse and Carryall Patterns
Claire Shaeffer shows you how to trim a neckline using a technique from the world-renowned designer.
In the 1920s and '30s, Elsa Schiaparelli blazed a new trail in fashion. She was an iconoclast, spirited and innovative. Learn all there is to know about this iconic fashion designer.
Don't miss the new special issue of "Designer Techniques", and learn how you could win a copy.
Learn what Schmetz's new app and needle color-coding system has in store.
Find out why this often-skipped step in garment design makes things a whole lot easier in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 4.
Make a creative finished edge with this embellishment technique. It beautifully adorns your garment, and it will provide weight to the hem. This method pays homage to Mariano Fortuny's signature style.
In "Teach Yourself to Sew: Bias basics," Threads #172 (April/May 2014) Julianne Bramson explains what bias is, how to choose the right fabric and pattern for a bias-cut design, and tips for sewing and handling these garments. Here, we share more information about bias fundamentals including why a bias-cut garment must hang before hemming.
Ironing has never been easier than with this incredible Panasonic cordless iron.
Plaid can be a tricky design to master. Here are some tips on how to get it right.
Learn everything you need to know to make a beautiful waist facing.
A simple technique to keep up a strapless dress.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8311. This eight-piece glove collection with varying wrist lengths and cuff details is sure to add interest to any ensemble.
Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 1727. This set of nine collar designs offers a variety of trim and closure options to instantly jazz up a neckline.
Threads reviews Burda Pattern 7118. These cover-ups are ideal for sleeveless dresses or strappy blouses.
Threads reviews the Monaco Bag pattern by Pat Bravo. This bag can dress up any spring dress.
Threads reviews Pattern 408 from the Victoria Jones Collection. This pattern includes a pot holder and an apron, both reminiscent of a bygone era.
Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 6450. This selection of fashionable hats and unlined gloves offers five variations.
Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of the abstract piecework coat from Threads #172.
Insert graphic shapes to give a garment wow power.
The essential tools and techniques you need for sewing see-through fabrics.
This pouch packs style - and your phone.
Get a glimpse into the inner workings of a couture garment in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 4.
Get started learning how to sew couture garments with our beginner video series.
Here are ten tips and tricks for every sewing enthusiast directly from the sewing community.
These easy instructions from "Tucks Made Simple," Threads #171, explain how to sew tiny pin tucks and then how to create intersecting pin tucks. Follow the steps and you'll create elegant and dainty pin tucks in no time.
Breathtaking prizes await the winners of this yearlong series of contests with monthly installments, hosted by fashion designer Angela Wolf.
Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 6656. This unlined jacket with four views and two length variations has front princess seams, lower sleeve bands, and a dramatic shawl collar exposing the fabric's wrong side.
Threads reviews the Elisalex Dress pattern from By Hand London. This 1950s-inspired dress has sleeve options, a lined bodice, scooped front and back necklines, princess seams, and an oversized tulip skirt with inverted box pleats.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8858. These semifitted princess-seam skirts have a flounce, gores, or panels attached at midthigh
In the garment industry, zippers and linings are finished fast and entirely by machine. Get to know this quick method, and apply it at home.
Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of this free-form draped dress from Threads #171.
The garments you make are worth refitting!
Explore a designer’s innovative method to break through creative barriers.
In Teach Youself to Sew, Threads #170, Sandra Miller shares some fabulous secrets for achieving great-looking darts. Here are three easy-to-follow techniques to reach the dart point for smooth results.
Official Rules for the Threads Fancy Fabrics Challenge.
Draped cowl necklines are always graceful, and they flatter many figures. Learn how to add an elegant neckline to a simple T-shirt pattern with this tutorial.
Threads reviews Decades of Style Pattern 2502. This loose-fitting, pull-on design, originally from 1925, can be made with or without the bishop sleeves.
Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 6711. This wardrobe capsule includes five coordinating pieces.
Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 2916. This form-fitting, wrap-style trench coat has a unique look, combining a woven body with sweater-knit sleeves.
Easy patterns, like one-seam pants, can be made today and worn tomorrow. Learn how in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.
Create a custom version of this stylish silhouette.
Download the 2013 Threads Annual Index covering issues 165-170.
For a great fit and endless design options, give a pattern the royal treatment.
Set up a healthy environment for your garments and accessories.
Threads staff shares an exclusive wish list.
Watch and learn how easy it is to machine-bead any design.
Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of this cowl-neck knit top from Threads #170.
Threads Insiders get the very first look at the December 2013/January 2014 issue of Threads magazine. Subscribers will be receiving their print copies soon, but be the first to check out what's inside this new issue.
Don't miss our new issue of Teach Yourself to Sew
An introduction to quarter-cut pockets from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8845 by Claire Shaeffer. This jacket is cut on the bias, giving the design fluidity and drape.
Threads reviews Cutting Line Designs Pattern 51509. The hip-length top has a bias-bound neckline, sleeves with a turnback hem, and button closures at the side vents.
Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 5827.
Official rules for the 2013 Threads Halloween Costume Contest.
From waists to darts to patterns, we'll introduce you to the anatomy of pants in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.
We'll show you how to change the style of a straight skirt just by changing its ease in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.
Threads reviews Christine Haynes Pattern 1001. This youthful, above-the-knee, pull-on A-line dress has front and back princess seams.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8836. This classic design has wide legs, slant pockets, front pleats, and a mock-fly front zipper.
Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 1718. This Project Runway pattern includes a tunic with fun neckline and sleeve variations.
Create a fashionable clutch with a contrasting zipper across the body.
Take a peek at what you can expect to find inside the pages of Threads #169.
A designer’s spin on the infinity scarf.
Adapt a pattern for three new styles.
Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of this embellished sheath dress from Threads #169.
Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video tutorial to learn how to make the classic pickstitch.
Try these variations to enhance your hand-made heirloom buttons.
Threads Insiders get the very first look at the October/November 2013 issue of Threads magazine. Subscribers will be receiving their print copies soon, but be the first to check out what's inside this new issue.
These textile fundamentals are key to successful garments.
With a few simple tips and key measurements, you can make a skirt without a pattern. Learn how in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.
Learn how to make it fit and flatter your figure.
Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 2758.
Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 6605.
Threads reviews Sewn's Skirt Smarts pattern. These skirts stray from the ordinary.
Sew a sample pair to determine accurate adjustments.
Use these four designer details for finishing and sewing high-fashion clothes.
Understand their relationship for a precise fit.
Learn the secrets of creating feather-light garments.
A unique twist gives a beautiful drape and a relaxed fit.
A delicate lace dress reveals its couture secrets.
In this article from Threads #163, we caught up with Cynthia to discuss her lifelong love of sewing and design.
Build lasting structure into jackets with a classic tailoring method.
The official rules for the Oliso Pro Smart Iron giveaway.
By making small changes to just one sleeve pattern, you can get hundreds of different versions. Learn how in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8789.
Threads reviews Burda Style Pattern 7253. This modernized vintage pattern is a fabulous classic style.
Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 5707. This slender 1958 design was a precursor to the sleeker styles of the early '60s.
Techniques to tame cloth from the loom.
Presented with a surprise fabric, Threads’ contributing editors design four unique ensembles.
A subtle construction detail demonstrates mastery of prints and folds.
Add impeccable details with classic menswear techniques.
In this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3, we will take a look at patterns for different styles of sleeves.
Here's a quick tip on repositioning the waist seam on wrap dresses.
Download and print our handy buttonhole selection guide and never second-guess which to sew again.
Use these worksheets to record fitting adjustments and more!
Learn how to burn and read the ashes for 10 fiber types.
Here are some resources and tips to help you create beautiful hand-stitched books.
Take a look at an interactive 360 degree view of this retro inspired back-wrap dress from Threads #168.
Five fabrics come together to make a bias skirt perfect for summer.
Learn how to make a styrofoam copy of yourself.
Get a refined finish with this clever method.
The classic sleeve finish that most patterns don’t include.
Threads reviews the Duffle Coat pattern from the Favorite Things collection. This sporty, hooded coat is perfect for outdoor fun.
Threads reviews Pattern CS1001 from the Fashion Patterns collection. This dramatic wrap is fit for the opera or an evening walk on the beach.
Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 2552. This Italian design has an impressive fur collar that can cover the shoulders or can be popped up to keep your neck and ears toasty.
Here's a simple way to print on fabric and clothing.
The magical effect of stitching multicolored bits of glass!
Skirts with wrap-around extensions offer quick, easy-to-make elegance, practicality, and a surprise or two.
Armani is a major fashion force throughout the world, and his trademark remains unchanged: top-quality traditional men’s tailored jackets remade for a woman’s body.
Whether free flowing or fitted, Madame Grès’s innovative garments takes notice.
Caryl Rae Hancock devised a quick and clever way to attach shisha with free-machine embroidery.
While investigating the construction of a fine-quality shirt with a stand collar, David Page Coffin developed collar-making procedures that will enable the home sewer to approach the results achieved by the elaborate machinery of the manufacturer.
Make the functional fantastic with a hidden embellishment.
In this excerpt from "Designer Details", seen in Threads #167, author Jacque Goldsmith shows you how to create a sheer pleat.
You can measure your favorite shirt, jacket, and pants to make a new pattern fit like your best clothes. Learn how in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.
Designer and stylist Ruth Ciemnoczolowski shares her tips.
Author Patricia Keay champions slow sewing—a new, old-fashioned way to savor the creative experience.
By changing the construction order on a skirt finished with lining to the waist, it’s a cinch to make adjustments later.
Revealing the magic that happens at 45 degrees.
Give your favorite pattern a fresh look.
Three techniques for embellishing with fabric.
Layer see-through fabrics with abandon for brilliant combinations.
Achieving a flattering shoulder shape regardless of the current style.
Susan Lazear shows you how to take four different body measurements using a variety of tools.
Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of the jersey knit dress from Threads #167.
Learn everything you need to know about altering the pattern's shoulder slope in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.
Fresh hues and relaxed silhouettes to sew this season.
Follow along as we bring to life some of the must-know techniques, methods, and skills seen in our pages.
Three pretty options give a sleeveless top extra style and coverage.
Kenneth D. King shares tips and tricks for getting perfectly fitting garments.
Make your tummy look smoother without having to give up bread!
A base pattern makes it easy to whip up a wardrobe of unique, well-fitting garments.
With edges wrapped in fabric, these buttonholes are bound to last.
A traditional menswear tailor talks about how to build impeccable shape into garments.
Make lightweight padded seams for your wool garments.
In this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3, learn how to find your exact shoulder slope with this simple technique.
Author Claire B. Shaeffer investigates three lapped seams: the basic lapped seam and two appliqué versions.
In this article, Claire Shaeffer demonstrates six ways to edge lace to perfection without depending solely on scallops, but in ways that set your lace garments above the rest.
Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of the three-piece ensemble from Threads #166.
Learn all about shoulder slopes and why it is important to get the right slope when sewing your clothes in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.
Learn how to finish the back of your bound button hole with this video tutorial from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.
Shaped bound button holes are a perfect fix for buttons that are too large or too small. Learn how in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.
Bound buttonholes are easy to make and look great. Learn more in this Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3 video excerpt.
Get an introduction to interfacing from Louise Cutting in this video from Industry Insider Techniques Volume 5.
Take a look at an interactive 360 degree view of the 1950s inspired Full-Skirted Dress from Threads #165.
There are many ways to approach designing with knits. Author Katherine Tilton shows you how to create fabulous garments.
Fashion sewing blogger Sunni Standing shows you how to tie a quilters knot.
Download the 2012 Threads Annual Index covering issues 158-164. With this pdf download you can easily locate any subject or author in your issues from this past year.
Watch as fashion sewing blogger Sunni Standing shares a quick tip.
Learn what a cover stitch is, how to select a cover-stitch machine, basic and advanced techniques, and more.
Jacque Goldsmith describes how to choose, create, and care for press cloths.
In this article, Maggie Backman explains the difference between the two types of silk thread, spun and filament.
Here are five functional and comfortable ideas for creating a waistline.
These easy-to-follow techniques from author Denise Severson show the way to beautiful sleeves that fit your biceps.
Learn how to sew a basic kick pleat with this excerpt from Threads #164 (December 2012/January 2013).
Watch as fashion designer and patternmaker Angela Wolf shows you how to add a nonstretch waistband to your favorite pair of jeans.
Learn how to add fluttery shawl-like sleeves to sleeveless garments with this tutorial from Kathleen Cheetham.
There’s no need to buy ready-made piping when you can make your own covered piping to match or coordinate with your projects.
The official rules for the Threads 2012 Halloween Costume Contest
Take a look at an interactive 360 degree view of this Dior Lace Dress from Threads #164
Learn how to control fabric and sew secure seams with this essential hand stitch.
Follow these six steps and you'll keep your sewing machine running smoothly.
Download the our app and start reading Threads Magazine on your iPad or iPhone!
Take a look at an interactive 360 degree view of this peplum jacket from Threads #163.
Threads reviews New Look Pattern 6099.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1292.
Threads reviews Sew Chic Pattern LN1106: The Phantom.
Watch as Threads former Editor Deana Tierney May demonstrates how to create a beautiful and simple lace top.
Learn how to dye fabric after burning out designs with this tutorial.
Learn how to make beaded "berry" buttons with this web-extra from Threads #163.
Topstitching is as simple as sewing a straight stitch, but with the right tips you can achieve stunning results.
Threads reviews Pattern 303 from the Victoria Jones Collection.
Threads reviews Burda Style Pattern 7195.
Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 1945.
Add durability, drape, and comfort to pants.
In the August/September issue of Threads we demonstrated how to install exposed zippers. Check out extra detail photos that we couldn't fit in the magazine.
Download this article from Threads #162 including your self-evaluation worksheet.
Don't miss this great new issue.
Customize a pair to coordinate with every outfit in your closet.
Resurrect the tube top in a soft, drapey knit.
Pump up plain-Jane towels and a shower curtain with machine embroidery.
Cover a ho-hum box in fabric, then "frost" the top.
Create a shiny and chic no-sew evening bag.
For a pretty bedcover, use a sheet and a tablecloth.
Turn a vintage tea towel into a striking cover-up.
Depart from the straight and narrow: “pin-tuck” curves, angles, and motifs on all types of fabric.
Lounge in style with some quilter’s calico, a simple pattern, and a spare hour.
Pad out your favorite pics with a little bit of leather and fabric.
Put together a minimal, stylish, mix-and-match wardrobe for a trip around the world--or across the state.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1030.
Threads reviews the Pippa's Dress pattern from Style Arc.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 2979.
Put gorgeous home-decor fabrics and trims in the spotlight
Analyze and repair common garment wear and tear.
Turn fabric scraps into a whimsical fashion accessory.
Revamp any cardigan with a strip of gathered fabric and matching covered buttons
The official rules for the Bernina Like it Contest - April 23, 2012.
A simple shape and side buttons equal easy fit and style
Simply machine-sew parallel rows of individual or pre-strung feathers to your fabric, and fashion it into a bag.
Lacy, but still a little edgy, this crazy-quilted bracelet has it all.
Download our pattern for a perfect placket and learn how to make this classic sleeve finish that most patterns don't include.
Take your T-shirt from boring to bold with pretty sleeves and a brand-new neckline.
Treat cloth napkins to a speedy makeover with machine-embroidered edges
The official rules for the Bernina Like it Contest - April 16, 2012.
Piece together colorful sari fabric into an eye-catching floor-pillow design.
Make an easy-to-sew dress, and add a faux collar of sheer reverse applique.
The official rules for the 2012 Quilt Your Stash Contest sponsored by Juki.
Add impact to your projects with the right mix of colors and textures.
Discover the wonders of sheer-fabric manipulation by layering, tucking, pleating, gathering, or ruching.
Learn how to correct a pattern to fit a large midsection with Kathleen Cheetam's technique.
Make this versatile bag; then dress it up with fabric stripes, applique, and sequins
Dine in style on silk table runners that double as place mats
Make an easy pattern and use basic sewing skills to liven up any side chair.
Zip together a clever, compact jewelry tote to take along on your travels.
Be cozy and fashionable in this hybrid cardigan and shawl.
Take the guesswork out of fitting pants by custom drafting your own pattern from the start.
Use an assortment of flexible rulers to quickly and easily do a precise and more professional job for all your pattern work.
Pam Howard shares an easy way to sew a shirt hem as well as a quick mitering method.
Welcome spring in a sunny dress that's really just a tube of fabric.
Is it a work tote? Or a purse? It's both!
Three talented designers and educators share their interpretations of this essential garment.
Make an ironing-board cover with a matching sewing-tool caddy.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1255. This loose-fitting tunic has many fun and feminine details.
Threads reviews Brensan Studios Pattern BSS157. This is a classic knee-length, shirtwaist dress reminiscent of a bygone era with vintage styling details.
Threads reviews Marfy Patterns 2591 and 2584. Patterns from this company are fashion forward and always interesting.
Master this technique and achieve the clean lines of designer Zoran.
Claire Shaeffer shares insider tips and secrets for creating high-end couture garments.
Give lightweight structure to garments and accessories with this easy-to-sew method.
Turn a simple (or fancy) placemat into a purse.
Learn an easy, yet lovely way to secure a facing or hem by machine.
Erin Snethen shows you how to take your look from simple to stunning with a face-framing, knit fabric and yarn scarf that's perfect for chilly weather.
Make a convertible scarf with three fabric layers, then turn to the color you want.
A funnel neck on a jacket or blouse flatters and fits a wide variety of body types and face shapes.
This fabric basket only looks complex.
Explore five cuffs from Chanel jackets and get an up-close look at the subtleties of various trims used.
Create this coveted handbag from the movie The Devil Wears Prada.
Threads reviews New Look Pattern 6045. With a simple change of accessories, these flattering dresses go elegantly from the office to an evening out.
Threads reviews Sewn Pattern 1002. This out-of-the-ordinary jacket is the perfect go-everywhere piece.
Learn a method for adding elastic or drawstrings to your garments.
Discover the timeless techniques used by designers and professionals to solve fitting problems from neck to waist.
Learn how to sew a modern menswear inspired button-up shirt.
Learn one method for adding a zipper to your garment.
Keep your favorite colors on display with a café curtain fashioned like a soft waterfall.
Learn how to sew a basic apron with patch pockets.
Learn about the different types of elastic.
Learn the secrets of fitting a sleeve.
Learn how to sew a double fold hem around a curve with a specialized presser foot.
Kenneth D. King shows you how to custom-fit or alter pants and skirts like a pro.
See how felt can go glamorous with this simple-to-sew clutch.
Even the most basic serger can produce several stitches. Here’s a look at the whole family of stitches and the best use for each.
Learn how to drape and shape for a fit that flatters every body type.
Kayte Terry explains how you can keep your laptop safe in style with this colorful patchwork bag.
Find out what our editors are craving this holiday season.
Lovely covers add cheer and warmth to teatime.
Threads reviews Jalie Pattern 2921. This fashionable, close-fitting top features a tie neckline with a variety of style options.
Folded from fabric squares, these adorable (and reversible) pouches can be cut and sewn in less than an hour.
Learn about the anatomy of a sewing needle and how to choose the right needle for your project.
Threads reviews Cutting Line Designs Pattern 12110. This loose-fitting, two-piece outfit is comfortable and fun to wear.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8731. This youthful-looking A-line pullover tunic is easy to make in one afternoon.
Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 6321. This dress features an elegant symmetric or asymmetric drape over the skirt.
Expand your basic skills to embellish your next fleece garment.
Learn about the many varieties of interfacing and which is right for your project.
Download the 2011 Threads Annual Index covering issues 153-158. With this pdf download you can easily locate any subject or author in your issues from this past year.
Covered buttons offer an easy introduction to machine-embroidered embellishment.
Add texture and shape to the simplest garments with just a twist.
The official rules for the Threads 2011 Halloween Costume Contest
Use up your sewing stash to showcase your favorite photos.
Use quilting and beading techniques to make bold-patterned beaded bags.
Flatter your waistline with this quick-to-sew belt made from leather and studs.
The official rules for the Threads Ultimate Sewing Challenge Sponsored by BERNINA.
Give a plain lamp a lovely new look with embroidered motifs.
Use up your fabric stash to sew this fashionable fringe scarf.
Learn the patterns and techniques from the mastermind behind Halston’s eveningwear.
These fast versions will surely speed up your sewing.
Threads reviews New Look Pattern 6028. This classic princess-seam jacket is a blank canvas for creativity.
Threads reviews Colette Patterns' Beignet Skirt. This ladylike A-line skirt has seven panels and finishes just above the knee.
Threads reviews Colette Patterns' Crepe Dress. This effortlessly elegant A-line dress with a scoop or sweetheart neckline and inseam pockets, wraps from back to front and fastens with a wide sash encircling the waist.
Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 2314. This sleek, updated blouse has a fitted silhouette with simple lines.
Learn what you need to do when fabric takes a curve.
Learn tailoring techniques which build shape using malleable natural fibers with various techniques to control the fabric.
This humble stitch is used for hems, but here utility blossoms into embellishment in three unique ways.
Removing color from your fabric can be as dramatic as adding color. Especially when you do it with a stencil.
Vintage flair for modern garments.
After you get a few skills under your belt, velvet is no longer intimidating to sew.
Overlap bright sheers, and add a colorful zipper for playful effects.
Susan Crane demonstrates how to apply feather embellishments to add a little extra glam to your wardrobe.
Dyeing fabric with photosensitive dyes, which develop in sunlight is an interesting way to embellish your garment.
Learn how to pick appropriate styles for your face shape and neck length.
Subtle hem details can change the look of an ordinary shirt, and they’re a cinch to add.
Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 5567. A raised neckline or buttoned mandarin collar accents the simple lines of this semifitted, Asian-inspired jacket.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8576. From the Vogue Divine Details line, this knee-length, lined dress is fitted and has distinctive neck- and seamlines.
Threads reviews Fashion in Harmony Pattern 801. These bohemian-style skirts are flattering on many body types.
Threads reviews Burda Style Pattern 7551. Loose-fitting and comfortable, this skirt and capri-length pants pattern features a yoke, gathered center front, and deep side pockets that extend out and wrap around to the back.
Christine Haynes shows how to make three quick and easy-to-sew dresses that are anything but homespun.
For easy, one-hour style, try a “patternless” obi-inspired wrap.
Whip up this fashionable look today and wear it out tonight.
Simple fabric painting offers unlimited possibilities for great garments.
A fast new approach to traditional embroidery with results that look hand sewn.
Soften your décor with a romantic ruffled accent.
Armani-inspired construction techniques can be applied to any jacket pattern you think worthy of a technical upgrade.
This technique will make sure your seams and curves are positioned correctly.
Layering transparent fabrics over other textiles creates multiple options for new surfaces.
Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 2345. This wardrobe made from simple shapes consists of a dress, blouse, pant, jacket, and a bonus belt with 3-D flower embellishments.
Threads reviews the Chardonnay Skirt pattern by LJ Designs. This flattering sarong-like skirt is named after a light and versatile wine.
Threads reviews Kiana's Top by Silhouette Patterns. This slim-fitting, short- or long-sleeve, T-shirt has separate pattern pieces for fitting B, C, and D cup bust sizes.
Keep your place with these easy-to-make fabric bookmarks.
Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 5522. This close-fitting, A-line pullover sheath has beautiful, three-quarter, bell-shaped sleeves with interesting curved insets and a center back exposed zipper.
Learn how to create color-blocked garments with this technique.
Keep a visual record of fittings to serve as a reference.
With some fabric and a few notions, a wardrobe of wristlets is within your grasp.
Pretty teeth are the focus on these zipper flowers.
Find out just what goes into making this essential notion (and our namesake).
If you don't have time to hand sew a blouse, try embellishing a ready-to-wear creation.
Check out this newly updated list of great online fabric and craft supply resources.
Rolled collars should be gently steamed to build in a graceful curvature.
Learn how to create beautiful, comfortable and balanced garments with this article.
Learn how to work with sweater-knit yardage for custom cardigans, pullovers, and more.
Fabulous designer details make all the difference in garment construction.
You can make a very serviceable dress form from inexpensive and easy-to-find materials.
Learn how to combine your love of technology with your appreciation for style padded cases for your hi-tech toys.
Learn how to nuno-felt seamless garments.
Find out why just one press cloth is not enough.
Learn how to work with bias-cut fabric directly from the master, Charles Kleibacker.
Learn how to sew a sturdy binding even on your most delicate garments with this technique.
Elevate this traditional hem stiffener to trim the right side of a garment.
When your measurements go off the charts, draping gives you design freedom.
Here is a method for fitting the top half of the female body that is so simple and intuitive it is perfect for beginners.
Use fusible interfacing and cotton batting reshape a form to match your figure.
Streamlined design and innovative construction produce stylish, comfortable garments full of unexpected details and refined decoration.
Solve problems like baggy knees and sagging pockets, and add polish and perfection to fly-front zippers and waistbands.
Combine lighter-than-air details for an exquisite effect that’s never fussy
Whip up an elegant window covering from vintage textiles.
There is no shortage of classic features found in the jackets of Armani.
You may just get hooked on collecting these irresistible little relics.
Learn the art of paper piecing to create beautiful geometric designs.
Learn how to adjust your pants pattern to fit a shapely derrière with this article.
Use 13 key points to prepare a pants pattern.
You can use to make earrings, pins, and other jewelry from fabric, to complement your clothing creations.
This basic design can make a bog coat, blouse, vest, and more, in any length from bolero to maxi and any width from column to tent. One basic design yields infinite possibilities.
One seam is all it takes for instant style.
Learn how to make a beading frame and stretch fabric onto it, and how to work a basic stitch-the chain.
There are many advantages to sewing without pins in the way.
Your press cloth collection is as useful as the most exotic iron or ironing board.
Delicate fabric and lace, a simple pattern, and fine sewing add up to a couture cami.
Incorporate the finer points of vintage garments into your own creations.
Tie it, belt it, wrap it, or try a unique combination of these for a look that’s all your own.
Learn the formulas you need to master the art of patternmaking.
Here is a foolproof method for making pattern adjustments for pant fitting.
Whip any basic darted slacks pattern into shape in five quick steps.
Twin needles can be used to finish sporty or tailored garments or to create wild and wacky effects on almost any fabric.
Evening gowns, prom dresses, wedding gowns, sundresses, and halter-tops all require specialized bust support.
Try this method for sewing a vent seam first when constructing a jacket sleeve.
Learn techniques for keeping you sane when working with sequin-covered fabric.
Wool gabardine is the perfect fabric to create couture garments that don't take couture time to sew.
Add invisible, weightless support and strength with silk organza.
Proofread patterns so you can catch inconsistencies in drafting, marking, and printing before they ruin your project.
Learn how to create four simple embellishments that make any garment special.
Learn how to sculpt a neckline embellishment with fabric-covered cord.
Learn how to use vintage feet to create pin tucks and creating heirloom lace.
Learn how to create rainwear that has the right fabric, design, and closures.
Use the golden ratio to create garments that look great on the hanger and flatter your particular figure.
Create a wrapped blouse front you can incorporate into your favorite blouse pattern for a new look.
Learn how to use Japanese tailoring for a bulk-free collar and lapel.
With just one seam and a few pleats and tucks, this scrapped sleeve made a gorgeous and unique carryall.
Take on a double-faced fabric, and design a way to make it spectacular.
Learn the magic of attaching patch pockets invisibly by machine.
These simple techniques can be applied to any knit pattern with professional results.
Learn how to create a coat with a quilted, removable layer.
Make a custom-size, fabric-covered box and a monogrammed fabric bag to organize your desk.
A circle skirt is easy to create and fabulous to wear.
Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 5393. Stroll stylishly from winter into spring in this lined jacket with multiple vertical seams on the front and back.
Threads reviews the Girl Friday Blouse by Decades of Style. For those who love vintage details, this is the perfect blouse with plenty of ease through the bust area, a slim waistline, a side zipper, and a unique collar.
Threads reviews Burda Style Pattern 7654. These chic shorts are comfortable and easy to wear.
Use charmeuse cord to make elegant pockets, collars, or cuffs.
Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 2464. This formfitting, straight skirt is a simple design with a distinctive ruffled and draped mock wrap front piece.
Create ravishing hats without expensive tools in this tutorial by milliner, John Koch.
Appliques are a creative way to turn up the volume on clothes and accessories.
We share the gifts that made our wish lists this year. What are you hoping to receive this holiday season?
Threads reviews the Yvonne Porcella Cardigan Jacket by the Project Sewing Workshop. This ample-size jacket with artistic offerings is pure fun.
Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 2179. This unique dress features draped, bias-cut cap sleeves with pleats that cascade into gentle folds.
The official rules for the Threads Halloween Costume Contest 2010.
The official rules for the 2010 Inspired by Threads Contest.
Use hair elastics to help keep thread on your bobbins.
When hand-sewing, I use a bill spike to hold my spool of thread. They are available in stationery-supply catalogs. It helps keep my spool of thread readily accessible without rolling away but gives...
Threads reviews Burda Pattern 7535. An unusual fly front makes these Bohemian-style pants a standout.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8627. This jacket features a face-framing collar, easygoing three-quarter-length dolman sleeves, and inseam pockets.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1155. This fully interfaced and lined wrap dress is a unique take on a 1940s look.
Threads reviews Pattern #226 by Christine Jonson. This pattern features a great-looking ensemble with pieces that are easy to sew and comfortable to wear.
Threads reviews Burda Pattern 7587. This bias-cut topper is a blank canvas for creativity with a full silhouette in two lengths.
Use a toothbrush holder as a handy storage place for tracing wheels.
Avoid traditional facings with this creative technique.
Pliable kitchen mats come in handy as a cutting mat when using a rotary cutter.
Tiny elements, sometimes hidden, can revamp a classic shirt with personality and design.
Use this method for easy-to-sew, professional-looking corners.
Use net flower covers to help keep thread on its spool.
Find out if you are a lucky winner in our book giveaway.
Create iron-friendly pressing guides using recycled potholders.
Which of the talented contributors to Threads magazine has inspired you most over the past 25 years?
Threads reviews a pattern by the Sewing Workshop Collection. This pattern provides a modern update on the T-shirt with a front drape and bias-cut front pocket.
This detail lends a bit of flair to a basic pant and can be made in any fabric from linen to lightweight wools.
Make a fabric and ribbon flower accessory that's easy to add or remove from a garment.
We are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, and we want to know what you were sewing when we were just getting started.
Adding piping is a great way to accent the lines of a garment, but it can have extra visual punch if you apply a decorative stitch to the bias fabric before insertion. Once I’ve selected a...
Hair elastics make excellent button loops, and they’re perfect for many other embellishments as well. I use a simple circle elastic joined with crimped metal, glue, or stitching. The elastics...
To make an interesting button closure, I start with a small standard buttonhole (about 3⁄8 inch long), one for each closure. I tie a 3- to 5-inch piece of decorative ribbon, rope, or thin...
A rubber band around the base of my sewing machine is an excellent way to temporarily mark a wider-than-usual seam allowance. It’s easy to follow and stays in place securely, but itrsquos...
Some projects require that you change needles after you’ve used them briefly, e.g., switch from a lightweight needle to a heavyweight one. To know if a needle is slightly used or brand new, I...
Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 2648. This dress pattern features a classic style with a contemporary twist on fitting.
Threads reviews Burda Pattern 7591. These fitted, knit-only blouses have two options for the neckline and sleeve styles.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1184. This Sandra Betzina pattern features an unlined vest with an oversize collar and a chic pair of shorts.
Learn a wing needle technique that will add a delicate embellishment while finishing and securing the facing edge.
My magnetic pin holder secures my silk pins so tightly that it’s difficult to remove them, so I push a knitting needle or stiletto under the pins to sculpt them into a tepee shape. Then I can...
On my latest forays to art- and office-supply stores, I found some useful marking and cleaning tools. While a lot of sewers know the virtues of drafting tape—it’s inexpensive, can be...
Whenever I cut a shirt collar that has a straight edge, I remove the seam allowance from the outer edge of the pattern piece and cut the collar on the fold. That way, there are no intersecting seams...
This is a trick I learned when trying to figure out how my bathing-suit straps were made: Cut elastic for the strap as long as the desired finished strap plus two seam allowances and 3 inches. Cut...
To determine if fabric is 100 percent wool, soak a small swatch of it in chlorine bleach for about eight hours. If the swatch dissolves completely, is significantly smaller, or has clearly...
If you use spray adhesives to adhere fabric to hooped embroidery stabilizers, you’re likely to wind up with sticky hoops. There are plenty of products that will degunk your hoops, but...
The official rules for the Threads Spring Color Contest.
I was recently making yards and yards of corded welting for a slipcovering project, and I just about lost my mind trying to keep the very lengthy fabric strip I had made from twisting and tangling...
Take a new look at color schemes
Embroider breezy fabric without fussy cutting.
Fix up your old stained buttons with this neat tip
Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 5387. This sophisticated boat-neck knit top features a choice of sleeves, including a sleeveless look or a long bell shape with an applied flounce.
Threads reviews pattern 203 by Petite Plus Patterns. This pattern line is designed with the petite, fuller figure in mind.
Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 2476. You can sew a versatile wardrobe from just this one pattern.
Prym Consumer USA has announced a voluntary recall for all of the Dritz Quick Cut Scissors.
A new way to use Crayola Erasables
Read what Janome is saying about its newly released models.
We know you love to sew, but let us know what other fiber-arts-related crafts you enjoy.
A great way to sew a perfect zipper
The clear plastic containers that come from most supermarket bakery departments make wonderful see-through storage for my gathered laces and other trims. After I roll them, they look like floating...
Make flexible boning for handbags
Sewing a perfect circle is tricky, but this method simplifies the process
Check out this decorative couture piecing technique from Project Runway Season 7 Contestant, Pamela Ptak.
Wear a backpacker's headlamp for extra light inside a machine
Make your own colorful and artistic fabric from yarn and leftover fabric pieces with pin weaving. The technique is surprisingly easy to master and produces lovely yardage for garments, accessories, and even framed art pieces.
Use your ruler and a bit of tape to help you position your pieces on grain.
Use common recyclable household items to make small buttons for doll clothing
Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 5812. Feminine and youthful, this floor-length, peasant-style skirt is made contemporary with eight bias-cut tiers cut with visible overlapping raw edges.
Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1109. This design's seam placements beautifully flatter a number of different body types with slimming lines.
Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 2556. This vest pattern comes from the Project Runway collection by Simplicity.
You decide which one of our five finalists will take home the prize. Vote for your favorite to win.
Learn some of the techniques developed by Kleibacker throughout his career.
The Official Rules for the 'Happy Valentine's Day' from Bernina V6 Contest
Read what Brother is saying about its newly released models and accessories.
Closures can be tricky on stretchy, loose knits, but with the right support, you can add professional-looking buttonholes that complement your knitwear designs.
Baste a straight stitch using your machine and use the perfectly spaced stitches as a guide for evenly spaced hand stitches.
Here is a list of the gifts on our wish lists this year. What sewing items are you hoping for?
Look to the dental aisle at the drugstore for threaders that help make threading needles a cinch.
When I finish a sewing project, I clean my sewing-room floor with an adhesive lint roller. When my lint roller’s outer layer becomes full of threads and lint, I affix it to folded card stock, creating a unique note card.
Empty plastic foam trays from the supermarket make great sewing notion storage for your workspace.
Official Rules for the Threads Fancy Fabrics Challenge
Place one triangular piece of tailor's chalk in a box with your silver jewelry to keep it tarnish-free.
Give an old umbrella a bright new look with an all new cover.
Learn how to make small loops in soutache braid lie perfectly flat for elegant embellishment details.
Whether you're making a pillow or a sash, use this tip to help you sew anything needed to be turned right-side out.
Threads reviews Kwik Sew Pattern 3706. This flattering wrap-style jacket has lots of gently curved seams that offer a perfect fit for a shapely body.
Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 1961. This unique coat features a dramatic collar that’s sure to get noticed.
Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 2586 from the Cynthia Rowley Collection. This pattern is fun to wear and easy to make.
Make a handy pressing tool just like the one professional tailor's use using scraps of fabric.
Recycle used lint roller papers that were used to clean up your thread mess and transform them into works of art.
In the latest issue of Threads (No. 146 Dec/Jan), Louise Cutting and Linda Lee share their quick tips for fitting your problem areas. Here are a couple more tips from these talented ladies.
Magnets can be a sewers best friend at the ironing board.
Use recycled bindings from notebooks to organize bobbins.
The official rules for the Threads Halloween Costume Contest.
Can't get to the fabric store? Use recycled strips of fabric as cording to create your own piping.
Egg cups make convenient, and super-cute, pin storage.
Learn how to manipulate a bias tube to create the illusion of bows.
Getting an even hem marked without a friend can be tough. Use a string covered with chalk to help you when a buddy isn't on hand.
See the winners of the annual Make It With Wool competition.
Find out if you were the lucky winner of a Simplicity Bias Tape Maker.
Quickly press small fabric and garment pieces with a light bulb.
Keep bobbins and spools organized with rubber bands.
Use recycled plastic bags to help tame tricky fabrics.
View some of John Koch's amazing custom-made gloves in this inspiration gallery.
The key to reproducing a garment that inspires you is keeping the proportions right.
Use these stitches when sewing gloves.
Download the glove pattern from "Gorgeous Gloves" in Threads Issue 145.
With all the different colors and types of thread I use, my bobbins were really a mess. My husband came up with a great idea to correct this problem using 7⁄8-inch transparent tubing from the hardware store.
A drool-worthy way to make threading a needle easier.
There is still time to enter your linen creation into a Summer Sewing Challenge. You could win the new Janome 1100D serger.
Use a magnetic bar on your sewing room wall to organize metal notions like scissors and needles.
Enter to win our Summer Sewing Challenge. There are just two weeks left to share your linen creations.
Put a sticky-back magnet in a dust pan for super-quick sewing room cleaning.
Our tour of the Coats & Clark thread factory taught us that their thread shows up in some of the most unexpected everyday items.
Yes, you can needle felt with fabrics other than wool. Experiment with different fabrics to create a whole new look.
Use tape to create a seam-allowance guide for your sewing machine.
Always on the lookout for that one stray button? Keep them together with safety pins.
How do you rate your sewing skills? Are you a sewing newbie? Have you been at it for years and are continually progressing? Do you make your living by sewing? Or, are you somewhere in between.
Use straightened paper clips to keep bobbins with their matching thread spools
Express yourself in linen by August 17th and enter to win the new 1100D serger from Janome.
The official rules of the 2009 Summer Sewing Challenge: Express Yourself in Linen.
Find out who won a copy of Natalie Bellanger-Clement's book, Ribbon Embroidery: Simple Stitches for Easy Embellishments.
Embellish your buttonholes with this embroidery technique from Jennifer Stern.
Enhance any edge with a shell hem using just a basic needle and thread.
If you're in the market for a new machine, check out these models by Baby Lock, Brother, Husqvarna Viking, Janome, Singer, and Pfaff. Check back often for the latest releases. Just added: the Janome ASQ 2009.
Check out the winner and the runners up in the Fluid Fabric contest.
Create a feather trim to embellish any garment.
Submit your own garment made from a fluid fabric and you could win a $150 gift card to Fashionista Fabrics.
The official rules for the Fluid Fabric Challenge.
Your favorite off-the-rack fashions hold the secret to perfectly shaped sleeve caps and armholes.
Meet the new editor of Threads magazine and ThreadsMagazine.com, Deana Tierney.
In this video preview, you'll learn 6 fitting techniques from the Threads Fitting DVD Series.
Take a look at the way thoughtful inspiration leads a young designer to create chic, sculptural garments.
Use hefty threads, yarns, braids, and ribbons in the bobbin, and sew from the wrong side to create exciting stitched effects.
Creating a post-mastectomy bra from a purchased garment requires only basic sewing skills and a little attention to detail.
An innovative technique for pattern alteration that's simple to understand and easy to do, offering options other techniques don't.
Underlining solves everyday fabric problems, from stabilizing loose weaves to reducing show-through.
Skip interfacing and keep facings in place with this quick-lining technique.
The state of the art in interfacings, shoulders pads, and set-in sleeves
Learn how to make this distinctive collar type, drafted with the lapel and collar in one, for easy sewing and flattering. style
Learn how to avoid soil, surface damage, show-through, and other pitfalls when working with white fabrics.
Use the simplest principles of symmetry to transform a single motif into endless quilting and appliqué designs.
Keep garments neat and organized with Marcy Tilton's system for stuffing a suitcase.
Analyze your sewing needs, understand serger features, and prepare to test-drive.
Lapped zippers are easier to insert and look better than centered zippers in almost every situation.
Simple fabric painting offers unlimited possibilities for great garments.
The real world offers endless visual stimulation. With a little ingenuity, you can transfer the excitement onto fabric.
Puzzled by wovens and knits featuring a touch of this springy fiber? Learn how to get the most from Lycra blends; it's surprisingly simple.
Learn how to use your sewing machine's decorative stitches to mimic the random, embellished hand-piecing of Victorian crazy quilting.
Bright colors, free-motion embroidery, and a sense of humor combine delightfully in the designer's soft-sculpture animals and furnishings.
Most of us have struggled with proportional problems, but the solution is actually selecting clothing shapes that better complement our existing figures. Learn how to design for your body using age-old proportion rules, and print out a master grid for your designs.
Close inspection of antique (and other) quilts reveals techniques and approaches you can use in your own work.
Learn how to determine the best lining weight for your garment.
There are two basic categories that fabrics fall into: knits and wovens. Learn how to better understand and identify these categories in order to improve your sewing.
Learn how to make sumptuous, padded hangers from bits and pieces of your best fabrics.
Threads' newest feature is the result of a collaboration among three designers and one talented— and speedy— dressmaker.
Learn what you need to do when fabric takes a curve.
Learn how to create a perfectly aligned placket for a sheer blouse using hand stitching.
The aesthetics, durability, and comfort of the fiber are the most important criteria to consider when choosing fabric for plus-sized designs.
Mismatched buttons now have a home on a stylish arm.
Learn how to create surface effects by stitching together shrinkable and nonshrinking fabrics, then washing them.
Use these step-by-step instructions to design a two-piece collar with a stand.
Selecting the correct amount of ease is critical in drafting a great-fitting pattern.
Learn the best solution for fitting a rounded upper back.
Get creative when aligning pattern pieces along the fabric's yarns.
Learn how to fashion these textile treasures into elegant creations for garments or home.
Download a project plan and create stunning pillows for your home in three contemporary designs.
Here's a home-dec project that will give your bedroom a new look and keep your comforter clean.
Discover techniques that yield superior results with this classic pile fabric.
Delicate fabric and lace, a simple pattern, and fine sewing add up to a couture cami. Alexandra Armillas teaches you how to make one of your own.
This pesky presser foot easily delivers precise narrow hems, once you teach it who's boss. Learn how to get the most from it in this three-part series.
An evaluation checklist, plus cleaning and storage tips to help you revive time-worn fashions
Accurate cutting is important for a well-sewn garment, but this step doesn't have to be difficult if you keep in mind a few simple things.
A home décor staple that's centuries old
Discover fresh ideas for ease and accuracy when inserting your fabric in a machine embroidery hoop.
Take a look at a few common types of readily available knits to understand the difference between the weft and warp.
Make hemlines the center of attention with this delightful couture finish.
Learn how to select and use a knit with confidence;this guide to the confusing world of knit fabrics will help you.
Choose the right ones, and your scissors may just spend a lot of time in the drawer.
Before you cut and apply an iron-on or sew-in stabilizer, you need to choose the right type.
Learn how to draw a new pattern to make a scrunch collar.
Design your own unique fabrics with rubber stamps and an iron
Raveling fabrics and cloth tubes can take your garments to a new embellishment level.
How do you transform basic basket-weaving into a jacket with a 22-panel lattice? See the pattern and the assembly technique.
This linear coat is inspired by the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building, which was designed by the innovative architect Daniel Libeskind.
Inspired by Victorian and Arts and Crafts peacock motifs, this dress has an iridescent silk dupioni bodice with a cascading skirt.
Exercise your creative options by shrinking wool jersey before, or after, embellishing with it.
Get tips on layout and ideas on keeping your pattern pieces in place.
You can't rely on your ready-to-wear size when selecting a pattern size. Your best bet is to record your basic body measurements and refer to them when it's time to buy your pattern.
It's critical to evaluate the fit and style of any pattern before you sew it. This crash course tells you what to look for.
Learn how to get extra style mileage from your favorite patterns by creating new seams.
Dust off grandma's aprons and reintroduce them as new fashion accessories.
Christo's 2005 Gates Project in Manhattan inspired this inventive design.
Inspired by the Marcel Duchamp's painting Nude Descending the Staircase 2, this layered dress flows in triangular pieces, though the fabrics sections are square shapes.
Svetlana Shalumova's creation was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Mona Lisa del Giocondo.
Give miniature foundation piecing a try using our four free patterns, and preview some quilt-block software that makes it a breeze to print templates.
Carol Laflin Ahles explains basic hemming techniques: how to start and end at a corner, cross a seam, include a facing in the hem, and blend into the starting point. You'll also learn how to achieve special hemming effects with your narrow hemmer foot.
Carol Laflin Ahles explains how to sew a narrow hem, how to guide the fabric, and how to overcome common left-handed feeding problems.
Learn how to sew greener with these alternative fabrics.
Bringing sewers the look they're after, Threads and Simplicity have introduced new patterns that feature an assortment of garment styles.
Read what Pfaff is saying about its newly released models.
Read what Singer is saying about its newly released models.
Read what Husqvarna Viking is saying about its newly released models.
Read what Baby Lock is saying about its newly released models.
Read what Bernina is saying about its newly released 830 Series (coming soon).
Make elegant lace on your home-embroidery machine that rivals the quality of the finest lace you can buy.
A pin is not just a pin. Consider its five parts: head, point, length, thickness, and metal content.
Even if your garment has lots of shaping and unusual pieces, making a pattern from it is straightforward—and doesn't require taking the garment apart.
You can use this tissue paper trick to stop your machine from skipping stitches.
A wool crepe can be a great substitute for itchy and bulky tweed fabrics.
You can use these tips to eliminate bulk when sewing elastic waistbands.
You can use this method to keep track fo your fabrics; it will help you know if you have enough fabric for certain projects that you may have in mind.
Adding a seam and seam allowances allows you to keep collar-stripes symmetrical with those on the rest of your garment.
Saving fabric information can be helpful for future purposes.
A wide zigzag stitch can help minimize fraying.
This easy-to-find graphic-arts tool makes textural design on fabric as simple as using a paint roller.
Most sewing machine problems can be traced to poor general maintenance or neglect. Learn how to keep your machine in tiptop shape with only a few simple supplies and a few minutes of attention daily, weekly, or monthly— depending on how much you sew.
Learn how to make a custom-fit surplice top that elongates the body and slims the waist.
Dress up a basic cardigan with Venise lace appliqué.
Learn to recognize the many types of standard, decorative, and special-purpose machine needles. Discover what each is best for, and how to troubleshoot problems.
There are lots of needles to choose from. Ensure a project's success by selecting the right one.
Forget reupholstering or slipcovering: Draped and tucked fabric can transform your sofa in a speedy redo.
Download a schematic for a wrap-front, shawl collar blouse, and add your own twin-needle embellishment.
Master the tricks of sewing bias-cut garments with a simple style and foolproof fabric.
Learn how to make wash-proof pleats from drip-dry fabrics. Best of all, no pattern is required.
Customize a regular pattern for an elegant knit basic you'll sew again and again.
Learn how to turn your embroidery machine into a yo-yo assembly line.
Sewing educator and author Connie Long explains how to get the right type and the right amount of elastic for a flexible waistline.
With just two yards of fabric and a couple of tassels, you can craft the perfect summer wrap in short order.
This bullion stitch, a favorite of designer Ralph Rucci, can be easily mastered with a little practice.
Replacing a broken zipper is a common mending task, and it's easier than you think, even if you have to shorten the zipper to make it work.
Unfortunately, there are no set and easy ways to determine how much a button or set of buttons is worth; their value is determined by many factors. Learn how to identify what's rare in your collection.
Learn what it takes to stitch up beautiful garments from the past.
Learn how to turn seams and darts into useful fitting and design tools.
Ignore the pattern instructions, says Sandra Betzina, and use this simplified version for "ready-to-wear" results. Watch to learn how.
Simplify making decisions at the fabric store by systematically comparing swatches.
Fabric stabilizers are rewriting the book on decorative sewing techniques, and new ones appear daily. Here's how to sort through the maze.
A quilting teacher explains how to create a stitching path without marking your fabric.
Learn how to make this simple, easy-to-sew shape; quilted layers give the yoga mat lasting strength.
Discover a speedy assembly method that puts together all garment layers at once, and conceals all the seams.
Use our printable measurement chart and instructions to guide you through the process of taking and recording accurate body measurements
Simple shapes, lingerie fabrics that stretch, and a lot of built-in roominess make fitting lingerie less of a headache than "serious" garments.
Linen does wrinkle, but once you get past that, you can start assessing its many charms. In this article Susan Khalje sings the praises of linen and explains how to get the most from this ancient fabric.
There's an astounding fabric source out there that most sewers don't know a thing about. Here's how to find it and shop it.
Printable measurement charts for the clothes you like to wear most can tell you exactly how to fit garments you make.
A guide for easy-to-make knit garments that look like ready-to-wear.
Learn how to use the tension devices on your sewing machine and how to thread for proper tension.
All the options can be confusing. Here are guidelines for selecting the right threads for your embroidery projects.
Learn how to engineer stability into all sorts of fitted garments with this couture technique.
Enjoy the freedom and creativity of hand quilting without marking.
Overlapping a brightly colored facing adds interest and style to your garment. In this video, designer Diane Ericson demystifies the technique of extending the facing around the edge of a seam.
Using basic materials, simple sewing steps, and a sewing machine, it's surprisingly easy to mimic designer trims for use in your home and wardrobe. In this video, Linda Lee shows you how.
Before cutting, the crossgrain and the lengthwise grain need to be ruler straight. In this video, fashion designer Sarah Veblen demonstrates the technique.
The goal of pressing is to shape the fabric, not flatten it. In this video, custom sewer Ann Steeves demonstrates a few handy tools and techniques to use with your steam iron to create great-looking garments.
See how easy it is to create perfectly pressed hems and pockets.
Use your iron to enhance the texture and bring out the color of this elegant fabric.
Cording made from fleece is especially effective for finishing irregular edges. In this video, clothing designer Rochelle Harper demonstrates the techniques.
Sarah Veblen shows you how to use a sample garment to get an exact fit from any pattern.
With the variety of support and hardware options now available, creating a custom look has never been easier—or more fun.
Learn a technique that converts the piping flange to a self-finished facing, thereby eliminating the need for a separate facing or a lining.
The low melting point of synthetic shell fabrics makes cutting overlays with a hot tool a simple job.
Sewing teacher Shirley Smith demonstrates her technique for creating a crisp, 90-degree corner. The process works for corners of other angles, too.
Learn how to combine ample proportions, luxurious fabrics, and a few basic techniques to update this classic cushion.
Use pins to transfer darts from pattern to fabric, and tape to mark the stitching line.
A guided tour for new sewers reveals a fabric store that has a lot more than just fabric.
Learn how to use a sloper to simplify altering commercial patterns.
Tapering and Widening pants involves more than just adjusting the leg seams; learn how to make a custom fit.
Learn how to successfully fit an armhole by using a muslin; Adjust bust, back, and shoulder—and your armhole almost takes care of itself.
Linda Lee explains how to make an easy pattern and use basic sewing skills to liven up a favorite chair.
To grade a pattern so it will fit different sizes, refer to the drawings and instructions and the two charts that follow.
Sewing professionals and designers share their secrets for comfortable, fashionable waistbands.
Easy to make and virtually cost-free, knotted fabric beads and buttons can provide the perfect accompaniment to a unique outfit.
If you want to use a too-small (or too-big) pattern, you need to know the way garments differ in proportion from one size to another.
Learn how to pair the right design and fabric for great results: Guidelines for embroidering fabrics, from sheers to corduroy.
Learn how to alter the pattern of your jeans for a customized fit.
This ready-to-wear method of inserting a lining gives the fastest and most professional-looking results.
These simple, inexpensive items make sewing easier and more enjoyable.
Take two fabric triangles and 30 minutes to get some great looks.
An embroidered design starts with a drawing by designer Manuel and ends with the skilled hands and feet and knees of free-motion embroiderer Pancho Martinez.
Quilters in search of quilting thread, batting, quilting betweens, and open-ended thimbles will find what they're looking for at the companies listed here.
Will cotton, polyester, wool or silk batting work best for your project? Here's a handy chart that compares fiber content, prewash requirements, and more for 13 batting products.
Tiny, even stitches are your reward for practice and understanding all that influences a hand-quilting stitch.
If you want to make a custom bra, you'll need patterns as well as elastic, hook closures, rings, slides, and more. Here are some companies that sell what you need.
Once you select your style and perfect the fit, you can sew your own custom bra again and again.
Contact cement, a wallpaper roller, and a Q-tip don't sound like sewing notions, but they help to make a perfect seam in leather.
A window-fashion professional shares her design strategies for creating effective window treatments for any room.
See how Karen Kieppe use these basic stitches in designs created for her Granny May Company.
You can hand-embroider exquisite designs with just a few basic stitches: ribbon stitch, straight stitch, stem stitch, and French knots.
Feast your eyes on photos of couturier Ralph Rucci's remarkable garment designs.
You can create exciting patterns by wrapping loose folds of fabric around a pipe and tying it with string.
Wrapping with string protects parts of the fabric surface from contact with the bleach, creating a tie-dye effect.
For a lovely patterned effect, place flat, detailed objects on a piece of fabric, then spray on a bleach solution.
Lois Ericson shows you how to create uniquely colored and patterened fabrics with ordinary household bleach.
Schematic figures are the basis of easy, accurate garment drawings. Download a set that matches common figure types to get you started on sketching unique garment designs.
Industry shortcuts enable you to coax creative visions out of your head and onto paper.
Get patterns and instructions for a simple, quick-to-make drawstring bag.
Tame the slinkiest of fabrics with these finishing techniques: French seam, double zigzag, turned and stitched seam, Hong Kong seam, and serged seam.
The Indian sari is an ancient and classic fashion. Sari fabrics range from sheers to heavy silks and wonderful handwoven cottons, so they can be adapted for many uses in modern sewing as well.
As when attaching a turtleneck, you divide the neckline and binding each into quarters, then stretch the binding to fit the neckline. Watch this video to learn how.
Get patterns and instructions for a simple, quick-to-make clutch bag.
Get patterns and instructions for a simple, quick-to-make pleated pouch bag.
Follow these step-by-step drawings and incorporate a couturier technique in your own garments.
If you've succeeded sizing your pattern to make a pair of pants that fit, you can record your changes on these downloadable planning sheets.
Browse some of the finest fabric shops on the continent-from the comfort of your own home.
Create a smooth, professional-looking edge that stretches.
Stitch first, stuff later—this sophisticated cousin to quilting makes a textured and completely reversible fabric.
A paper-tape dress form is the easiest and cheapest of all.
Straight or curved, stitch the welts and form the pocket.
For an exact replica of your body, make a molded papier-mâché dress form.
This take on the duct-tape method for making a dress form is a bit more difficult than our quick and easy method but provides a closer fit.
Every sewer needs a dress form. Here are four fast, cheap (and amusing!) ways to make your own.
This quick and easy method of form making uses ordinary duct tape as both the body-casting material and the final form.
For quality elastics used in high-end ready-to-wear, turn to the World Wide Web.
Using a whetstone can help extend the life of your needles
Tips for selecting notions for white fabric
Learn now to install centered, lapped, and invisible zippers, along with some helpful tips regardless of the type of zipper or insertion method you choose.
Use these sewing principles to streamline your work and greatly enhance its quality.
A tip for sewing a convex curved piece to a concave curved piece
Use machine-basting and quilter's tape to sew a perfect zipper
A hemmer foot allows for easier adjustment and better stitching
Elastic drawstrings make clothing more comfortable to wear and more accomodating to minor weight changes
Notch the pleat positions on both the skirt and the waistband in order to get equally deep and evenly-spaced pleats.
Perfect your tension setting by having the top and bobbin threads break in exactly the same place
A simple zigzag stitch allows you to sew lots of buttons by machine in half the time
Make a smooth elastic joint with the help of a thin piece of fabric
Use different thread colors to differentiate between marked foldlines and placement lines
Use fusible thread in your bobbin for flawless binding aplications.
Thread serger needles before putting them into the machine
Use elastic cording to create no-slide shoulder straps
A method for producing smoother, neater seams
To save time, sew tucks on the fabric before cutting
Used flannel sheets can provied the right backing for a variety of sewing projects
Sewing a bead behind a button is an elegant trick that works with a variety of garments
Determine your correct bust point
Use tape to prevent ink marks
Stitch buttons by machine for a more secure attachment in less time
A strategy for keeping your button stash organized
Tips for marking fabric measurments
Use an adhesive-backed clip to help keep track of which needle is in your sewing machine
Use finishing nails to help with spool storage
Kitchen cutting mats help with a variety of sewing tasks
Wind extra bobbins for better efficiency
A computer keyboard wrist rest can make sewing more comfortable
A soft brush helps eliminate lint and keeps pinking shears working properly
Marking thread spools makes for easier readjustments
Dental tools can assist with a variety of sewing techniques
Use an envelope moistner and paper towel to get rid of water-soluble marks
Use lightweight fabric to prevent your thread from snagging
To improve your buttonhole sewing, sew the least noticed buttonhole first and work towards the most noticed buttonhole.
Tiger tape can improve your stitching and help you create even depth and width.
Use separate strands of thread to prevent knots and tangles.
Make use of long strands of thread.
Transfer extra thread to a tapestry needle to make for convenient sewing tasks and repairs in the future.
Wind your thread onto a bobbin to prevent kinks and ensure smooth hand sewing.
There are four distinct times to press your garments while you are sewing.
Use these tips and techniques for optimal results when pressing weatherproof fabrics.
Use these tips to get optimal pressing results.
Add a second dart at the waist for a better fit.
You can pad your dress form to mimic your own, unique shape.
You can use this method to prevent your skirts from riding up in front.
A fast, easy, and unconventional way to loosen a blouse in the underarm area
Use this tip to remember which patterns you've sewn from your pattern collection and whether or not they were successful.
You can use a rainbow color order to keep track of your adjustments.
Use this trick for positioning a series of buttons, buttonholes, snaps, or any sewing detail.
You can use this method to mark seamlines on hard-to-handle, slippery silks and lining fabrics.
Here's a simple trick for matching pocket fabric when cutting out a print shirt.
A tip for making an outfit with multiple matching garments
Advice on various tape solutions
Advice for tracing original patterns vertically
Learn how to speed up the process of transferring pattern markings to the fabric.
Use masking tape as a guide when marking buttonholes.
Graph paper can act as a sewing guide to help you sew straight seams and square corners.
Avoid some of the most common mistakes of machine embroidery.
Using a glue stick while sewing beaded fringe can help you keep from breaking beads or needles.
This technique helps keep your delicate fabrics from tearing.
Use a pencil and glue to apply cupped sequins.
Use masking tape for straight topstitching.
A scanner can provide great help with your design elements and patterns.
Change your seam allowances so you won't have to make pattern alterations.
Learn how to make a useful and affordable table for your sewing room.
Learn how to make "button purse feet" to protect the fabric on the bottom of your purse.
Learn how to create a flexible, protective thimble
A substitute for scissors that you can take with you on an airplane.
Costumes of the 1930s and '40s have appealing style lines and unusual dress detailing that can give your wardrobe a custom-made look; old movies can provide sewing and design inspiration.
Use dual threading to give more definition to your stitch.
Use a seam ripper to help remove buttonhole stitches.
Use this tip to avoid tangles when hand-sewing.
An Easy Threading needle can help solve your stitching dilemma.
Tweed fabrics can be difficult to match to a thread color—you don't want the stitching to stand out too much. Here's how one reader solved the problem.
How to use hardware-store paint chips in your crafting room.
You can get unique and hard-to-find notions on the cheap at your local thrift store.
A clever way to organize by-the-yard notions such as trims, ribbons and elastics.
A smart reader shares her secret for keeping bulky items in check at the sewing machine.
Achieving that perfect fit is a snap with this essential DVD collection.
Make a truly strong knot to anchor your hand-sewing.
This clever tip from Threads #121 makes marking hems a breeze.
Have you ever considered the "wrong" sides of your buttons?
How to match thread strength to fabric weight and other stringy situations to keep in mind when selecting thread.
The easiest pincushion you'll ever use.
An ingenious way to store errant spools of thread.
An ingenious traveling solution for taking your sewing on a flight but leaving contraband scissors at home.
A spicy-smart way to store buttons, baubles and more in your sewing or crafting area.
A great new use for an old eyeglasses case.
This tip was originally featured in Threads #104 (December 2002/January 2003). To keep seamlines in sequined fabric smooth, it's best to remove all the sequins that fall along each seamline–if you...
Save yourself time and thread with this crafty solution for errant lengths of string.
A clever crafter's homegrown solution to expensive lighting tables.
Keep your notions safe and close-by with this thoughtful tip.
Try this better way to snip thread than the tried-and-true method many seamsters use.
Create custom labels with ribbon and a metallic ink pen.
Patterns are typically flimsy affairs that have a way of shifting around at precisely the wrong moment. Here's how to keep them in place.
A great tip for keeping small notions close to your sewing machine.
Keep notoriously easy-to-lose notions under control.
An intriguing new use for hairspray at the crafting or sewing table.
A cute and crafty way to display phone numbers and other important bits of information.
An ironing technique for getting into tiny spots that you can eat with a spoon.
Passers-by might wonder why you need to primp in your sewing room but you'll know a craftier use for that empty lipstick tube.
Self-belts can be slippery little guys - here's how to keep your silky belts in place.
Try using a dry kitchen sponge to remove lint.
Make a thread cutter from a floss dispenser and a pill bottle.
Use gold leaf to turn an everyday belt buckle into gold.
Try using a lamp to remind yourself to shut off the iron.
Learn how to use your nose to figure out the right side of your fabric.
Use digital photos as a quick way to organize your pattern collection digitally.
Sew a mini muslin to try out your pattern instructions.
Use scrap pieces of interfacing to record pattern information and washing instructions on a small tag.
Use the top to a vitamin bottle or mint tin to make sewing circles easy.
Create design boards to test fabric combinations and easily transport them while shopping.
Pipe cleaners bring you back to craft projects of your childhood, but they can also be used as helpful tools.
Use safety pins and and fabric-softener to remove loose fluff when cutting fleece.
Create a sewing diary to keep track of projects for future reference.
Use a footstool to reduce back pain while at your cutting table.
Transparent tape helps keep buttons in line.
This web extra from the Best of Threads: Embellishments issue will teach you how to brick stitch.
Fabrics, notions, and other discoveries shared by a seasoned tour guide
Threads reviews the A-List Tunic Pattern by Kayla Kennington. This tunic offers many options for the innovative sewer, in fabric selection and technique application.
Four reader-submitted tips that will help you sew better than ever.