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Quick-Sew Fabric Roses and Flowers
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).
Discover some tips and techniques for sewing with knits.
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.
Making your very own personalized dress form will make fitting a breeze. Try these techniques and see which one you like best.
Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of this selvage-trimmed red wool dress from Threads #174.
Threads Insiders get the very first look at the August/September 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.
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.
You'll be making buttonholes on par with the pros once you check out this collection of our best buttonhole tutorials.
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.
If you’re looking for inspiration or need new project ideas, here are 11 free patterns to help jump start your sewing.
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.
Get the most out of your serger with these secrets and techniques.
Take the mystery out of installing zippers with these 8 techniques. You'll learn how to install lapped zippers, exposed zippers, replace zippers and more.
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.
Threads Insiders get the very first look at the June/July 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.
Watch this video demonstration of how to sew a figure-eight stitch using techniques by Claire Shaeffer.
Make a fun and fully recyclable handbag with a geometric print in this web extra from Threads #173 (June/July 2014).
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.
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
In this excerpt from "Homage to Yves Saint Laurent," Designer Techniques Vol. 1, 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.
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.
Threads Insiders get the very first look at the April/May 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.
Here's a sneak peek at Threads issue 172 (April/May 2014)
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.
First seen in our special issue Teach Yourself to Sew, Winter 2013, 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.
Threads Insiders get the very first look at the February/March 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.
Here's a sneak peek at Threads issue 171 (February/March 14).
Here's a sneak peek at Threads issue 170 (Dec 13/Jan 14).
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.
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
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.
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 from Threads #169, and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of the jersey knit dress from Threads #167.
Masterpiece embroidery has many facets. See more examples of the exquisite embroidery and learn more about the Penn & Fletcher Studio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Watch as Threads 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.
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.
Topstitching is as simple as sewing a straight stitch, but with the right tips you can achieve stunning results.
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.
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.
Transform a wool sweater that's seen better days into your new favorite clutch.
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.
With edges wrapped in fabric, these buttonholes are bound to last.
Make an ironing-board cover with a matching sewing-tool caddy.
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.
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.
Keep your favorite colors on display with a café curtain fashioned like a soft waterfall.
Learn the secrets of fitting a sleeve.
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.
Folded from fabric squares, these adorable (and reversible) pouches can be cut and sewn in less than an hour.
Expand your basic skills to embellish your next fleece garment.
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.
For instant style, fold a fabric rectangle in half, then sew a shoulder seam.
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.
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.
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.
Keep your place with these easy-to-make fabric bookmarks.
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.
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.
Use charmeuse cord to make elegant pockets, collars, or cuffs.
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?
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...
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?
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...
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
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
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.
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.
Show off your stitches with this easy-to-learn technique.
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.
More examples of weft knit and warp knit fabrics:Take a look at a few common types of readily available knits.
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.
Simplify making decisions at the fabric store by systematically comparing swatches.
A contemporary couturier shares techniques for making neat, narrow finishes on sheer and lightweight fabrics.
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 bag 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.
Stencil designer Laura Murphy uses paint sticks to transfer a surface texture to fabric.
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.
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.
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.
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.