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Attach Sleeves with a Pearl and Chiffon Embellishment

Learn how to replace an armscye seam with a hand-sewn pearl-and-chiffon-braid insertion.

Profiles in Sewing: Meet Bonnie Simmons, Simplicity Pattern Group's Senior Design Director

Meet the creative mind behind Simplicity’s diverse designs.

Sewing Saves: Shorten Tapered Trousers

Two ways to augment the hem allowance.

Inside a Well-Made Jacket

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this well-made jacket from the August/September 2017 issue of Threads.

Pattern Review: Marfy 3949 Top

This versatile pattern is planned as an asymmetrical top with eight panels and a sweetheart or V-neckline.

Pattern Review: McCall's 7513 Jacket

This jacket has a fitted waist and two peplum styles.

Pattern Review: Vogue 1522 Ensemble

This ensemble pattern features a pull-on top with a boat neckline and comfy, pull-on knit pants

Pattern Review: Butterick 6146 Dress

This design by Connie Crawford is a graceful floor-length fit-and-flare gown with a sweeping skirt.

Reader Tip: Nail Polish Makes Notions Match

Nail polish can be used for a wide variety of things in the sewing room.

Sewing Inspiration: Destination Helsinki, Finland

Textile and fashion designers in the Finnish capital clearly draw inspiration from the region's architecture, both natural and human-made.

Threads Magazine - Issue 192 - August/September 17

Threads Insiders get the very first look at the August/September 2017 issue of Threads magazine.

Sequined Gown

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this glamorous dress from the August/September 2017 issue of Threads.

How to Make a Two-Piece Sleeve Pattern

Watch as Sarah Veblen adapts a one-piece sleeve to make a two-piece sleeve with the perfect amount of ease.

Video - Wing Needles 101

In this video, learn everything there is to know about wing needles.

Video - How to Refold a Pattern

In this video, learn the best method of folding a pattern back up to return it to its bag.

Video - Texturizing Fabrics: Pin Tucks with a Twin Needle

Learn how to use a twin needle to create beautiful pin tucks.

[CLOSED] Vote for the Winner of the 2017 SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge

Browse through the five semifinalists and cast your vote!

Machine Embroidery on Knits

A professional’s tips for superior results.

Jeans to Jacket

Reinterpret the beauty of well-worn denim.

Video - Essential Tools: Machine Needles

Judith Neukam walks you through sewing machine needle anatomy and how to read the needle packaging.

Video - Texturizing Fabrics: Fabric Appliqué with Free-Motion Stitching

Learn how to turn scraps and other small pieces of fabric into a larger fabric piece to create one-of-a-kind garments or accessories.

Video - Essential Tools: Pins

Before you purchase pins, learn about the different types and their best uses.

Chic Knit Jacket

Make a designer classic with this easy process.

Video: Expert Tips for Faced Edges

Use these expert tips to create professional-looking faced edges.

Get Graphic with Bias Tape

Define seams and edges with contrasting trim.

Zip Through the Waistband

Extend the closure all the way up for a clean finish.

The Quilted Garment Challenge

Refreshing takes on a traditional technique.

Sharpen Your Pencil Skirt

Pointers for a figure-enhancing garment.

Q&A: How a Walking Foot Works

Learn all about the walking foot, its main uses, and whether you should have one.

Bridal Ensemble

Take an interactive 360-degree view if this thigh-length shift dress from the June/July 2017 issue of Threads.

How to Make a Mitered Pocket Welt

This free pattern produces a smooth welt with bulk-free ends.

Threads Magazine - Issue 191 - June/July 17

Threads Insiders get the very first look at the June/July 2017 issue of Threads magazine.

Video - Essential Tools: Measuring Tapes

Threads Contributing Editor Judith Neukam shares essential information about measuring tapes and offers clever tips for taking two measurements.

Pattern Review: SBCC Reviver Skirt

This stretch skirt with a front drape and raw-edged hem is intended for the petite or petite-plus figure. It is a pull-on style with a hidden elastic waistband.

Pattern Review: Cake Patterns Endeavor Trousers and Shorts

These wide-legged pants or shorts have a straight waistband with the bottom edge at the natural waist, angled pockets, two-piece leg fronts, a back yoke, and back patch pockets.

Pattern Review: Vogue 1515 Ensemble

Sandra Betzina is known for designing artistic silhouettes. This ensemble is no exception. It consists of a sleeveless, loose-fitting cropped top with a curved back hemline paired with a yoked A-line skirt with a diagonal piped seam across the front and back that attaches an asymmetrical bottom section.

Pattern Review: Simplicity Sewstylish 8328

Enjoy the versatility of special-occasion separates with this ensemble. It features four tops and three skirt variations to create formal looks. The tops have separating zippers at center back.

Reader Tip: Press Ribbons with a Flat Iron

You don't have to take out your ironing board to press ribbons with this handy tip.

Notions: Heat Activated Button Thread

Never fear that your buttons will fall off with this thread.

Notions: Chrome Professional Grade Needles

A good needle goes a long way.

Notions: Single Fold and Press Hem Guide Set

This set contains everything you need for even hems.

Notions: Clover Mini Wonder Clips

These clips can be used for any number of things, and come in multiple colors.

Notions: Fashion 150

It’s difficult to imagine one book covering either 150 years of fashion or 150 designers. Fashion 150: 150 years/150 Designers (Laurence King Publishing, 2016), edited by Arianna Piazza, does both as stylishly as the subject matter deserves.

Video - Texturizing Fabrics: Squares on a Grid

Learn how to create a texturized effect on any T-shirt by adding bias-cut velvet fabric squares.

Video: Quick Tip for Labeling Your Serger

If you own a serger whose dials are not labeled or are faded, use this tip instead of being at the mercy of your manual.

Video: Quick Tip for Clipping Short Threads

Conquer your fear of thread clipping with this quick tip.

Video - Fitting: Key Pattern Adjustments

In this video, Threads contributing editor Judith Neukam walks you through two important pattern alterations that can simplify the fitting process.

The Pickstitched Lapped Zipper

Sew a couture closure that is always discreet.

Insert a Zipper into a Side Seam

Smooth your silhouette by moving the center-back zipper to the side seam.

Video: Make an Asymmetrical Design

Angela Wolf demonstrates how to turn a basic jacket pattern into an asymmetrical zipped style.

9 Zipper Installation Techniques

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.

Video: Reinforce Underarm Seams

Garments with dropped shoulders may experience stress at some points. For this reason, you may benefit from reinforcing them.

Make Flowing Tiers and Layers

Learn to make flowing, draped garments that flatter the body.

Pro Methods for Sewing Activewear

Sew gear that really works out.

Video: Finish a Back Neckline Opening

This video will teach you one method for finishing a back neckline opening.

Great Patterns for Double Gauze

Meet some designs that are perfect for this lightweight, airy fabric.

Video: Make Perfect Miters

Learn how to draft and sew a mitered corner for professional-looking hems.

Threads Magazine - Issue 190 - Apr/May 17

Threads Insiders get the very first look at the April/May 2017 issue of Threads magazine.

Video: Sheer Trims - Suspended Feathers

Feathers are a wonderful adornment for special-occasion garments. Make them even more lovely by encasing them in sheer fabrics. Watch to learn how to create this embellishment.

Video: Using a Bias Tape Maker

Learn how easy it is to make custom bias tape with this handy tool.

Sewing With Saris

Creative recycling techniques for these alluring textiles.

Fit With Your Sloper

It’s a custom template for adjusting patterns.

Pattern Review: Victory Patterns Hazel Dress

This above-knee-length shift dress has a center-front neckline slit, a neck sash that ties into a bow, a semifitted bodice with an empire waist, bust darts, three-quarter-length sleeves with a slightly gathered sleeve cap and a contrast band at the sleeve hemline.

Spring 2017 Inspiration

This Insider article will help you take this season's designs from the runway and turn them into something you can wear every day.

Clever Collar Construction

Add a pretty contrasting trim to a collar and reduce bulk in one process.

Pattern Review: Vogue 9209 Skirt

A slimming, straight wrap skirt is a work wardrobe staple. The design comes in three lengths: above the knee, just below the knee, and midcalf.

Pattern Review: Thread Theory Goldstream Peacoat

This is a great take on the traditional double-breasted peacoat, with two options for fit and details. There is a classic, fitted shape with front vertical darts, epaulets, lined patch pockets with flaps, and sleeve tabs.

Pattern Review: Deer and Doe Lupin Jacket

This blouson-style cropped jacket has an 18-inch center-back length and is fully lined. It has wide-sweeping lapels, front princess seams, vertical welt pockets, optional shoulder epaulets, a back yoke, a set-in waistband, and sleeves gathered into narrow cuffs.

Reader Tip: Gather with Clear Elastic

Here's a clever technique that produces exceptionally even gathering.

Q&A: Travel Sewing Machine

Susan Khalje offers some thoughts on taking a sewing machine on an airplane.

Notions: Sewline Scissors Set

This set comes with scissors of two sizes that cut with ease.

Notions: Wrist Ruler

Keep your ruler close at hand with this nifty product.

Notions: Easy Grasp Pins

There are no easier pins to get a grip on than these pins from Dritz.

Shift Dress with Neck Bow

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this thigh-length shift dress from the April/May 2017 issue of Threads.

SewStylish Spring Fashion 2017 Digital Issue is Here!

SewStylish is back by popular demand, and here is a glimpse at what's in store.

Video: Finish a Lapped Zipper at the Neckline

For best results when sewing a lapped zipper, it helps to see a pro's approach.

Video: One Dot Pocket Placement and Application

Add pockets with precision and ease using the "one-dot" method.

Add Flare to a Skirt: Download Full- and Half-Scale Patterns

Learn to adapt a straight-skirt pattern to make it as full and flouncy as you like.

18 Free Sewing Patterns

If you’re looking for inspiration or need new project ideas, here are 11 free patterns to help jump start your sewing.

21 Fabric Tips and Tricks

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.

Video: Trim Facings for a Better Fit on Sleeveless Garments

Facings don't have to add bulk to sleeveless garments. Find out how to keep a garment nice and light in this video.

The Lost Art of Piecing: Three Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Fabric

Creative solutions for making patterns work with less fabric.

58th Inaugural Ball Fashion

Take a look at the gowns worn by First Lady Melania Trump and Second Lady Karen Pence and discover whose dress was created by ASDP members.

Fashion from the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

In case you missed it, here are some of the daytime fashions from the 2017 presidential inauguration.

Two Easy Methods for Adding Flare to a Skirt

Full, fuller, fullest—draft custom skirts with these two easy-to-follow techniques.

A Treasure Trove of Vintage Fashion

Explore Syracuse University’s inspiring costume collection.

Threads #189: Check Out Our Latest Issue

Here's what you can expect to find in the March 2017 issue of THREADS.

Pattern Review: Vogue 1500 Dress

This close-fitting Anne Klein dress design has a jewel neckline, a buttoned center front, extended cap sleeves, skirt pockets with flaps, and flaps for mock chest pockets, and a self-fabric belt with a covered buckle.

Pattern Review: McCall's 7262

This set of relaxed toppers offers options to keep you cozy on chilly days. One is a knee-length, wrap-front, sweaterlike coat with long sleeves.

Pattern Review: Jasper Sweater/Dress

Enjoy an on-trend slim-fitting pullover in a top or dress length. It features a choice of a shaped three-piece hood or a cowl-like draped collar with a buttoned tab to cinch it.

Pattern Review: Tilly and the Buttons Orla Blouse

A body-skimming pull-over blouse abounds with feminine details. It features French darts; a curved, faced hem, and the option of a modern scalloped collar.

Reader Tip: Use Big Graph Paper for Patternwork

If you're looking for the perfect material for copying patterns and making your own, look no further.

Notions: Lilliput Caddy Pad

This ironing mat folds up and becomes a carrier for your iron.

Notions: Learn-to-Sew Kits

These simple kits come in three levels of difficulty that will help beginner sewers learn the ropes.

Notions: Handy Clamps

These convenient clamps are perfect for quilting.

Notions: My Comfort Cutter

This uniquely comfortable fabric cutter is also fully customizable.

Q&A: Sharpen Pinking Shears

It can be hard to find someone who will sharpen your pinking shears. In this expert Q&A, Patricia Keay shares some thoughts about what to do in this situation.

Video: Free-Motion Sewing with a Stitch Regulator

Watch to learn how a stitch regulator can help create even free-motion stitching.

Video: How to Sew and Finish an Invisible Zipper

Invisible zippers provide the convenience of zippers without interrupting the flow of your garment. Learn how to sew them, even in fabrics with prints.

Free-Motion Sewing with a Stitch Regulator

A specialty attachment for even free-motion stitching.

Draft a Sleeve Block

Learn how to draft a custom sleeve pattern so you can design an garment style you like. This easy process yields a personalized fit.

Video: An Alternative to Clipping Seam Allowances

For smooth edges along curves, skip clipping. Watch this video tutorial to see how this works.

Download the 2016 Threads Annual Index

The 2016 Threads annual index is now available to download and print.

Stylish Sweater Dress

Take an interactive 360-degree view if this artistic dress from the February/March 2017 issue of Threads.

Threads Magazine - Issue 189 - Feb/Mar 17

Threads Insiders get the very first look at the February/March 2017 issue of Threads magazine.

Video: Add a Hidden Button Placket to a Pattern

This video will teach you to modify a pattern and insert a hidden button placket.

Video: Match Overlapping Edges

You'll be able to match overlapping edges with ease once you watch this Industry Insider Techniques video.

Win a Signed Copy of Susan Beal's "Bead Sparkle" Book

Find out how you could win a copy of this wonderful book.

Video: The Best Bound Buttonhole

Bound buttonholes are terrific details that will bring your garments to the next level.

Video: Match Stripes and Prints Before You Cut

You can match prints and stripes without pins. Find out how in this video.

Top 10 Most-Watched Sewing Videos of 2016

Watch all of our most popular videos this year in one place.

Video: Fix a Broken Acrylic Ruler

Don't toss your broken acrylic ruler just yet. Watch this quick tip to learn how to save this handy tool.

Video: Easy Seam Turning

This seam-turning technique is easy to follow and is perfect to use when creating pillows or items with a lining.

Q&A: Shortening Pants for an Asymmetrical Figure

Fitting for an asymmetrical figure can be tough. Learn how to make pants that will fit any body shape.

Rolling and Felling Feet

Find the potential in these two classic attachments.

Video: Match Stripes and Plaids Perfectly

Stripes and plaids can be matched precisely if you take a few things into consideration.

Video: Best Thread Practices

Make sure you're threading a needle the right way, and learn how to keep the thread straight.

Replace a Coat Lining

Spruce up your outerwear with designer details.

Q&A: Tween-Sized Patterns

Find out what the best sources for tween patterns are.

Video: A No-Bulk Elastic Join

Learn a bulk-free method for joining two elastic ends.

Video: Miter Corners on Striped Trim

If using striped fabric as trim, you'll want to miter the corners carefully.

How to Choose Your Preferred Ease

Learn which pattern areas need it and which don’t.

Industry Insider Techniques, Vol. 7

Louise Cutting shares a behind-the-scenes look at how professionals construct fine clothing worthy of designer labels.

The Winner of the 2016 Halloween Costume Contest is...

Find out which costume takes top honors!

Pattern Review: Cape Super Express 224

This fully lined, knee-length cape has a 2-inch-wide collar band or a two-piece hood, horizontal arm slots, and angled side-front seams that house hidden inseam pockets.

Pattern Review: Deer and Doe Bruyere Shirt D0013

A thigh-length tunic offers a twist on the classic men’s dress shirt. It has a spread collar, a separate button placket, a self-lined back yoke, and a curved shirttail hem.

Pattern Review: Armani's Unlined Jacket 1516

Enjoy a jacket to wear for years to come. It is fitted, with a notched lapel with rounded edges, angled double-welt pockets, front and back shoulder princess seams, a center-back seam, a single-button closure, shaped two-piece sleeves, sleeve heads, and shoulder pads.

Pattern Review: 1947 Dress With Cutouts D40-4185

This V-neck dress replicates a vintage Butterick look. Details abound, including shoulder cutouts and custom shoulder pads. Sleeve options are one-piece tulip sleeves, three-quarter sleeves, or long sleeves with elbow darts and hem slits.

Reader Tip: Cornstarch Paste Makes Bold Marks

Give this method for marking fabric a try for a bold mark that is easily removed.

Threads #188: Check Out Our Latest Issue

Here's what you can expect to find in the January 2017 issue of THREADS.

Catching Up With Designer Terry Fox

The British designer finds her next calling in sewing education.

Video: Sew a Single-Welt Pocket

A single-welt pocket can be added to almost any garment or accessory.

Creative Garments Made With Wool

Skillful design and construction win the day.

2016 Gift Guide

Great tools, notions, inspiration, and education for sewing enthusiasts.

Sewing Gifts for the Holidays

Here are more sewing-related gifts that Threads authors have placed on their wish lists.

Video: Disappearing Flat Piping

Learn how to taper a piping's end for an attractive, bulk-free finish.

Mixed Prints Dress

Take an interactive 360-degree view if this artistic dress from the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Threads.

1947 Dress with Cutouts

Take a 360-tour of this vintage-inspired dress featured in Threads #188.

Threads Magazine - Issue 188 - Dec 16/Jan 17

Threads Insiders get the very first look at the December 2016/january 2017 issue of Threads magazine.

Video: Stabilize Lightweight Fabrics With Interfacing

Learn how to add stability to lightweight fabrics with three interfacing techniques.

Video: Self-Fabric Interfacing

Interfacing stabilizes lightweight fabrics, but sometimes it shows through the fabric. Self-fabric interfacing can prevent this problem.

Video: Perfect Vertical Buttonhole Placement

When adding a vertical buttonhole, be sure to consider the fabric’s print and buttonhole position in relation to a hem or neckline. Find out how to achieve the perfect placement for vertical buttonholes.

Video: Create Piping From Bias Strips

Louise Cutting demonstrates how to make piping from strips of bias binding. She also shows you how to add it to the neckline to help give it more stability.

Video: How to Shrink Packaged Bias Tape and Piping

Store-bought bias tape and piping are 100-percent cotton, and they need to be preshrunk before use. Discover how easy it can be to preshrink these notions with a few household items.

Video: Making a Pleat Hem Lie Flat

Bulk-free hems are easy to achieve with this expert technique.

Video: How to Clip Curves Accurately

Watch to learn an alternative method for clipping seam allowance curves accurately.

Video: How to Thread Woolly Nylon

Watch video to learn an easy way to thread your serger with this slightly fuzzy, stretchy thread.

Video: Get Right With Ease

Louise Cutting discusses three important concepts for achieving the fit you like: wearing ease, design ease, and personal preference. She also shares her method for getting your desired amount of ease.

Video: Sew Elegant, Professional-Looking Darts

Sew bulk-free darts with Louise’s expert method.

Video: Taper a Sleeve for a Narrower Silhouette

Learn how to reduce the circumference of long and short sleeves.

[CLOSED] Enter the Final Week of Threads National Sewing Month Sweepstakes

Enter for a chance to win a Spiegel Limited Edition sewing machine, Fabulous Fit Patented Fitting System, Kai Scissor Serrated Gift Set and more!

Video: How to Keep Sleeves Pushed Up

If you prefer to wear sleeves higher on your forearm, find out how elastic can help secure them.

Threads Halloween Costume Contest 2016: Official Rules

Official rules and regulations for the 2016 Halloween Costume Contest.

Threads Sewing Tips

In this video series, we share clever reader-submitted tips to help improve your sewing.

Video: Color-Code Pleat Marking Lines

Threads Sewing Tips: Easy Pleat-Marking Technique When you're making a garment with many sets of parallel pleats, it can be difficult to differentiate between marked pleat lines and foldlines.

Video: DIY Wide Seam Allowance Guide

Find out how to make a seam guide using a roll of tape or sticky notepad. This clever tip is especially helpful when sewing items with wide seam allowances.

Four Clever Reader Tips

Four reader-submitted tips that will help you sew better than ever.

Dive Into Scuba Knits

Sew with neoprene’s high-style alternative.

The Detroit Cuff

Adapt a classic work jacket feature to any sleeve.

How to Drape Bust Darts

For a personalized fit, shape fabric on the body.

Bobbinwork Embroidery

Stitch motifs with specialty thread in the bobbin.

Chanel Jacket Comparison

The fascinating differences between haute couture and ready-to-wear.

Notions: Machine-Bed Smoother

Fabric snags while machine sewing will be a thing of the past with these adhesive rectangles.

Notions: Flexible Craft Vinyl

These rolls of clear vinyl can be used for any number of crafts.

Notions: Fast-Drying Hand Cream

This natural hand cream won't leave your hands feeling greasy.

Notions: How to Make Sewing Patterns, Second Edition

This book will teach you all you need to know about making patterns.

Notions: Fascinators

In this incredible book, an expert shares 25 projects for making an assortment of headpieces.

Pattern Review: Style Arc Taylor Knit Skirt

Try a quick, below-knee, pull-on knit skirt. This design is form-fitting, with negative ease. It consists of two panels joined by diagonal seams in front and in back, with edgestitching along the front seam and a front hemline slit.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 8056 Trousers or Shorts

This Amazing Fit tailored trouser pattern has clean lines, slightly flared legs, and pattern piece options for different body types.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 8058 Ensemble

A lot of style is packed into these pieces by Cynthia Rowley. The hip-length, unlined jacket has a raised neckline, an asymmetrical front, dropped shoulders, patch pockets, and a bound buttonhole closure.

Pattern Review: McCall's 7330 Jumpsuits

A stylish jumpsuit and romper pattern brims with dressmaker details. The core design consists of two pieces joined by an inset waistband that sits at the natural waist.

Stylish Jumpsuit

Take an interactive 360-degree view if this collage-like dress from the August/September 2016 issue of Threads.

Threads Magazine - Issue 187 - Oct/Nov 2016

Threads Insiders get the very first look at the October 2016 issue of Threads magazine.

Q&A: How to Sew a Welt Pocket Over a Dart

A tailoring expert shares his advice for sewing a double-welt pocket over a dart.

Q&A: Couture Pressing Guidelines

Susan Khalje shares pressing tips for formal garments.

Reader Tip: Stitch Sharp Corners

A secret for sharp corners, sew skinny piping with an unexpected foot.

Video: How to Wind a Bobbin for Bobbinwork Stitching

Learn how to wind a bobbin for bobbinwork and how to adjust the bobbin tension.

Video: Finish a Centered Zipper With a Facing

Respected sewing instructor Louise Cutting shares a technique that produces an elegant finish for zippers.

Video: Impeccable Snap Alignment

Learn two ways for achieving precisely aligned snaps in this video tutorial from Industry Insider Techniques Vol. 6.

Video: Hide Snaps On Loosely Woven Fabrics

Threads contributing editor Louise Cutting offers a neat trick for concealing snaps on handwoven fabrics in this video tutorial

Video: Martha Meyers' Simplified Sashiko

In this video tutorial from Industry Insider Techniques Vol. 6, Louise shares a technique for creating decorative stitches.

Video: Plan a Garment With Mini Patterns

Louise Cutting gives an exclusive look at how she develops designs using what she calls "minipats" or "minipatterns."

Video: Line an Unlined Jacket

Louise Cutting shares an expert method for lining an unlined jacket in this video from Industry Insider Techniques Vol. 6.

Video: Make a Vertical Buttonhole

Learn Louise Cutting's method for creating a vertical buttonhole.

Video: Secure Loose Snaps

Respected sewing instructor Louise Cutting shares even more insider secrets for dealing with challenges – giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how the pros solve the very same dilemmas that you face.

These Two Apps Let You Carry Your Fabric Stash With You

If you can't keep your stash straight in your head, it might be time to get one of these apps.

Video: An Expert Technique for Aligning Hard-to-Match Prints

Respected sewing instructor Louise Cutting share her insider secrets for precisely matching prints. Watch this free video tutorial from Industry Insider Techniques Volume 6.

Notions: Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book

Vintage style, modern dressmaking.

Reader Tip: Fit With a Stapler

Fitting without a partner can be tricky - unless you've got a stapler to work with.

Q&A: Proper Sequence for Pattern Adjustments

This expert advice will help you adjust patterns the proper way.

Q&A: Requiem for Frostline Kits

Learn about the disappearance of Frostline Kits.

Tame Fabrics With Tissue Paper

Sew with a tear-away layer

Drape a Knit Bodice Block

A personal pattern helps you design a variety of knit tops.

Couture Zipper Fly

A precise designer method.

The Complete Guide to Linen

Strength and beauty in this ancient fabric.

Notions: Sticky Measuring Tape

Measure irregular shapes and in difficult situations with this self-adhesive measuring tape roll.

Notions: Longarm Machine For Beginners

Get started longarm quilting with this budget-friendly machine.

Notions: Free-Motion Feet

These sewing machine feet make free-motion stitching a breeze.

Notions: Lightweight, Lofty Batting

This high-quality batting is just the thing to make your next quilting project shine.

Notions: Foldaway Rulers

This clever kind of ruler is easier to store than any other.

Notions: Anti-Calcium Iron

Worry no more about calcium deposits with this iron.

Threads #186: Check Out Our Latest Issue

Here's what you can expect to find in the September 2016 issue of THREADS.

Heirloom Details Add Subtle Sophistication

Discover sophistication in youthful embellishments with these to heirloom sewing techniques.

Cowboy Pockets

A Western-inspired detail adds a “smile” to any garment.

Pattern Review: Marfy 3786 Dress

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.

Pattern Review: New Look 6394 Blouse

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.

Pattern Review: Ralph Pink Ariani Dress

This bias-cut, sleeveless dress has a band collar, self-lined flounces edging the neckline and the front armscyes, and a center-back zipper.

Pattern Review: Butterick 6286 Retro Suit

This 1944 design, updated from the Butterick archives, has extended, padded shoulders. The slim cut, however, reveals an hourglass shape.

Video: How to Sew Piping to a Curve

Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video to learn two great tips for sewing a better piped edge.

Video: Offset Stitching for Smooth Piping

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.

Video: Grade to Reduce Bulk in a Piped Seam

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.

Video: How to Press Shaped Edges

You can make any garment special by adding shaped edges. Watch to learn how to press these curved details.

Video: How to Sew a Web Stitch

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.

Video: How to Sew a Couching 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.

Video: How to Sew a Blanket 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.

Video: How to Sew a Fly Stitch

The fly stitch is a basic embroidery stitch. Watch to learn how to create this stitch.

Video: How to Sew a Chainstitch

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.

Create Complex Designs with Simple Embroidery Stitches

Explore the elaborate motifs of Yemenite Jewish embroidery.

Threads Magazine - Issue 186 - Aug/Sep 2016

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.

Tweed Dress with Lace Trim

Take an interactive 360-degree view if this collage-like dress from the August/September 2016 issue of Threads.

DIY Simple Summer Skirt

A patternless design fits all sizes.

9 Ways to Make a Custom Dress Form

Making your very own personalized dress form will make fitting a breeze. Try these techniques and see which one you like best.

Sheath Dresses Inspired by Art

Designers interpret masterpieces as sheath dresses.

Notions: The Shirtmaking Workbook

All you need to know about making shirts.

Fitting Plus-Size Sleeves

Expert pattern solutions to flatter fuller arms.

[ENDED] Enter to Win a Spiegel 60609 Sewing Machine

Learn how you can win the all-new Spiegel 60609 sewing machine. This machine is even equipped with video and WIFI integration. [Ended]

13 Techniques to Sew a Better Sleeve

These great articles will teach you to make well-fitting sleeves.

Behind-the-Scenes at DittoForm

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.

Choose the Right Marking Tools

Get set to transfer symbols with the right tool for your fabric.

From Body Scan to Custom Dress Form

3-D scanning creates an accurate copy of your figure.

16 Smart Sewing Tips from Professor King

Techniques and advice to boost your sewing skills.

How to Create Facings

Learn how to draft and sew these supportive edge finishes.

Serger Darts for Knits

Serger expert and instructor Pamela Leggett shares her technique for achieving great-looking darts in knits using a serger.

Pattern Review: Indygo Junction Sophia Swing Coat

A roomy A-line coat from the Crossroads by Amy Barickman collection is a fresh take on a light topper.

Pattern Review: Vogue 1456 Tunics

Try a contemporary tunic designed by Sandra Betzina for her Today’s Fit line for Vogue Patterns.

Tip: Divide Measurements Easily

Discover a handy trick for evenly dividing a measured length.

Pattern Review: McCall's 7254 Jackets and Vests

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.

Pattern Review: In-House Patterns Belle Blouse

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.

Notions: Sew Cute Summer Shoes

This collection of supplies makes it easier than ever to assemble your own shoes.

Notions: Diminutive Pins

These tiny pins are perfect for piecing and applique.

Notions: A Fine Point for Pressing

A stiletto is a valuable tool for holding fabric in place with high precision.

Notions: Free-Motion Guides

Achieve a new level of control while free-motion stitching with these lightweight guides.

Notions: Convenient Swatch Organizers

Here's a clever way to keep your swatches organized on the go.

Notions: Easy Hem Measuring

Having one of these around will make hemming a breeze.

Notions: Roll to Measure

This specialized tool was designed with measuring curves in mind, and it shows. Simply roll it along a curve to get an accurate measurement.

Mercerizing Makes Cotton Extrasmooth

Learn more about the process of mercerizing and what effect it has on a fabric.

Investigating a Mystery Luxury 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.

Video: Install a Folded Nylon-Coil Zipper

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.

Artful Sheath Dress

Take an interactive 360-degree view if this collage-like dress from the June/July 2016 issue of Threads.

Create a Couched Embroidery Design

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.

14 Sewing Room Ideas

Make your dream sewing space a reality. Let these real sewing rooms inspire you and learn some valuable organizational tips along the way.

Combine Knits and Wovens for Comfort and Fit

Knit panels enhance the fit and feel of woven garments.

How to Scale an Embroidery Design Up or Down

Learn how easy it can be to scale an embroidery design with this web extra from Threads #179 (June/July 2015).

Disguise a Zipper

A blind-hem stitch replaces traditional topstitching.

More Fabulous Art-Wear by Cassie Stephens

Cassie Stephens' colorful outfits are inspired by famous works of art.

18 Uses for Petersham Ribbon

Learn 18 ways to use this couture mainstay in your sewing.

[NOW CLOSED] Win a Spiegel Limited Edition 60609 Sewing Machine

Find out how you could win a sewing machine from Spiegel!

Official Rules: Spiegel 60609 Sewing Machine Giveaway

Official rules to the Spiegel Sewing Machine giveaway.

Sewing Vinyl Fabrics

Tools, techniques, and seams for great results.

Video: How to Straighten Fabric Grain

This first step in fabric preparation ensures garments that look better and feel more comfortable.

How to Make an Embroidered Clutch

Transform a wool sweater that's seen better days into your new favorite clutch.

Threads #184: Check out our latest issue

Here's what you can expect to find in the May 2016 issue of THREADS.

A Fashionable Tribute to Nancy Reagan

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.

Video: How to True Seams

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.

DIY Project: Simple Folded Purses

Make all-purpose pouches with fabric squares and straight seams.

How to Embroider Garments Like Penn & Fletcher

Masterpiece embroidery has many facets. See more examples of the exquisite embroidery and learn more about the Penn & Fletcher Studio.

17 Ways of Getting the Most Out of Your Sewing Machine

This slideshow compiles many useful pieces of advice for operating a sewing machine.

Fashions from the 88th Annual Academy Awards

Threads editors pick some of the night's most interesting red carpet looks from the 2016 Oscars. What were your favorites?

2-in-1 Suit with Reversible Jacket

An outfit with a reversible jacket brims with inspiring details.

Tip: Learn By Deconstruction

Cheap garments from thrift stores can help you when a detail seems out of your grasp.

Pattern Review: Vogue 9131 Trouser and Short

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.

Video: How to Make Pleated Trim from Petersham

Watch to learn how to create a beautiful pleated trim from petersham ribbon.

Video: How to Shape Petersham Ribbon to a Curve

Learn how easy it is to make petersham follow a curve. It is a great way to stabilize curved necklines, hems, and waistlines.

The 9 Latest Sewing Machines On the Market

Take a look at nine of the latest sewing machine models to hit the market.

Equipment for Sewing Leather Bags

If you're interested in sewing leather bags, you'll benefit from knowing what the pros recommend you use.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 1066 Mimi G Style Jacket

Discover most of the details found in a traditional tailored blazer on a stylish jacket pattern from Mimi G Style for Simplicity.

Pattern Review: Muse Patterns Gillian Dress

Great for any season, this wrap dress with V-neckline has front and back curved yokes with strategically placed gathers.

Pattern Review: McCall's 7196 Tops and Tunics

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.

Versatile Wrap Dress

Take an interactive 360-degree view if this versatile wrap dress from the April/May 2016 issue of Threads.

Fit the Shoulders, Neck, and Back

Adapt patterns to accommodate your posture.

Make a Flowing Tulle Skirt

A pro’s guide to creating full and floaty looks.

Video: Adjusting a Sleeve for a Forward Shoulder

Watch to learn an expert's method for fitting a sleeve.

15 Ways to Sew Knit Fabrics

Learn some expert tips and techniques for sewing with knits.

12 Hand and Machine Stitches to Improve Your Sewing

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.

Video: How to Thread a Twin Needle

Learn how to set up your sewing machine to use a twin needle.

Video: Fine Tune the Shape with Darts

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.

Make Your Own Shapewear

Smoothing undergarments are a cinch to sew.

Video: Make a Test Garment

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.

Expert Tips for Finishing Knits

Simple, efficient treatments for edges and openings.

9 Easy-to-Sew Totes, Purses, and Handbags

Find the perfect bag for you in this collection of nine tutorials.

Video: Fit the Circumference - Resources

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.

Threads #183: Check out our latest issue

Here's what you can expect to find in the March 2016 issue of THREADS.

Video: Get the Fit You Want

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.

Video: A Look at Dress Forms

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.

Why Pant Hems Go Up When You Sit Down

Kenneth D. King explains the mechanism behind this pant-leg phenomenon, and how best to deal with it.

Tip: Custom Repair Kits

Create a unique repair kit for each new garment for quick, no-compromise fixes.

Video: How to Use a Tailor's Board

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.

Video: How to Fit Sleeves the Hip-Hop Way

Kenneth D. King demonstrates how fitting pants is like fitting a sleeve. Watch the video to learn about his intriguing philosophy.

11 Bias Techniques to Try

These articles will help you demystify the the bias cut.

A Fresh Way to Fit a Sleeve

For range of motion, balance the armhole and sleeve ease.

Corsets for Historical Costuming

Expert Stephani L. Miller shares a wealth of information about historical corset styles.

Pattern Review: Hot Patterns 1185 Jacket, Tank, and Scarf

This trio of garments has a youthful, sophisticated look.

Pattern Review: Butterick 6219 Skirts

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.

Pattern Review: Kwik Sew 3484 Men's Shirts

This loose-fitting men’s shirt with optional inset panels is loaded with creative opportunities.

Pattern Review: Marfy 3664 Dress

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.

A Sewing Q&A: See what our Readers have to say

During National Sewing Month we asked our readers to weigh in on several sewing topics. Here is what you had to say.

Video: Tailoring Supplies and Resources

Kenneth shares a few of his go-to resources for tailoring tools and supplies.

Twin-Needle Stitching 101

Two threads, two needles—twice the creativity. Learn how to use twin needles in your next sewing project.

Travel Smart with this Comprehensive Packing Checklist

Sandra Miller helps you get--and stay--organized on your next adventure with a free downloadable guide.

Tools for Better Pressing

From basic to advanced, a range of tools for high-quality results.

Sew a Travel Wardrobe

Clever planning yields versatile style.

Video: How to Fit Yourself with Sarah Veblen, Part 3

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 - 2015 Threads Holiday Giveway

Official rules for the 2015 Threads Holiday giveaway.

Three-Piece Ensemble

Take an interactive 360-degree view if this stylish three-piece ensemble from the February/March 2016 issue of Threads.

Great Gifts 2015

A wish list from our editors and authors.

The Ease Effect

Put space where you need — and want — it most.

DIY Project: Felt Ornaments

Cheerful “cookies” satisfy your appetite for fun.

Video: How to Fit Yourself with Sarah Veblen, Part 2 - Fitting the back

Watch this video to learn an expert's handy way of measuring your back without assistance.

Video: A Secret to Threading a Needle

Watch this video to learn an easy way to thread your needle for hand sewing.

Video: How to Fit Yourself with Sarah Veblen, Part 1

A sewing expert shares her techniques and recommends essential tools for fitting yourself.

Video: How to Create A Personal Croquis

Watch this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 5 to learn to create and use your own personal croquis.

2015 Threads Pattern Review Roundup

All of this year's pattern reviews have been collected into one place for your convenience.

Video: Use a Camera to Help Fit

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.

Make It With Wool 2015 Winner Compilation

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.

Video: How to Set Fabric on the Bias

Understanding grain is crucial when planning bias garments and laying out fabric. Use this technique to create bias scarves and skirts from fabric tubes.

Video: How to Analyze the Fit You Prefer

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.

How to Draft a Two-Piece Jacket Sleeve From a One-Piece Pattern

Find out how to convert a one-piece sleeve pattern into a two-piece jacket sleeve in this Web Extra from Threads #182.

Make It With Wool 2015: Outstanding Needlework Award Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Kimberly Westenberg.

Make It With Wool 2015: Senior Creative Embroidery Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Lauren Parks.

Meet Kenneth D. King at Launch Party for "Smart Sewing: Fake Fur"

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.

Make It With Wool 2015: Use of Claire Shaeffer Pattern Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Kelsey Clear.

Make It With Wool 2015: Junior Creative Embroidery Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Jenna Legred.

Make It With Wool 2015 Senior Exemplary Construction Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Gabrielle Augustine.

Make It With Wool 2015: Fashion/Apparel Design Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Kristen Morris.

Make It With Wool 2015: National Adult Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Dianne Galloway.

Make It With Wool 2015: Junior Winner and Junior Exemplary Construction Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Kris Puckrin.

Make It With Wool 2015 Senior Winner & Mohair Award Scholarship Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2015, Jenna Legred.

Offical Rules - 2015 Threads Machine Embroidery Challenge Sponsored by BERNINA

Official rules for the 2015 Threads Machine Embroidery Challenge Sponsored by BERNINA.

Video: How to Fold Knife and Box Pleats

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.

Pattern Review: Vogue 1431 Misses' Dress

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1431. This semifitted, lined dress was designed by Tom and Linda Platt.

How to Add a Sleeve Vent on a Lined Sleeve

Create a functional opening on a lined sleeve.

Video: Sleeve Length on Tailored Jackets

Get expert insight on the optimal sleeve length for tailored jackets.

More Great Gifts for Sewers

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.

More on Vicki Vasilopoulos, Creator of "Men of the Cloth"

Read more of Kenneth D. King’s interview with Vicki Vasilopoulos whose documentary film, “Men of the Cloth,” follows four master tailors.

Tip: Iron-On Topstitching Template

Get a straight line every time with this trick for better topstitching.

Design a Rolled Collar

Make a basic pattern, then revise it for new styles.

Pattern Review: Maker's Atelier - Drawstring-Neck Dress and Top

Threads reviews the Drawstring-Neck Dress and Top pattern by Maker's Atelier. The just-below-the-knee dress is smart and practical.

Pattern Review: Waffle Patterns Pepernoot Hooded Coat

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.

Pattern Review: Grainline Studio - Archer Button Up Shirt 11004

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.

Cures for Puckered Stitches

Judith Neukam will teach you to avoid rippled seams in your work, with this expert advice.

Faux-Fur Coat

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this fabulous faux fur coat made by Kenneth D. King.

Pleat to Measure

Ingenious ways to calculate yardage and folds.

Stylish Lined Dress

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this semifitted, lined dress.

Video: Pocket Size on Tailored Jackets

Tailoring expert Kenneth D. King offers insight on jacket pocket size and length.

DIY Project: Falling Leaves Necklace

Learn how turn fabric scraps into a statement accessory.

How to Use Japanese Patterns

Discover the charming designs and intuitive instructions of pattern from Japan.

Video: Fabric Options for Tailoring

Kenneth explores textile options for creating tailored jackets.

Three Ways to Match Prints

Align fabric across seams with one of these expert methods.

Costume Inspiration: 6 Past Halloween Contest Winners

Take a look at the winners of past Halloween Costume Contests for ideas and inspiration.

13 Essential Fitting Tips & Tricks

Learn how to get great-looking garments with these 13 fitting techniques and tricks.

Inside Out: Revealing Clothing's Hidden Secrets - An Exhibition

An exhibition turns historic garments inside out to reveal construction details.

Official Rules - 2015 Threads Halloween Costume Contest Sponsored by OttLite

Official rules for the 2015 Threads Halloween Costume Contest.

Free Pattern: Make a Curved-Top Tote

A "dip" in the edge means you can swing your elbow through easily.

How to Sew a One-Seam Poncho

For instant style, fold a fabric rectangle in half, then sew a shoulder seam.

Hong Kong Armscye Finish

Conceal the raw edges of an armscye with this great technique.

Hem a Pleated Skirt

Release the creases for a crisp finish.

All-New: Threads #181 (October/November)

Here's a sneak peek at what you can find in the October/November 2015 issue of Threads.

Essential Measuring Points for Fitting a Pattern

To prepare for a good fit, compare your body to the pattern.

Tip: Upcycled "Tincushions"

Easily create cute pincushions from tuna cans to match your personal preferences.

Notions: Beginner's Embroidery Machine

This beginner-level embroidery machine is faster than any other in its price range.

Notions: Custom Cover Service for Closures

Order a bundle of buttons or buckles in a variety of styles and have them covered with your favorite fabric from your stash.

Ann Person, Sewing Entrepreneur, Dies at Age 90

Threads remembers pattern designer and sewing expert Ann Person.

Pattern Review: Vogue 9046 Tucked Dress

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 9046. This design from Claire Shaeffer’s Custom Couture collection for Vogue Patterns has subtle couture touches.

Pattern Review: Butterick 6134 Misses' Top

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.

Pattern Review: Simplicity SewStylish 1070 Misses' Sportswear

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.

Q&A: Where to Place Bust-Dart Points

Sarah Veblen shares a wealth of information about bust darts.

Asymmetrical Bridal Gown

Take an interactive 360-degree view if this asymmetrical wedding dress.

Luxe Moto Jacket

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this stylish moto jacket made in graphic jacquard.

Video: How to Repair a Stray Snip

Watch this quick Threads Essential Techniques video for a creative solution to accidental fabric cuts.

Video: How to Fit Your Shoulders

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.

15 Ways to Master Lining, Underlining, Facing and Interfacing

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 - Two-DVD Giveaway: Sarah Veblen's Master Skirt Pattern Series

Official rules for Sarah Veblen's "Master Skirt Pattern Series" two-DVD giveaway.

Embellished Fortuny Frock

Take an interactive 360-degree view if this spectacular Fortuny frock made by Kenneth D. King.

Video: Basic Skills You Need to Tailor Jackets

Kenneth explains the skills and traits he believes needed to get started in tailoring.

Video: Bagging a Lining

See what Kenneth D. King has to say about bagging a lining.

How to Sew a Cell Phone Bag and Free Pattern

Carry and protect your cell phone, smartphone, or small mobile device in this quick-to-make fabric bag.

Threads #180: Check out our latest issue, and enter to win

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.

Quick to Make: Strapless Jumpsuit

Extend pants into a wear-anywhere garment.

Video: Sew a Hand-Rolled Hem

This easy-to-sew, narrow hem is perfect for fine and delicate fabrics. Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video to learn how.

Mixing Patterns

Whip up a new design from two styles.

Hong Kong Shopping Smarts

This bustling city offers luscious textiles and plentiful notions. Discover some fascinating fabric shops and get tips from our expert.

Notions: On-the-Go Sewing Case

Make sure your notions stay where you want them with the no-residue sticky surface of this innovative sewing case.

Notions: Safety Pins for Sewers

These clever safety pins have a few tweaks that make them a sewer's dream come true.

Notions: Precision Cutter

The Janome Edge makes cutting paper and fabric designs a breeze. Great for paper crafting, quilting, embellishments, vinyl designs, and more.

Notions: Japanese Specialty Needles

These high-quality needles are available in a wide range of types and sizes.

Notions: Soft-Grip Rotary Cutter

This comfortable rotary cutter is loaded with features that ensure it can be used with the utmost convenience.

Notions: Fabric-Printing Book

See what we thought about this book on fabric design production.

Tip: Portable Sewing Supply Station

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.

Q&A: Sewing Machine Prices Then and Now

Sometimes it seems as if modern sewing machines can be very expensive. How expensive were they, comparatively, when they first became household items?

Q&A: Is Fabric Pilling Avoidable?

What is the cause of fabric pilling and how can it be prevented? An expert explains.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 1256 Ensemble

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.

Pattern Review: Christine Haynes - Marianne Dress 1005

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.

Pattern Review: Diane Ericson - The Ventana Jacket and Vest 327

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.

Pattern Review: Marfy 3396 Blouse

Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 3396. This hip-length sleeveless jewel-neck blouse is versatile and classic.

Duplicate Your Favorite Jeans

Learn how to make a pattern without taking your favorite jeans apart.

Comfortable Sleek Pants

Upgrade your favorite pull-on style with darts and a zipper.

The Fortuny Legacy

A century of luxury textiles from Venice to Manhattan.

Modular Ensemble

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this modular ensemble that is featured in "Pattern Review", Threads #180.

Rub Off a Pattern from Pants with Darts

How to copy a garment that’s shaped with darts—it’s quick, easy, and accurate.

Video: Map Your Body and Compare It to a Standard Pattern

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.

How to Sew a Bound Buttonhole

With edges wrapped in fabric, these buttonholes are bound to last.

How to Keep Your Embroidery Machine in Tip Top Shape

Here are a few things you can do to keep your embroidery machine from unnecessary visits to the repair shop.

How to Use a Ruffler

This handy attachment has a wide repertoire.

Quick to Make: Pyramid Cushion

A comfy, convenient holder for tablets, books, and more.

How to Get the Perfect Custom Bust Fit

Adjust a pattern in quadrants for accurate results.

Easy-to-Make Pajamas

Quick and simple, it’ll be a breeze to sew a pair of these pajama pants for every member of the family.

How to Make Slippers

These cozy warmers give new meaning to the term “happy feet.”

Video: How to Buy the Right Pattern Size

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.

The Cotton Challenge

Contributing editors find the potential in a staple fabric.

Threads #179: Check out our latest issue and enter to win!

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!

Dressmaker Jacket

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this sweetheart-neckline jacket that is featured in "Pattern Review", Threads #179.

Pattern Review: By Hand London Georgia Dress

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.

Pattern Review: Simplicity Threads 1103 Dresses

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.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 1287 Boys' and Men's Knit Pullover Shirts

Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 1287. These knit shirts have long sleeves and cuffs, a hemline band, and three neckline variations.

Tip: Use Painter's Tape on Napped Fabric

This little tip can be a big help when you need to consider the direction of napped fabric during piecing.

Notions: Fusible and Sew-In Foam

These useful foam pads are soft, yet supportive. Great for bags, totes, and tablet cases.

Notions: Vintage Pattern Mementos

These delightful notebooks and note cards are based off of vintage patterns.

Notions: Speed Up Pattern Tracing with the Double Tracing Wheel

This clever gadget lets you mark your seam allowances at the same time that you trace a garment.

Pattern Review: Marfy 3325 Jacket

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.

Tips for a Successful Zipper Insertion

Say goodbye to puckers, bumps, and misaligned seams.

Make a Removable Button Strip

Put your delicate closures on a removable band.

Foolproof Skirt Fitting

A grid takes away the guesswork.

Great-Fitting Skirt

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this skirt that is featured in "Foolproof Skirt Fitting", Threads #179.

Adapt the Removable Button-Strip Technique

Learn how to adapt Bill Voetberg's removable button-strip technique for a standard button-front shirt with a separate placket and facings.

Sewing Tip: How to Decide Whether to Staystitch Knits

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.

Embellishments Special Issue: Check out our latest issue and enter to win!

Here's a sneak peek at what you expect to find in our all-new Embellishments special issue and enter to win a copy.

How to Attach Appliques Across Curved Seams

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.

Video: One-on-One with Sarah Veblen, Part 4

Watch the fourth and final installment of our exclusive interview with fitting expert and Threads video personality, Sarah Veblen.

Video: One-on-One with Sarah Veblen, Part 3

Watch the third installment of our exclusive interview with fitting expert and Threads video personality, Sarah Veblen.

Sewing Tip: How and Why to Sew Directionally

This handy sewing tip from Threads #178 helps you get both sides of the garment to stay the same length throughout the construction process.

How to Make a Skirt for Your Figure

Design a waistband to complement your body.

Reader Tip: Color-Code Patterns for Easy Access

With this easy little trick, finding the pattern you're looking for will no longer be a chore.

Sewing Tip: Gathering Mid- to Heavyweight Fabrics

This simple tip will make sure you're gathering fabrics the right way.

Embellish Panties with Shadow Appliqué

Learn to apply this pretty lace detail in three easy steps.

Create Elegant Dyed Designs on Silk

Use a resist to create artistic designs with dye.

A Closer Look at Denyse Schmidt's Quilting Studio

See how Denyse deploys rolling shelves and tables for a transformative space.

Sewing for Beginners: 23 Tips and Techniques You Should Know

Improve your sewing skills with this collection of expert tips and techniques.

Fast and Fabulous Purses

Make one today; carry it tonight.

Teach Yourself to Sew Season 5

What you need to know before cutting out your fabric.

Video: Embellishing with Paint Sticks

Stencil designer Laura Murphy uses paint sticks to transfer a surface texture to fabric.

How to Hand-Hemstitch

Add openwork details without cutting fabric.

Apply Hemstitching to a Garment

Applying a hemstitched design to a garment takes a little forethought and planning, but it's not difficult.

Notions: Trim to Match Any Project

That perfect trim for your project is out there somewhere, and thanks to you can find it.

Make Custom Panties that Fit Perfectly

Make great-fitting underwear in pretty styles and fabrics.

How to Prepare Patterns for Fit

Alterations to make before cutting the fabric.

Notions: Battery-Operated Seam Ripper

This useful tool effortlessly deals with flawed seams, with no risk of damaging the fabric.

Winning Entries from ASDP Design Challenge: The New Power Suit

The ASDP Design Challenge brings fresh ideas for commanding ensembles.

Pattern Review: Colette Patterns Moneta Dress

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.

Pattern Review: Vogue 9039 Misses' Jacket

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 9039.This semifitted tailored jacket has flattering angled seams and distinctive features.

Pattern Review: Simplicity Threads 1168 Ensemble

Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 1168. This dress and coat ensemble pattern is ideal for a spring or fall outfit.

Pattern Review: Cutting Line Designs 60813 Pullover Tops

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.

Notions: Smartphone and Tablet Stands

With all the sewing resources available digitally today, keeping your devices close and easy to access has become a necessity.

Polished Ensemble

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this dress and coat ensemble is featured in "Pattern Review", Threads #178.

Convertible Jacket

Take an interactive 360-degree view this power suit from Threads #178 (April/May 2015).

Tribute to Koos Van Den Akker

Linda Chang Teufel, founder of Dragon Threads publishing, pays tribute to designer Koos van den Akker.

How to Widen a Slot-Seam Opening

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.

Don't forget to Vote for the Winner of the 2014 Fancy Fabrics Challenge

The top five semifinalists have been chosen, and now it's your turn to vote.

Threads 2014 Pattern Review Roundup

In each issue of Threads, we test several promising patterns. Now we've gathered all of our 2014 pattern reviews in one place.

Best of Louise Cutting

21 of Louise Cutting's most timeless articles are now together in one place.

Upcoming Workshops and Classes by Threads Contributing Editors

Get the inside scoop on the classes held by our contributing editors.

Video: One-on-One with Sarah Veblen, Part 1

Threads sits down with fitting expert and Threads video personality, Sarah Veblen for an exclusive, Insider-only interview.

Announcing "Smart Tailoring with Kenneth D. King" DVD Workshop

This three-DVD set includes five hours of comprehensive tailoring instruction from the master.

2014 in Review: Top 21 Most Watched Sewing Videos

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.

How to Reset Sleeves for a Better Fit

This technique is a very useful one to have available when altering a garment.

Copy Pattern Curves and Reapply Them After Adjustments

Salvage a crucial curve after altering the pattern.

Win a Copy of the All-New The Couture Skirt Book & DVD Set

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.

Book Giveaway: Hand-Stitched Home - Signed by Susan Beal

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!

Teach Yourself to Sew: Order Season 5 Now!

The 5th season of our beginner sewing series is now available in our online store.

Create Innovative Garments from Ordinary Shirts

Upcycle yesterday’s fashions into original garments.

Sewing Tip: Block-Fuse Interfacing to Facings

An easier way of dealing with fusible interfacing.

Pattern Review: Style Arc - Gillian Dress

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.

Pattern Review: Butterick 6071 Misses' Pants

Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 6071. These straight-legged pants by Connie Crawford are great for casual or professional settings.

Pattern Review: McCall's 6844 Misses' Cardigans

Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 6844. These shawl-collar cardigans come in two styles and two length options.

Q&A: How to Fit Without a Helper

Fitting yourself seems daunting without a partner - but this expert Q&A will show you how.

Tip: Close an Opening Easily

No longer will you struggle when sewing an opening closed on a project that you turn right side out.

Notions: Organization Solutions

This collection of modular furniture is the ultimate way to stay organized as a sewer.

Notions: Magnetic Wristband

This solution to lost pins is clever and convenient. You can store needles, safety pins, and paper clips, too.

4 Steps to Tiny Bias Tubes

Learn how to make perfect bias tubes, a very handy technique for embellishment and for garment structure.

Ideas for Attaching Fagoted Rouleau

Bias tubes and fagoting create beautiful trims and medallions.

Make an Airy Rouleau Embellishment

Bias tubes and fagoting create beautiful trims and medallions.

Quick to Make: 1920s Panel Dress

Make a fluttery Vionnet-inspired shift.

Web Extra: Additional Downton Abbey Costumes

View more of the exquisite garments on display at the Winterthur Museum.

How to Fix Fit with Tucks

Decorative folds reduce a garment’s length or width.

Upcycled Four-shirt Dress

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this four-shirt dress from Threads #177 (February/March 2015).

How to Match Plaid on a Curved-edge Lapel

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...

Video: How to Make Thread Bars and Chains

Watch to learn how to make thread bars and chains. These delicacies detain wayaward straps, linings and more.

Pattern Review: Decades of Style 1940s Belle Curve Dress

Threads reviews Decades of Style Pattern #4014. This elegant, vintage-style dress can be made floor-length or knee-length.

Radiating-darts Dress

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this lovely dress featured in "Pattern Review", Threads #177 (February/March 2015).

2014 Fancy Fabrics Challenge Official Rules

Official Rules for the Threads Fancy Fabrics Challenge.

Make It With Wool 2014 Winner Compilation

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.

Video: Double Your Tape Measure

Get the most out of your measuring tape with this There's a Better Way quick tip from Threads.

Essentials for a Fashion-Sketching Tool Kit

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 the 2014 CraftStylish Dare to Make it: Holiday Contest

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.

Video: Quiet Serge

Watch this quick video tip to learn how to keep your serger from moving during use.

Video: One on One with Angela Wolf, Part 3

Angela Wolf discusses her workshops, fabric dyeing, and fishing in the final installment of this exclusive interview.

Video: Kenneth D. King's Essential Sewing Tool Kit, Part 3

See what Kenneth's must-have notions are, and find out how he customizes his tools.

Free Pattern and Project: 1940s Hobo Wristlet

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.

Book Giveaway: "Handbag Workshop"

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.

Become a Published Threads Author

Find out how you can submit your techniques and ideas to be featured in Threads magazine.

Great Sewing Gift Ideas for the Holidays 2014

The Threads staff is here to help you compile your wish list.

Video: How to Add Crystals to Knits

Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video to discover three methods of adding shine and sparkle to your knit garments.

Make It With Wool 2014 First Place Senior Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Ryal Mitchell.

Make It With Wool 2014 Fashion/Apparel Design Co-Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Helena Stefanowitz.

Make It With Wool 2014 Mohair Award Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Jordan Newhouse.

Make It With Wool 2014 First Place Junior Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Renata Goossen.

Make It With Wool 2014 National Adult Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Gail Altekruse.

Make It With Wool 2014 Outstanding Needlework Award Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Hannah Higginbotham.

Make It With Wool 2014 Fashion/Apparel Design Co-Winner

Get inspired by one of the national winners of Make It With Wool 2014, Erin Lyon Seidl.

Free Floriani Webinar Scheduled for November 2014

Users of Floriani embroidery software will have a chance to attend an online seminar.

19 Inventive Embellishment Ideas

Explore some of our favorite embellishment ideas, techniques, and tips.

Sew a Narrow Hem by Machine

Pamela Leggett's favorite technique for finishing tricky fabric edges.

November 2014 Expert Chat: Kenneth D. King

Couturier and Threads contributing editor Kenneth D. King answers your sewing questions.

Embellish with Beetle Wings

Create stunning designs with iridescent wings and embroidery.

Video: How to Sew Knits

Discover the joy of sewing knits with these easy-to-follow tips and techniques.

Download the 2014 Threads Annual Index

Download the 2014 Threads Annual Index, which covers issues 171-176.

Threads Insider All Access

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.

Preserve Your Precious Fabrics

Useful tips to manage and maintain your stash.

Video: How to Stabilize a Thread Spool

This great tip will help keep your thread spool from rolling away from you while handsewing.

Pattern Review: New Look 6261 Misses' Dresses

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.

Pattern Review: Eva Dress Patterns - 1929 Ensemble SE20-5955

Threads reviews Pattern #5955 from Eva Dress Patterns. This ensemble is a reproduction of a vintage McCall’s pattern.

Pattern Review: Dana Marie Design Company - Moto Me 1050

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.

Pattern Review: Silhouette Patterns 2913 Skirt

Threads reviews Nick & Zoe's Best Selling Skirt 2913 by Silhouette Patterns. This stylish, unlined, knee-length skirt flares to the hemline.

Q&A: Stitch a Shirt Hem That Won't Roll Up

Your garment hems will be better than ever.

Tip: Make a Beading Frame

This simple trick will keep your beads where they ought to be and make beading a breeze.

Sewing Tip: Turn Corners Right-Side-Out

A nice, crisp corner can turn a garment from good to great.

Book Giveaway and Free Pattern Downloads: "The Magic Pattern Book"

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Amy Barickman's newest book and enter for your chance to win a free copy.

Luxe Knit Top

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this luxe mixed knit top from Threads #176 (December 2014/January 2015).

Video: Pressing Pointers for Shaping and Finishing

In this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 4, you'll learn that the correct pressing technique can make all the difference.

12 Buttonhole Tips and Techniques

You'll be making buttonholes on par with the pros once you check out this collection of our best buttonhole tutorials.

Threads' Judith Neukam Earns ASDP Lifetime Achievement Award

Association of Sewing and Design Professionals honors Threads' executive editor.

Secure a Coat Lining

Sew sturdy tabs to keep a coat's layers in line.

Video: Kenneth D. King's Essential Sewing Tool Kit, Part 2

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.

Video: Kenneth D. King's Essential Sewing Tool Kit, Part 1

Sewing expert Kenneth D. King gives you an exclusive look at his personal sewing tool kit.

Video: One on One with Angela Wolf, Part 1

Get to know Threads video personality, patternmaker, and fashion designer Angela Wolf.

Video: Prevent Disappearing Ink From Vanishing Too Soon

Watch this quick video to discover a clever trick that will help keep your marks from disappearing.

Tip: Record Bolt-End Information

Create fabric collection reference files with ease.

Tip: Play with Fabric Colors Before Cutting

Believe it or not, a kaleidoscope can be a handy tool for color evaluation.

Tip: Roll Trim on Your Wrist

Learn how to stop trim from becoming caught or tangled.

Tip: Remove Fabric From Stash With Ease

This trick will make it easy to slide fabric out from a tall stack without disturbing it.

Tip: Roll Lint Away

Loose threads and lint can be a hassle to clear away, but not anymore.

Tip: Always Have a Backup With Photocopied Fabric

Don't let yourself be caught off-guard when you run out of a fabric type.

Tip: Leave Notes On Painter's Tape

If you want to leave yourself handy notes, painter's tape is the way to go.

Introducing "Quick Stuff to Quilt"

See what's inside this quilting special issue.

2014 Threads Halloween Costume Contest - Official Rules

Official rules for the 2014 Threads Halloween Costume Contest.

Self-Fit Your Pants

Learn how to take the right measures on your own with these simple steps — no assistant required.

Three Quick-Sew Pet Projects

Three Quick-Sew Pet Projects

Book Giveaway: The Art of the Handbag

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.

How to Sew a Mobius Scarf

Try this super-cute, super-quick designer scarf

How to Cut and Sew a Decorative Bias Facing

This technique makes bias facings a snap.

2014 National Sewing Month Giveaway - Official Rules

The official rules for the 2014 National Sewing Month giveaway.

NY Fashion Center Fabrics Offers Online Shopping Assistance

Online fabric retailer NY Fashion Center Fabrics stocks a wide variety of fabric and offers fashion assistance for online customers.

Video: Make a Thimble Liner From a Rubber Fingertip

Keep your thimble from slipping off your fingertip with this quick video tip.

Three Colorful Pillow Patterns to Sew in an Afternoon

Three Colorful Pillow Patterns to Sew in an Afternoon

Threads Storage Solution Giveaway Sponsored by - Official Rules

The official rules for the Threads Storage Solution Giveaway Sponsored by

One Month Until "Artistry in Fashion"

The annual designer sale and open house at Cañada College in Redwood City, CA is coming up soon. Get the details here.

How to Weave Custom Trims

Learn how to design your own passementerie with a simple loom by following these steps.

Three Quick-Sew Curtain Projects

Three Quick-Sew Curtain Projects

Pattern Review: Marfy 3039 - Trousers

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.

More Tips and Resources for Inkle Weaving

In Threads #175, weaver and sewer Daryl Lancaster showed you how to use an inkle loom. Here, Daryl shares more tips for inkle weaving.

An Inside Look at Mary Ray's Sewing Studio

See how one of our contributing editors organizes her space.

Video: How to Match Stripes, Plaids, and Prints

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.

Q&A: Dual Feed Versus Walking Foot

The merits of using a dual feed versus using a walking foot when topstitching velveteen are explained.

Video: Create a Folding Design Board

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.

Notions: Ultimate Button Warehouse

You can never have too many buttons, and we've found the perfect place to get them.

Tip: Light Up Your Fabric While Machine Sewing

Sew through any lighting conditions with this tip from Threads #175 (October/November 2014).

Style Tip: Textured And Embellished Garments

Here are a few tips on how to incorporate this season's hottest styles into your own garments.

Chopkey Embellished Dress

Take an interactive 360-degree view of this lovely Chopkey embellished dress from Threads #175 (October/November 2014).

Pattern Review: Vogue 1331 - Misses' Coat

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.

Pattern Review: McCall's 6902 Lined Jackets

Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 6902: chic trimmed jackets.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 1279 - Collared Shirts

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

Quick-Sew Curtains, Table Runner & Chair Covers

Enter the American Sewing Expo's Innovation Generation Contest

A chance for young sewers (ages 8 to 18) to showcase their budding talents.

Two Understitching Techniques

Discover two more understitching methods in this Web extra from SewStylish Fall 2014.

Quick-Sew Fabric Roses and Flowers

Quick-Sew Fabric Roses and Flowers

Video: Set a Sleeve for Beauty and Comfort by Hand

Learn how to set sleeves perfectly using a couture technique in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 4.

A Close Look at the Stitching Inside 2 Dior Garments

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.

Try These Color Combinations for Ice Dyeing

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.

Video: Use Elastic to Space Buttons

See how easy it can be to space buttons and buttonholes with this quick tip from Threads.

Sewing Tip: No More Scratchy Zipper Ends

With this clever sewing tip from Threads #174, your zippers will be feeling better than ever.

Tip: Store Fabric Neatly in Less Space

Learn a clever way to store fabric with this tip from Threads #174 (August/September 2014).

Notions: Sewing-Themed Flash Drive

Get your very own handy flash drive in the shape of a sewing machine, pincushion, or spool of thread.

Q&A: Freezing Bug-Infested Garments

An costume and textiles expert answers

Create a Foam-Cup Bra

It's easy to achieve a comfortable, custom shape for your bra.

Cheryl Kuczek Pattern Giveaway

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

Three Quick-Sew Tote Bag Patterns

Louise Cutting Answers Your Questions

Find answers to your sewing questions by reading through our latest Expert Chat with Louise Cutting.

Pattern-Grading Basics

How to scale a pattern from the size you have to the size you need.

Enter the American Sewing Expo's Passion for Fashion Sewing Challenge

Find out how you can get involved in this year's Passion for Fashion Sewing Challenge, hosted by the American Sewing Expo.

All-New: "Fashion Serge with Pamela Leggett"

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

Pretty Quick-Sew Gifts to Make and Share

Pattern Review: Style Arc - Angie Dress

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.

Pattern Review: Vogue 1310 - Misses' Top and Skirt

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1310. This bias-cut outfit drapes gently over the body.

Pattern Review: Center for Pattern Design - Bias Tier Coat

Threads reviews the Center for Pattern Design's Bias Tier Coat Pattern. This striking design is chic and easy to wear.

All-New: Industry Insider Techniques with Louise Cutting Volumes 6 & 7

Louise Cutting is back with two all-new sewing videos, which offer pro-level techniques, secrets, and solutions to help improve your skills.

Add High-End Elements to Your Garments

Enrich your wardrobe with a designer-inspired slot seam or cargo pocket.

More New York Garment District Fabric Shops

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).

Helen Haughey's Favorite Tools and Storage Solutions

See how Helen organizes treasured supplies in her home studio.

Video: Meet Silamide Thread

Watch this quick Threads Essential Techniques video to learn about waxed silamide thread and its uses.

Wool Tweed Dress

Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of this selvage-trimmed red wool dress from Threads #174.

Complete Guide to Seams and Seam Finishes

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.

Video: Two Great Marking Tips

Sewers have a multitude of ways to mark their fabric. Watch this quick video to learn two handy tips for marking fabrics and patterns.

Video: How to Sew Couture Seams

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.

Patterns 101

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.

14 Tips and Tricks for Better Sewing

You could learn something that will change how you sew forever. Check out this handy collection of 14 sewing tips and tricks.

Video: DIY Faux-Velvet Board

See how easy and inexpensive it can be to create your own faux-velvet board with this quick video tip from Threads.

Enter to Win "Bag-E-Bottoms" Bag Liners

Leave a comment to win a set of custom acrylic bases for totes by Lazy Girl Designs.

There's a Better Way

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.

Use Couched Elastic to Create a Ruched Effect

Learn how to insert elastic into a garment to create a gathered effect.

Angela Wolf's May Wardrobe Challenge

Don't miss this chance to show off your sewing skills and win fabulous prizes! This month's theme is "Dress the Part."

Video: Make Your Own Tailor's Pressing Tool

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.

Preview Threads Handbags

Threads Handbags Special Issue

Four Pretty Quick-Sew Scarves

Four Pretty Quick-Sew Scarves

Tea Cozy, Reversible Apron & Pot Holders to Sew for Your Kitchen

Tea Cozy, Reversible Apron & Pot Holders to Sew for Your Kitchen

Preview Threads Issue 173

Here's a sneak peek at Threads issue 173 (June/July 2014)

How to Find Your Waist and Other Measurements

This—and other mysteries of fit—resolved.

Video: Lining, Underlining, and Interlining

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.

6 Serger Secrets

Get the most out of your serger with these secrets and techniques.

Classic Garment Sewing Skills

Classic Garment Sewing Skills

Create a Garment Using Tyvek

Play with this unexpected material for stylish results.

Q&A: Vintage Pattern Preservation

Find out the best way to ensure your vintage patterns are kept safe.

Sewing Tip: The ABCs of Fitting

This nifty tip will help you remember an essential rule of fitting.

Pattern Review: McCall's 4424 - Children's Daywear

Threads reviews McCall's 4424 children's pattern. This delightful ensemble consists of a sundress, romper, panties, and a hat.

Pattern Review: Burda Style 7024 - Maternity Jacket

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.

Tip: Mark New Seams With a Scalloped Blade

Save time when altering a pattern by using a scalloped blade.

Blue Evening Gown

Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of this blue evening gown from Threads #173.

Pattern Review: Butterick 5860 - Maternity Ensemble

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.

How to Use Ombre Fabric

Dramatic or subtle, ombré fabrics create distinctive garments.

Video: How to Sew a Figure-eight Stitch

Watch this quick video tutorial to learn how sew a figure-eight stitch using techniques by Claire Shaeffer.

Sew an Easy Tyvek Tote (Includes Free Pattern Guide)

Make a fun and fully recyclable handbag with a geometric print. Also included are the instructions to make the bag pattern.

Apply Elastics to Your Garments

Bind an edge and create a stay tape with these stretchy bands.

Notions: Eco-Friendly Tools

These tools are great to have around, and environmentally friendly too.

Pattern Review: Kwik Sew 3987 - Misses' Skirt and Hat

Threads reviews Kwik Sew Pattern 3987. Incorporate this playful skirt and hat duo into your wardrobe.

Video: Sew Perfect Collar Points

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.

Pattern Review: Marfy 3163 - Sleeveless Jumpsuit

Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 3163. This sleeveless jumpsuit has a surplice, blouson bodice, symmetrical diagonal pleats at the center-front waistline, and palazzo legs.

Pattern Review: Vogue 8938 - Five Easy Pieces

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8938. Make two tops, a knit skirt, and two pairs of pants from this ensemble pattern.

Video: Basting 101

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

Quick-Sew Rosette Necklace, Flower Belt & Blossom Brooch

Three Patterns for Quick-Sew Belts and Wraps

Three Patterns for Quick-Sew Belts and Wraps

Five Quick-Sew Pillow Patterns

Five Quick-Sew Pillow Patterns

Three Quick-Sew Lace Top Patterns

Three Quick-Sew Lace Top Patterns

Three Quick-Sew Purse and Carryall Patterns

Three Quick-Sew Purse and Carryall Patterns

How to Trim a Neckline Like Yves Saint Laurent

Claire Shaeffer shows you how to trim a neckline using a technique from the world-renowned designer.

Inside the Life of Iconic Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

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.

Magazine Giveaway: "Designer Techniques Vol. 2"

Don't miss the new special issue of "Designer Techniques", and learn how you could win a copy.

Schmetz Launches Needle App

Learn what Schmetz's new app and needle color-coding system has in store.

Video: The Importance of Sewing a Test Garment

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.

How to Make Fortuny-Style Beaded Edges

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.

How to Sew a Brick Stitch

This web extra from the Best of Threads: Embellishments issue will teach you how to brick stitch.

Before You Hem a Bias Garment, Let the Fabric "Hang Out"

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.

Notions: Cordless Iron

Ironing has never been easier than with this incredible Panasonic cordless iron.

Sewing Tip: Sewing With Plaid

Plaid can be a tricky design to master. Here are some tips on how to get it right.

Q&A: Create Pant Waist Facings

Learn everything you need to know to make a beautiful waist facing.

Tip: Make Your Own Silicone Tape

A simple technique to keep up a strapless dress.

Pattern Review: Vogue 8311 - Gloves

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.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 1727 - Misses' DIY Collars

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.

Pattern Review: Burda Style 7118 - Bolero & Stole

Threads reviews Burda Pattern 7118. These cover-ups are ideal for sleeveless dresses or strappy blouses.

Pattern Review: Pat Bravo - Monaco Bag

Threads reviews the Monaco Bag pattern by Pat Bravo. This bag can dress up any spring dress.

Pattern Review: Victoria Jones Collection - Busy Diva Apron 408

Threads reviews Pattern 408 from the Victoria Jones Collection. This pattern includes a pot holder and an apron, both reminiscent of a bygone era.

Pattern Review: McCall's 6450 - Hats and Gloves

Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 6450. This selection of fashionable hats and unlined gloves offers five variations.

Abstract Piecework Coat

Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of the abstract piecework coat from Threads #172.

Create Abstract and Engaging Forms

Insert graphic shapes to give a garment wow power.

How to Sew Sheer Fabrics

The essential tools and techniques you need for sewing see-through fabrics.

Make a Collage Minibag

This pouch packs style - and your phone.

Video: Inside a Couture Garment

Get a glimpse into the inner workings of a couture garment in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 4.

Video: Welcome to Teach Yourself to Sew, Season 4

Get started learning how to sew couture garments with our beginner video series.

10 Good Sewing Tips and Tricks

Here are ten tips and tricks for every sewing enthusiast directly from the sewing community.

How to Sew Pin Tucks

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.

Angela Wolf's 2014 Wardrobe Challenge

Breathtaking prizes await the winners of this yearlong series of contests with monthly installments, hosted by fashion designer Angela Wolf.

Pattern Review: McCall's 6656 - Unlined Coats

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.

Pattern Review: By Hand London - Elisalex Dres

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.

Pattern Review: Vogue 8858 - Misses' Skirt

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8858. These semifitted princess-seam skirts have a flounce, gores, or panels attached at midthigh

Sew a Lapped Zipper by Machine

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.

Free-Form Draped Dress

Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of this free-form draped dress from Threads #171.

How to Alter Home-Sewn Garments

The garments you make are worth refitting!

Learn to Free-Form Drape Like a Pro

Explore a designer’s innovative method to break through creative barriers.

Three Techniques to Reach Dart Points

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.

2013 Fancy Fabrics Challenge Official Rules

Official Rules for the Threads Fancy Fabrics Challenge.

How to Create a Draped Cowl Neckline

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.

Pattern Review: Decades of Style Flapper Dress 2502

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.

Pattern Review: McCall's 6711 Suit

Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 6711. This wardrobe capsule includes five coordinating pieces.

Pattern Review: Marfy 2916 Trench Coat

Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 2916. This form-fitting, wrap-style trench coat has a unique look, combining a woven body with sweater-knit sleeves.

Video Project: One-Seam Pants

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.

How to Sew a Classic Sheath Dress

Create a custom version of this stylish silhouette.

Download the 2013 Threads Annual Index

Download the 2013 Threads Annual Index covering issues 165-170.

How to Add a Princess Seam

For a great fit and endless design options, give a pattern the royal treatment.

How to Properly Store Your Garments

Set up a healthy environment for your garments and accessories.

Great Sewing Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Threads staff shares an exclusive wish list.

Video: How to Machine-Bead a Design

Watch and learn how easy it is to machine-bead any design.

Draped Cowl-Neck Knit Top

Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of this cowl-neck knit top from Threads #170.

Threads Magazine - Issue 170 - Dec 13/Jan 14

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.

Teach Yourself to Sew Winter 2013 is Here

Don't miss our new issue of Teach Yourself to Sew

Video: Quarter-Cut Pockets

An introduction to quarter-cut pockets from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.

Pattern Review: Vogue 8845 Misses' Jacket

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8845 by Claire Shaeffer. This jacket is cut on the bias, giving the design fluidity and drape.

Pattern Review: Cutting Line Designs 51509 - Top and Jacket

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.

Pattern Review: Butterick 5827 Misses' Dress

Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 5827.

2013 Threads Halloween Costume Contest - Official Rules

Official rules for the 2013 Threads Halloween Costume Contest.

Video: In-Seam Pockets

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.

Video Project: Make a Skirt

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.

Pattern Review: Christine Haynes - Derby No. 1001 Dress

Threads reviews Christine Haynes Pattern 1001. This youthful, above-the-knee, pull-on A-line dress has front and back princess seams.

Pattern Review: Vogue 8836 Misses' Pants

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8836. This classic design has wide legs, slant pockets, front pleats, and a mock-fly front zipper.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 1718 Misses' Sportswear Project Runway Collection

Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 1718. This Project Runway pattern includes a tunic with fun neckline and sleeve variations.

Make a Quick Clutch

Create a fashionable clutch with a contrasting zipper across the body.

Don't Miss the October/November 2013 Issue of Threads!

Take a peek at what you can expect to find inside the pages of Threads #169.

How to Make an Loop Scarf with a Twist

A designer’s spin on the infinity scarf.

How to Reshape a Neckline

Adapt a pattern for three new styles.

Embellished Sheath Dress

Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of this embellished sheath dress from Threads #169.

Video: How to Sew a Pickstitch

Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video tutorial to learn how to make the classic pickstitch.

Get Creative with Heirloom Buttons

Try these variations to enhance your hand-made heirloom buttons.

Threads Magazine - Issue 169 - Oct/Nov 2013

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.

How to Select Fabrics

These textile fundamentals are key to successful garments.

Video: The Anatomy of a Skirt

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.

How to Make the Perfect Wrap Dress

Learn how to make it fit and flatter your figure.

Pattern Review: Marfy 2758 Refined Dress

Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 2758.

Pattern Review: McCall's 6605 Blouse

Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 6605.

Pattern Review: Sewn - Skirt Smarts

Threads reviews Sewn's Skirt Smarts pattern. These skirts stray from the ordinary.

A New Way to Fit Trousers

Sew a sample pair to determine accurate adjustments.

Four Techniques for Creating Designer Garments

Use these four designer details for finishing and sewing high-fashion clothes.

The Sleeve-Cap Seam and the Armscye

Understand their relationship for a precise fit.

How to Sew with Lightweight Knits

Learn the secrets of creating feather-light garments.

How to Make Bias Pants

A unique twist gives a beautiful drape and a relaxed fit.

Inside Dior: Explore a 1971 Frock Made by Christian Dior

A delicate lace dress reveals its couture secrets.

Designer Spotlight: Interview with Cynthia Rowley

In this article from Threads #163, we caught up with Cynthia to discuss her lifelong love of sewing and design.

The Canvas Coatfront: How to Structure Jackets

Build lasting structure into jackets with a classic tailoring method.

Oliso Pro Smart Iron Contest - Official Rules

The official rules for the Oliso Pro Smart Iron giveaway.

Video: Transfer a Sleeve from One Pattern to Another

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.

Pattern Review: Vogue 8789 Misses' Vintage Petite Dress

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8789.

Pattern Review: Burda Style 7253 Dress & Jacket

Threads reviews Burda Style Pattern 7253. This modernized vintage pattern is a fabulous classic style.

Pattern Review: Butterick 5707 Misses' Dress and Belt

Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 5707. This slender 1958 design was a precursor to the sleeker styles of the early '60s.

Sewing with Handwoven Fabrics

Techniques to tame cloth from the loom.

The Mesh Butterfly Challenge: Four Threads Editors Take on Mesh

Presented with a surprise fabric, Threads’ contributing editors design four unique ensembles.

Print-Matching Tucks: How to Align Patterns

A subtle construction detail demonstrates mastery of prints and folds.

How to Create Tailored Trousers

Add impeccable details with classic menswear techniques.

Video: Sleeve Styles 101

In this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3, we will take a look at patterns for different styles of sleeves.

How to Reposition the Waist Seam on a Wrap Dress

Here's a quick tip on repositioning the waist seam on wrap dresses.

How to Select the Right Buttonhole for the Job

Download and print our handy buttonhole selection guide and never second-guess which to sew again.

Custom Pants Pattern Worksheets

Use these worksheets to record fitting adjustments and more!

How to Identify Fabrics with a Burn Test

Learn how to burn and read the ashes for 10 fiber types.

More on Bookbinding

Here are some resources and tips to help you create beautiful hand-stitched books.

Retro Back-Wrap Dress

Take a look at an interactive 360 degree view of this retro inspired back-wrap dress from Threads #168.

Make a Bias Skirt

Five fabrics come together to make a bias skirt perfect for summer.

Make a Body Form of Yourself for a Perfect Fit

Learn how to make a styrofoam copy of yourself.

Installing an Exposed Zipper

Get a refined finish with this clever method.

A Sleeve Placket for Any Button-Front Shirt

The classic sleeve finish that most patterns don’t include.

Pattern Review: Favorite Things Duffle Coat V042

Threads reviews the Duffle Coat pattern from the Favorite Things collection. This sporty, hooded coat is perfect for outdoor fun.

Pattern Review: Fashion Patterns by Coni - Spiral Wrap CS1001

Threads reviews Pattern CS1001 from the Fashion Patterns collection. This dramatic wrap is fit for the opera or an evening walk on the beach.

Pattern Review Marfy 2552 Elegant Coat

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.

Decorate Your Fabrics with Stenciling

Here's a simple way to print on fabric and clothing.

How to Bead on Leather

The magical effect of stitching multicolored bits of glass!

How to Make a Winged Skirt

Skirts with wrap-around extensions offer quick, easy-to-make elegance, practicality, and a surprise or two.

A Look Inside an Armani Jacket

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.

Make Free Flowing Garments Using Simple Shapes

Whether free flowing or fitted, Madame Grès’s innovative garments takes notice.

How to Embellish Garments Using Shisha

Caryl Rae Hancock devised a quick and clever way to attach shisha with free-machine embroidery.

How to Make a Shirt Collar

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.

Hand-Embroidered Understitching

Make the functional fantastic with a hidden embellishment.

How to Add a Sheer Kick Pleat

In this excerpt from "Designer Details", seen in Threads #167, author Jacque Goldsmith shows you how to create a sheer pleat.

Video: Measure Your Clothes for Fit

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.

25 Ways to Save Time & Money in the Sewing Room

Designer and stylist Ruth Ciemnoczolowski shares her tips.

Slow Sewing for a Better Experience

Author Patricia Keay champions slow sewing—a new, old-fashioned way to savor the creative experience.

Create an Easy-to-Alter Waistline

By changing the construction order on a skirt finished with lining to the waist, it’s a cinch to make adjustments later.

How to Make a Bias Design

Revealing the magic that happens at 45 degrees.

Four Ways to Make Your Favorite Dress

Give your favorite pattern a fresh look.

Make Details and Embellishments for Simple Garments

Three techniques for embellishing with fabric.

How to Work with Sheer Fabric

Layer see-through fabrics with abandon for brilliant combinations.

Flattering Shoulder Tips

Achieving a flattering shoulder shape regardless of the current style.

Video: How to Take Four Different Body Measurements

Susan Lazear shows you how to take four different body measurements using a variety of tools.

Jersey Knit Dress

Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of the jersey knit dress from Threads #167.

Video: Alter the Pattern's Shoulder Slope

Learn everything you need to know about altering the pattern's shoulder slope in this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.

Spring Fashion 2013

Fresh hues and relaxed silhouettes to sew this season.

Threads Essential Techniques

Follow along as we bring to life some of the must-know techniques, methods, and skills seen in our pages.

How to Add Sleeves to a Sleeveless Top

Three pretty options give a sleeveless top extra style and coverage.

Fitting Tips with Professor King

Kenneth D. King shares tips and tricks for getting perfectly fitting garments.

How to Create A Slimming Look with the All-In-One Pocket

Make your tummy look smoother without having to give up bread!

Make Endless Pieces with One Base Pattern

A base pattern makes it easy to whip up a wardrobe of unique, well-fitting garments.

How to Make Bounded Buttonholes

With edges wrapped in fabric, these buttonholes are bound to last.

How to Make a Tailored Garment

A traditional menswear tailor talks about how to build impeccable shape into garments.

Make Padded Seams to Prevent Seam Allowance Impressions

Make lightweight padded seams for your wool garments.

Video: Compare Your Shoulder Slope to the Pattern

In this video from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3, learn how to find your exact shoulder slope with this simple technique.

How to Sew Lap and Applique Seams

Author Claire B. Shaeffer investigates three lapped seams: the basic lapped seam and two appliqué versions.

Lace Edges

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.

Three-Piece Ensemble

Take a look at an interactive 360-degree view of the three-piece ensemble from Threads #166.

Video: Shoulder Slope 101

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.

Video: Finish the Wrong Side of a Buttonhole

Learn how to finish the back of your bound button hole with this video tutorial from Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3.

Video: Shaped Bound Buttonholes

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.

Video: Bound Buttonholes

Bound buttonholes are easy to make and look great. Learn more in this Teach Yourself to Sew Season 3 video excerpt.

Video: Interfacing 101

Get an introduction to interfacing from Louise Cutting in this video from Industry Insider Techniques Volume 5.

Full-Skirted Dress

Take a look at an interactive 360 degree view of the 1950s inspired Full-Skirted Dress from Threads #165.

Make Knit Garments with Style

There are many ways to approach designing with knits. Author Katherine Tilton shows you how to create fabulous garments.

Video: How to Make a Quilters Knot

Fashion sewing blogger Sunni Standing shows you how to tie a quilters knot.

The 2012 Threads Annual Magazine Index

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.

Video Quick Tip: Create a Flattering Pencil Skirt

Watch as fashion sewing blogger Sunni Standing shares a quick tip.

Cover Stitching 101

Learn what a cover stitch is, how to select a cover-stitch machine, basic and advanced techniques, and more.

Make a Press-Cloth Wardrobe

Jacque Goldsmith describes how to choose, create, and care for press cloths.

Silk Thread Demystified

In this article, Maggie Backman explains the difference between the two types of silk thread, spun and filament.

How to Achieve Waistline Definition

Here are five functional and comfortable ideas for creating a waistline.

How to Alter Sleeves for a Better Fit

These easy-to-follow techniques from author Denise Severson show the way to beautiful sleeves that fit your biceps.

How to Sew a Basic Kick Pleat

Learn how to sew a basic kick pleat with this excerpt from Threads #164 (December 2012/January 2013).

Video: How to Sew a Nonstretch Waistband

Watch as fashion designer and patternmaker Angela Wolf shows you how to add a nonstretch waistband to your favorite pair of jeans.

Add a Fluttery Sleeve to a Sleeveless Garment

Learn how to add fluttery shawl-like sleeves to sleeveless garments with this tutorial from Kathleen Cheetham.

How to Make Custom Piping

There’s no need to buy ready-made piping when you can make your own covered piping to match or coordinate with your projects.

Halloween Costume Contest 2012 - Official Rules

The official rules for the Threads 2012 Halloween Costume Contest

Dior Lace Dress

Take a look at an interactive 360 degree view of this Dior Lace Dress from Threads #164

How to Master the Backstitch

Learn how to control fabric and sew secure seams with this essential hand stitch.

How to Care for Your Sewing Machine

Follow these six steps and you'll keep your sewing machine running smoothly.

Read Threads on Your iPad or iPhone!

Download the our app and start reading Threads Magazine on your iPad or iPhone!

Peplum Jacket

Take a look at an interactive 360 degree view of this peplum jacket from Threads #163.

Pattern Review: New Look 6099 Misses' Jackets

Threads reviews New Look Pattern 6099.

Pattern Review: Vogue 1292 Misses' Skirt

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1292.

Pattern Review: Sew Chic LN1106 Phantom Jacket & Capris

Threads reviews Sew Chic Pattern LN1106: The Phantom.

Video: How to Create a Beautiful Lace Top

Watch as Threads former Editor Deana Tierney May demonstrates how to create a beautiful and simple lace top.

How to Dye Fabric after Devore

Learn how to dye fabric after burning out designs with this tutorial.  

How to Make Beaded "Berry" Buttons

Learn how to make beaded "berry" buttons with this web-extra from Threads #163.

Tips for Better Topstitching

Topstitching is as simple as sewing a straight stitch, but with the right tips you can achieve stunning results.

Pattern Review: Victoria Jones Collection - Beach Wrap Dress 303

Threads reviews Pattern 303 from the Victoria Jones Collection.

Pattern Review: Burda Style 7195 Wide-Leg Pants

Threads reviews Burda Style Pattern 7195.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 1945 Misses' Sportswear

Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 1945.

Lining Pants 101

Add durability, drape, and comfort to pants.

A Look at Exposed Zippers

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.

Get the Ideal Silhouette: Self-Evaluation Worksheet

Download this article from Threads #162 including your self-evaluation worksheet.

The New August/September Issue of Threads is Coming Soon!

Don't miss this great new issue.

How to Make Custom Flip Flops

Customize a pair to coordinate with every outfit in your closet.

How to Sew a Tube Top

Resurrect the tube top in a soft, drapey knit.

How to Embroider Signature Bath Linens

Pump up plain-Jane towels and a shower curtain with machine embroidery.

How to Embellish a Gift Box

Cover a ho-hum box in fabric, then "frost" the top.

How to Construct a Lace-Up Purse

Create a shiny and chic no-sew evening bag.

How to Create a Quilt-Together Spread

For a pretty bedcover, use a sheet and a tablecloth.

How to Make a Retro Cocktail Apron

Turn a vintage tea towel into a striking cover-up.

How to Pin-Tuck

Depart from the straight and narrow: “pin-tuck” curves, angles, and motifs on all types of fabric.

How to Sew Vintage PJ Bottoms

Lounge in style with some quilter’s calico, a simple pattern, and a spare hour.

How to Make Unique Picture Frames

Pad out your favorite pics with a little bit of leather and fabric.

Create a Travel Wardrobe

Put together a minimal, stylish, mix-and-match wardrobe for a trip around the world--or across the state.

Pattern Review: Vogue 1030 Misses' Dress

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1030.

Pattern Review: Style Arc - Pippa's Dress

Threads reviews the Pippa's Dress pattern from Style Arc.

Pattern Review: Vogue 2979 Misses' Bridal Dress and Sash

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 2979.

How to Sew Purses with Home-Dec Fabrics

Put gorgeous home-decor fabrics and trims in the spotlight

Simple Fixes and Mending Techniques

Analyze and repair common garment wear and tear.

How to Make a Yo-Yo Necklace

Turn fabric scraps into a whimsical fashion accessory.

Embellish a Cardigan with a Ruffle

Revamp any cardigan with a strip of gathered fabric and matching covered buttons

Official Rules for the BERNINA Like It Contest

The official rules for the Bernina Like it Contest - April 23, 2012.

How to Sew a Designer Shift

A simple shape and side buttons equal easy fit and style

How to Sew a Feathery Clutch

Simply machine-sew parallel rows of individual or pre-strung feathers to your fabric, and fashion it into a bag.

How to Sew a Quilted Cuff

Lacy, but still a little edgy, this crazy-quilted bracelet has it all.

How to Make a Precision Placket

Download our pattern for a perfect placket and learn how to make this classic sleeve finish that most patterns don't include.

How to Upgrade a Basic Tee

Take your T-shirt from boring to bold with pretty sleeves and a brand-new neckline.

How to Embroider Cloth Napkins

Treat cloth napkins to a speedy makeover with machine-embroidered edges

Official Rules for the BERNINA Like It Contest

The official rules for the Bernina Like it Contest - April 16, 2012.

Create a Colorful Floor Pillow from Sari Fabric

Piece together colorful sari fabric into an eye-catching floor-pillow design.

Sew a Silky Dress with a Dramatic Neckline

Make an easy-to-sew dress, and add a faux collar of sheer reverse applique.

Quilt Your Stash Contest - Official Rules

The official rules for the 2012 Quilt Your Stash Contest sponsored by Juki.

Video: How to Choose the Right Fabrics

Add impact to your projects with the right mix of colors and textures.

How to Design with Sheer Fabrics

Discover the wonders of sheer-fabric manipulation by layering, tucking, pleating, gathering, or ruching.

Full & Fabulous - How To Fit A Full Figure

Learn how to correct a pattern to fit a large midsection with Kathleen Cheetam's technique.

How to Sew a Tote Three Ways

Make this versatile bag; then dress it up with fabric stripes, applique, and sequins

How to Sew Elegant Silk Table Runners

Dine in style on silk table runners that double as place mats

How to Sew a Slipcover

Make an easy pattern and use basic sewing skills to liven up any side chair.

How to Make a Jewelry Case

Zip together a clever, compact jewelry tote to take along on your travels.

How to Construct a Cardi-Wrap

Be cozy and fashionable in this hybrid cardigan and shawl.

Draft Your Own Pattern for Pants that Fit

Take the guesswork out of fitting pants by custom drafting your own pattern from the start.

Copy Your Garments with Precision

Use an assortment of flexible rulers to quickly and easily do a precise and more professional job for all your pattern work.

Video: Two Techniques for Edges

Pam Howard shares an easy way to sew a shirt hem as well as a quick mitering method.

How to Sew a Versatile Sundress

Welcome spring in a sunny dress that's really just a tube of fabric.

Sew a Multi-Purpose Bag

Is it a work tote? Or a purse? It's both!

How to Sew a Classic White Shirt

Three talented designers and educators share their interpretations of this essential garment.

How to Sew an Ironing Board Caddy

Make an ironing-board cover with a matching sewing-tool caddy.

Pattern Review: Vogue 1255 Tunic

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1255. This loose-fitting tunic has many fun and feminine details.

Pattern Review: Brensan Studios - The Priscilla Dress

Threads reviews Brensan Studios Pattern BSS157. This is a classic knee-length, shirtwaist dress reminiscent of a bygone era with vintage styling details.

Pattern Review: Marfy 2591 and 2584, Stylish Vest and Tunic

Threads reviews Marfy Patterns 2591 and 2584. Patterns from this company are fashion forward and always interesting.

How to Sew Invisible Seams and Edges

Master this technique and achieve the clean lines of designer Zoran.

Couture Techniques Workshop - Basics with Claire Shaeffer

Claire Shaeffer shares insider tips and secrets for creating high-end couture garments.

Three Ways to Attach Boning

Give lightweight structure to garments and accessories with this easy-to-sew method.

Turn a Placemat into a Purse

Turn a simple (or fancy) placemat into a purse.

Machine Hemstitching: A Double-duty Finish

Learn an easy, yet lovely way to secure a facing or hem by machine.

How to Make a Cozy Stylish Scarf

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.

How to Sew a Three-Layer Scarf

Make a convertible scarf with three fabric layers, then turn to the color you want.

Create a Graceful Funnel Collar

A funnel neck on a jacket or blouse flatters and fits a wide variety of body types and face shapes.

How to Make a Fabric Basket

This fabric basket only looks complex.

Explore Five Cuffs from Chanel Jackets

Explore five cuffs from Chanel jackets and get an up-close look at the subtleties of various trims used.

Sew a Trendsetting Bag

Create this coveted handbag from the movie The Devil Wears Prada.

Pattern Review: New Look 6045 Misses' Dresses

Threads reviews New Look Pattern 6045. With a simple change of accessories, these flattering dresses go elegantly from the office to an evening out.

Pattern Review: Sewn - 1002 Upline Jacket

Threads reviews Sewn Pattern 1002. This out-of-the-ordinary jacket is the perfect go-everywhere piece.

Video: How to Sew Casings for Elastic and Drawstrings

Learn a method for adding elastic or drawstrings to your garments.

Threads Fitting Series: Torso

Discover the timeless techniques used by designers and professionals to solve fitting problems from neck to waist.

How to Sew a Menswear Inspired Button-Up Shirt

Learn how to sew a modern menswear inspired button-up shirt.

Video: How to Sew an Invisible Zipper

Learn one method for adding a zipper to your garment.

How to Sew Ruffled Curtains

Keep your favorite colors on display with a café curtain fashioned like a soft waterfall.

Video: Sew an Apron

Learn how to sew a basic apron with patch pockets.

Video: Elastic 101

Learn about the different types of elastic.

Threads Fitting Series: Arms

Learn the secrets of fitting a sleeve.

Video: How to Sew a Double-Fold Hem

Learn how to sew a double fold hem around a curve with a specialized presser foot.

Threads Fitting Series: Waist & Hips

Kenneth D. King shows you how to custom-fit or alter pants and skirts like a pro.

How to Sew a Glamorous Felt Clutch

See how felt can go glamorous with this simple-to-sew clutch.

Choose the Right Serger Stitch for Your Project

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.

Threads Fitting Series: Bust

Learn how to drape and shape for a fit that flatters every body type.

How to Make a Patchwork Pouch

Kayte Terry explains how you can keep your laptop safe in style with this colorful patchwork bag.

Gifts for Sewers - A Gift Guide to the Holidays

Find out what our editors are craving this holiday season.

How to Make a Tea Cozy

Lovely covers add cheer and warmth to teatime.

Pattern Review: Jalie 2921 Scarf-Collar Knit Top

Threads reviews Jalie Pattern 2921. This fashionable, close-fitting top features a tie neckline with a variety of style options.

How to Sew Origami Pouches

Folded from fabric squares, these adorable (and reversible) pouches can be cut and sewn in less than an hour.

Video: Sewing Machine Needles 101

Learn about the anatomy of a sewing needle and how to choose the right needle for your project.

Pattern Review: Cutting Line Designs 12110 Ensemble

Threads reviews Cutting Line Designs Pattern 12110. This loose-fitting, two-piece outfit is comfortable and fun to wear.

Pattern Review: Vogue 8731 Misses' Top and Tunic

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8731. This youthful-looking A-line pullover tunic is easy to make in one afternoon.

Pattern Review: McCall's 6321 Lined Evening Dress

Threads reviews McCall's Pattern 6321. This dress features an elegant symmetric or asymmetric drape over the skirt.

Learn Six Ways to Dress Up Fleece Fabric

Expand your basic skills to embellish your next fleece garment.

Video: How to Finish a Facing Edge

Learn about the many varieties of interfacing and which is right for your project.

The 2011 Threads Annual Magazine Index

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.

How to Create Free-Motion Embroidery Buttons

Covered buttons offer an easy introduction to machine-embroidered embellishment.

How to Add Texture and Shape to Garments

Add texture and shape to the simplest garments with just a twist.

Halloween Costume Contest 2011 - Official Rules

The official rules for the Threads 2011 Halloween Costume Contest

How to Make a Sweet Fabric Frame

Use up your sewing stash to showcase your favorite photos.

How to Make Easy Beaded Bags

Use quilting and beading techniques to make bold-patterned beaded bags.

How to Sew a Flattering Studded Leather Belt

Flatter your waistline with this quick-to-sew belt made from leather and studs.

Threads Ultimate Sewing Challenge Sponsored by BERNINA - Official Rules

The official rules for the Threads Ultimate Sewing Challenge Sponsored by BERNINA.

How to Make a Stitched Shade

Give a plain lamp a lovely new look with embroidered motifs.

How to Sew a Scarf Using Your Stash

Use up your fabric stash to sew this fashionable fringe scarf.

Learn the Techniques of Akira Maki

Learn the patterns and techniques from the mastermind behind Halston’s eveningwear.

Learn the Four Fastest Flat-Fell Seams

These fast versions will surely speed up your sewing.

Pattern Review: New Look 6028 Jacket

Threads reviews New Look Pattern 6028. This classic princess-seam jacket is a blank canvas for creativity.

Pattern Review: Colette 1005 Beignet Skirt

Threads reviews Colette Patterns' Beignet Skirt. This ladylike A-line skirt has seven panels and finishes just above the knee.

Pattern Review: Colette 1013 Crepe Dress

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.

Pattern Review: Marfy 2314 Blouse

Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 2314. This sleek, updated blouse has a fitted silhouette with simple lines.

Understand Turn of Cloth

Learn what you need to do when fabric takes a curve.

Tailoring 101

Learn tailoring techniques which build shape using malleable natural fibers with various techniques to control the fabric.

Three Ways to Use the Blind Stitch for Embellishment

This humble stitch is used for hems, but here utility blossoms into embellishment in three unique ways.

Negative Printing Techniques

Removing color from your fabric can be as dramatic as adding color. Especially when you do it with a stencil.

MakeYour Own Heirloom Buttons

Vintage flair for modern garments.

How to Sew with Velvet

After you get a few skills under your belt, velvet is no longer intimidating to sew.

How to Make Artful Pillows

Overlap bright sheers, and add a colorful zipper for playful effects.

How to Use Feathers As Embellishments

Susan Crane demonstrates how to apply feather embellishments to add a little extra glam to your wardrobe.

How to Leaf Print on Fabric

Dyeing fabric with photosensitive dyes, which develop in sunlight is an interesting way to embellish your garment.

How to Choose a Flattering Neckline

Learn how to pick appropriate styles for your face shape and neck length.

Spruce Up Your Shirt Hem

Subtle hem details can change the look of an ordinary shirt, and they’re a cinch to add.

Pattern Review: Butterick 5567 Misses' Jacket

Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 5567. A raised neckline or buttoned mandarin collar accents the simple lines of this semifitted, Asian-inspired jacket.

Pattern Review: Vogue 8576 Dress

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8576. From the Vogue Divine Details line, this knee-length, lined dress is fitted and has distinctive neck- and seamlines.

Pattern Review: Fashion in Harmony 801 - Chinese Lantern Skirts

Threads reviews Fashion in Harmony Pattern 801. These bohemian-style skirts are flattering on many body types.

Pattern Review: Burda 7551 Skirt and Pants

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.

How to Make Three Quick Dresses

Christine Haynes shows how to make three quick and easy-to-sew dresses that are anything but homespun.

How to Sew an Elegant Wide Belt

For easy, one-hour style, try a “patternless” obi-inspired wrap.

How to Sew a Chic Cape

Whip up this fashionable look today and wear it out tonight.

How to Create Great Garments with Stenciling

Simple fabric painting offers unlimited possibilities for great garments.

Silk-Ribbon Embroidery by Machine

A fast new approach to traditional embroidery with results that look hand sewn.

How to Make a Blooming Pillow

Soften your décor with a romantic ruffled accent.

The Techniques Behind Armani Jackets

Armani-inspired construction techniques can be applied to any jacket pattern you think worthy of a technical upgrade.

How to Fit a Muslin

This technique will make sure your seams and curves are positioned correctly.

How to Create Sheer Magic

Layering transparent fabrics over other textiles creates multiple options for new surfaces.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 2345 Ensemble

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.

Pattern Review: LJ Designs Chardonnay Skirt

Threads reviews the Chardonnay Skirt pattern by LJ Designs. This flattering sarong-like skirt is named after a light and versatile wine.

Pattern Review: Silhouette Patterns 110 - Kiana's Top

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.

How to Sew Fabric Bookmarks

Keep your place with these easy-to-make fabric bookmarks.

Pattern Review: Butterick 5522 Misses' Dress

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.

How to Color-Block

Learn how to create color-blocked garments with this technique.

Use a Digital Camera to Get a Great Fit

Keep a visual record of fittings to serve as a reference.

How to Make a Variety of Wristlets

With some fabric and a few notions, a wardrobe of wristlets is within your grasp.

How to Make Brooches with Bite

Pretty teeth are the focus on these zipper flowers.

Learn How Thread is Made

Find out just what goes into making this essential notion (and our namesake).

How to Embellish a Blouse with Beading

If you don't have time to hand sew a blouse, try embellishing a ready-to-wear creation.

Online Shopping and Resource Guide

Check out this newly updated list of great online fabric and craft supply resources.

Pressing a Rolled Collar into a Curve

Rolled collars should be gently steamed to build in a graceful curvature.

Design and Sew Balanced Garments

Learn how to create beautiful, comfortable and balanced garments with this article.

How to Sew a Sweater

Learn how to work with sweater-knit yardage for custom cardigans, pullovers, and more.

Learn the Shortcuts to Making a Designer Jacket

Fabulous designer details make all the difference in garment construction.

Make Yourself a Fitting Companion

You can make a very serviceable dress form from inexpensive and easy-to-find materials.

How to Sew a Padded Case for Electronic Devices

Learn how to combine your love of technology with your appreciation for style padded cases for your hi-tech toys.

How to Nuno-Felt

Learn how to nuno-felt seamless garments.

Guide to Press Cloths

Find out why just one press cloth is not enough.

Lessons for Working on the Bias

Learn how to work with bias-cut fabric directly from the master, Charles Kleibacker.

How to Sew a Bias Edge

Learn how to sew a sturdy binding even on your most delicate garments with this technique.

How to Create a Horsehair Braid

Elevate this traditional hem stiffener to trim the right side of a garment.

How to Drape for a Plus-Size Garment

When your measurements go off the charts, draping gives you design freedom.

How to Drape a Fitted Bodice

Here is a method for fitting the top half of the female body that is so simple and intuitive it is perfect for beginners.

Padding a Dress Form

Use fusible interfacing and cotton batting reshape a form to match your figure.

Create Elegant and Uncomplicated Couture Garments

Streamlined design and innovative construction produce stylish, comfortable garments full of unexpected details and refined decoration.

How to Sew Pants Inspired by Armani

Solve problems like baggy knees and sagging pockets, and add polish and perfection to fly-front zippers and waistbands.

How to Create Heavenly Embellishments

Combine lighter-than-air details for an exquisite effect that’s never fussy

How to Make a Tablecloth Curtain

Whip up an elegant window covering from vintage textiles.

Learn the Finishing Details of an Armani Jacket

There is no shortage of classic features found in the jackets of Armani.

Discover Hidden Gems in Your Button Collection

You may just get hooked on collecting these irresistible little relics.

How to Make a Throw-Pillow Applique

Learn the art of paper piecing to create beautiful geometric designs.

How to Sew Pants for a Shapely Derriere

Learn how to adjust your pants pattern to fit a shapely derrière with this article.

Custom-Grade a Pattern

Use 13 key points to prepare a pants pattern.

How to Create Fabric Jewelry

You can use to make earrings, pins, and other jewelry from fabric, to complement your clothing creations.

How to Make a Custom Bog Coat

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.

How to Make a Sew & Go Poncho

One seam is all it takes for instant style.

Tambour Beading

Learn how to make a beading frame and stretch fabric onto it, and how to work a basic stitch-the chain.

Sewing Without Pins

There are many advantages to sewing without pins in the way.

Press Cloths Take Center Stage

Your press cloth collection is as useful as the most exotic iron or ironing board.

Create Couture Lingerie

Delicate fabric and lace, a simple pattern, and fine sewing add up to a couture cami.

10 Timeless Details from the Threads Archives

Incorporate the finer points of vintage garments into your own creations.

Construct a Cardi-wrap in an Hour

Tie it, belt it, wrap it, or try a unique combination of these for a look that’s all your own.

Universal Principles for Patternmaking

Learn the formulas you need to master the art of patternmaking.

Adjusting Pants from Waist to Seat

Here is a foolproof method for making pattern adjustments for pant fitting.

5 Steps to a Perfect Slacks Pattern

Whip any basic darted slacks pattern into shape in five quick steps.

Working with Twin-Needles

Twin needles can be used to finish sporty or tailored garments or to create wild and wacky effects on almost any fabric.

How to Fit a Bust

Evening gowns, prom dresses, wedding gowns, sundresses, and halter-tops all require specialized bust support.

Simplify Sleeve Construction

Try this method for sewing a vent seam first when constructing a jacket sleeve.

How to Sew with Sequin Fabric

Learn techniques for keeping you sane when working with sequin-covered fabric.

Getting the Best of Gabardine

Wool gabardine is the perfect fabric to create couture garments that don't take couture time to sew.

Learn the Secret Strength of Organza

Add invisible, weightless support and strength with silk organza.

Fix Your Patterns Before You Sew

Proofread patterns so you can catch inconsistencies in drafting, marking, and printing before they ruin your project.

How to Add Embellishments

Learn how to create four simple embellishments that make any garment special.

How to Create Bias Tubing

Learn how to sculpt a neckline embellishment with fabric-covered cord.

How to Use Vintage Feet

Learn how to use vintage feet to create pin tucks and creating heirloom lace.

How to Sew Fashionable Rainwear

Learn how to create rainwear that has the right fabric, design, and closures.

The Golden Rule of Proportions

Use the golden ratio to create garments that look great on the hanger and flatter your particular figure.

How to Use a Dress Form to Design Garments

Create a wrapped blouse front you can incorporate into your favorite blouse pattern for a new look.

How to Use Japanese Tailoring

Learn how to use Japanese tailoring for a bulk-free collar and lapel.

Make a Stand-out Handbag from a Vintage Kimono

With just one seam and a few pleats and tucks, this scrapped sleeve made a gorgeous and unique carryall.

How to Sew Double-Faced Fabric

Take on a double-faced fabric, and design a way to make it spectacular.

How to Attach Patch Pockets Without Topstitching

Learn the magic of attaching patch pockets invisibly by machine.

Tips on Sewing and Fitting Knits

These simple techniques can be applied to any knit pattern with professional results.

Create a Coat with a Removable Layer

Learn how to create a coat with a quilted, removable layer.

Organize with a Fabric-Covered Box

Make a custom-size, fabric-covered box and a monogrammed fabric bag to organize your desk.

How to Sew a Festive Circle Skirt

A circle skirt is easy to create and fabulous to wear.

Pattern Review: Butterick 5393 Jacket

Threads reviews Butterick Pattern 5393. Stroll stylishly from winter into spring in this lined jacket with multiple vertical seams on the front and back.

Pattern Review: Decades of Style 4005 - Girl Friday Blouse

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.

Pattern Review: Burda 7654 Shorts

Threads reviews Burda Style Pattern 7654. These chic shorts are comfortable and easy to wear.

Weave a Celtic Knot

Use charmeuse cord to make elegant pockets, collars, or cuffs.

Pattern Review: Marfy 2464 Skirt

Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 2464. This formfitting, straight skirt is a simple design with a distinctive ruffled and draped mock wrap front piece.

How to Make a Hat Base

Create ravishing hats without expensive tools in this tutorial by milliner, John Koch.

Stack Petals to Create a 3-D Applique Belt

Appliques are a creative way to turn up the volume on clothes and accessories.

Holiday Gift Guide

We share the gifts that made our wish lists this year. What are you hoping to receive this holiday season?

Pattern Review: Project Sewing Workshop - Yvonne Porcella Cardigan jacket

Threads reviews the Yvonne Porcella Cardigan Jacket by the Project Sewing Workshop. This ample-size jacket with artistic offerings is pure fun.

Pattern Review: Marfy 2179 Dress

Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 2179. This unique dress features draped, bias-cut cap sleeves with pleats that cascade into gentle folds.

Halloween Costume Contest 2010 Official Rules

The official rules for the Threads Halloween Costume Contest 2010.

Inspired by Threads Contest - Official Rules

The official rules for the 2010 Inspired by Threads Contest.

Prevent Stray Bobbin Threads

Use hair elastics to help keep thread on your bobbins.

Spike Your Hand-Sewing Thread

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...

Pattern Review: Burda 7535 Pants

Threads reviews Burda Pattern 7535. An unusual fly front makes these Bohemian-style pants a standout.

Pattern Review: Vogue 8627 Jacket

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 8627. This jacket features a face-framing collar, easygoing three-quarter-length dolman sleeves, and inseam pockets.

Pattern Review: Vogue 1155 Dress

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1155. This fully interfaced and lined wrap dress is a unique take on a 1940s look.

Pattern Review: Christine Jonson Travel Trio Three #226

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.

Pattern Review: Burda 7587 Coat

Threads reviews Burda Pattern 7587. This bias-cut topper is a blank canvas for creativity with a full silhouette in two lengths.

Sheath a tracing-wheel blade

Use a toothbrush holder as a handy storage place for tracing wheels.

Create an Illusion Mesh Edge

Avoid traditional facings with this creative technique.

Kitchen Mats in the Sewing Room

Pliable kitchen mats come in handy as a cutting mat when using a rotary cutter.

How to Make Stripe Insertions

Tiny elements, sometimes hidden, can revamp a classic shirt with personality and design.

Perfect Narrow Mitered Corners

Use this method for easy-to-sew, professional-looking corners.

Floral net thread cover

Use net flower covers to help keep thread on its spool.

And the Winners of Bags in Bloom are...

Find out if you are a lucky winner in our book giveaway.

Silicone Hem Guides

Create iron-friendly pressing guides using recycled potholders.

Who is your favorite Threads author?

Which of the talented contributors to Threads magazine has inspired you most over the past 25 years?

Pattern Review: The Sewing Workshop Collection - Urban T-Shirt and Pants

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.

Make a Front Vent with a Loop and Button

This detail lends a bit of flair to a basic pant and can be made in any fabric from linen to lightweight wools.

Create a Detachable Flower Embellishment

Make a fabric and ribbon flower accessory that's easy to add or remove from a garment.

What were you sewing in 1985?

We are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, and we want to know what you were sewing when we were just getting started.

Pretty piping

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 for closures

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...

Looped button closure

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...

Easy seam-allowance guide

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...

Used-needle identification

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...

Pattern Review: Simplicity 2648 Misses' Dresses

Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 2648. This dress pattern features a classic style with a contemporary twist on fitting.

Pattern Review: Burda 7591 Blouses

Threads reviews Burda Pattern 7591. These fitted, knit-only blouses have two options for the neckline and sleeve styles.

Pattern Review: Vogue 1184 Ensemble

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1184. This Sandra Betzina pattern features an unlined vest with an oversize collar and a chic pair of shorts.

How to Hemstitch by Machine

Learn a wing needle technique that will add a delicate embellishment while finishing and securing the facing edge.

Tepee relaxes magnetic pull

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...

Sewing tools from the art- and office-supply store

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...

Streamlined shirt collar

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...

Easy, elasticized swimsuit straps

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...

"Wicked Witch" test for wool

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...

Unstick hoops with shaving product

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...

Spring Color Contest Official Rules

The official rules for the Threads Spring Color Contest.

Fire-hose technique for managing long fabric strips

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...

See color combinations in new light

Take a new look at color schemes

Creating Chemical Cutwork

Embroider breezy fabric without fussy cutting.

Give new life to old buttons

Fix up your old stained buttons with this neat tip

Pattern Review: Butterick 5387 Misses' Top

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.

Pattern Review: Petite Plus Wrap Jacket & Blouse 203

Threads reviews pattern 203 by Petite Plus Patterns. This pattern line is designed with the petite, fuller figure in mind.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 2476 Ensemble

Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 2476. You can sew a versatile wardrobe from just this one pattern.

Recall of Dritz Quick Cut Scissors

Prym Consumer USA has announced a voluntary recall for all of the Dritz Quick Cut Scissors.

Crayola isn't just for kids

A new way to use Crayola Erasables

New Sewing Machines by Janome

Read what Janome is saying about its newly released models.

What other types of fiber-arts-related crafts do you do?

We know you love to sew, but let us know what other fiber-arts-related crafts you enjoy.

Zipper finishing made easy

A great way to sew a perfect zipper

Bakery containers for storage

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...

Color-coordinated bonding

Make flexible boning for handbags

Sew a Circle Easily

Sewing a perfect circle is tricky, but this method simplifies the process

Add Style with Graphic Fabric Insertions

Check out this decorative couture piecing technique from Project Runway Season 7 Contestant, Pamela Ptak.

Shed light on serger threading and cleaning

Wear a backpacker's headlamp for extra light inside a machine

Create Intricate Fabric With Pin Weaving

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.

Your ruler can determine grainline

Use your ruler and a bit of tape to help you position your pieces on grain.

Mini buttons for doll clothes

Use common recyclable household items to make small buttons for doll clothing

Pattern Review: McCall's 5812 Peasant Skirt

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.

Pattern Review: Vogue 1109 Knit Top

Threads reviews Vogue Pattern 1109. This design's seam placements beautifully flatter a number of different body types with slimming lines.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 2556 Misses' Vests

Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 2556. This vest pattern comes from the Project Runway collection by Simplicity.

Choose the Winner in the Fancy Fabric Contest

You decide which one of our five finalists will take home the prize. Vote for your favorite to win.

Hands-On With Kleibacker: Lessons for Working with a Bias

Learn some of the techniques developed by Kleibacker throughout his career.

the 'Happy Valentine's Day' from Bernina V6 Contest Official Rules

The Official Rules for the 'Happy Valentine's Day' from Bernina V6 Contest

New Sewing Machines by Brother

Read what Brother is saying about its newly released models and accessories.

Sew Buttonholes that Resist Stretching

Closures can be tricky on stretchy, loose knits, but with the right support, you can add professional-looking buttonholes that complement your knitwear designs.

Use a Machine Stitch as a Perfect Guide for Hand Sewing

Baste a straight stitch using your machine and use the perfectly spaced stitches as a guide for evenly spaced hand stitches.

What's on Your Sewing Wish List?

Here is a list of the gifts on our wish lists this year. What sewing items are you hoping for?

Thread needles with a floss threader

Look to the dental aisle at the drugstore for threaders that help make threading needles a cinch.

Use Lint Roller Scraps From Your Sewing Room To Make Unique Cards

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.

Recycle plastic trays from the supermarket

Empty plastic foam trays from the supermarket make great sewing notion storage for your workspace.

Fancy Fabrics Challenge Official Rules

Official Rules for the Threads Fancy Fabrics Challenge

New Use for Tailor's Chalk

Place one triangular piece of tailor's chalk in a box with your silver jewelry to keep it tarnish-free.

How to Recover an Umbrella

Give an old umbrella a bright new look with an all new cover.

How to Make Loops in Soutache Braid

Learn how to make small loops in soutache braid lie perfectly flat for elegant embellishment details.

Easy Turning Through the Seam

Whether you're making a pillow or a sash, use this tip to help you sew anything needed to be turned right-side out.

Pattern Review: Kwik Sew 3706 Misses' Jackets

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.

Pattern Review: Marfy 1961 Coat

Threads reviews Marfy Pattern 1961. This unique coat features a dramatic collar that’s sure to get noticed.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 2586 Misses' Dresses

Threads reviews Simplicity Pattern 2586 from the Cynthia Rowley Collection. This pattern is fun to wear and easy to make.

Make a Pressing Dauber

Make a handy pressing tool just like the one professional tailor's use using scraps of fabric.

Stray threads become artistic cards

Recycle used lint roller papers that were used to clean up your thread mess and transform them into works of art.

Fitting Tips from the Pros

Louise Cutting and Linda Lee share their quick tips for fitting your problem areas.

Keep fabric steady while ironing with a magnet

Magnets can be a sewers best friend at the ironing board.

Spiral bobbin storage

Use recycled bindings from notebooks to organize bobbins.

Halloween Costume Contest Official Rules

The official rules for the Threads Halloween Costume Contest.

Recycled fabric makes great piping

Can't get to the fabric store? Use recycled strips of fabric as cording to create your own piping.

Keep pins handy with an egg cup

Egg cups make convenient, and super-cute, pin storage.

How to Sculpt a Row of Faux Bows

Learn how to manipulate a bias tube to create the illusion of bows.

Mark even hems with string

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.

Competitors Make It With Wool and Win

See the winners of the annual Make It With Wool competition.

And the Winners of the Simplicity Bias Tape Makers are...

Find out if you were the lucky winner of a Simplicity Bias Tape Maker.

Use a lightbulb for easy pressing

Quickly press small fabric and garment pieces with a light bulb.

Keep bobbins and spools together

Keep bobbins and spools organized with rubber bands.

Reuse plastic bags for smooth sewing

Use recycled plastic bags to help tame tricky fabrics.

Gallery of Gorgeous Gloves by John Koch

View some of John Koch's amazing custom-made gloves in this inspiration gallery.

Use a Proportional Scale as a Design Tool

The key to reproducing a garment that inspires you is keeping the proportions right.

Stitches for Gorgeous Gloves

Use these stitches when sewing gloves.

Patterns for Gorgeous Gloves

Download the glove pattern from "Gorgeous Gloves" in Threads Issue 145.

Tame your bobbin tails

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.

Sew Scientific

A drool-worthy way to make threading a needle easier.

Summer Sewing Challenge: 1 Week Left to Win!

There is still time to enter your linen creation into a Summer Sewing Challenge. You could win the new Janome 1100D serger.

Magnetic bars keep notions in order

Use a magnetic bar on your sewing room wall to organize metal notions like scissors and needles.

Summer Sewing with Linen

Enter to win our Summer Sewing Challenge. There are just two weeks left to share your linen creations.

How to make a dust pan that attracts pins

Put a sticky-back magnet in a dust pan for super-quick sewing room cleaning.

Thread Beyond the Sewing Room

Our tour of the Coats & Clark thread factory taught us that their thread shows up in some of the most unexpected everyday items.

Needle Felting Without Wool

Yes, you can needle felt with fabrics other than wool. Experiment with different fabrics to create a whole new look.

Make a seam-allowance guide with tape

Use tape to create a seam-allowance guide for your sewing machine.

Organize your button stash with safety pins

Always on the lookout for that one stray button? Keep them together with safety pins.

What is Your Level of Sewing Expertise?

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.

Organize your bobbins

Use straightened paper clips to keep bobbins with their matching thread spools

Join the Threads Summer Sewing Challenge and WIN!

Express yourself in linen by August 17th and enter to win the new 1100D serger from Janome.

Summer Sewing Challenge Official Rules

The official rules of the 2009 Summer Sewing Challenge: Express Yourself in Linen.

And the Winner of Ribbon Embroidery: Simple Stitches for Easy Embellishments is...

Find out who won a copy of Natalie Bellanger-Clement's book, Ribbon Embroidery: Simple Stitches for Easy Embellishments.

How to Embellish Buttonholes with Embroidery

Embellish your buttonholes with this embroidery technique from Jennifer Stern.

Shell Hem Edge

Enhance any edge with a shell hem using just a basic needle and thread.

*UPDATED* The Latest in Sewing Machines

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.

Announcing the Winner of the Fluid Fabric Challenge!

Check out the winner and the runners up in the Fluid Fabric contest.

Create a Custom Feather Fringe

Create a feather trim to embellish any garment.

Enter to Win a $150 Gift Card in Our Fluid Fabric Challenge!

Submit your own garment made from a fluid fabric and you could win a $150 gift card to Fashionista Fabrics.

Fluid Fabric Challenge Official Rules

The official rules for the Fluid Fabric Challenge.

On Fitting Sleeves

Your favorite off-the-rack fashions hold the secret to perfectly shaped sleeve caps and armholes.

Threads Announces New Editor

Meet the new editor of Threads magazine and, Deana Tierney.

Fitting DVD Series Preview

In this video preview, you'll learn 6 fitting techniques from the Threads Fitting DVD Series.

Meet Designer Brook DeLorme

Take a look at the way thoughtful inspiration leads a young designer to create chic, sculptural garments.

Bobbin Work: When Threads Are Too Thick for the Needle

Use hefty threads, yarns, braids, and ribbons in the bobbin, and sew from the wrong side to create exciting stitched effects.

Adapt a Bra to Accommodate a Prosthesis

Creating a post-mastectomy bra from a purchased garment requires only basic sewing skills and a little attention to detail.

Alter Patterns Using the Seam Method

An innovative technique for pattern alteration that's simple to understand and easy to do, offering options other techniques don't.

Understanding Underlining

Underlining solves everyday fabric problems, from stabilizing loose weaves to reducing show-through.

A Shortcut to Great Linings

Skip interfacing and keep facings in place with this quick-lining technique.

Armani Jackets: The Inside Story

The state of the art in interfacings, shoulders pads, and set-in sleeves

Understanding the Basic Shawl-Collar Pattern

Learn how to make this distinctive collar type, drafted with the lapel and collar in one, for easy sewing and flattering. style

Sewing White Fabric

Learn how to avoid soil, surface damage, show-through, and other pitfalls when working with white fabrics.

Symmetry for Quilters

Use the simplest principles of symmetry to transform a single motif into endless quilting and appliqué designs.

Packing Tips Help You Travel in Style

Keep garments neat and organized with Marcy Tilton's system for stuffing a suitcase.

Shopping for a Serger

Analyze your sewing needs, understand serger features, and prepare to test-drive.

Lapped Zippers Rule!

Lapped zippers are easier to insert and look better than centered zippers in almost every situation.

Stenciling Workshop

Simple fabric painting offers unlimited possibilities for great garments.

Textures: From Photo to Fabric

The real world offers endless visual stimulation. With a little ingenuity, you can transfer the excitement onto fabric.

Sewing Lycra Blends

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.

Crazy Patchwork by Machine

Learn how to use your sewing machine's decorative stitches to mimic the random, embellished hand-piecing of Victorian crazy quilting.

The Whimsical Creations of Saskia Wassing-Shepherd

Bright colors, free-motion embroidery, and a sense of humor combine delightfully in the designer's soft-sculpture animals and furnishings.

Find Your Best Silhouette

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.

Lessons From Other Quilters

Close inspection of antique (and other) quilts reveals techniques and approaches you can use in your own work.

The Scoop on Linings

Learn how to determine the best lining weight for your garment.

Knits & Wovens: What's the Difference?

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.

Luxe Hangers

Learn how to make sumptuous, padded hangers from bits and pieces of your best fabrics.

Fabrications: One Pattern, Three Looks

Threads' newest feature is the result of a collaboration among three designers and one talented— and speedy— dressmaker.

Understand Turn-of-Cloth

Learn what you need to do when fabric takes a curve.

How to Sew a Sheer Placket

Learn how to create a perfectly aligned placket for a sheer blouse using hand stitching.

Choosing Fabric for Plus-Sized Designs

The aesthetics, durability, and comfort of the fiber are the most important criteria to consider when choosing fabric for plus-sized designs.

Button Bangles: Off the Cuff

Mismatched buttons now have a home on a stylish arm.

Machine-Sewn Textures

Learn how to create surface effects by stitching together shrinkable and nonshrinking fabrics, then washing them.

Draft a Two-Piece Collar with a Stand

Use these step-by-step instructions to design a two-piece collar with a stand.

The Dowager's Hump

Learn the best solution for fitting a rounded upper back.

Go Against the Grain

Get creative when aligning pattern pieces along the fabric's yarns.

Embellishing Vintage Textiles: Buttons and Buttonholes

Learn how to fashion these textile treasures into elegant creations for garments or home.

Quick to Make: Great Pillows 1, 2, 3

Download a project plan and create stunning pillows for your home in three contemporary designs.

Sandra Betzina Sews for Your Home: Duvet Cover

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.

Create Couture Lingerie

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.

Mastering the Narrow Hemmer, Part One

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.

More on Rejuvenating Vintage Garments

An evaluation checklist, plus cleaning and storage tips to help you revive time-worn fashions

Cutting Out

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.

Bold, Bright Chintz

A home décor staple that's centuries old

Hooping Tips for Successful Embroidery

Discover fresh ideas for ease and accuracy when inserting your fabric in a machine embroidery hoop.

How to Identify Knit Fabrics

Take a look at a few common types of readily available knits to understand the difference between the weft and warp.

The Scalloped Hem

Make hemlines the center of attention with this delightful couture finish.

Know Your Knits

Learn how to select and use a knit with confidence;this guide to the confusing world of knit fabrics will help you.

Rotary Cutters and Mats

Choose the right ones, and your scissors may just spend a lot of time in the drawer.

A Handy Chart of Fusible and Sew-in Interfacings

Before you cut and apply an iron-on or sew-in stabilizer, you need to choose the right type.

Create a High, Scrunch Collar

Learn how to draw a new pattern to make a scrunch collar.

Lush, Embossed Velvet

Design your own unique fabrics with rubber stamps and an iron

Master Class: More Great Fabric Manipulations

Raveling fabrics and cloth tubes can take your garments to a new embellishment level.

Basket-Weave Coat: the Inside Story

How do you transform basic basket-weaving into a jacket with a 22-panel lattice? See the pattern and the assembly technique.

Fitted Coat

This linear coat is inspired by the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building, which was designed by the innovative architect Daniel Libeskind.

Peacock Dress

Inspired by Victorian and Arts and Crafts peacock motifs, this dress has an iridescent silk dupioni bodice with a cascading skirt.

Two Takes on Felting Wool Jersey

Exercise your creative options by shrinking wool jersey before, or after, embellishing with it.

Pattern Layouts

Get tips on layout and ideas on keeping your pattern pieces in place.

Choose the Correct Pattern Size

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.

To Judge a Pattern, Start with Its Cover

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.

Cut Up Your Patterns and Add Seams

Learn how to get extra style mileage from your favorite patterns by creating new seams.

An Assembly of Aprons

Dust off grandma's aprons and reintroduce them as new fashion accessories.

Vest, Turtleneck, and Leggings Ensemble

Christo's 2005 Gates Project in Manhattan inspired this inventive design.

Draped and Pieced Dress

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.

Silk and Taffeta Jacket and Dress Ensemble

Svetlana Shalumova's creation was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Mona Lisa del Giocondo.

Free Patterns: Mini-Quilt Templates in a Jiffy

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.

Mastering the Narrow Hemmer, Part Three

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.

Mastering the Narrow Hemmer, Part Two

Carol Laflin Ahles explains how to sew a narrow hem, how to guide the fabric, and how to overcome common left-handed feeding problems.

Sources for Chic, New Eco Fabrics

Learn how to sew greener with these alternative fabrics.

Simplicity Pattern Collection from Threads

Bringing sewers the look they're after, Threads and Simplicity have introduced new patterns that feature an assortment of garment styles.

New Sewing Machines by Pfaff

Read what Pfaff is saying about its newly released models.

New Sewing Machines by Singer

Read what Singer is saying about its newly released models.

New Sewing Machines by Husqvarna Viking

Read what Husqvarna Viking is saying about its newly released models.

New Sewing Machines by Baby Lock

Read what Baby Lock is saying about its newly released models.

New Machines by Bernina

Read what Bernina is saying about its newly released 830 Series (coming soon).

Machine-Embroider Allover Lace

Make elegant lace on your home-embroidery machine that rivals the quality of the finest lace you can buy.

A Pin for Every Purpose

A pin is not just a pin. Consider its five parts: head, point, length, thickness, and metal content.

Copying Complex Garments

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.

Skipped Stitches on Ultrasuede

You can use this tissue paper trick to stop your machine from skipping stitches.

Interfacing Doesn't Always Have to Match

A wool crepe can be a great substitute for itchy and bulky tweed fabrics.

Elastic Connection

You can use these tips to eliminate bulk when sewing elastic waistbands.

Keep Track of Your Fabric Stash

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.

Keep Stripes Symmetrical

Adding a seam and seam allowances allows you to keep collar-stripes symmetrical with those on the rest of your garment.

Keep Fabric Info Handy

Saving fabric information can be helpful for future purposes.

Prevent Prewash Fraying

A wide zigzag stitch can help minimize fraying.

Fabric Printing with a Brayer

This easy-to-find graphic-arts tool makes textural design on fabric as simple as using a paint roller.

Preventive Sewing-Machine Maintenance

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.

A Figure-Flattering Tee

Learn how to make a custom-fit surplice top that elongates the body and slims the waist.

Embellish Your Cardigan with Lace

Dress up a basic cardigan with Venise lace appliqué.

Sewing-Machine Needles: An Overview

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.

Machine-Needle Know-How

There are lots of needles to choose from. Ensure a project's success by selecting the right one.

Make a Sofa Wrap

Forget reupholstering or slipcovering: Draped and tucked fabric can transform your sofa in a speedy redo.

Free Pattern: Threads Shawl Collar Blouse

Download a schematic for a wrap-front, shawl collar blouse, and add your own twin-needle embellishment.

Bias 101

Master the tricks of sewing bias-cut garments with a simple style and foolproof fabric.

Easy Pleated Skirts

Learn how to make wash-proof pleats from drip-dry fabrics. Best of all, no pattern is required.

Not Your Ordinary T-Shirt

Customize a regular pattern for an elegant knit basic you'll sew again and again.

Yo-yos by the Hoopful

Learn how to turn your embroidery machine into a yo-yo assembly line.

How to Shop for Elastic

Sewing educator and author Connie Long explains how to get the right type and the right amount of elastic for a flexible waistline.

Make a Quick Evening Wrap

With just two yards of fabric and a couple of tassels, you can craft the perfect summer wrap in short order.

Make Your Own Rucci "Worms"

This bullion stitch, a favorite of designer Ralph Rucci, can be easily mastered with a little practice.

How to Replace a Broken Zipper

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.

Identifying Treasures in Your Button Stash

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.

Working with Vintage Patterns

Learn what it takes to stitch up beautiful garments from the past.

Drape a Skirt Sloper

Learn how to turn seams and darts into useful fitting and design tools.

Video: Easy-to-Sew Flat Fly-Front Zipper

Ignore the pattern instructions, says Sandra Betzina, and use this simplified version for "ready-to-wear" results. Watch to learn how.

Fabric Shopping with a Pro

Simplify making decisions at the fabric store by systematically comparing swatches.

Making Sense of Stabilizers

Fabric stabilizers are rewriting the book on decorative sewing techniques, and new ones appear daily. Here's how to sort through the maze.

No-Mark Quilting

A quilting teacher explains how to create a stitching path without marking your fabric.

Free Pattern: Make a Yoga Mat Carrier

Learn how to make this simple, easy-to-sew shape; quilted layers give the yoga mat lasting strength.

Line and Underline in One Step

Discover a speedy assembly method that puts together all garment layers at once, and conceals all the seams.

How to Measure Up

Use our printable measurement chart and instructions to guide you through the process of taking and recording accurate body measurements

Sewing Lingerie that Fits: Fitting and Creating Patterns

Simple shapes, lingerie fabrics that stretch, and a lot of built-in roominess make fitting lingerie less of a headache than "serious" garments.

Easy and Elegant Linen

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.

Introducing Decorator Fabrics

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.

To Fit Your Body, Measure Your Clothes

Printable measurement charts for the clothes you like to wear most can tell you exactly how to fit garments you make.

A Primer on Sewing Knits

A guide for easy-to-make knit garments that look like ready-to-wear.

Understanding Thread Tension

Learn how to use the tension devices on your sewing machine and how to thread for proper tension.

Choosing Machine-Embroidery Threads

All the options can be confusing. Here are guidelines for selecting the right threads for your embroidery projects.

Boning- Not just for Corsets

Learn how to engineer stability into all sorts of fitted garments with this couture technique.

Quilt it Freehand

Enjoy the freedom and creativity of hand quilting without marking.

Video: Variable-Width Facing on a Decorative Edge

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.

Video: Two Custom Trims for Your Garments or Home

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.

Video: Straightening the Grain On Fluid Fabrics

Before cutting, the crossgrain and the lengthwise grain need to be ruler straight. In this video, fashion designer Sarah Veblen demonstrates the technique.

Video: Pressing Tips

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.

Video: Pressing Templates for a Sharp Edge

See how easy it is to create perfectly pressed hems and pockets.

Video: Do-It-Yourself Crushed Velvet

Use your iron to enhance the texture and bring out the color of this elegant fabric.

Video: Design Details with Fleece Cording

Cording made from fleece is especially effective for finishing irregular edges. In this video, clothing designer Rochelle Harper demonstrates the techniques.

Video: Making and Using a Muslin

Sarah Veblen shows you how to use a sample garment to get an exact fit from any pattern.

4 Belt Styles that are a Cinch to Make

With the variety of support and hardware options now available, creating a custom look has never been easier—or more fun.

Video: All-in-One Piping and Facing

Learn a technique that converts the piping flange to a self-finished facing, thereby eliminating the need for a separate facing or a lining.

Video: Cut Synthetics with a Hot Tool

The low melting point of synthetic shell fabrics makes cutting overlays with a hot tool a simple job.

Video: Conquering Inset Corners

Sewing teacher Shirley Smith demonstrates her technique for creating a crisp, 90-degree corner. The process works for corners of other angles, too.

Sew the New Box Pillow

Learn how to combine ample proportions, luxurious fabrics, and a few basic techniques to update this classic cushion.

Video: Accurate Darts without Permanent Marks

Use pins to transfer darts from pattern to fabric, and tape to mark the stitching line.

Video: A Visit to a Fabric Store

A guided tour for new sewers reveals a fabric store that has a lot more than just fabric.

The Merits of a Basic Fitting Pattern

Learn how to use a sloper to simplify altering commercial patterns.

Tapering or Widening Pants

Tapering and Widening pants involves more than just adjusting the leg seams; learn how to make a custom fit.

To Get the Right Armhole, Fit the Bodice

Learn how to successfully fit an armhole by using a muslin; Adjust bust, back, and shoulder—and your armhole almost takes care of itself.

Slipcover a Side Chair, Dressmaker-Style

Linda Lee explains how to make an easy pattern and use basic sewing skills to liven up a favorite chair.

Quick Reference for Cut-and-Spread Pattern Grading

To grade a pattern so it will fit different sizes, refer to the drawings and instructions and the two charts that follow.

The Great Elastic Waistband

Sewing professionals and designers share their secrets for comfortable, fashionable waistbands.

Knotted Fabric Buttons and Beads

Easy to make and virtually cost-free, knotted fabric beads and buttons can provide the perfect accompaniment to a unique outfit.

Making Sense of Pattern Grading

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.

Machine Embroidery: A Marriage of Fabric and Design

Learn how to pair the right design and fabric for great results: Guidelines for embroidering fabrics, from sheers to corduroy.

Everyone Can Have Jeans that Fit

Learn how to alter the pattern of your jeans for a customized fit.

Bag Your Jacket Lining

This ready-to-wear method of inserting a lining gives the fastest and most professional-looking results.

Five Must-Have Sewing Tools

These simple, inexpensive items make sewing easier and more enjoyable.

Twist-It-Up Bandeau Top

Take two fabric triangles and 30 minutes to get some great looks.

Video: Manuel's Free-Motion Embroidery Technique

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.

Quilting Supplies by Mail

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.

Choosing the Right Batting

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.

Perfect Your Hand-Quilting Stitch

Tiny, even stitches are your reward for practice and understanding all that influences a hand-quilting stitch.

Bra-Making Sources by Mail

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.

The Bra Dilemma Solved

Once you select your style and perfect the fit, you can sew your own custom bra again and again.

Video: Make a Classic Leather Seam

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.

Window Treatments 101

A window-fashion professional shares her design strategies for creating effective window treatments for any room.

Silk-Ribbon Embroidery: Five More Stitches

See how Karen Kieppe use these basic stitches in designs created for her Granny May Company.

Beginners' Silk-Ribbon Embroidery: Five Easy Stitches

You can hand-embroider exquisite designs with just a few basic stitches: ribbon stitch, straight stitch, stem stitch, and French knots.

Couture Details Inside Ralph Rucci's Workroom

Feast your eyes on photos of couturier Ralph Rucci's remarkable garment designs.

Pipe-Wrapping Technique for Dyeing Fabric

You can create exciting patterns by wrapping loose folds of fabric around a pipe and tying it with string.

Wrap-and-Dip Technique for Dyeing Fabric

Wrapping with string protects parts of the fabric surface from contact with the bleach, creating a tie-dye effect.

Resist-and-Spray Technique for Dyeing Fabric

For a lovely patterned effect, place flat, detailed objects on a piece of fabric, then spray on a bleach solution.

Dyeing with Bleach

Lois Ericson shows you how to create uniquely colored and patterened fabrics with ordinary household bleach.

Meet the Threads Croquis Family: Your Tool for Fashion Sketching

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.

Fashion Sketching for Untrained Artists

Industry shortcuts enable you to coax creative visions out of your head and onto paper.

Make a Drawstring Bag

Get patterns and instructions for a simple, quick-to-make drawstring bag.

Seam Finishes for Silks

Tame the slinkiest of fabrics with these finishing techniques: French seam, double zigzag, turned and stitched seam, Hong Kong seam, and serged seam.

Discover the Indian Sari

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.

Video: A Neckline Binding for Knits

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.

Make a Clutch Bag

Get patterns and instructions for a simple, quick-to-make clutch bag.

Make a Pleated Pouch Bag

Get patterns and instructions for a simple, quick-to-make pleated pouch bag.

Ralph Rucci's Double-Cloth Seams

Follow these step-by-step drawings and incorporate a couturier technique in your own garments.

Grade Your Pants for a Perfect Fit

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.

Online Fabric Shopping: A List of Resources

Browse some of the finest fabric shops on the continent-from the comfort of your own home.

Video: A Turtleneck Finish for Knits

Create a smooth, professional-looking edge that stretches.

Video: Boutis Provençal

Stitch first, stuff later—this sophisticated cousin to quilting makes a textured and completely reversible fabric.

Paper-Tape Dress Form

A paper-tape dress form is the easiest and cheapest of all.

Video: Manuel's Piped Pockets

Straight or curved, stitch the welts and form the pocket.

Molded Papier-Mâché Form

For an exact replica of your body, make a molded papier-mâché dress form.

Close-Fit Duct-Tape 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.

Clone Yourself A Dress Form

Every sewer needs a dress form. Here are four fast, cheap (and amusing!) ways to make your own.

Quick and Easy Duct-Tape Dress Form

This quick and easy method of form making uses ordinary duct tape as both the body-casting material and the final form.

Online Sources for Elastics

For quality elastics used in high-end ready-to-wear, turn to the World Wide Web.

Use a Whetstone to Smooth Machine Needles

Using a whetstone can help extend the life of your needles

Choose the Right Notions when Sewing White Fabric

Tips for selecting notions for white fabric

Sewing In a Zipper

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.

20 Ways to Improve Your Sewing

Use these sewing principles to streamline your work and greatly enhance its quality.

Smooth Curved Seam

A tip for sewing a convex curved piece to a concave curved piece

Zipper Finishing Made Easy

Use machine-basting and quilter's tape to sew a perfect zipper

Hemmer Foot for Piping

A hemmer foot allows for easier adjustment and better stitching

Drawstrings that Stretch

Elastic drawstrings make clothing more comfortable to wear and more accomodating to minor weight changes

Mirror Image Pleats

Notch the pleat positions on both the skirt and the waistband in order to get equally deep and evenly-spaced pleats.

Perfect Thread Tension Every Time

Perfect your tension setting by having the top and bobbin threads break in exactly the same place

Speaking of Buttons

A simple zigzag stitch allows you to sew lots of buttons by machine in half the time

No-Bulk Elastic Joint

Make a smooth elastic joint with the help of a thin piece of fabric

Color-Code Pleat-Marking Lines

Use different thread colors to differentiate between marked foldlines and placement lines

Binding with Fusible Thread

Use fusible thread in your bobbin for flawless binding aplications.

Prethread Serger Needles

Thread serger needles before putting them into the machine

Build in No-Slide Shoulder Straps

Use elastic cording to create no-slide shoulder straps

Neat Seams without Backstitching

A method for producing smoother, neater seams

Pin-Tuck Timesaver

To save time, sew tucks on the fabric before cutting

Add Support to Fabrics with Old Flannel Sheets

Used flannel sheets can provied the right backing for a variety of sewing projects

Put a Bead Behind That Button

Sewing a bead behind a button is an elegant trick that works with a variety of garments

The Most Important Button Position Is the One on the Bust Point Line

Determine your correct bust point

Tape Protects Ruler

Use tape to prevent ink marks

Stitch Buttons by Machine

Stitch buttons by machine for a more secure attachment in less time

Organize Your Button Stash

A strategy for keeping your button stash organized

Keep Track of Yardage

Tips for marking fabric measurments

Easy Needle Identification

Use an adhesive-backed clip to help keep track of which needle is in your sewing machine

Storing Thread Spools

Use finishing nails to help with spool storage

Multiple Uses for Kitchen Cutting Mats

Kitchen cutting mats help with a variety of sewing tasks

Thread Multiple Bobbins

Wind extra bobbins for better efficiency

Tilt Your Sewing Machine

A computer keyboard wrist rest can make sewing more comfortable

Keep Pinking Shears in the Pink

A soft brush helps eliminate lint and keeps pinking shears working properly

Mark Thread Spools to Remember Settings

Marking thread spools makes for easier readjustments

Dental Tools for Sewing

Dental tools can assist with a variety of sewing techniques

Removing Water-Soluble Marks

Use an envelope moistner and paper towel to get rid of water-soluble marks

Hand-Sew without Snags

Use lightweight fabric to prevent your thread from snagging

Sew a Buttonhole from the Ground Up

To improve your buttonhole sewing, sew the least noticed buttonhole first and work towards the most noticed buttonhole.

Tiger Tape Revisited

Tiger tape can improve your stitching and help you create even depth and width.

Two Threads Are Better Than One

Use separate strands of thread to prevent knots and tangles.

Save a Thread -- Thread a Needle

Make use of long strands of thread.

A Home for Thread Ends

Transfer extra thread to a tapestry needle to make for convenient sewing tasks and repairs in the future.

Twist-Free Hand Sewing

Wind your thread onto a bobbin to prevent kinks and ensure smooth hand sewing.

Press While You Sew; Iron Finished Items

There are four distinct times to press your garments while you are sewing.

Weatherproof Fabrics Require Special Pressing Techniques

Use these tips and techniques for optimal results when pressing weatherproof fabrics.

Troubleshooting Pressing Problems

Use these tips to get optimal pressing results.

Fitting Full, High Hips

Add a second dart at the waist for a better fit.

A Better 3-D You

You can pad your dress form to mimic your own, unique shape.

Suspension Skirt

You can use this method to prevent your skirts from riding up in front.

Loosen a Snug Underarm

A fast, easy, and unconventional way to loosen a blouse in the underarm area

Remember Which Pattern You Used

Use this tip to remember which patterns you've sewn from your pattern collection and whether or not they were successful.

Keep Track of Fitting Order

You can use a rainbow color order to keep track of your adjustments.

Equal Spacing for Buttons, Snaps, etc.

Use this trick for positioning a series of buttons, buttonholes, snaps, or any sewing detail.

Marking Seamlines on Silks

You can use this method to mark seamlines on hard-to-handle, slippery silks and lining fabrics.

Matching Patterns on Pockets

Here's a simple trick for matching pocket fabric when cutting out a print shirt.

For My Finale, the Jacket

A tip for making an outfit with multiple matching garments

Tape Tips

Advice on various tape solutions

Trace Patterns Vertically

Advice for tracing original patterns vertically

Pattern Markings Made Easier

Learn how to speed up the process of transferring pattern markings to the fabric.

Mark Buttonholes on Fleece

Use masking tape as a guide when marking buttonholes.

Graph Paper for Pockets

Graph paper can act as a sewing guide to help you sew straight seams and square corners.

Don't Embroider That Design, Yet!

Avoid some of the most common mistakes of machine embroidery.

A Safe Way to Sew Beaded Fringe

Using a glue stick while sewing beaded fringe can help you keep from breaking beads or needles.

Brooching Delicate Fabrics

This technique helps keep your delicate fabrics from tearing.

Speedy Sequin Application

Use a pencil and glue to apply cupped sequins.

Tape Guide for Topstitching

Use masking tape for straight topstitching.

Design Without Drawing

A scanner can provide great help with your design elements and patterns.

No Alterations Needed

Change your seam allowances so you won't have to make pattern alterations.

Make a Sewing Worktable

Learn how to make a useful and affordable table for your sewing room.

Button Purse Feet

Learn how to make "button purse feet" to protect the fabric on the bottom of your purse.

Liquid Skin Thimble

Learn how to create a flexible, protective thimble

How to Cut Thread on an Airplane

A substitute for scissors that you can take with you on an airplane.