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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

In this excerpt from "Homage to Yves Saint Laurent," Designer Techniques Vol. 1 DVD, 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.

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.

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.

Threads Magazine - Issue 172 - April/May 14

Threads Insiders get the very first look at the April/May 2014 issue of Threads magazine. Subscribers will be receiving their print copies soon, but be the first to check out what's inside this new issue.

Preview Threads Issue 172

Here's a sneak peek at Threads issue 172 (April/May 2014)

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.

10 Good Sewing Tips and Tricks

First seen in our special issue Teach Yourself to Sew, Winter 2013, here are ten tips and tricks for every sewing enthusiast directly from the sewing community.

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.

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.

Threads Magazine - Issue 171 - Feb/Mar 14

Threads Insiders get the very first look at the February/March 2014 issue of Threads magazine. Subscribers will be receiving their print copies soon, but be the first to check out what's inside this new issue.

Preview Threads Issue 171

Here's a sneak peek at Threads issue 171 (February/March 14).

Preview Threads Issue 170

Here's a sneak peek at Threads issue 170 (Dec 13/Jan 14).

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.

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

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.

Threads Essential Techniques: How to Sew a Pickstitch

Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video tutorial from Threads #169, and 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.

How to Make the Perfect Wrap Dress

Learn how to make it fit and flatter your figure.

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.

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.

Threads Magazine - Issue 168 - Aug/Sep 2013

Threads Insiders get the very first look at the August/September 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 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.

How to Widen a Slot-Seam Opening

Contributing editor Mary Ray shares her method on how to widen slot-seam openings.

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.

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.

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.

Threads Magazine - Issue 167 - June/July 2013

Threads Insiders get the very first look at the June/July 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.

Jersey Knit Dress

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

How to Create a Beautiful Lace Top

Watch as Threads 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.

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.

Tips for Better Topstitching

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

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.

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.

How to Make an Embroidered Clutch

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

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.

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.

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 a Bound Buttonhole

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

How to Sew an Ironing Board Caddy

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

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.

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.

How to Sew Ruffled Curtains

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

Threads Fitting Series: Arms

Learn the secrets of fitting a sleeve.

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.

Which Serger Stitch When?

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.

How to Sew Origami Pouches

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

Learn Six Ways to Dress Up Fleece Fabric

Expand your basic skills to embellish your next fleece garment.

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 Sew a One-Seam Poncho

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

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.

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.

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.

How to Sew Fabric Bookmarks

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

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.

How to Create 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 Coat

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-Covered 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.

How to 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.

Weave a Celtic Knot

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

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?

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...

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?

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...

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

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

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.

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: Online Extra

In the latest issue of Threads (No. 146 Dec/Jan), Louise Cutting and Linda Lee share their quick tips for fitting your problem areas. Here are a couple more tips from these talented ladies.

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 ThreadsMagazine.com, 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.

The Seam Method of Pattern Alteration

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.

A Hand-Picked Zipper is Worth the Effort

Show off your stitches with this easy-to-learn technique.

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 Ease Factor in Pattern-Drafting Software

Selecting the correct amount of ease is critical in drafting a great-fitting pattern.

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.

Corduroy

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.

Samplings of Weft Knit and Warp Knit Fabrics

More examples of weft knit and warp knit fabrics:Take a look at a few common types of readily available knits.

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 Summer 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: An Easy, Flat Fly-Front Zipper

Ignore the pattern instructions, says Sandra Betzina, and use this simplified version for "ready-to-wear" results.

Fabric Shopping with a Pro

Simplify making decisions at the fabric store by systematically comparing swatches.

Sheer Seams and Edges

A contemporary couturier shares techniques for making neat, narrow finishes on sheer and lightweight fabrics.

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.

Make a Yoga Mat Carrier

Learn how to make this simple, easy-to-sew shape; quilted layers give the bag 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: Embellishing with Paint Sticks

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

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.

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 Fitting Assistant

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.

Sewing Inspiration from Old Movies

Costumes of the 1930s and '40s have appealing style lines and unusual dress detailing that can give your wardrobe a custom-made look; old movies can provide sewing and design inspiration.

End Metallic Thread Woes

Use dual threading to give more definition to your stitch.

Trick for Removing Buttonhole Stitching

Use a seam ripper to help remove buttonhole stitches.

Stop Hand-Sewing Tangles

Use this tip to avoid tangles when hand-sewing.

When Thread Is Too Short for Even One More Stitch

An Easy Threading needle can help solve your stitching dilemma.

Buttonholes in Tweedy Fabrics

Tweed fabrics can be difficult to match to a thread color—you don't want the stitching to stand out too much. Here's how one reader solved the problem.

Paint the Color Scheme

How to use hardware-store paint chips in your crafting room.

Little Shop, Little Shop of Notions

You can get unique and hard-to-find notions on the cheap at your local thrift store.

On a Roll with Trim

A clever way to organize by-the-yard notions such as trims, ribbons and elastics.

Out of the Way, Bulky Garments!

A smart reader shares her secret for keeping bulky items in check at the sewing machine.

Threads Fitting DVD Series

Achieving that perfect fit is a snap with this essential DVD collection.

Tie the Knot with your Thread

Make a truly strong knot to anchor your hand-sewing.

Double Your Buttons, Double Your Fun

Have you ever considered the "wrong" sides of your buttons?

Tips to Thread By

How to match thread strength to fabric weight and other stringy situations to keep in mind when selecting thread.

No-look Pincushion

The easiest pincushion you'll ever use.

Threads on Edge

An ingenious way to store errant spools of thread.

Traveling Companion

An ingenious traveling solution for taking your sewing on a flight but leaving contraband scissors at home.

Spice Up Your Notions

A spicy-smart way to store buttons, baubles and more in your sewing or crafting area.

Have You Seen My Glasses?

A great new use for an old eyeglasses case.

Save a Thread, Thread a Needle

Save yourself time and thread with this crafty solution for errant lengths of string.

Light the Way to Perfect Pattern Tracing

A clever crafter's homegrown solution to expensive lighting tables.

Serving Up Sewing

Keep your notions safe and close-by with this thoughtful tip.

Snaggle Tooth, No Thank You!

Try this better way to snip thread than the tried-and-true method many seamsters use.

Love those labels!

Create custom labels with ribbon and a metallic ink pen.

What Do Film Canisters and Sand Have in Common?

Patterns are typically flimsy affairs that have a way of shifting around at precisely the wrong moment. Here's how to keep them in place.

Serving Up Sewing

A great tip for keeping small notions close to your sewing machine.

On Pins and Needles

Keep notoriously easy-to-lose notions under control.

Hairspray: Not Just for Prom

An intriguing new use for hairspray at the crafting or sewing table.

Little Black Book Gone Crafty

A cute and crafty way to display phone numbers and other important bits of information.

Soup's Up!

An ironing technique for getting into tiny spots that you can eat with a spoon.

Lipstick? Nah, it's a Pin-Stick

Passers-by might wonder why you need to primp in your sewing room but you'll know a craftier use for that empty lipstick tube.

Fit to be Tied

Self-belts can be slippery little guys - here's how to keep your silky belts in place.

Bye, Bye Lint

Try using a dry kitchen sponge to remove lint.

Thread Medicine

Make a thread cutter from a floss dispenser and a pill bottle.

All Buckled Up

Use gold leaf to turn an everyday belt buckle into gold.

Iron off!

Try using a lamp to remind yourself to shut off the iron.

The Nose Knows

Learn how to use your nose to figure out the right side of your fabric.

Create a Tech-Savvy Pattern Library

Use digital photos as a quick way to organize your pattern collection digitally.

Dress Barbie, Dress Yourself

Sew a mini muslin to try out your pattern instructions.

Make Your Own Tags

Use scrap pieces of interfacing to record pattern information and washing instructions on a small tag.

Sewing in Circles

Use the top to a vitamin bottle or mint tin to make sewing circles easy.

Mini Design Boards

Create design boards to test fabric combinations and easily transport them while shopping.

Pipe Cleaners Clean More than Pipes

Pipe cleaners bring you back to craft projects of your childhood, but they can also be used as helpful tools.

Fleece Fluff All a-Flutter

Use safety pins and and fabric-softener to remove loose fluff when cutting fleece.

Dear Diary

Create a sewing diary to keep track of projects for future reference.

A Leg Up on Sewing

Use a footstool to reduce back pain while at your cutting table.

Get All Your Buttons in a Row

Transparent tape helps keep buttons in line.