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April M. Mohr

Threads Administrative Assistant

craft interests: crochet, gifts, quilting, sewing, knitting, gardening

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Member Since: 03/20/2009

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Threads Reader Tips

These fabulous sewing tips are worth trying.

Web Extra: Plan an Ombre Effect in a Denim Quilt

Learn how to create quilt with an ombré effect in this web extra from the "Quick Stuff to Quilt" special issue. A little early planning produces a beautiful quilt.

Where Do You Most Frequently Shop for Fabric?

Brick and mortar fabric stores are dwindling. Do you have a favorite?

Quick Tips for Improving Your Stitches

Those who sew are always on the lookout for ways to improve their garment sewing. Here are 3 incredibly helpful tips to improve your stitches.

What Sewing Machine Do You Use?

I often receive questions from readers about what new sewing machine to buy. It's a hard question to answer.

Sewing Is More Than Just A Creative Pastime

Besides creativity, sewing requires skills in math, engineering, color coordination, and so much more!

Dress Forms Can Be a Sewing Room Essential

Do you sew using a dress form?

Snowflakes are no longer needed! The Winter Wonderland is complete!

Thanks to all who assisted The Connecticut PTSA's snowflake efforts.

MUSEUM EXHIBIT: "Fashion and Technology" at the Museum at FIT

You won't want to miss this exhibit about how technology has affected fashion during the last 250 years.

Kid's Fashion Giveaway: "The Fashion Designer's Handbook"

You could win this adorable kit for a special little girl.

Did You Make a Costume for Halloween?

Tell us about your plans to make a costume for yourself or someone else.


Leave a comment to be entered in this giveaway contest.

And the winner of the Sewing Mysteries Book Giveaway is...

Find out if you won the 3 sewing mysteries

Magazine Giveaway: What is the most exciting sewing destination you've been to?

You could win a copy of our latest issue (November 2012)

September is National Sewing Month!

What do you plan to make during September?

Book Giveaway: Summer Mystery Reading for the Sewing Enthusiast

You could win all three of these mystery novels.

Striped apron pattern from 1941 uses techniques found in Threads!

This amazing apron was discovered in an inherited fabric stash.

Peacock feathers have been used in fashion for decades

From fabric, to painting, to actual feathers, peacocks have been a design inspiration.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Field Guide to Fabric Design

See how you can win this fabulous book!

What influences helped to shape your current sewing hobby or career?

Share your thoughts for a chance to win the current issue of Threads!

Book Giveaway: "The Big Book of Flax"

Leave a comment and you could win this book which was featured in the latest issue of Threads!

Fabric and Thread are Not Simply for Sewing!

Artist Kumi Yamashita takes thread and fabric to a new dimension!

Book Giveaway: "Power Sewing Toolbox 1 and 2" by Sandra Betzina

Find out how you can enter to win this pair of signed books.

What influences the fabrics you buy?

Type, color and feel are only some of the reasons. Share how you choose fabrics.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Sew What You Love" by Tanya Whelan

You'll love these 30 projects for you and your home.

Roy Denim: A small jeans factory with only one worker

See how Roy Slaper became a one-man jeans show.

Book Giveaway: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

Learn how you could win this amazing book.

MUSEUM EXHIBIT: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada Impossible Conversations

You won't want to miss this exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Do stripes really make you look thinner?

United Kingdom students experiment to determine if well-placed stripes take off pounds.

MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: The New June/July Issue of Threads (#161)

You could win this fabulous issue by leaving a comment.

Decoupage Ideas Using Sewing Patterns

Here's a simple idea you can use to create clever accessories using Mod Podge.


You could win this great magazine by leaving a comment.

Museum Exhibit: Woven Treasures of Japan's Tawaraya Workshop

You can see this amazing exhibit at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC

BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Famous Frocks" by Sara Alm and Hanna McDevitt

This book includes patterns and instructions to duplicate fabulous iconic dresses

4-H Encourages Young Girls to Sew

Many schools no longer require sewing as part of their curriculum.

MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: The April/May 2012 issue of Threads magazine!

You could win our latest issue by leaving a comment.

Why are pincushions frequently made to resemble tomatoes?

Learn about the tradition of the tomato pincushion.

What comes first in your sewing concept--the garment or its embellishment?

Do you plan your garment first, or does your embellishment drive your ideas?

Book Giveaway: "The Chronicle of Western Costume" by John Peacock

You could win this book by leaving a comment.

Is There a Right Way to Iron a Garment?

When you iron a garment, do you have a plan?

Giveaway: SewStylish Spring 2012 Fashion Sewing Guide

You could win a copy of this great issue by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Roberto Capucci Art Into Fashion"

You could win this amazing book by leaving a comment.

What sewing skill do you want to learn next?

The Threads March 2012 issue asks our featured authors what skill they hope to learn next.

Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue #159, March 2012

This is one of the best issues ever, and it could be yours by simply leaving a comment.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Sweet Stitches from the Heart"

More than 70 project ideas and 900 stitch motifs are included in this book and will provide you with an embroidery bonanza!

MUSEUM EXHIBIT: The Great Designers, Part One

The Museum at FIT is now showing Part One of two consecutive exhibits featuring the greatest designers from the 20th and 21st centuries.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Colette Sewing Handbook" by Sarai Mitnick

You could win this comprehensive sewing book by leaving a comment.

Non-sewer Dad Promises to Make His Daughter's Wedding Gown

A promise to a young daughter is fulfilled to a beautiful bride.

MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: Threads issue #158

Leave a comment on this post, and you could win a copy of our latest issue.

When downsizing, consider a new home for your stash

Here are some ideas for your excess stash when downsizing is in your future.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Deploy that Fabric" by Jen Eskridge

23 Sewing Projects to help remember our spouses, fathers, and sons serving in the military

What kind of charity project are you sewing?

Charity sewing projects abound. Do you support one of them with your sewing?

DVD GIVEAWAY: Threads Magazine Archive, 1985-2011

Leave a comment to win computer access to all Threads issues through issue #158.

MUSEUM EXHIBIT: "Daphne Guinness" at the Museum at FIT

Most fashion exhibits feature designers. This one focuses on fashion icon Daphne Guinness.

MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: "Quick Stuff to Sew"

You could win one of two copies of "Quick Stuff to Sew" in time for your holiday sewing!

Valentino receives the 2011 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion

Valentino joins other prestigious couture designers in receiving this award.

Book Giveaway: Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns

Leave a comment and you could win this innovative book.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire B. Shaeffer

Claire Shaeffer's latest book is a must-have for any dedicated sewer

Specialty feet can do amazing things!

We asked our authors which specialty sewing machine foot they value the most

MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: SewStylish Fall Fashion

Leave a comment before our August 22 deadline, and you could be one of two lucky winners in our giveaway.

Who influenced or taught you the most when you started sewing?

How would you answer this question?

BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Guide to Fashion Sewing

From collars to hems, most sewing techniques are covered in this comprehensive book.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

You could win this fabulous book by leaving simply a comment.

Style adaptations are a must when sewing for the disabled

If you sew for someone who is handicapped, design tips can make a huge difference

Book Giveaway: "Little Things to Sew"

If you like to sew for young children, you'll love this practical and creative book.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Spacesuit--Fashioning Apollo

Did you know the Apollo spacesuits were hand-sewn and contained 21 layers? You could win this fascinating book!

Celebrate our country's "birth" with red, white, and blue

Just about every country has a special day to celebrate it's "birth." Do you sew to help celebrate?

Magazine Giveaway: SewStylish Summer 2011

You could win a copy of this magazine to inspire your summer sewing!

MUSEUM EXHIBIT: "Sporting Life" at FIT

If you enjoy wearing casual clothes, you'll enjoy this exhibit!

Dance costumes sparkle with hand applied embellishments

You have the opportunity to vote for your favorite dance costume

Museum Exhibit: Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty

If you can't visit the Metropolitan Museum to see the exhibit, you'll want to visit the Met website.

Book Giveaway: "Threads Sewing Guide"

You could win this must-have sewing encyclopedia by simply leaving a comment.

What fabric do you love to sew with most?

We asked this question of the Contributors in the current issue of Threads. None of their answers were similar.

Museum Exhibit: Balenciaga and Spain

Spanish culture and history influenced the work of haute couture master Cristóbal Balenciaga

Australian Woolgrowers Dress Prince William

Wool Fit for a Prince and his new wife!

MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: "Designer Techniques"

Our readers asked for a special issue about designer techniques. Now you can win this issue!

Book Giveaway: "THE VICTORIAN TAILOR" by Jason Maclochlainn

If you're interested in Victorian tailoring, you'll want this book. You could be one of three winners!

Threads seamstress contributed to jacket on display at Winterthur Museum

The gorgeous jacket is on loan from Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts to the Textiles Gallery in Wilmington, Delaware.

FIT MUSEUM EXHIBIT: Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89

Here's a glimpse into the life of renowned fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood

Book Giveaway: "Draping Basics" by Sally M. Di Marco

This book is a must if you'd like to learn draping techniques.

Threads Contributors Share Their Favorite Patterns

Do you have a pattern that you find yourself using again and again? Why do you keep using it?

Book Giveaway: "Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living" by Alicia Paulson

You could be one of two lucky winners of this book of classic embroidery projects by telling us about your favorite embroidery.

Museum Exhibit: "His and Hers" at the Museum at FIT in New York City

See how his and her "gendered" clothing have changed through the years.

The winner of "Girl's World" by Jennifer Paganelli is...

Find out if you are the winner of the delightful book of pretty sewing projects for young girls--"Girl's World."

Do you plan to make a Valentine gift for someone special?

Valentine's Day is almost here. What gifts do you plan to make?

Book Giveaway: "Girl's World" by Jennifer Paganelli

You could win "Girl's World" which is filled with adorable sewing projects perfect for young girls.

Museum Exhibit: Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail

This extensive collection of European garments from the period 1700-1915 will amaze you.

What's your state garment?

You won't believe some of these clever fashions.

Book Giveaway: "Embroidered Textiles" by Sheila Paine

You could win this book by telling us what kind of embroidery you like most.

Book Giveaway: "1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips"

You could win this book by telling us which sewing tip is most important to your sewing.

What sewing topics would you like to read about in Threads?

We're planning some fabulous Threads issues, but perhaps you have an article request we should also consider.

Is sewing taught in your local school system?

Many schools are cutting school sewing programs, but some are adding them back into the curriculum.

The Winners of "Quick Stuff to Sew" are...

Two lucky winners--MamaChamp and Sewruff--will each receive a copy of "Quick Stuff to Sew" just in time for last-minute holiday sewing!

Magazine Giveaway: "Quick Stuff to Sew"

Leave a comment before our deadline—11:59 on Sunday, December, 12—and you could be one of our lucky giveaway winners!

The Horrockses Book Giveaway Winner Is...

Congratulations to the winner of the book "Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s."

Book Giveaway: "Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s"

Leave a comment before our deadline—11:59 on Sunday, November, 28—and you could be one of our lucky giveaway winners!

Have you ever been plagued with a fitting problem?

Fitting problems can turn a great sewing project sour. What solutions have worked best for you?

The Winners Are...

Congratulations to the winners of the "Teach Yourself to Sew" magazine and DVD set.

MAGAZINE AND DVD GIVEAWAY: "Teach Yourself to Sew"

Leave a comment before our deadline—11:59 on Sunday, November, 7—and you could be one of our lucky giveaway winners!

What amazing technique or inspiration have you gleaned from Threads?

Threads is celebrating 25 years in print. Is there something you had no idea about until you read about it in Threads?

Beautiful Bobbin Lace Hats

A 16th century technique finds modern expression through the creation of one-of-a-kind hats.

How about a sewing vacation to spark your creativity?

If you're not dreaming of a busy resort for your vacation, maybe this place is for you!

What sewing book do you turn to most often?

When you encounter a sewing problem, do you have a sewing book or other resource that you use more frequently?

FIT Exhibit: Japan Fashion Now

The Fashion Institute of Technology explores contemporary Japanese fashion and what makes it unique.

The Winners Are...

Three lucky people have won "Cute and Easy Costumes for Kids" by Emma Hardy.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Cute and Easy Costumes for Kids

If you enjoy sewing for children, you'll want this book.

Celebrate National Sewing Month

September is the perfect time to reflect on why you sew.

Dyeing fabric just got easier

Try dyeing your fabric to get the exact color you want.

How have you organized your stash?

Without some kind of organization, your stash can get out of hand. What stash storage solutions have you discovered?

Museum Exhibit: To Dye For

The de Young Museum in San Francisco explores the history of dyeing fabric.

Check out the winners of the Duct Tape Prom Contest

It's hard to imagine that these amazing outfits were constructed from nothing but duct tape.

Natural Fabrics Contest and The American Sewing Expo invite you to make a garment from natural fibers for a chance to win!

Mystery Sewing Machine Attachment

Do you have any idea how this attachment is used?

What's your dream sewing project?

If you had all of the fabric, notions, and time necessary, what would you sew first?

Museum Exhibit: Geometric Threads

San Francisco's Exploritorium demonstrations reveal the hidden geometry found in textiles and crafts.

What does your sewing space look like?

We all dream of the perfect sewing space. How would you make your space better?

"Eco-Fashion: Going Green" now on view at FIT

The history of being green in the world of global fashion will fascinate you.

Great Summer Mystery Reading, "Death Threads"

Elizabeth Lynn Casey's new mystery novel will keep you wondering "who done it"

What's your worst sewing disaster? How did you resolve it?

Disasters don't seem quite as bad if we can learn from them.

California's recent Maker Faire included several sewing opportunities

Singer donates its Maker-Faire sewing machines to the Exploratorium's new sewing lab

Advice for those thinking about a career in sewing or design

Our contributing editors shared their advice. What would you add to their suggestions?

Meet Threads' Contributing Editor, Louise Cutting

Louise shares insight about her career and gives advice for aspiring designers.

"High Style" is Filled with Fashion Inspiration and Information

This book is a must-have for anyone passionate about current and past fashions

Museum Exhibit: "American Woman" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

You can enjoy this amazing exhibit online, or even better, in person.

Meet Threads' Contributing Editor, Mary Ray

Mary gives insight into her career and advice for aspiring sewers.

How did you learn to sew?

Was your first sewing experience one that brought excitement, motivation, and pride, or did it bring nothing but frustration?

Meet Threads' Contributing Editor, Susan Khalje

Susan gives Threads an insight into her career and advice for aspiring sewers

Reader Tips

Our readers have shared their suggestions for the best thread storage ideas and ways to avoid problems in sewing with expensive fancy fabrics.

Edible Sewing Machines

What kind of cake is appropriate for a sewer's birthday? A sewing machine cake, of course.

Meet Threads' Contributing Editor, Kenneth D. King

Kenneth D. King gives Threads an insight into his career and provides advice to aspiring sewers and designers

Scandal Sandals & Lady Slippers

If you love shoes, don't miss the current exhibit at FIT.

Your Prom Dress and Accessories Could Win $50,000!

Make your prom dress and matching accessories and enter them in Jo-Ann Fabric's "Own Your Look, Own Your Future" contest for a chance to win great prizes.

American Beauty

"American Beauty" by Patricia Mears provides a fascinating look into American Fashion Design from the 1910s to the present.

Enter the Simplicity Pattern Design Contest

Have you ever aspired to create an original pattern design? Do you watch "Project Runway" and wish you could be one of the contestants? If so, then this contest is for you.

Join Linda Lee and Louise Cutting During Their Sewing Getaway

Only a few seats remain for the Sewing Getaway lead by Threads authors Louise Cutting and Linda Lee at Haberman Fabrics in Michigan.

A Stitched Autobiography

Many authors write their autobiographies. See how Salley Mavor painstakingly stitched hers.

Gorgeous Wedding Gowns transformed to Heirloom Christening Gowns

Is your wedding gown in a box hidden in your attic? Why not reuse it in a very special way.

Sewing for Haiti

Right now the immediate need for the Haitians is food, water and medical supplies, but eventually they'll need more. You can use your sewing expertise to help.

New Spring Simplicity Patterns Have Arrived!

Two fabulous Threads patterns are among the latest new patterns from the Simplicity spring lineup.

What's your New Year's Resolution?

Share your New Year's Sewing Resolution. Make a public "promise" to sew in 2010 and keep on stitching.

Fine Fabric Stores Jacket Challenge

Many great fabric stores across the US and Canada are currently holding a Jacket Challenge, and you're invited to participate.

The Gift of Sewing

Have you ever given or received a particularly meaningful sewn gift?

What's your advice for Fancy Fabric Sewing?

Have you worked with fancy fabrics? What advice can you give to other sewers?

The winners of 'The Perfect Pajama' are...

Find out if you were one of the lucky winners of The Perfect Pajama.

Book Giveaway: 'The Perfect Pajama'

If you love to look your best at bedtime, "The Perfect Pajama" will show you how.

As a sewist, what are you most thankful for?

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what we have. What is your greatest sewing-related blessing?

American designers and their extraordinary techniques

Don't miss the current exhibit at FIT, American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion, which explores the relationship between technical ingenuity and artistic excellence in fashion.

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the wedding gown?

US wedding gowns have evolved dramatically over the years. This museum quality historical book glimpses into the differences in an unusual way.

The 2009 Threads Archive DVD-ROM

Our readers asked, and we answered. The Threads Archive DVD containing issues #1 through #146 is almost ready for our readers to enjoy. It's one of the best things to happen at Threads in a long time!

Museum Exhibits: Contemporary Japanese Fashion AND Fabrics of Feathers and Steel

You won't want to miss the amazing exhibits currently on display at The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. There's also an online exhibit if you can't make it to D.C.

Mystery Foot Revealed

We asked for your help in determining the purpose of an unusual sewing foot. The mystery has been solved.

What Color Is the Wind? Beautiful Fabric Created with Blind Inspiration

Acclaimed blind artist, George Mendoza, has created a new line of beautiful, bold, colorful fabrics

How do you store your thread and other sewing notions?

There are oodles of products out there for thread, bobbin and notions storage. What storage methods do you find most effective?

And the winners of the book "Embroidered Effects" are...

Three lucky winners were chosen to recieve Jenny Hart's book "Embroidered Effects." Find out if you're a winner.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Embroidered Effects: Projects and Patterns to Inspire Your Stitching

This book by Jenny Hart will inspire you to add embroidery to the garments, gifts and home dec items that you make.

What provides your greatest sewing inspiration?

What makes you want to sew? Fabulous fabric? An incredible embellishment technique? A too-pricey ready-to-wear garment? An event that requires the perfect garment? Or simply a creative design evolving in your mind?

Mystery Sewing Machine Foot

I've searched online and in books, but can't find out what this sewing machine foot is for. Can you help?

And the three winners of the book "Patchwork Folk Art" are...

Find out who the three lucky Threads members are who have each won a copy of "Patchwork Folk Art" by Janet Bolton.

Book Giveaway: "Patchwork Folk Art" by Janet Bolton

If you love folk art, this book is for you. Leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. Monday, August 24, you could win your own copy of this fabulous book.

What's Your Favorite Non-standard Sewing Machine Foot?

Some feet are must-haves, some are fun and frivolous, and some are just not worth the time and effort. Share which feet you can't live without.

"Sew Deadly" -- Summer Reading Every Sewer Will Enjoy!

A murder adds tension, doubt, and questioning to the members of a small-town sewing circle. Learn more about this new series in this interview with author Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

Piping adds a special touch to your sewing

Piping is an embellishment you can add to just about every garment or home décor pattern to take it up a notch.

More on A Moveable Waist from Threads Issue #144

Author David Page Coffin expands on creating an adjustable waistband

SmartFlix--the NetFlix for All Crafters

Perfect your sewing skills with the help of SmartFlix

Make a Light Box in a Jiffy

Here's a way to make a light box without spending a penny!

Mixing Politics and Fashion

Do you wear your political affiliation on your sleeve? Check out the many designers who are using fashion to make a political statement.

Where Do the Threads Editors Buy Their Fabric?

Threads does its fabric shopping in some fabulous shops, where do you shop?

Exhibit: Wearing Wealth and Styling Identity

The Hood Museum of Art's amazing exhibit provides an historical exploration of ornate tapis as a 19th century measure of cultural prestige and social identity.

The Classic White Shirt Designer Challenge Continues...

The Cloth Merchants host their own Classic White Shirt Designer Challenge. Check out their amazing white shirt designs.

Interview with "Dancing With The Stars" Costume Designer

Learn how Randall Christensen, the man behind the sequins, glitter and glitz, dresses TV's dancing celebrities and pros.

Exhibit: Fashion in Film at the Allentown Art Museum

You won't want to miss seeing the garments worn by Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore and more.

Must-See Movie: "Valentino the Last Emperor"

You won't want to miss the opportunity to glance into the life of renowned Italian designer, Valentino

Win With

The online fabric store,, celebrates their 10 year anniversary with their "Sew" Much Fun Sweepstakes.

Perfect Machine Tension Every Time

Use this easy tip to find the right sewing machine tension for every fabric and every project.

Explore Portland, Oregon, with Enthusiasts

Join for a weekend of sewing, fabric shopping, and more

NYC is an Everchanging Source for Fashion Exhibits

Don't miss seeing examples of unique works from designers Muriel King, Valentina, and Isabel Toledo.

recent comments

Re: Simplicity: Spring Collection 2013

In response to LindaLouise's question:

Threads hasn't tested this pattern, so I can't say for sure. However, I looked at the pattern pieces and the pattern's evelope and instructions carefully, and my best guess is that the waist in #1664 falls at the actual waist. If you want a more definite answer, you'll have to contact Simplicity directly (

Re: What's Your Favorite Non-standard Sewing Machine Foot?

Actually, we did an article on how to use the adjustable hemmer foot in Threads--"Vintage Presser Feet" in issue #149, pg. 36. It's an intricate foot, but once you get it working, you will be amazed at the wonderful job it does! I think when you read the article, you'll see how easily it can be used for a flat-felled seam as well (although we only show a regular hem).
If you don't have access to the issue, please contact our customer service department directly. If they still have the issue available, they will sell it to you. If not, they will make a black and white photocopy for you. There may be a charge for multiple copies. You can reach customer service by calling 800-477-8727 9am-5pm ET Monday through Friday.

April Mohr, Threads

Re: Ask Threads

Thank you all for your terrific questions. Our Q&A editor has added them to her "questions in waiting" list, and many of them will be answered in a future issue of Threads.

If you're anxious for answers more quickly, you can consider posting your questions on our forum, Gatherings (click on the word "FORUM" in the blue band at the top of the page). Other sewers from around the world may be of assistance.

In the meantime, be watching for your question to be answered sometime in the future.

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Big Book of Flax"

To Ina from Wales-

I'm thrilled that you're enjoying our digital issues! We know there are lots of people who would be happy to receive Threads a little sooner than waiting for their paper copy--especially those, like you, who don't live in the US, or those who live in the US but love Threads too much to wait for the US Mail to make its delivery. Being a Threads Insider does have its benefits!

Re: Roy Denim: A small jeans factory with only one worker

Click the link to Roy Denim in the story above (his name that's underlined in the first line) which will take you to his website. You'll see "Buy Jeans" at the top of his website, just click that for details.

They're pricey, but if you want fabulous one-of-a-kind jeans, I'm sure they're worth it!

Re: Why are pincushions frequently made to resemble tomatoes?

Thanks, Shava23, for sharing another bit of sewing history with all of us!

Re: What sewing skill do you want to learn next?

As Susan Khalje mentioned, you'll want to read the article she wrote in Threads issue #147, pg 22--"Fundamentals: Hem support." It's a fabulous article covering more hemming techniques than you probably knew existed! You'll learn how to achieve a perfect hem depending on your garment style, your fabric, and the ultimate look you want to achieve.

If you don't have this article on hand, contact our customer service department to see if it's still available--call 800-477-8727 9am-5pm ET Monday through Friday.

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: SewStylish Fall Fashion

To respond to some of your comments:

To all of you: Thanks so much for your comments and for the many article suggestions you've given us as well! Good luck in the giveaway contest!

Madwhimsy: I am so sorry you're dealing with the awful hot weather in Texas. We hear about it on our news in CT almost every day. I hope your fall brings some beautiful, cooler weather!

Barbara TW: To make sure you keep up with each new SewStylish magazine, just keep checking our websites ( and Each time a new SS mag is released, it will be announced online. You can also purchase it online in our bookstore if you want to, or just watch for it shortly after the announcement at your local fabric store. You can also order many of our old issues online if you missed one.

Cnels: There are no definite plans for an e-issue at the moment, but the more "correspondence" we receive from our readers, the more it will be discussed!

Moos: I suspect SewStylish will remain newsstand only at least until the economy climbs out of its downturn. Then we'll have to see. In the meantime, we've increased from 2 issues a year to many more (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Fashion as well as other special issues such as "Designer Techniques," "Teach Yourself to Sew," "DIY Bride," and "Quick Stuff to Sew). Keep watching our websites to see announcements of each new issue.

Re: Style adaptations are a must when sewing for the disabled

To kundert:

Thanks for pointing this out. I will edit the title.


Re: Style adaptations are a must when sewing for the disabled

Re: Summer Dress Patterns

Threads has done many articles about bust alterations over the years. There are far too many to list here, but I'll include articles from the last few years.
"Q&A: Add a bust dart" in issue #152, p. 77
"Smart-fitting Series, Part 2: Fine-tune a Bodice Front" in issue #148, p. 48
"Add a Bust Dart" in issue #142, p. 48
"Altering Patterns for the Well-Endowed" in issue #129, p. 41
"Fitting: To alter for a diminutive bust, you must change more than the darts" in issue #113, p. 30
"Fitting: Adjusting princess seams" (bust point change) in issue #105, p. 24
"Fitting: Fitting the full-busted petite" in issue #96, p. 24

When you need to make major adjustments to a pattern, we recommend that you make a sloper first (essentially a "second skin" made from fabric). Then you'll be able to compare your body to the pattern to locate areas where adjustments must be made. (Remember to add in ease as needed.) Here are the articles about making and using a

"Fitting: Multiple Alternations" in issue #107, p. 24
"Q&A: Where can I purchase a sloper?" issue #125, p. 73
"For the Best Bodice Ever" in issue #130, p. 51
"Use Your Sloper to Finish Your Shirt" in issue #138, p. 53
"From Sloper to Shirt" in issue #137, p. 46

If you don't have access to the issue, please contact our customer service department directly. If they still have the issue available, they will sell it to you. If not, they will make a copy of the article for you at no charge. There is a minimal charge if you request copies of more than 2 articles. You can reach customer service by calling 800-477-8727 9am-5pm ET Monday through Friday.

Re: Museum Exhibit: Balenciaga and Spain

Queenellabella, please share some of the things you like most about the exhibit after you visit it. It will probably make us all envious!

Re: Australian Woolgrowers Dress Prince William

To rkr4cds1,

There's no need to apologize. I must say I was actually very pleased that you pointed out the error so that it could be quickly repaired. Not everyone reads all of the comments; many more people read the headlines, and I'm so glad the headlines were corrected right away!

Actually, my error stems from familiarity with the spelling Marino. At least 2 of my 3 children had Mr. Marino as their English teacher when they were in school. He was well loved, so they talked about him a lot at home, and I got to know him well through parent-teacher conferences and such. He subsequently became the Assistant Principal, so his name continued to be mentioned even after my kids were no longer in his class.
Usually I can spot a mispelled word because it looks wrong. In this case, because the spelling Marino is more familiar to me than merino, it didn't look incorrect. I'm not trying to make an excuse for my error. After doing all of the research I did in advance, I should have picked up on the mispelling, but alas, I didn't.

Thanks again for pointing it out, and I certainly accept your kind apology!


Re: Australian Woolgrowers Dress Prince William

It's been repaired. I take full responsibility for the error. Thanks so much for pointing it out.

Re: When the Ground is White, You've Got Time to Write

If you'd like to consider sending us an article proposal, you might find our Author's Guidelines helpful. You can find them on our website. Just go the the reddish band at the top of the page. Rest your cursor on the word MAGAZINE and a drop-down will appear. Author's Guidelines is the last item in the drop-down. The guidelines will answer most of the questions that you may have about the submission process.

We look forward to hearing from you.

April Mohr
Threads Editorial Assistant

Re: What sewing topics would you like to read about in Threads?

Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I just printed all of your ideas for our next planning meeting. I can't promise anything other than the fact that the ideas will be discussed. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.
April Mohr, Editorial Department

Re: What sewing topics would you like to read about in Threads?

A couple of you requested that we photograph our Pattern Review garments on models instead of flat. As a matter of fact, we already do photograph them on models, but our talented art staff miraculously removes the models' head, legs and arms to keep the focus on the garment(s) rather than on the models. The accessories (shoes, jewelry), etc., are added afterward.

At one time we did photograph the Pattern Review garments flat, but many of you asked that we give the garments natural shape by placing them on a person. We heard your requests! You can clearly see the difference if you do some comparison. Take a look at the suit on page 24 of issue #132. It is clearly photographed flat--no bust, and the skirt looks like it's suffering from severe static cling. Now look at the photo of the outfit on page 29 of issue #153. Observe the shapeliness of the top, and notice the hemline which is clearly not flat.

Now that you know, I hope you're able to better appreciate the style lines of the Pattern Review garments. Thanks for your comments. I'm glad I've been able to clarify this point for you all.

Have a Happy New Year!

Re: How about a sewing vacation to spark your creativity?

To respond to CHL:
Beachcombers Haven is something that came to my attention, and I thought a sewing vacation was a wonderful concept that I wanted to share with the Threads online readers. Click on the link in the blog if you're interested in pricing or other information. Their website has lots of information. It was the only place of its kind I had ever heard of. Since reading your comment, I did some additional research and found two other locations that also sound interesting: The Stitching Studio in Austin, Texas, and
The Craftin' Cabin in Edgerton, Wisconsin, Although both of these places also sound awesome, it appears The Stiching Studio is geared for daytime-only visitors. The Craftin' Cabin does accommodate overnight visitors, but appears to focus on crafting rather than sewing.

If you are aware of another sewing vacation destination, please share the information with us all!

Re: Kenneth will be on Martha Stewart!

I've never watched Martha Stewart, but I'd love to watch this show. What time is it scheduled to air?

Re: How have you organized your stash?

Welcome, DeniceC., to the Threads website. I hope you find lots of information and inspiration here.
If you're returning to garment sewing after a while being away, you will enjoy reading our SewStylish fashion issues. They're only available online or on the newsstand. Threads, of course, is available as a subscription publication as well, and comes out 6 times a year. It's also available online and on the newsstand. They're both packed with lots of wonderful sewing techniques, design ideas, and inspiration to advance your sewing skills whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced sewer.
Please be sure to post photos of the work you've done (quilts are OK to post, too) on Readers' Closet. Look for it on the right side of our home page. I look forward to seeing it.
April Mohr
Threads, SewStylish and Editorial Department

Re: Video: How to Sew a Sleeve

Mancika, congratulations for losing all that weight! I have trouble losing a mere 5 pounds.

Threads has written many fabulous articles about altering sleeves and arms. I'll list the articles below that seem most appropriate to your problem. If you don't have a copy of each of the issues, you can contact our customer service department. Many of our old issues are still available. You can reach customer service by calling 800-477-8727 9am-5pm ET Monday through Friday. Here are the articles--I'll include the title followed by the issue number, then the page number.

"Sleeve Finesse" #28, pg. 52
"Narrowing an Extended Shoulder" #41, pg. 46
"Basics: Sewing--Reposition the shoulder seam" #49, pg. 18
"Bought for the Hips, Too Large in the Shoulder?" #59, pg. 62
"Fitting: Fitting broad shoulder" #64, pg 24 (You can use this process in reverse to narrow the shoulder.)
"Fitting: Changing patterns at sleeve and shoulder" #68, pg. 16
"Fitting: Converting dropped shoulders to natural shoulders" #95, pg. 18
"Q&A: Shoulder room" #134, pg. 60 (Again, this is about adding to the shoulder, but the reverse process will yield a narrower shoulder.)

These articles will give you an arsenal of information to help you alter your T-shirts as well as other shirt styles.

Good luck!

April Mohr
Threads Editorial Department

Re: Check out the winners of the Duct Tape Prom Contest

Please be sure to keep us informed if she does enter the duct-tape contest one of these days. We'll definitely want to cover the contest! Was her wallet done in one of the colorful duct tapes? Now she can make a crazy one in leopard print (or one of the other new patterns).

I suspect the hardest part about entering a contest like the duct tape prom contest is to get the guy to buy into the idea. My husband (who I went to both my senior and junior proms with) would NEVER have allowed such a thing. Maybe guys today are more creative and willing--especially when there's a possible financial reward.

Re: How did you learn to sew?

I'm also amazed at how many of you are self taught. I'm so glad Threads has been able to help you fine tune old sewing techniques and learn new ones. If you know anyone, young or old, who is learning to sew, please tell them about our new online video series called "Teach Yourself to Sew." It's on our website, and it's free-- ( Right now there are about 15 different segments of online beginner sewing "classes," but we're adding new segments regularly. You might even find a sewing tip or two you didn't know about before! As I'm sure you'll all agree, watching a video to learn a technique has definite advantages.

Thanks so much for all of your comments. Keep them coming!

April Mohr

Re: Meet Threads' Contributing Editor, Kenneth D. King

This comment is in response to Rabia regarding our use of the term "hash marks."

I checked with our copy-editor who is the final word on all things grammatical in our magazine. Here is her reply:

"Unfortunately, neither “hash mark” nor “hatch mark” appears in Merriam Webster, which is the dictionary we use at Taunton—or any other online dictionary I could find. According to Wikipedia, “hash mark” is a variant of “hatch mark.” And if that’s the case, it isn’t actually wrong. The fact is, we aren’t using the marks in the traditional mathematical sense or in the “crosshatch” sense noted by the reader."

I guess this is one of those gray areas of grammar, which the English language is full of. Maybe it's a regional thing or something. I've always refered to sewing or other marks as hash marks and have never heard the tern hatch mark. Here's the Wikipedia link if you're curious:

Maybe other readers can tell us how they describe those little marks. If you respond, be sure to mention what part of the country you come from out of curiosity, since my suspicion is that different geographic areas use it differently.

Thanks, Rabia for your input.

Re: Enter the Simplicity Pattern Design Contest

Hi MsMadisson,

Thank you so much for your comment. The date in our post was incorrect, and has been corrected. All submissions must be postmarked no later than midnight ET May 12, 2010 and received no later than May 17, 2010 by mail as indicated in the contest rules.

Re: What's your New Year's Resolution?

How are you all doing with your resolutions so far? I missed one weekend, but I was able to make the time up the following weekend by sewing much longer. I'm thrilled. It's amazing how much I get done by sticking to it EVERY week.

One of my colleages told me she made a resolution a number of years ago to sew ONE seam a day. There were days that she didn't sew more than one seam. But just sitting down at her sewing machine with the appropriate notions, etc., was all she needed to motivate her to sew more. Most of the time she sewed much more than just one seam.

I think I'll try her idea for my 2011 resolution.

Re: Sewing for Haiti

Beo, that's a fabulous idea! I bet you're not the only one with a spare sewing machine collecting dust. It would certainly become a real treasure for someone in Haiti.

Re: Mystery Sewing Machine Foot

I hope you'll all visit my new blog, "Mystery Foot Revealed" which explains what I learned about this foot--thanks to the assistance of many of you!

Thanks so much for all of your comments.

April Mohr

Re: Mystery Foot Revealed

Yes, it's a zig-zag foot. It certainly doesn't have the variety of settings that the zig-zag stitches on today's machines have, but I suspect it was cutting-edge in its day. The needle stitches up and down without moving side to side, but the "knob" on the bottom of the foot grabs the fabric and pushes it first left and then right as the needle goes up and down, thereby causing the zip-zag to happen.

It didn't work with thin, cotton fabric because the "knob on the bottom of the foot wasn't able to grab the fabric and move the fabric back and forth. If you click on the link to my original blog (The link can be found in the first sentence above--"sewing machine foot"), you can see the knob in the photo of the underside of the foot (you can read the word "PATENT" near the knob).

When I used two layers of heavier fleece fabric, it worked just fine because the thickness of the fabric allowed the knob to grab the fabric to move it. I would never use this foot since my sewing machine does a zig-zag stitch much more easily, but it certainly was interesting to watch.

Re: How do you store your thread and other sewing notions?

I totally agree. When I really took the time to organize all of my sewing thread spools and other supplies, it was a real eye opener. I had no idea how much I had. Just my thread alone shocked me. There were some colors that I had 6 or 7 spools of the same EXACT color, probably because I couldn't find a certain color when I needed it and just went out and bought more. I feel so much more in control of my sewing space now that it's really organized, and it actually prevents stress when I sew.

Re: What's Your Favorite Non-standard Sewing Machine Foot?

Well, I'm sold on the Walking Foot! I had heard that is was fabulous, and I think the test HedgeHouse talks about is the key to why it works so well. The trouble is that now I want a half dozen other new feet as well! There are so many feet that sound incredible. I'm already thinking about my New Year's resolution--that is after I add SEVERAL new feet to my holiday wish list. I'll resolve to try a new foot every week. It will be fun to look forward to.

Do most of you buy your feet from your sewing machine dealer, or have you discovered a great online source?

Re: What's Your Favorite Non-standard Sewing Machine Foot?

I have a rolled hem foot, but believe it or not, I've never tried it. I've done rolled hems on my serger and have never even thought of using my sewing machine. You've just inspired me to give it a try! Thanks!

Re: What's Your Favorite Non-standard Sewing Machine Foot?

Yes, I agree. An invisible zipper foot is a must if you use invisible zippers, because they make it so easy. I'm all for anything that makes sewing easier!! I haven't used the patchwork foot or walking foot. Maybe one of these days.

Re: help with new machine

Go to Gatherings (in the reddish band at the top of the page), and ask the advice of the sewers who frequent that discussion board. You'll get lots of helpful opinions there.

I bought my first sewing machine in college when I couldn't tolerate not having a machine at my fingertips. My mom couldn't shop with me because school was too far away. Her only advice was to buy the best machine I could afford. She told me it would be unlikely that I would buy a new machine for many years, and she knew I didn't want to be disappointed. I didn't buy the top of the line (it had lots of fancy stitches that I didn't want), but I bought the one just under. That was in 1966, and it is still my machine of choice. I have 2 other machines now, but they are only used when my original machine is at the shop for a tune-up or repair (rarely). When it is fixed, I'm always told my machine is fabulous, and I shouldn't get rid of it. "They don't make them like that anymore!" is what I'm often told.

So, I'm passing on the same advice. Buy the best machine you can afford to buy. Look for the features you know you can't live without, and get some that you think you might like someday.

I didn't buy my second machine until my husband and I moved to a new state. The movers packed the sewing machine foot pedal in with boxes of basement stuff, so I didn't find it for a couple of years. I bought the new machine out a desperation to get me by. I didn't spend a huge amount on it, and I got what I paid for. It has some of the bells and whistles my old machine doesn't have (a removable bed for sewing sleeves), but it just doesn't sew as smoothly and evenly. You can tell it's all plastic, because it's light as a feather, while my old machine is very heavy because the inside is all metal.

Good luck! I hope you end up with a great purchase.

Re: What's Your Favorite Non-standard Sewing Machine Foot?

Thanks for the information. I'm hopiing to get more comments about the walking foot. I don't want to buy one just to have another foot that I never use, especially if it's costly.

Is there a specialty foot that you like and use more than others?

Re: Where Do the Threads Editors Buy Their Fabric?

ssaamm36--I suggest you post your question on Gatherings on this website (found in the reddish band at the top of the page). Sewers from around the world visit Gatherings, and you might find someone who can give you some great suggestions.

Re: ~Counterchange Smocking on Gingham~

Hi Gossjean,

I work at Threads, and I received an email from someone who asked about your blog entry. I'll let her know I contacted you. You may contact her directly via email if you want to, but you are under no obligation to do so. The "" in her email address tells me she's not from the US, but I'm not sure where it is from. I'm not certain I know what her question is. Her email follows mine.

April Mohr, Threads Editorial Department

Dear Threads

I want know the name book a issue March 5th, 2009 Gossjean, member; about Counterchange Smocking on Gingham!
"Used a vintage apron pattern that I purchased off Ebay previously to design the smocking waist."

Please, what name book?

Thank You!

Marisa Bueno.

FirstName: Marisa Bueno

Re: Interview with "Dancing With The Stars" Costume Designer

Thanks for all of your comments. I must admit writing this blog article was one of the most exciting projects I've been involved with at Threads because I truly am a "Dancing With the Stars" addict! My husband and I hardly ever watch TV, except maybe the evening news, but I don't miss "DWTS"! He leaves the room. I just love watching the growth of the celebrities as dancers, especially those who start out with no dancing experience. When the show nears the last week, the celebrities really look as good as the pros.

But I have to say, as much as I love to watch the dancing, last night (Monday) I couldn't stop "examining" the costumes in a new way. I wished we had a big-screen TV. I'm still totally mind boggled. Prior to working with Randall Christensen, in my wildest dreams I never would have guessed the costumes were all made from scratch each week. Their sewing room must be organized like a well-oiled machine in order to pull it off!

By the way, just in case you wondered, Christensen does NOT create the garments for Samantha Harris, Tom Bergeron, or the judges. He strictly concentrates on the dancers' costumes. I guess that's more than enough to work on!

Thanks again for your comments.

April Mohr, Threads Editorial Assistant

Re: Perfect Machine Tension Every Time

Yes, you're right about the presser foot, of course. I've added that to the blog post. You're also correct about taking good care of your sewing machine. So many people I've talked to over the years have NEVER even read their machine manual to see if they're supposed to oil or lubricate their machine and have never done a thing.

I bought my machine in 1966. It was not the top of the line at the time, but the next one down. I've tried newer machines (and even bought one when we moved and my foot pedal was lost for a while), but nothing can compare to that machine. I take good care of it following the guidelines spelled out in my machine handbook. Unfortunately, I have had to have service a couple of times when parts broke, but each time it is serviced, the repairman tells me what a good machine I have--a real keeper! I agree!

Re: Need Advice

Hi Meirra,
Threads has done a number of great articles about the tools that we think are essential. If you don't have access to the issue, you may purchase it from our customer service department. You can reach our customer service department by phone--800.477.8727 (toll free from all US locations and many international locations) or 203-426-8171 (from any location); on the; or via I'll list some of the Threads articles below.

Essential sewing tools, #120, pp. 16-22
A pin for every purpose, #120, 24-28
Rotary cutters and mats, #122, pp. 46-48
Tools for making patterns, #94, pp. 68-71
Tools for taking measurements, #111, pp. 40-45
Pressing tools, #62, 40-43
On sewing rooms, #44, pp. 54-59
On small sewing rooms, #45, pp.37-39
Streamline your sewing space, #119, pp. 40-45
Tools for tight places, #140, pp. 49-53

In addition, SewStylish magazine's spring 2007 issue has an entire section devoted to the things you need to get started (also available through our customer service department).

I hope this information is helpful to you in getting started, and I wish you the best as you follow your dream!

April Mohr
Threads, SewStylish, and
Administrative Assistant