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smcfarlandSarah McFarland, CT, US
craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, gifts, knitting, paper-crafts, restyle, sewing, origami, crewelwork
Member Since: 01/05/2010
Learn how to cut, roll, and stitch a tassel for a bag or keychain.
Owner Pat Mahoney says she's ready to retire after 40 years
Contributing Editor Louise Cutting loves to collect sewing memorabilia. Browse through photos of some of the fun and interesting items found in her sewing studio.
Could you be one of America's top home sewers?
An elimination leaves four designers to show at NY Fashion Week
Project Runway SuperFans inspired and wore this episode's designs.
The designers create activewear for Heidi's New Balance line
The designers had to "step it up" this week in a shoe-based test
Project Runway designers go "glamping" or "glamorous camping."
Team friction rises in another unconventional materials challenge
Thousands of ties, two marriage proposals, and one violent tantrum
Connie Crawford found her ideal studio and outfitted it with custom sewing furniture.
There's drama as teamed designers sew Coney Island game prizes
The designers are inspired by $30 million in jewels and diamonds
Designer Mimi Prober’s dresses are a study in reclaiming delicate materials.
Don't want to put in a zipper? No sweat, here's a fast, stretchy, alternative
How do you get great results when pressing your sewing projects?
See all of the designs from the Season 12 premiere.
Three professionals share what they love about where they sew.
Care to guess which designer won Project Runway's 11th season?
Print out this handy worksheet to record armscye and sleeve-cap dimensions.
A studio transformation makes a sewing instruction space more open and inviting.
One more designer gets eliminated after Tim's home visits
Whirlwind trips to Europe inspire the final five designers
The designers sew "editorial" looks for a Marie Claire cover
The teams make avant-garde and RTW looks in the HP challenge
It's the skirt every girl needs! Win this awesome book!
The designers create spring RTW for a Lord & Taylor challenge
The designers dress (temporarily, at least) a male dance revue
The designers make duct-tape dresses for a tough audience: teenagers
Some designers excel, while others come to tears, in a challenge to create looks for mature women
Leather and lace and fringe and denim... in the latest episode, the designers had the opportunity to create a performance look and a red-carpet look for Grammy-winning country artist Miranda...
Hardware and flowers combine in this unconventional materials challenge
The teams design two looks to help Heidi sell her perfume
The designers sew uniforms for Susan Sarandon's Spin ping-pong nightclubs
A fresh crop of designers and a season-long twist on the show formula - Season 11 is something different
Here's a sewing room solution for a tricky fabric problem.
Read tips from real sewers, and share your own!
It's the finale! Who won Project Runway All Stars Season 2?
Paris shopping, Valentino garments, and a last-minute challenge made this episode exciting.
Famous Los Angeles fabric store has a new address, more space and features
Can the All-Stars create
A 1920's themed challenge creates one-on-one designer face-offs
In a non-fabric challenge, the designers create looks from holiday decorations
The All-Stars designed dresses made with eco-friendly fabrics
The designers create androgynous and avant garde looks for male and female models
The designers make looks based on fan photos from USA Today readers
The designers work with graffiti artists to create bold art-to-wear
The designers try to remember the '70s for a disco Nine West challenge.
More notions, machines, and other present ideas from the Threads staff
The final four designers stress out in Season 10's penultimate episode
Who's going to Fashion Week?! An avant-garde challenge weeds out one more designer.
The designers must create outfits for babies
The designers get to dress New York City's famous dancing Rockettes
The designers create their own prints on HP computers. Anya and Mondo guest-judge!
The designers earn fabric money by selling their work on the streets of New York City
Dresses for a famous department store cause designer meltdowns and a surprise ending
Who wants a makeover? In this episode, the designers help "real" women find new looks
Joanna Coles, Marie Claire's tough Editor in Chief, judges looks for working women
Two designers left voluntarily, one came back, and everyone had to face a Michael Kors-themed challenge
Designers from seasons past return - as models!
Dylan Lauren (Ralph's daughter) is the guest judge for a sticky challenge.
It's here, the 10th anniversary season of "Project Runway"
Try this striped variation of a SewStylish accessory.
In her new online course, SewStylish author Gretchen Hirsch shares how to make a vintage-inspired skirt suit
A British and an American artist collaborate to make the world's largest pieces of spider-silk fabric
Apply an array of lace trim for a fresh take on a basic garment.
Turn two chiffon scarves into a sleeveless top with a bubble-look hem.
Sewing expert and SewStylish author Gretchen Hirsch has an easy-to-make belt
Additional images from Katrina Walker's sewing "cabin"
Got a minute? It doesn’t take long to create these cute timekeepers.
Babette Pinsky is in the Designer Spotlight in Threads no. 159. Learn more about the pleating she uses in her designs.
Our sister site, CraftStylish.com, is hosting a great competition for handmade gifts and decorations
A famous room at Graceland is lined with more than 300 yards of fabric
13 designers get a second chance to compete; series starts January 5 on Lifetime
The PBS sewing series resumes in December - here's what's coming up!
A new book explores the possibilities for textiles that save lives and look amazing
Grab your handbag or accessory samples and get your work noticed!
Most of the designers missed the mark on a sophisticated '70s look
The short answer: No. Squabbling had a high cost for some designers in this dramatic, two-team challenge episode.
The new season has finally arrived. Who is your favorite so far?
20 have been chosen, but only one will win. Season 9 begins July 28.
More tales of sewing disasters - and a call to share your own stories
Are you ready to watch? Lifetime announces Season 9 to premiere July 28
There's time to make a stunning entry for the annual bra contest at the American Sewing Expo
Here's a free cutout design featured in our new summer issue. Download it and try the technique yourself!
Find new projects and tutorials on this new national sewing show
Have you heard about the accessory-themed "Project Runway" spin-off?
What would you like to learn about the sewing workspaces of authors, experts, and your fellow readers?
In the exhibit "Tools of the Trade," the University of Alberta has assembled a fascinating collection of notions and more.
Here's how to piece and twist a bias sleeve
In an online extra, Denise Severson shares a technique to make a pieced and bias-cut sleeve.
The deadline is April 15 to send in photos of your garments and a personal video.
Seven Simplicity patterns are the starting point for this American Sewing Guild contest
Contribute your fiber arts knowledge to the online encyclopedia
British designer sells Kate Middleton's charity fashion show "dress."
Meet Peter Lappin, creator of "Male Pattern Boldness" a men's sewing blog
Whom do you want to hear from in the Threads interview series?
New embroidery software creates precision cuts as well as stitched designs.
Members of the Threads community posted pictures and details about these adorable sewing notions
A Chinese empress is credited with silk's discovery in a popular legend.
Create a headpiece that's perfect for a not-too-traditional bride, or change the fabrics and make a special-occasion hat.
Create realistic feathers by following designer John Koch's steps in this tutorial.
Learn to make a fabric bow with tails in this post on John Koch's hat embellishment technique.
Learn author John Koch's method for making structured fabric bows without tails, with more hat embellishments to come! Part one of a four-part series.
Do you have a notion you prize because it's cute?
Sewing instructor Jacque Goldsmith shares quick solutions for trimming too-long zippers
Some holiday-type hints, drawn from Threads readers' tips
Tell us what you like to listen to - music, books or movies - while you sew.
Bags handmade in Kenya offer women a means to support and improve the lives of their special-needs children
Feel like sewing for someone else this holiday season? Sites like VolunteerMatch.org will point you toward groups that need your help.
Comment on this post to get one of six free-trial codes for PatternPal, a sewing app for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad
"1,000 Artisan Textiles" features works to spark new ideas for anyone who sews
ASE Passion for Fashion design challenge focused on Motor City classics
A look back at workshops, fashion shows, and shopping at the 2010 American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan.
Watch Kayla Kennington's online video tutorials to master a neat hemming or seaming technique.
Yes, there are sewing guides to read on the Kindle, and they're getting better
Make a costume from a current Simplicity pattern for a chance at prizes from Simplicity and Jo-Ann's Fabric and Craft stores
Celebrate with free projects, contests, and giveaways during sewing's month in the spotlight
You can help build our list of sewing organizations and events
The Center for Pattern Design explains the advantages of working small
App for iPhones and iPads offers is an on-the-go guide to fabric
Try out a new BERNINA 3 Series sewing machine and enter a sweepstakes to win a car or cash.
"Exotic Skin Handbags: Alligator & Crocodile" is an amazing look at beautiful bags from the past
The American Sewing Guild honors a sewing educator or team each year, adding their name to the Sewing Hall of Fame.
It's fun to trace the etymology of odd and amusing sewing terms.
How do you cope with the challenge of finding a purpose for every bit of fabric?
New programs let you experiment with advanced sewing machine features
Post your project photos in Threads' online Reader's Closet galleries
Clear sewing-table clutter with a wall-mounted organization system
See the chic and creative nominees for the 2010 Independent Handbag Designer Awards
Online photos offer a look at thousands of sewing projects, storage, and spaces
One little program offers a way to sort and search a mountain of material
We're looking for reader essays about sewing to end each issue on a personal note
Love of fashion inspires a very young designer to create and sew her own line.
Buy Mom sewing supplies or stock up to make something for her yourself.
Play with a program that enlarges images in a big way
This quick, easy - and temporary! - home decor technique can enliven bare walls
It's a breeze to download a PDF, print it, and assemble the papers into patterns as big as life.
Taking a different tack this year, I've planned exactly what I want to finish sewing before May.
Some reasons to appreciate the old-fashioned tools and skills of mending.
A super-cute sewing machine sparks memories of my early sewing experiences.
Through Sunday, March 14, Gap will give you a discount for donating denim items to be recycled as home insulation.
Taking advantage of the rare opportunity to have an organized sewing space.
If you appreciate fine handbags, here's a quick project: Make a cotton cover to safeguard an expensive accessory.
Threads readers are ingenious when it comes to discovering measuring tools in everyday objects and body parts.
Need a glamour and sophistication fix? Netflix has a growing supply of films about designers and the fashion industry, many available for instant viewing.
I'm seeking suggestions for indispensable references - electronic or print - on sewing and fashion.
Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, featured plenty of fantasy and extreme looks. Check out some runway images and learn about the pulse of daily style in Brazil.
An old toy saved the day when I tried to alter a pattern without my sewing tools.
Check out some of the fashions from the rainy red carpet at this year's Golden Globe Awards.
Haberman Fabrics, a Detroit-area store, will host a 13th annual Super Bowl Sunday sewing retreat. The event benefits a breast cancer charity. Sew all afternoon, and if you're a football fan, you can be home in time to see the game too!