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Discover three ways to add vintage charm to your tops.
Learn to use wool to its fullest.
Compare machines for fast and easy options.
Upgrade your shirts by indulging in fine finishing details. Learn how by reading this article.
This quick-to-make pleated wrap is simple to make and is the perfect topper for any special occasion. Read more to learn how to make this fabulous shrug.
Find out how you can take printed fabrics into new territory.
Go beyond the basics and into the world of couture. Learn new skills including sewing soft edges, how to precisely match prints and stripes, and how to set a sleeve by hand.
The finest reading material available on sewing.
Its simplicity reveals fascinating techniques.
Five exciting ways to use lace.
These vintage details deserve a revival on your favorite jacket.
Four different ways to construct a striped garment.
Trace your shoulder slope onto the back of your cutting mat to keep it handy when adjusting new patterns.
Learn new skills including how to determine your shoulder slope, add pockets, create beautifully bound buttonholes and more.
Watch as Threads' Senior Technical Editor Judith Neukam drafts the front and back of a pattern in lightning speed!
Try this technique for a flattering sleeveless garment.
You can use this irresistible tuck treatment on anything you sew.
This kimono-inspired jacket was based on McQueen's autumn/winter 2003 collection.
Make a flamboyant necklace that's light as air.
Turn mitered stripes into a design element with the technique from the latest issue of Threads.
Get that patent-leather look using vinyl.
Two pattern pieces and a quick texturizing trick make this bag unique.
A window detail makes a simple dress special
Pair buttery soft silk with lace for an of-the-moment seasonless scarf.
Take a trip inside garments from Western Costume Company to see how they're constructed.
Learn new skills including how to insert invisible zippers, create perfectly finished seams, and build your own custom dress form.
Coat is complete with a hood and a pocket for a mid-walk snack or his cell phone.
Threads has lost an author, teacher, artist, and a beloved member of our community.
Download patterns to sew aprons for everyone!
The skills found in Teach Yourself to Sew are perfect for new sewers or for those looking to brush up on the basics.
View some examples of designer Charles James's iconic work.
Whip this hat together in an hour.
The lantern shape makes this bag expandable and collapsible, and depending on how it's made, it can have a variety of uses.
Try this easy-to-sew filigree fabric project and learn how to sew a seam and edge finishing techniques.
A unique way to take an old, drab T-shirt and turn it into two new edgy tops all your friends will want to borrow.
Embrace the positive and the negative in this unique pillow design.
See how our editors use these delicious decorator materials in garments.
Sewing retreats are as much fun as camp.
Antiqued brass nail heads can add stunning embellishment.
Take a sneak peek into this non-public fabric event.
If you're on the hunt for something special, go to a sewing show, like the Sewing and Stitchery Expo I recently attended in Puyallup, Washington.
Take a closer look at the making of a Threads back cover.
Make the fur fly. You can sew a luxurious boa in an evening.
Step into the closet of a lifetime at Western Costume.
Walk barefoot on suede leaves with this spectacular home accessory.
Mix and match fabric strips for a skirt that is custom fit.
Unveil the potential in a single fabric with mindful cutting.
Ladies, while the guys are planning what pizza to order, you can make a few of your own plans.
Curl up and send us a note, or an article proposal
If you miss an issue on the newsstand, you can buy them directly from our online store.
Try these double pockets for retro styling.
Tackle these challenging closures with confidence using approaches from our experts.
Turn a fabric rectangle into a versatile garment with this project from our latest issue of Quick Stuff to Sew.
This edge and seam technique produces a relaxed double-duty jacket.
Learn how to create Anne Kendall's classic, corded buttonhole.
Tips for how to take your finishes from beginner to professional
Introducing the magazine for sewers who are just starting out
When it comes to fit, a custom dress form is your best friend.
Check this glossary for the definitions of some of the common sewing terms you will need.
In memory of our beloved friend and colleague, Fred Bloebaum
What could be easier than pleats? As it turns out, these little devils aren’t as straightforward as we thought.
Learn how to create this lapped and embellished seam featured on our latest Threads cover.
Learn how to create a creative seam designed for this past year's All About Seams ASDP challenge.
They designed for children and then were asked to design a second companion garment for their regular model.
This week my faith in judges was restored.
Designers created dresses for the Campbell's AdDress Your Heart red dress award gala.
See what happens when you double up designers and challenges.
She'd look good in a potato sack.
Sixteen designers throw their fedoras, turbans, and sombreros onto the runway.
We are sad to say goodbye to the well-respected designer, Charles Kleibacker.
Vionnet recreations debut at annual ASDP conference.
Take a fresh look at some old sewing rules with these thread and needle tips.
From satins and silks to velvets, brocades, and lace, the key to a fancy frock is all in the textile.
Take time to explore other worlds even when they're in a well worn magazine in the doctor's office
Sometimes a traditional buttonhole doesn’t seem quite right and a standard bound buttonhole doesn’t hit the mark either. Here’s a way to bundle your buttons into a nice closure.
For awhile it looked as if the show would be delayed.
The pressure is on for sure; now, let’s take a walk in the designer’s shoes.
The judges sent two packing and three to Bryant Park, now the stress really starts.
Design a companion garment that complements your best look from a previous challenge.
Last nights challenge was to design an ensemble inspired by a location. Tim said to avoid the cliché, but did they?
The challenge: Convert an old wedding dress into something hip and cool for its divorcée.
They put on a good show. Now, if we could only see it.
The designers performed, but I’m not sure the judges won an Oscar.
The challenge: Design and make a garment from newspaper.
Take a blind stitch and make it beautiful.
What last night’s Project Runway lacked in exciting design, it made up for with jarring or entertaining one-liners.
This episode was all about teamwork. Last night’s project took us to the beach for “fun and fashionable surf wear” with a twelfth-hour additional avant-garde design.
Somebody tell me, when did they stop using the word maternity?
It’s like seeing a friend after a long time away and picking up right where you left off. But, has this pace-setting program become too predictable?
I have watched every episode of every season of Project Runway. How exciting to get a bonus show with return visits from past designers. I'm a fan.
Young women’s mothers don’t sew. That’s two generations. Is this a dying skill?
Reading that my colleague’s first project was sewing a bear brought my own bear experience to mind.
Now showing in everyone’s home: a million costumed people create a landscape on your TV. Take a closer look at how this amazing ad was created.
Take a look into the wild imagination of John Koch and the spectacular fantasy hats he creates in his Chicago studio.
Never let a good idea go to waste, share it with somebody.
Just call me the fabric whisperer. I’ve been handling fabric for a few more decades than I like to admit and if yours has spots, let's talk.
You don’t have to take a slow boat to China to get alone with your muse. Try a sewing retreat, instead.
Fashion, sewing, and lots of competition keeps us watching and wanting more.
When I’m inspired by color, sentiment, and attitude, everything I do is better.
Threads’ back covers have inspired sewers for years, but the vintage clothes you see are not so easy to find.
Going to New York City for fabric shopping is only a short drive for me. But there was a time when I had to hunt for couture fabric and silks. If you have that problem check out this new online source for those special hard-to-find fabrics.
Watch Kenneth D. King make a cloak fit for the Oscars in this video from Threadbanger.com.
We challenged designers to demonstrate their mastery of fluid fabrics in original garment designs. Here are photos of some of the finalists.
check out our editor Judith Neukam's encounter with Audrey Hepburn's custom dressform. What a day for a fan of movies and sewing!