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

We received our office copies of the latest issue of Threads, and I can’t wait to read it. There are so many fabulous articles in this issue and so much to learn!

You could win a copy of this amazing issue by simply leaving a comment at the bottom of the page. Tell us which article appeals most to you. Leave your comment on this post before the deadline-11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 20-and you could win a copy of the issue. The winner will be randomly selected and announced during the week of March 25.

Here are the highlights:
Sophisticated Deconstruction–Create unique garments by layering fabrics and stitching them together.
ASDP Member Challenge: No-Waste Designs–The winners of the Threads/ASDP Challenge were asked to make a garment without fabric waste.
Tailoring Principles–A traditional menswear tailor talks about how to build impeccable shape into garments.
Spring into Fashion–A fashion forecast of the leading colors, fabrics, and silhouettes to guide your sewing.
Bound for Beauty–Three methods to make fabulous bound buttonholes.
Garment Industry Secrets–Borrow these professional sewing techniques for precise and efficient results.
One Pattern, Endless Options–A base pattern makes it easy to whip up an entire wardrobe.

And of course, you’ll also find our regular departments:
• Notions
• Tips
• Embellishments (Painted textiles–using brushes, stencils and stamps for one-of-a-kind fabric)
• How Did They Sew That?
• Designer Spotlight (Sandra Betzina)
• Pattern Review
• Fundamentals (Meet your serger)
• A Stitch in Time
• Embroidery Essentials (Make lace–Learn to stitch on air)
• Reader’s Closet
• Q&A
• Closures
• Back cover

We all have our favorites. What do you think yours will be in this issue?


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  1. User avater
    racu | | #1

    Garment Industry Secrets is the most appealing article for me!

  2. waxpop | | #2

    One Pattern, Endless Options sounds like it would be really useful!

  3. misssarcastica | | #3

    Sophisticated Deconstruction sounds interesting!

  4. maxandakasha | | #4

    I want to see the spring fashion forcast as I'm starting on my spring pieces right now!

  5. Sherly_K | | #5

    Definitely interested in Garment Industry Secrets!

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    WillaMcNeill | | #6

    I think the garment industry secrets might be most appealing to me. But it all sounds interesting.

  7. nujoi1908 | | #7

    Bound for Beauty!

  8. jsnoble | | #8

    Insider Secrets from the Garment Industry. Oh, yeah!

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    Shutrbug | | #9

    Interested in the FSL story. My wife and I got the OESD Lace collection last Christmas and hoped to make ornaments for gifts. That is harder than it looks! That will be a great article.

  10. jennieMB | | #10

    Garment Industry Secrets is most appealing.

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    cherylejac | | #11

    Oh man... just one. OK, I have a new beautiful serger I can barley run, so the serger article. But I want a make lace and embellishments and, and, the list goes on.

  12. TalyQu | | #12

    I'd love to learn more about tailoring. Great topics.

  13. ummzak | | #13

    I'd like to learn Tailoring Principles. Of course,all of the features sound fascinating.

  14. Tease | | #14

    I was wondering about my big stash... I am 71 and in good health and finally have time to sew for myself, as well as other things that I want to sew...I worked at a fabric store for 6 years.....
    Am I being ridiculous to hang on to my fabric now? I feel that they can give it away or sell it when I check out... I do not have to shop for fabric. Sometimes it is too cold to go out and I can hibernate and sew up a storm if I want to.

    Do any others have critcal family that think they are nuts for having all of that fabric?

    I did give several boxes to Goodwill and more to the Humane Society to use for bedding for the animals. I only kept what I feel that I may want sometime.

    I really did sew a silky green print last week that had been in a shoebox, cut out and marked to sew for more than 10 years... Yes!!! It fits...

    Phyllis Bobelenyi

    I learn so much from the magazine and this site!!! Thank You
    I would get the magazine but I already have too many...

  15. stelluchi | | #15

    There are so many great articles listed for this issue. I would be very interested in the tailoring principals and the sophisticated deconstruction.

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    oregonrose | | #16

    One pattern, endless options sounds great. Also love the "How did they sew that?" articles.

  17. pochurch | | #17

    I was ready to toss my serger out the door! Then I was directed to Threads by craftgossip.com. The article about lettuce hems, rolled hems and other serger functions made everything so clear! Machines may differ but the settings are all the same. I can't wait to sit down and try the different setting. My serger is no longer my enemy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  18. LadyKane | | #18

    I love the Garment Industry secrets, but the one pattern many options sounds very fun. Would love to receive this issue and I usually purchase Threads on disc. I do miss having the "real thing" to carry around.

    Keep up your great talent.

  19. LadyKane | | #19

    I love the Garment Industry secrets, but the one pattern many options sounds very fun. Would love to receive this issue and I usually purchase Threads on disc. I do miss having the "real thing" to carry around.

    Keep up your great talent.

  20. ahearta | | #20

    I'm excited about the "One Pattern, Endless Options--A base pattern makes it easy to whip up an entire wardrobe" article. Mastering something so versatile seems like it would really open up one's creativity.

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    ShiningStar | | #21

    One Pattern, Endless Options sound good to me.

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    MsMadisson | | #22

    Dear Ms. Mohr,
    How can anyone choose. All these article seem to give valuable insights to the fashion industry as well as the home sewer. Anyone would LOVE to WIN this issue. ;)

    But if I must choose one article that really caught my eye, then I would have to go with, "Garment Industry Secrets".

    Thank you. Have a great day!

    Best Regards,
    Ms. Madisson

  23. KathfromOz | | #23

    How did they sew that? I'm so inquisitive about the how and why-for's of every thing. I spend time trying to work out 'how did they sew that?'

  24. rebpalma | | #24

    "How did they sew that?". I'm always intrigues by the order of construction. It's the missing link between the fitted pattern and the finished garment.
    Thank you, Threads!

  25. NMT | | #25

    The sophisticated deconstruction peaks my interest and I am really looking forward to read about the ASDP Member Challenge!

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    iluvthimbles | | #26

    I look forward to your bound buttonhole article. The concept can be enlarged and adapted to making nice looking pockets on purses and tote bags too! I always need refresher tips.

  27. Arlumizu | | #27

    All your articles are amazing! Lots of information and easy to follow. I love everything sewing, knitting, embroidery, etc. This time I am going to choose "embroidery essentials".

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    White77mg | | #28

    I'm looking forward to reading "One Pattern, Endless Options." I love to see the creative possibilities that come from a single idea.

  29. pmkurth | | #29

    i want! I want! Love threads!

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    Becca102 | | #30

    I am really intrigued by "Garment Industry Secrets"!

  31. vcalbur | | #31

    I love the newsletters and especially the two lessons on creating your own bias tape and sewing snaps.

  32. bajjmayer | | #32

    I love the idea of making something with "endless options"--what a great concept normally but especially in this economy where people are trying to be more economical, frugal and less wasteful with what they have--this sounds like a financially creative winner to me--One Pattern, Endless Options!

  33. Barbouille | | #33

    I am very curious about the "One pattern, endless options" article, but then "Sophisticated deconstruction" sounds very interesting as well!

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    QueenZ1 | | #34

    Spring into Fashion--Yes, anticipation is making me wait for what's on the horizon or what's around the corner, so I'm about to busting out at the seams.

  35. alanapr1 | | #35

    Threads is so awesome! But I do want to find out how much the new online subscription/membership will be. Can't seem to find it. Sigh.

  36. undeadgoat | | #36

    I'm curious about tailoring but have yet to dip my toe in the water--so that would be the article that appeals to me most. :)

  37. Karit75 | | #37

    One pattern, endless options looks great!

  38. Cocoasmommy | | #38

    Garment Industry Secrets--I really would like to know how to streamline my sewing. It might help me whittle down my enormous stash of fabrics!

  39. Mrs_Smyth | | #39

    Honestly, this is a really hard pick for me because all of these articles sound awesome! I definitely think the industry standards and fashion forecast seem the most appealing to me since I work within the garment industry. It will be interesting to compare notes with what is discussed in that article. I'll definitely be buying this issue if I don't win it :)

  40. moviedoll | | #40

    I'd love to read the article on Tailoring. :)

  41. Sewer2012 | | #41

    Last year, I paid $25 for the Claire Shaeffer DVD. I'm not happy to see it excerpted as part of Threads Insider.

  42. pelli | | #42

    The Insider looks great...while I love looking through a magazine, I have turned "digital" with an ereader tablet, and now paper is finally out of my life! I think the subscription cost is too high for paper as well...but am I excited to see what the Insider will bring!

  43. pelli | | #43

    Tease, are you crazy? Giving up fabric? Seriously, the only problem is that if you hang onto it too long in a folded state, etc., it could compromise its integrity, humidity or lack thereof could do damage, etc. If I were you, I'd sew it all up and donate the rest...then get internet shopping and have it delivered if you don't want to go out and touch and feel everything (which I think is half the fun)....

  44. Kate_13 | | #44

    It has to be the tailoring feature. That's right up my alley currently.

  45. ClareeW | | #45

    No-Waste Designs is the article I am looking forward to reading.

    I love the idea of the challenge to produce the combinations of shapes which will give a stylish garment.

    As a maths student who was always thought to be a drama student because of my way of dressing. This article sounds just up my runway.

  46. CAS48 | | #46

    I would love to read how to design and sew my own clothes, and more about the Project Runway light dress.

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    debit | | #47

    I love all that Threads has to offer would love to have this issue

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    Grandcarr | | #48

    I am interested in the one pattern, endless options article.

  49. rainbird | | #49

    Very interested to read about One Pattern, Endless Options and Tailoring Principles. Interested to learn from both the articles.

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    tajicat | | #50

    Great articles, especially enjoy all the tips and embellishment sections also. Anxious to read "One Pattern, Endless Options."

  51. StitchingSiren | | #51

    I want to read the streamline sewing techniques!

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    scrandall | | #52

    I love this magazine! I buy it when ever I can.

  53. LauriR | | #53

    Always interested in "One Pattern, endless options". It's certainly more of a personal challenge to put in one's own designing skills.

  54. AmeliaSterling | | #54

    After years of not sewing for myself, I will be again. I'm dropping weight in a way that assures me I can keep it off. I will be making classic clothes with distinctive details so I will be using the article on bound buttonholes. Thanks.

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    KrazyPatch | | #55

    I have been sewing for 50 years now and Threads Magazine never ceases to challenge my sewing skills. Thanks for your one-of-a-kind magazine, so I can create my own one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.

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    DustyJunkdotcom | | #56

    Spring into Fashion for sure. We love to see what fabrics and colors are popular for the upcoming season, so we can work on designing new clothes!

  57. AllieinMS | | #57

    Garment Industry Secrets appeals to me. I want my sewing to look as professional as possible even though I do not have industrial machines that perform each funtion.

  58. magnoliathreads | | #58

    One Pattern, Endless opportunities...

    My best friend gave me an issue of threads years ago, and I was hooked!
    I love Threads magazine and am excited about the possibility of a digital Threads!!! It is easier for me to read and to keep magazines when they are digital and so I have been changing over to digital whenever possible.
    I love the feel and photography of a print magazine, but at this stage in my life and restricted storage space I can justify a subscription for digital.
    Best Wishes!

  59. wpeck | | #59

    I'm always on watch for tips from the industry, so Garment Industry Secrets has it for me.

  60. CyanidexCupcakePRD | | #60

    What a fun looking issue! I love springtime, it is when the very best fashions emerge!

  61. Reenie | | #61

    Always a thrill, yes, a thrill, to read Threads. And to have the level of expertise available is wonderful. I really like having the ability to take advantage of the Garment Industry Secrets!

  62. hk1481 | | #62

    The more info about Bound Buttonholes the better. I love making them, especially on Chanel type jackets. Thanks Threads.

  63. hk1481 | | #63

    To 'Tease" - what a great idea to donate fabric for bedding to the Humane Society. Thanks!

  64. Judyta | | #64

    I always love the Reader's Closet because invariably there will be something that I would have asked or submitted, sooner or later.....always !

  65. yanijean | | #65

    I am most impatient to view the OnePattern - Endless Options article in the upcoming Threads issue. At 5ft tall and 240+ lbs the number of adjustments I make to any pattern are legion and unfortunately fitting the muslin is the part of the process i enjoy the least. Any Threads article that has me working with my stash more and fitting less is always well-loved and well-used.

  66. Rabia | | #66

    I absolutely LOVE the "Threads challenges" they are a feature that I now realize I have MISSED. I rarely see anything I like in any fashion designer's lineup but I have ALWAYS liked ALL of what came up in these challenges! Glad to see one featured here; can't wait!

  67. kromb | | #67

    I look forward to the article on sophisticated deconstruction of garments and using techniques to reinvent my existing wardrobe!

  68. theresan | | #68

    My favorite pick would be One Pattern, Endless Options.

  69. vic2025 | | #69

    Bound Buttonholes - I can't wait to read it. I LOVE Claire Schaeffer. Thank you very much.

  70. sewcietymaven | | #70

    I would go with Bound Buttonholes. Good sewing is comprised of flawless detail work. The basics you can find anywhere, but intricate work requires precision and someone who knows how to teach.

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    eatsallinsects | | #71

    Not trying to win a copy of the issue since I have been a subscriber since the "get-go" but all these comments have certainly piqued my interest. Need to find a quiet spot and read it thoroughly! Edith in Dallas TEXAS

  72. lg1 | | #72

    I love all the articles but there's always one thing that I never thought of doing. That simple tip in the serger article -- to serge the tails into the beginning of a seam -- is huge!

  73. Stillsewing | | #73

    I love Threads mag but feel sorry to see all the other readers talking about the latest issue when I haven't got it yet! will it come soon?

  74. Sillydilly | | #74

    I am really interested in the tailoring of garments. I have recently gotten really interested in making garments. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Ziggybug | | #75

    I was thrilled to receive my copy of the latest issue before it arrived at the new stand - first time ever. I usually walk by the new stand wistfully for about 2 weeks after they reach the new stand.
    I've read it from cover to cover so can't wait for the next issue. My favourite article was definitely Claire Shaeffer's "Bound for Beauty". The instructions were so easy to follow and the 3 options mean there is a bound buttonhole for all occasions.
    My least favourite article was "sophisticated deconstruction. For all its potential, the outfit that was highlighted was a horro!!! I wouldn't be caught dead wearing something so poorly assembled. The idea that layered hems left unfinished add dimension and texture, for me, translates into "I had not time or interest in completing this garment".

  76. Mizmash | | #76

    I'd like to start with One Pattern, Endless Options and move on.

  77. Mitzi | | #77

    Having lost 120 pounds over the past 17 months, I'm really interested in One Pattern, endless options. As you might imagine, I don't have too many clothes that fit me any more, so this will be great!

  78. MNmosquito | | #78

    I learned to do bound buttonholes 50 some years ago but they seemed to be out-of-fashion until now. They make a suit look so much more expensive and finished.

  79. aneko | | #79

    My Favorite will be How Do They Sew That?

  80. riversilt | | #80

    I think my latest magazine is at the front table. After reading the several references to One Pattern, Endless Options. I MUST go and have a look.

  81. lvstosew | | #81

    I would have to say they all are very interesting to me , but since there can only be one pick :) I would have to say Spring into Fashion I have recently lost some weight and am needing some new garments for this spring and this would be a great article to read and get tips and inspiration for colors and patterns etc. to use. Thanks for making the best magazine ever i am extremely addicted to your magazine and just cant wait to get the new one when it comes out

  82. Mamato8 | | #82

    I like the challenge of No Waste Designs! That one sounds like fun to me!

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    NLFiberArt | | #83

    This is one magazine I read cover-to-cover; I even enjoy the various advertisements. If I had to choose one article I would have to join the many who look forward to One Pattern, Endless Options. While I find formal wear interesting, I rarely make it. I enjoy seeing how others organized their work areas. Mine changes with the present project.
    However, I always look forward to the next issue of Threads.

    Many thanks to all responsible.

  84. amhourihan | | #84

    Hi The 4-H article on encouraging young girls to sew struck a cord with me. My nine year old son is in 4-H, but not much interested in sewing these days. Yet I'm thinking, maybe I should volunteer my time to teach those that are interested in learning a new skill some of the basics...

  85. amorisb | | #85

    I like to read all of the articles. I taught myself to sew this past year and half and I love your magazine because it always has information in it that I did not know, ie. the notions and basics articles. I particularly the garment construction because I have yet to venture into suiting or more complicated items because I have to build my confidence up.

  86. JacquiG | | #86

    Love the outfit on the cover page. We have just started to have warmer weather (thou it proably won't last) and I look forward to those types of outfits.

  87. LynneKM | | #87

    I would love to win the Famous Frocks book by Sara Alm and Hannah McDevitt. But the best win is reading Threads every month - so glad I subscribe!

  88. BaysicKnits | | #88

    I'm very interested in Tailoring Principles. I am in the processing of making a shirt for my husband and can find very little about 1) correct fit and 2) altering to get the correct fit.

  89. Kcathutton | | #89

    This sounds like a great edition. I am excited to read more helpful tips.

  90. fjay26 | | #90

    I am excited about the May issues of Threads magazine. Two great sustainatility textile issues: Deconstruction and no waste garment sewing. I am at uni studying to be a Home Ecoomics Teacher so sustainabile textile issues are very relevant for me and future students. I also can't wait to read about the one pattern - many styles, I love sewing my own garments that stand out from the crowd!

  91. czeremcha | | #91

    What appeals to me the most? Everything! Just everything. I'm sewing for over 30 years and having this huge experience I still have loads of humility about sewing. It's never ending learning process and there is still so much to discover!


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    Ashford | | #92

    My sewing goal is to first learn fitting; then, learn how to change the sleeves and collars on a pattern; and finally, purchase a set of patterns for my basics, plus, each season a set of patterns for the trendy items.

    The article titled "One Pattern, Endless Options" would grab my eye while standing at the magazine rack.

  93. TheSewingCPA | | #93

    The article most interesting to me is the feature on menswear tailoring principles. I made a pair of seersucker flat front shorts for my husband last summer, and I've been wanting to tackle some additional menswear (sports jacket, perhaps?).

  94. user-1121463 | | #94

    Newly rediscovering sewing, after nearly 20 years, I'm reading everything I can get my hands on. Threads magazines are helpiing me learn lots! Loved the article on using one pattern in different ways.

  95. ThimbleLite2 | | #95

    I would be interested in the Tailoring Principles and the ASDP Member Challenge: No-Waste Designs-. It will be great to see how they laid out their patterns to eliminate wasted frabric. I have always been interested in tailoring so this will be a usefull article.

  96. robinmhd | | #96

    I subscribed to Threads for years and opened each new issue like a gift! I am an architect and sewing was a low stress way to be creative and have fun outside of work. Every issue was inspiring. I started buying my magazines at the newsstands when I realized I was not receiving all my issues. I don't know why, but I was not getting abut a third of my copies. And NOW I am having a hard time finding Threads on the rack! Your website is just not as satisfying and not to be read in he bathtub! I miss you and would like to resubscribe. Could you send my copies in a plain brown wrapper so that they won't be such temptation for somebody to "borrow" ?

  97. KathfromOz | | #97

    Sophisticated deconstructions is so...well, the imagination is the only limit and it's something I have lots of. Love it.

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