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Judith Neukam

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Judith Neukam, former executive editor and now a contributing editor at Threads, has been sewing for 60 years. She created and starred in all the Teach Yourself to Sew DVDs and has directed DVDs for many popular sewing instructors. For 13 years, she coordinated the annual design challenge to the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the organization in 2014.

  • How Did They Sew That: Edged with Elegance

    Designs weave in and out of fashion through the decades and sometimes even hundreds of years. The simple pullover style of this ensemble’s top has been worn for centuries, yet…

  • How to Sew Corded Tucks

    Once upon a time, lovely blouses, like this 1940s top, peeked out from beneath women’s practical jackets and cardigans. These elegant garments often had necklines splendid enough to make jewelry…

  • Essential Techniques: Utility Stitch Guide

    When I set out to write about utility stitches, I fell down the proverbial rabbit hole. There are two fundamental utility stitches: the straight stitch and the zigzag. Those two…

  • Add a Sleeve Head to Any Garment

    Garments always look better when their sleeves extend from the body so smoothly the attachment area looks nearly seamless. Even if you manage to control the sleeve-cap ease and avoid…

  • Sew a Ribbon Bow Belt with a Hidden Closure

    Adele Simpson’s dress-and-jacket outfit, shown on the back cover, features several delightful couture methods that give it star status. Each covered button displays a carefully placed woven square motif; the…

  • How to Sew a Laced Sleeve

    This straight-laced suit is anything but all-business. From a distance, the ensemble looks like a basic black formal suit. But up close, the fine, soft bouclé fabric is cardigan-comfortable. Its…

  • Flounce a Dress

    This romantic floral georgette dress from the 1940s skims over any figure, creating a flattering silhouette. It camouflages the stomach and adds a strong vertical influence in the back as…

  • How to Sew a Studded Shoulder

    The wearer of this collarless, sleeveless outer layer appeared with not a thread of her dress revealed to her admirer. Her white shield covered her from throat to toe and…

  • How to Crewelwork on Net

    Fine cotton netting embroidered with lofty wool yarns presents a delightful and unexpected dichotomy of fibers. This example is from the 1940s, but the look is thoroughly modern, with similar…

  • How to Create Shirring

    What can rival the luxury of a beautiful silk velvet gown as it falls into deep folds? Here, the open sides define a shape-mastering tie with heavy shirring. Shirring is…