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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 to Sew Couture Trim and Buttonholes

    Bias binding accents garment edges, but it can make them bulky. The wider the binding is, the more difficult it can be to achieve a smooth and flat finish. For…

  • How to Sew a Beaded Chiffon Dress

    This captivating dress from the 1940s pays homepage to the 1920s with its slim silhouette and elegant beaded details. The chiffon fabric was hand-beaded with a tambour needle in a…

  • Using Home Dec Fabrics for Garment Sewing

    The next time you’re looking for a sumptuous fabric, make a visit to a home décor fabric store. If you avoid the home dec department in your local fabric store…

  • A Better Way to Appliqué

    Embellished appliqué on a filmy background is lovely but may not seem easy to accomplish. Traditional appliqué methods require invisible hand stitches or heavy machine-sewn satin stitches— both of which…

  • Fitting Revelations

    Uncover style and silhouette clues from purchased garments.

  • How to Sew Floating Taffeta Bands

    Silk tulle is extremely soft and sheer and it provides a different sewing experience from working with a woven fabric. Silk taffeta has a crisp hand, comes in a variety…

  • Double the Peplum

    The jacket shown at left features a figure-flattering peplum made of two tiers at the waistline. The peplum layers travel from the front vertical darts to the center back, where…

  • A New Way to Fit Sleeves

    I long for an haute couture sleeve. That is, I crave a sleeve that is custom-fitted to my arm and shoulder and that works within the garment’s armscye. After years—or…

  • Frame an In-Seam Pocket

    An in-seam pocket is typically almost invisible. Although it is subtle, it provides a convenient storage place for necessities. Inspired by the inventive pocket on the circa 1970 jacket on…

  • The Davidow Edge

    Learn a designer’s patented facing alternative.