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Author Guidelines

Threads is a quarterly how-to magazine celebrating garment sewing, design, embellishment, and machine and hand embroidery. We’re always looking for new authors to help us bring exciting ideas, techniques, and information to our readers.

If you are an experienced and accomplished garment sewer but haven’t written any articles before, don’t worry. We work with many first-time writers and are far more interested in your knowledge, experience, and innovative ideas. You can leave the spelling and punctuation to us!

We’re interested in articles about construction and embellishment techniques, materials, tools, and design. The magazine includes classic and innovative techniques.

Our readers span all skill levels, from those just turning—or returning—to sewing to those with advanced skills who may even be earning a living at their craft.

Our point of view

We are a reader-written magazine that looks at techniques and processes from the viewpoint of the curious, practical sewing enthusiast who wants to know how and why things work. Our goal is to give home sewers the knowledge they need to create professional-looking garments and projects and have fun in the process.

Article proposals

Here’s what to include: a brief one- or two-paragraph summary of the article you have in mind; an outline of the ideas and points you’ll cover; sample photographs and/or sketches of work illustrating the topic (quick snapshots are fine) or supporting fabric swatches, if you have them.

If you are ready to submit a proposal, email it to [email protected], or send it via postal mail to:

Threads magazine
2143 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

We appreciate your interest in Threads.

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