I love Threads, mostly for the techniques. I find the Tips section very educational too. I make mostly children’s clothing, so fitting is less important to me. The articles on sewing machines, sergers etc., are interesting, but one doesn’t buy these things very often.
I notice that you often print letters and/or hints from Canadian readers. I’m curious about the number of subscriptions and individual copies sold in Canada. My curiousity is motivated by… your ads, believe it or not! I always read your ads, and there are very few for Canadian companies. I do buy somethings online from the US, but it is so expensive! Of course the things cost less in the first place, but by the time you add on the extra shipping, Canada Post import fees or UPS or other courier brokerage fees, not to mention the exchange, the costs are usually double the US dollar amount. And then there are the long waits! It would be so much simpler and cheaper to have access to Canadian mail order. There are a few that I know of, but there are still oodles of things one must go south of the border to get. What we need are online companies selling: heirloom patterns for children, heirloom fabrics and laces, trims, etc., a big!! range of quilting cottons and notions. As a couple of “for instances” the “Darr Piping Magic” — a nifty gadget for trimming piping to the correct seam width (advertised in May’s Threads) cannot be had in all of Canada, as far as I know; Children’s Corner, Wendy Schoen, Maggie’s Classics, Michie’s — all patterns for children are not readily available here either. (I do know of one company that carries a few children’s heirloom patterns, but they often must place their order with the supplier after you’ve ordered, and the pattern, with shipping, can cost as much as $20.00 to $24.00!!)
So, what I’d really like to see are ads for Canadian, online retailers of fabrics, and patterns, and notions…
And thank you for asking for our opinions!