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Editor’s Note: Threads and Sew Styish

AmberE | Posted in General Discussion on

To clarify the distinction between Threads and Sew Stylish, please read the editorial positioning statement below from the publisher of Threads. We’ve been so pleased by the overwhelming number of subscriptions to Sew Stylish from Threads readers and their resounding positive response in the Sew Stylish magazine survey (more than 2000!). Thanks for your support! –Amber

Editiorial Position Statement from the Publisher of Threads:

Threads magazine has been serving the sewing enthusiast for more than 20 years.   Recently, we redesigned the magazine to also appeal to sewers who are moderately  proficient, as well as continue to serve more experienced sewers.  This redesign has been very well received by the market, and we have seen an increase in our average number of copies sold on the newsstand, as well as in the number of readers who are subscribing and renewing their subscriptions to the magazine.<!—-><!—-><!—->

In light of the recent surge in interest by new sewers, we have introduced a new brand called Sew Stylish. The tagline for this new product is: Basic Training to Unleash Your Creativity. In the first few issues, this new magazine is taking the best of basic information that was introduced in Threads over the years, and offering it to the less-experienced, less-confident sewer. We have also launched a new blog site at BeSewStylish.com where sewing enthusiasts can connect and feel they are part of a larger, vibrant sewing community. <!—-><!—->

In addition we have more exciting plans in the works for the next several years, planning to introduce offerings from Taunton Press on broader fiber arts topics that are not currently covered in Threads and Sew Stylish magazines. We look forward to continuing to provide all levels of sewer, as well as other fiber artists, with the very best in instruction and information. 

Beth Agren
Publisher, Threads and Sew Stylish



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Edited 4/13/2007 6:03 pm ET by AmberE


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    Thanks for clarifying that.  Apparantly, Sew Stylish is selling well here as I haven't been able to find a copy yet.

    1. AmberE | | #3

      Have you tried JoAnn, Costco or Barnes & Noble? Also, you can order online.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #5

        I haven't tried Joannes yet, I will just to find a copy as I think it would be a great gift subscription for two family members.  It is getting great reviews from what I am hearing!  Our Costco doesn't sell magazines at all and I think Barnes and Nobel was just sold out.  I look forward to checking it out.  Thanks for your suggestions.  Mary

        1. AmberE | | #6

          Keep me posted!

          1. paulette | | #7

            Joann's fabrics in Stuart,Fl. has a good number of the new Sew Stylish.

          2. AmberE | | #8



      2. MaryinColorado | | #20

        Amber, I finally timed it right at Barnes and Noble!  I think Sew Sylish will be very successful from what I've seen so far....back to reading!  Mary

        1. AmberE | | #21

          Thanks! Glad you found it!

  2. Cherrypops | | #2

    Dear Amber and Beth,

    Many thanks for this Statement.

    I value both Threads and Sew Stylish. I found Threads last year. The information in both magazines have given me the courage to try new techniques and broadened my knowledge.

    I look forward to seeing your additional plans which include articles from Fibre Artists.

    You have my continued support!

    Kindest regards

    Anna-maree (Australia)



    1. AmberE | | #4


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    blondie2sew | | #9

    Thanks from me Amber!!I do enjoy both Threads and now Sew Stylish..I am being honest when I say that I jumped on the subscription for SS but I still by my copy of Threads every month..no really great reason..I just wanted to make sure I do get my SS one I don't seam to have issues with getting Threads at the store.But I am assuming soon I will be back with my Threads coming directly to my door..I am also looking forward to more from Tauton..You mentioned fiber arts that would be fun..will that have some on Needle felting by the wonderful machines by chance?Blondie

    Edited 4/17/2007 3:30 pm by blondie2sew

    1. AmberE | | #10

      We've been discussing needle felting a lot recently!

      Edited 4/17/2007 9:43 pm ET by AmberE

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        blondie2sew | | #12

        Yeah I am doing a happy dance!! Big Smiles

        1. AmberE | | #13

          Good--we aim to please!

          1. pinkit | | #14

            I think I am still confused about Sew Stylish.  I am completely satisfied with my copies of Threads and was pleased to see some instruction articles since I realize there is a whole new generation of sewers.  Does this all mean that the more instructional artricles will now be found mostly in Sew Stylish and not so often in Threads.  Some of my interest in this is because I have a granddaughter who is showing signs of interest in sewing and I thought perhaps the Sew Stylish Magazine might be something more appropriate for her.  In this case, I could subscribe to Sew Stylish and than pass the magazines on to the granddaughter.  Can you set me straight on any of this THANKS!

          2. AmberE | | #15

            Sew Stylish would be great for your granddaughter---it's for beginners. Threads is for intermediate/experts. Does that clear it up?

          3. victoria0001 | | #16

             I am a long time sewer Amber, and I enjoy Sew Stylish just as much as the Threads magazine.  It has information and tips which I have forgotten over the years and it is a great read with updated techniques.

          4. AmberE | | #17

            Thanks! That's great to hear! I truly was not expecting so many avid readers of Sew Stylish from the Threads audience and it's awesome!

          5. lorisews | | #19

            I really liked the 2nd issue of Sew Stylish. But I think if it is for beginners there are some things they are not explicit and clear enough about! Like the couture article on the lining for the sleeveless top - I understood what they meant about clipping the seam allowances and stitching them to the underlining, but I have no clue about how to actually put the lining in from what they said.

          6. AmberE | | #23

            thanks---i'll try to get an answer for you. this is great feedback as we constantly striving to keep the information as clear as possible!

          7. lorisews | | #25

            I'd be happy to proofread articles from that perspective!

      2. Kathleen | | #18

        Hi Amber,

        My husband bought me a new Pfaff needle felting machine for a birthday surprise, so I would enjoy seeing info about what I can do with it. When we went to the  store to pick it up, the owner told us that there was a waiting list of 75 people who wanted one! He had sold out of his initial shipment before they even arrived.

        I look forward to your new endeavors.






  4. ctirish | | #11

    I think this is great news, I am really enjoying Sew Stylish as well as Threads. 

     Threads continues to inspire me with new ideas and challenges. Sew Stylish is helping me to correct some bad habits I have picked up over the years.   With subscriptions to both magazines I look forward to getting the mail.


  5. marijke | | #22

    Thanks so much for the clarification.  I can see the distinction.  I am a long-time subscriber to Threads and bought the first issue of SewStylish. 

    My main disappointment with SewStylish was the large percentage of the articles that seemed to be re-prints and re-do's of articles from Threads.  Having a separate magazine for basic training is great, but re-hashing stuff from Threads...  I was not so sure about that.   I would have liked Sew Stylish more if the articles had been more original.

    Sorry to be negative, but I felt like buying SewStylish was paying twice for the same content. 


    1. AmberE | | #24

      Eventually we'll transition to original content, but there's so much great info in Threads that we want to share with less skilled sewers! We do extensive editing and rewriting and reshooting for this audience. Right now the mix is about 60% old/40% new. Thanks for your feedback!

      1. RozUK | | #26

        I have been buying Threads monthly for several years and love it. I recently saw the SS magazine and realised that it would be ideal for my daughter who is learning to sew.

        This way we are both happy!


        1. AmberE | | #27

          Good to hear Roz!

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