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loomchick | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

I’ve been thinking about recent “Gatherings” discussions about the type and complexity of articles, direction Threads is taking, ideas, etc. As someone that’s interested in fine sewing and wearable art, I find I may fall into the minority of sewers . . . at least at this time. Tailoring techniques, linings/underlinings, and industry/pro tips are always something I’m on the look for.

When I have finished reading a copy of Threads, I tear out the articles that are of significant interest to me . . . I three-hole punch them and place them in an ever-growing binder . . . and then, when I have some spare time, I will take a look through it to remind myself of what’s in there . . . Needless to say, spare time is rare and I don’t get to look at the articles as freqently as I would like.

Tonight, I was adding some articles to the binder and decided to take a look through it and see what articles Threads has done that are of particular interest to me . . . the following is a handful that I’m glad I refreshed my memory about

46 Tips for Sewing Special Occasion Garments – Feb/Mar 2004
A Crazy Workshop (fun for people that like wearable art) – Dec/Jan 2003
Boning – Not Just for Corsets – Feb/Mar 2000
The Interfaced Hem – Oct/Nov 2001
12 Fresh Garment-Industry Tips – Oct/Nov 2001
Three Shortcut Jacket Linings – Feb/Mar 2002
12 Terrific Finishing Tips from the Pros – Feb/Mar 2005
Creating a Designer Knockoff – June/July 2004
A basics article on using stay tape – June/July 2004
Line and Underline in One Step – (Issue unknown – I cut it out of my issue)

I don’t have the most recent issue of Threads yet . . . but, after flipping through my binder, I feel like I have enough to keep me occupied for a while.


  1. sueb | | #1

    You know, it would never occur to me to tear out just specific articles and put them in a binder because the articles I'm interested in saving or not saving today might be totally different than the ones I'd want to look at 6 months from now.  Do you ever regret not saving the whole magazine?



    1. kjp | | #2

      I've gone back to old Threads articles from 10 + years ago because they cover a technique I need help with.  I would have been lost had I not saved my whole magazine!  The online index is really quite good for finding what I need.  The only thing I may do in the future as I become more involved in teaching is photocopy and create subject oriented folders or binders for the more "popular" subjects - like fitting pants, maybe!  However, I doubt I will ever find the free time to undertake that endeavor. 

    2. loomchick | | #4

      Interesting question . . . no, I don't regret only saving part of the magazines . . . probably because I can't miss what I don't know what I don't have (apologies for using really poor English) . . . more importantly, I'm first and foremost a weaver . . . I keep my weaving publications in their entirety . . . sewing for me is more about sewing with handwoven fabric.One thing that I like about tearing out the articles and placing them in a binder is that I can group them according to subject (along with articles from other publications) . . . helpful to "round out" a subject area.Even though I currently don't have an interest in quilting, machine embroidery, sewing for children, etc., I do know that change happens . . . such as thinking as a teenager I would never wear pearls . . . however, if I chose to save everything that entered my house in the event that I might need it some day, my precious space would dwindle quickly.

  2. Jean | | #3

    I tear out the articles that are of significant interest to me . . . I three-hole punch them and place them in an ever-growing binder

    Sacrilege!!  I'm shocked and appalled. ;)

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