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clairezbo | Posted in General Discussion on

Gee, It may be me, but,,,, I received my first (and only) Sew Stylish magazine. I thought it was terrible. The back page had an old picture from Threads, and many of the articles in it were straight out of the pages of Threads. I thought the cloths were very home-made looking. I have been reading threads for years, and sewing for over 50 years. Why would I want to buy a magazine that had the same pictures, cloths, and hints, that have been in Threads?????. I thought his magazine would be a compliment to Threads, not a copy. I have only read glowing reports from you girls. Does anyone agree with me????


  1. marijke | | #1

    I thought it looked more like a reprise of articles from Threads than something new as well.  SewStylish seems more geared to building confidence and basic skills.  The way I see it, the two publications are aimed at two different audiences.





  2. spicegirl | | #2

    I thought it good magazine for beginners.  Threads is /used to be a little advanced for that particular genre...............

    I confess!  I have read and reread the trial issue even though I have been sewing for a very long time and found some things I already knew, just hadn't thought about recently and some things as hummmm, that's neat.

    Edited 3/7/2007 10:28 am ET by spicegirl

  3. Ralphetta | | #3

    I thought Sew Stylish was a nice, solid sewing magazine.  It was better than others on the market.  I am in hopes that it means Threads is going back to it's more advanced, adventurous clientele and dispense with the beginner stuff.

    1. WandaJ | | #5

      I too would like to think that about Threads and I was not enthused with the new magazine, as I am always looking for something over the top when it comes to learning about garment construction and its associated techniques. I concur with others disappointments with the magazine having so many Threads repeats...hummmm

      1. Ralphetta | | #6

        I didn't object to the repeat of things from Threads, since I see Sew Stylish as a publication aimed at a different market.  I would recommend it to people who weren't quite as advanced as the old Threads crowd.  It makes more sense to aim for 2 different groups.  Don't you think  the one-size-fits-all  approach leaves everyone unsatisfied...whether it's clothing, magazines, or anything? 

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          clairezbo | | #8

          I do object to a magizine that publishes articles and "how to's". under the name of a "New Magazine". this magazine is owned by threads, and I think it was just lazy of them to repeat articles. there must be enough new things out there if they took the time to look. What did you think of the clothes???? A little "home-made" looking????

          1. Ralphetta | | #9

            I will agree that the "ideal dress" was a far cry from the in depth article/photos of exactly how an Armani jacket is put together.  As I said, I think it's a mistake to try to please everyone with one publication.  I vote for two...Threads...and something else for people who just want the ABC's.

    2. Ckbklady | | #15

      That's exactly what I also fervently hope - that Taunton has listened to our protests about the recent very basic content in Threads, and have now created Sew Stylish to find a place for all the beginner stuff, and so that Threads can get back to deconstructing Armani jackets again.

      That said, I DID subscribe to Sew Stylish after getting a free Sew Stylish at the Threads booth at the sewing show last week in WA (Thank you Taunton for the treat!!). I liked its friendly style, and it put me in the mood to sew, even if it was rather simplistic. It will be valuable, though - I am an advanced sewer teaching two neighbors to sew, and it is useful to be reminded just how basic basic really is.

      We'll never have the 80s back again (and that's probably a good thing considering the shoulder pads) and we'll never have the involved, academic style of the Threads of the time be that again - the world is dumbed-down and overstimulated with video games, reality TV, IPods, Blackberries, computers, etc...., but we can love what we've got anyway.

      :) Mary

  4. feismom | | #4

    I agree with the others - I think this is for beginners and I'm hoping Threads will have more articles geared to experienced but still learning sewers.

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      clairezbo | | #7

      that is exactly the way I feel. I guess they should have advertised the new magazine as one for beginners. What did you think of the clothes????? I hope Threads goes back to its old format, the last magazine was pretty good. I quess what made my the madest was the back cover, That was in a Threads magazine a couple of years ago. Now I think that is just lazy.

  5. Teaf5 | | #10

    I completely agree! I'm fortunate to be able look at magazines before I buy them, and I was astounded by the duplication of articles from fairly recent issues of Threads; wasn't the "obi" article just published in November?In a way, it looks like a "Just in case you missed it" compilation with different photographs. The clothes, especially those bolero jackets, seemed frumpy and screamed "homemade." I can't imagine those garments to appeal to beginning sewers, much less to experienced ones.It might be nice for someone who has never read Threads or as a way to save a few articles from Threads without saving all the issues, but still....

    1. sally ryan | | #11

      I felt like I had been ripped off when most of the articles and projects were ones I had already paid to read in Threads. 

      I won't be buying another one. 

    2. bonkers | | #12

      Oh, Gosh, Why didn`t I read your comments before I subscribed to Sew Stylish!!Now I guess I`ll have to pass it on to my daughter who is learning to enjoy sewing. Live and learn. Bonkers

      1. spicegirl | | #13


        If you haven't read the first issue, don't be too quick to throw in the towel.  I thought it to be a good refresher and introduction to some new items and techniques.  Threads is sometimes too sophisticated and I have been a subscriber for about 20 years.  I guess I'm more country than couture (is there a song in here?).

        1. Ralphetta | | #14

          I like your song! ..gave me a chuckle

        2. bonkers | | #16

          Spicegirl, I agree that a lot of threads articles are for upscale garments that most of us seldom wear. I haven`t had on a dressy-up type dress since the high school prom, but I like to see how they are made anyway. Seems the other sewing magazines{ Sew News} etc.are almost all crafty and amaturish projects. I will read Sew Stylish anyway, there is always something to learn. Bonkers

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