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Sew Stylish Subscription Announcement

AmberE | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

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As many of you know, we have been publishing Sew Stylish magazine targeted to less-experienced sewers. Unfortunately, economic realities and marketplace conditions make it impossible for us to continue offering Sew Stylish as a subscription.  Our last issue will be December, 2007, (Winter).  We appreciate those who have supported Sew Stylish magazine and want you to know we have thoroughly enjoyed publishing a fashion-inspired, basic sewing magazine.  We will continue to offer hip tips, cool techniques and fabulous sewing inspiration on our associated blog site at BeSewStylish.com in the coming months. <!—-><!—->

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If you are a current Sew Stylish subscriber with questions about your subscription, you can check out Taunton Press’ Customer Service section at Taunton.com and read our FAQs.  And, because you are a valued Taunton Press subscriber, you will be receiving a letter from us with more details about the remaining issues of your subscription through the mail.<!—-><!—->

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Threads will continue in the direction it has been going in recent issues.  It was redesigned not that long ago to also appeal to sewers who are moderately proficient, as well as to continue to serve more experienced sewers.  The 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. The content we will continue to feature includes sound sewing techniques paired with inspiration and reliable, technically-accurate sewing information. <!—-> <!—->

–Beth Agren, Publisher, Threads and Sew Stylish








Edited 7/18/2007 1:57 pm ET by AmberE


  1. sewingkmulkey | | #1

    This is a shame as I was so enjoying the new magazine and using it to encourage my granddaughter to sew but I understand economics.  I think Taunton is making a valiant effort to encourage young people to get excited about our rewarding hobby.  Please keep the blog going for BeSewStylish.   I truely hope Threads can continue to inspire all ages to sew!  The latest issue was great!


    1. AmberE | | #2

      Thanks Karen!

  2. lorisews | | #3


    I am sorry to hear that Sew Stylish is not succeeding. The idea certainly had potential and I was enjoying the magazine. But then again even years ago I as a rank beginner I subscribed to Threads instead of Sew News because it was so much more useful, so I think you can be successful making Threads appeal to both advanced and beginner.

    I would like to see articles edited keeping in mind that even a beginner may want to read an article on an advanced technique and actually try it. Often the Threads articles assume knowledge that would only take an extra sentence or so to make clear to some beginners or intermediate sewers (even just as footnotes).

    Anyway, keep up the great work!


  3. ctirish | | #4

    This is so sad, I wish they could give it more time.  Maybe do some advertising on DIY about it.  Well, I am sure they have thought about it but I loved that magazine. I read it from cover to cover. It was it own little refresher course.

    It is just perfect for anyone returning to sewing after a couple years or a long time.  Do you think there is a way to advertise sewing as the new retirement hobby?  It is so perfect for all these young retirees that learned to sew long ago. Now they have the time to create beautiful clothes that fit well and the new machines make it so easy.  It is just so hard to get the word out there.  Even when I talk about sewing, I hear groans from woman with bad memories and I say you have no idea how easy it is today.  Easy to sew and easy to have clothing that fits great. 



    1. AmberE | | #5

      Just want to add a note: This is just an announcement about ending the subscription. We will continue to provide our readers with great sewing information at BeSewStylish.com and in special issues like Sew Stylish Gifts to Make available in October.

      Edited 7/18/2007 5:33 pm ET by AmberE

    2. AmberE | | #6

      Thanks Jane!

  4. Cherrypops | | #7

    Dear Amber,

    Your intention was for 4 new sewing magazines to suit a different market. You have achieved this. You all gave us a beaut little magazine. Thank You!

    Keeping BeSewStylish information and blog going is a great idea. That takes a lot of work. I have found the extra tips and videos extremely helpful. These interesting articles via the website are added at a more frequent rate - no wait for the postman.

    I am one of those gals, 'old fashioned' I guess who loves to sit with a magazine. The younger internet generation love these websites and blogs. I am certain they will keep visiting the SewStylish website.

    Ive read the FAQs. Just one question which wasn't asked over there:

    How do i get that October Special Issue and any future Special Issues? Will the October one be sent automatically to me in Aust. because I am a current subscriber? Will future special magazine issues need to be purchased online or will they be available from Aust. newsagents alongside Threads? Please let me know.

    Kindest regards, Anna-Maree

    1. AmberE | | #8

      The October is a special Sew Stylish issue and is not a part of the regular subs, but is available by ordering online or at newsstands.Thanks so much for your kind note---we've had lots and it really warms our hearts!

      1. Cherrypops | | #9


        Thanks for that, I have just pre-ordered "Sew Stylish Gifts to Make" from http://www.besewstylish.com . I am aware of the shipping costs outside US and Canada. Nice to have this magazine amongst my collection. Always looking for Mother's Day gift ideas for the stall at school.

        Regarding my 'kind note'; You and all the talented staff are more than welcome.


        1. AmberE | | #10

          Sew Stylish Gifts should be a good one! I love the photography...

          1. jatman | | #11

            Hi AmberE - I'm so sorry to hear about Sew Stylish being discontinued.  I really enjoyed the publication and found it to be a good companion with Threads.  As for the offer of extending our subscriptions to Threads - that's really nice but what bothers me a little is that as a subscriber outside of the US I paid more for both Threads and Sew Stylish subscriptions due to shipping charges.  I would far prefer to have the last issues of Sew Stylish be the gift issue so that I don't have to order that separately and pay the additional shipping for that one as well (which will be slightly more than the cost of the magazine).   These 'special' issues are always looked forward to but I personally would rather them be part of a subscription (especially since I've already shown my support by signing up for the magazine) rather than trying to find it locally (usually it's hit or miss on that score) or having to place yet another order.  Is there any way to make that happen?

            Thank you!


  5. Ckbklady | | #12

    Hello Amber,

    Well that's a shame - it's a super magazine. It's not a failed experiment, though - we all have our copies to keep and refer to forever. Reading Sew Stylish -type articles in Threads will be just as nice.

    The special issue in October and the final issue in December will have a permanent spot on my bookshelves with the others and with my heaving shelves of Threads.

    Thanks so much!

    :) Mary

    1. AmberE | | #13

      Happily, it's only the subscription that's ending---we will still have special Sew Stylish issues, like the Gifts to Make, for sale on newsstands

      1. Ckbklady | | #14

        Exactly, and that's why it's no failure. They're lovely issues, with lots of great tips. I'll find them on newsstands, and presumably international readers can order them online from the Threads website, yes?

        They felt like special issues anyway, since they only came out quarterly. I'm looking forward to the gift issue in October - Christmas comes faster each year!

        :) Mary

        1. AmberE | | #15

          Thanks Mary---readers love the issue and we did very well in newsstands and subscription orders---so it's on all counts a great editorial success. Yes you can order online. Let me know what you think of Gifts when you get it!

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