Small Problems with Many Articles in Issue 163
I have been sewing and reading Threads for many, many years, and it seems that many articles have small errors, or at least could be greatly improved by some careful editing. For example, in Issue 163 November 2012, I have the following issues:
1. In Kenneth D. King’s otherwise excellent Peplum Perfection article, on page 31 he mentions “adding negative space”. He doesn’t explain what this is, so I Googled it. Wikipedia says “Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, and not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space is occasionally used to artistic effect as the “real” subject of an image. The use of negative space is a key element of artistic composition.” Even with this definition, I have no idea what Kenneth is trying to say when he says “adding negative space”.
2. In Jim Jacobson’s otherwise excellent Sewing Machine Maintenance article, on page 37 he mentions “needle bar”. In all my years sewing, taking many sewing classes and much reading about sewing, I never came across the term “needle bar”. Again, I Googled it, and I did find a good explanation, but with many years of experience, I should not have to Google a term to understand a Threads article. This could have easily been made clear by adding an arrow pointing to the needle bar with the term “needle bar” at the back end of the arrow.
3. In Claire Shaeffer’s otherwise excellent Master the Backstitch article, on page 71, in Photo #3 is a “stitch” that she says is 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in length. In the caption of Photo #4 she says to make a 1/8-inch stitch. But looking at both those photos (and Photos # 5 and 6), the stitches appear to be exactly the same size. So are the photos wrong, or is a stitch 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in length really the same size as a 1/8-inch stitch?
I realize that these are all minor issues, but they all detract from an otherwise excellent magazine.
I also want to add that, since many of the Threads readers have older eyes, the fractions would be a lot easier to read if they are written horizontally (and so the numerals are larger), such as 1/4, rather than vertically, as a single character (where the numerals are smaller), such as ¼.
Thanks for considering my comments.