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dwife | Posted in Talk With Us on


I have just found this website and heard about Threads magazine. Will I be able to find that magazine in stores or does it  have to be subscribed to?




  1. carolfresia | | #1

    Hi, Jolene,

    Threads is available at book store newsstands (Borders, Barnes and Noble), as well as at Joann's, some craft stores (Michael's, the Rag Shop--depends on where you are in the country), and at many independent fabric shops. If you can't find a copy locally, you can order one from http://www.taunton.com, where you can also subscribe if you like.

    Welcome to Gatherings!


    1. PLW1017 | | #2

      In the midwest you can also find Threads magazine in the grocery store, Target, Walmart -- just about anywhere that sells magazines.


      1. SewTruTerry | | #4

        Peg where in the midwest are you I am betting I may have seen you at the Stitch and Craft Expo in Rosemont.  Am I right?

        1. PLW1017 | | #5

          Terry, I wish!  But no -- wasn't me!  I'm in SW Missouri -- Springfield.  The closest thing to a sewing expo I get is in Kansas City in October. 


  2. Merrie | | #3

    I also just found the site and registered. Am just curious to know where most of you are from - it sounds like the US.

    I'm from South Africa, and here we have a mag. "Threads and Crafts", but I don't think it is "related".

    1. Michelle | | #6


      Most are from the U.S. however, there are a few of us scattered around the rest of the world. But it really is quite remarkable that in spite of our differences in geography, we all have this one passion in common  :)

      Greetings from Israel,


      1. Merrie | | #9

        Thanks to Shelly and Sue for replying! We all complete a personal information form when we sign on - would it be possible for the webmaster to provide a "country of origin" list if enough members are as curious as me?

        1. FitnessNut | | #10

          If you click on someone's name (in blue), you can see what personal information they have given to be shared with others. I see you haven't filled it out. You aren't alone. I posted some time back, suggesting that others give us a bit of info so we don't keep asking the same questions of them again and again. Or, if you're like me, I find this stuff interesting! You can access your personal information by clicking on your name or, I think ;-) "my forums".


    2. Susannah | | #7

      Hi Vicki

      I live in Australia (in Tasmania, which is a separate island to the south, and a separate state of the Commonwealth).  I discovered Threads in a newsagency a few years ago, and became hooked.  I subscribed a few years ago, because only a few newsagencies carried Threads, and it arrived months after publication.  By subscribing, I usually get my copy within a week or so of publication (but the April/May copy hasn't arrived yet, so I am feeling a bit neglected at the moment!).  I noticed from some of the posts last year that there a few other Australian readers who are interested in the forum.  It is really nice to hear the views of other sewers around the world, and how much we have in common.


      Sue from Tasmania

      1. SewSimple | | #8


        Ironically, about a year ago, I picked up a copy of Australian Stitches here in Michigan, which I enjoyed perusing. I liked the setup where there is an article devoted to one type of fabric and how to handle it, what type of garments, how to care for etc. I agree it is amazing to find others who live on the other side of the planet have the same interests and concerns about sewing as we do.

        I also enjoyed looking through the ads to see what kind of fabrics, notions, etc were being advertised.


        1. Susannah | | #11

          Hi Cindy

          I read Australian Stitches as well, but I don't get every issue anymore.  I find the articles on techniques quite good, but some of the completed garmets don't always look as professional as I would like, and I find that dampens my enthusiasm.  On the other hand, I generally find that Threads gives me a lot of ideas, and the items pictured look very classy.  The disadvantage of Threads is that the ads are for products available in the US and Canada,  and are generally not practical to order.

          I remember reading a post some time ago, also from the US, about someone having a copy of Australian Stitches.  It is interesting to see how widely enthusiasm for sewing spreads across borders!


          Sue from Tasmania

          1. MarshaK | | #12

            Hi Sue,

            I'm from Canada and have been reading the Australian Stitches magazine for quite a few years. I also buy the Machine Embroidery that comes from the same publishers. That title may be a bit misleading, as there are a lot of 'Free-Motion' embroidery articles in it, not like the American magazines that are devoted to just embroidery machines. There are some items advertised in Stitches that I find interesting, as you have found in Threads, maybe if enough people throughout the world show an interest in what's available out there, these products will be easier to find in our own countries. At least I hope so.


          2. Susannah | | #16

            Hi Marsha

            I have also bought a few copies of the Machine Embroidery magazine - and I find it has quite a few good ideas.  I have some built in embroidery stitches but my machine doesn't do the programmed embroidery patterns, so the free motion stuff is more interesting for me, and I think it offers a lot more in the way of opportunities for creativity. 


            Sue from Tasmania

      2. Bernie1 | | #13

        I just bought some Tasmanian double faced wool from Banksville so now I can feel I'm close to you - :)

        1. carolfresia | | #14

          I was fondling that wool just the other day! The rolls standing up over by the left-hand wall? What color did you buy? And what are you doing with it?


          1. Bernie1 | | #15

            I bought the dark gray to make a coat for my brother-in-law. I'm thinking of another color for myself but I'm making a stop there on the way to the Worcester Expo so I'll see what else they have in stock if anything's left. It's gorgeous stuff.

        2. Susannah | | #17

          Hi Bernie

          Fancy that!  Tasmania has had a reputation in recent years as producing very high quality wool.  The very best is often bought by an Italian mill, and it is spun and woven into a very fine fabric.  The Japanese are also keen buyers.  Was the wool you bought woven in Tasmania, or was it produced somewhere else from Tasmanian fleece?  We do have a small woollen mill here, but I was under the impression it mainly produced high quality blankets (the brand name is Waverly).


          Sue from Tasmania

          1. dregan | | #18

            Just wanted to comment that I am from the Quad- Cities in Iowa, or ten miles from there.  It's been neat hearing where you all are from. I don't know why I don't take the time to look at the personal profiles, but I should.


          2. Bernie1 | | #19

            SueM: I bought the fabric from Banksville Fabrics in Conn. so I'm not sure where it was woven but they have an eye-popping selection in some fabulous colors. The lady there said a lot of customers buy up whole bolts to make baby blankets, it's so soft. I got a dark charcoal to make a coat for my brother in law and was thinking of the pink or green to make a coat for myself but I'll bet it's all gone now. I'm stopping up there on my way to the sewing expo in Worcster, Mass. and I'm going to try to snag more if there's any left. It's so soft and has such a nice, luxurious feel.

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