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Threads Fitting DVD reviews?

Ckbklady | Posted in Talk With Us on

Hi everyone!

I did an advanced search on the board and couldn’t find any reviews of the new Threads Fitting DVD set. If there already is such a discussion could someone point me to it?

And if there is not, could those who’ve bought it tell me what you think of each of the DVDs? I’ve never been an “early adopter” (can you tell I live in the heart of Microsoft?) and am waiting to hear how they do. If you’re familiar with various well-known fitting books, can you suggest similarities in the discs as well?

Watching someone actually doing a fitting is a much faster way to learn than reading about it, I think. I’m hoping the set of Torso, Arms, Bust, and Waist & Hips discs are as good a learning tool as I expect them to be.

🙂 Mary


  1. dollmarm | | #1

    OH I am w/ you too.  I am more a hands on, visual - picture person and learn so much better by sight than by just word. 

    I have also wonder and looked for a review of these DVD and would love them, but do not wanna' buy until I hear and or see more review on them. 

    If I see and or hear anything I will let you and you me too,  
    Good luck on the hunt, 

    Enjoy where-ever and whatever you are wk'ing on  :~) 

    1. Ckbklady | | #2

      Absolutely - if I get any word from users, I'll pass it on to you.

      Happy sewing!


      1. dollmarm | | #3

        thank you I appreciate that.   :~)

        1. Ckbklady | | #4

          No worries - I'll keep watching for us. And if we get nothing but crickets here, I'll likely break down and buy the darned set and try it out so I can post a review myself! :)

          :) Mary

          1. dollmarm | | #5

            I know others have asked the same question you have asked.  I have seen the question on some of the other postings but didn't remember seeing that anyone got them.  I think many are waiting to see.  

            It would be nice to see a write up in the magazine by ones who have bought it and share their insights about it.  :~)

          2. amapola | | #6

            Hello Threads Editors, Have a question for you regarding the new DVD. In the lessons do you teach how to fit yourself? Do you give advice on how to fit yourself by giving us hints? I am interested in buying but won't do so until I can see how you do it?  It's a hefty price and before I buy it I would like additional information. Can you do a marketing-selling short video of what you have done in the DVD? Any information is appreciated. Amapola

          3. dollmarm | | #7

            I am not an Editor, I am only another poster asking some of the same questions as you and others about this DVDI apologize if I mislead any way with any of our posting.  I have just been talking back & forth with Ckbklady - both of us hoping that someone who has purchased them will see this posting and share.  So sorrie I can not help you.   I want to see & know  more  before I would purchase them also,  :~)

      2. Ckbklady | | #8

        Hiya Dollmarm,

        Check this out - a review of the Torso DVD on Patternreview.com today. It sounds pretty good, I think:


        One down, three to go!

        :) Mary

        1. dollmarm | | #9

          Wow  -- that's all I could say as I continued to read as many stated how they felt about these DVD. Did you continue to read what others had to say?  If I am to pay for a DVD I want to see as much as can be shown to show how one cuts out, fits, sews, etc...  - the whole 'kit&kaboodle'  you might say.  I love the visual - if you just want words you have pattern and books for that.  I think this is why several on the TV have done so well; when it is shown from the beginning to the finish as they construct the garment and or the project they work on.  If not they do not do as well in the ratings.  My hubbys' favorite is 'Holmes on Homes' - for Holmes shows the mess he has to clean up and at times they over-explain but you know what is wrong - the clean out  - who you need to call - questions to ask and what needs to be done.  Then you are shown and at times they get another contractor to share what they found and how to take apart and put back together again.  Yes, we can over-explain, but that is sometimes needs and it has to be fully shown or you do not get your monies and time worth the purchase and or the time spent.  

          Thanks for sharing.  I appreciate you finding and sharing this site  to see what others had to say,  :~) I am curious of what others think of what was said on the website, please share  :~)

          1. SewFit | | #10

            I pre-ordered the Threads Fitting DVD Series and received them promptly after the release date. However,  I've just gotten around to using them since I am in the process of making a dress for my niece's upcoming wedding.  I have been sewing since I was a child, but in the last few years have sewn very little, partly because of fitting frustrations that have come with my maturing figure (fuller bust that gravity has taken over (LOL) and slightly rounder shoulders, etc. At 5 feet tall, I wear a size 12 petite RTW in skirts and pants and a 14 petite in a top or jacket because of the full bust.  However, the shoulders are usually a little too wide. 

             I have to say I am very pleased with the DVD set, especially the torso and bust pattern adjustments and I just may get back my enthusiasm for sewing for myself.   I find the descriptions to be clear and the close up shots very useful.   I have dozens of books, but love the convenience of popping the DVD into the my laptop or DVD player and watching it as I work on the muslin and pattern.  The series may seem a bit pricy, BUT when you consider the cost of half-finished garments that are tossed because pattern adjustments are not made beforehand, I think they're worth it.   I would highly recommend them for new sewers and for those who need a refresher course in fitting.

          2. Ckbklady | | #11

            Hi there,

            That's very useful - thanks! I'm still wavering about buying them, but your comments put one more check in the YES column.


            :) Mary

          3. Cherrypops | | #12

            Thanks for writing. I have my set still unopened, been too busy. Although I have many wonderful books, I like to 'see' how it is done. I haven't found any of this style available in Australia. I guess the Universities would have something but i'm not a student, so was pleased when these DVDs became available.

          4. SewFit | | #13

            Hi Cherrypops,

            The book Fit for Real People offers compreshensive drawings and photos of all types of fitting problems.  I've had the book for many months and am just beginning to look through it and think it will be invaluable in doing alterations for all body types. I must admit that I can see the problem better with a muslin than through "tissue fitting" and with the DVD I can actually see how an adjustment in one area affects another.  Now  I guess I need to find a "fitting buddy" who sews and can help me with the back adjustments on my own pattern.  


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