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tenicatita | Posted in General Discussion on

I subscribed to Threads for many years and stopped my subscription about a year ago because of all the machine embroidery articles.  I don’t have a machine that will do that, nor am I interested in one.  I loved the articles on pattern drafting and construction techniques.

I am a seamstress who sews costumes for the theater and historical re-enactors.  I, for one, would like to see some articles on specific construction techniques on historic clothing and designer creations from the 1930s to the 1950s.   Also – restoration techniques for older garments.

I guess I approach sewing as a means of artistic expression; I am fortunate to be able to make a little money doing it.  I think Threads should focus more on the enhancement/improvement of sewing skills and less on the utilization of “gadgetry”.  How about an article on making welts (we call it “whelp” in the shop because that’s how it feels to make one!)?  That’s something everyone can use and appreciate!

Had to put in my two cents!



  1. carolfresia | | #1


    C'mon back to Threads! As I mentioned in a post yesterday, we've discontinued coverage of machine embroidery, so you need no longer be concerned about that. And there's an article on welt pockets in the works right now. Although we don't usually focus on costuming, we will be starting a department devoted to embellishment, often inspired by a vintage garment, which you might find interesting.

    I hope you'll give the magazine another chance.


    1. tenicatita | | #2

      Dear Carol,

      Thanks for your response; I will check it out again.  I really loved Threads in the past and have kept all my issues over the years.  I still refer to them when I need help or am looking for that "just right" accent or finish.  It's a relief that the machine embroidery articles will be gone; as far as my interests were concerned, that was just wasted space.


    2. KathleenFasanella | | #3

      Boy, I am SO GLAD to know there will be less emphasis on embroidery. I'm curious about the vintage thing...I do a lot of recreating of vintage styles. I did a whole series on my site on Vionnet's patterns (my favorite designer). I've remade many of her patterns. I've also done some drafts from the Hillhouse-Manfield book. Also, I don't know if anybody knows but there's a whole slew of vintage german sewing patterns available now; the detail in those is absolutely stunning. Some of us have been working on recreating those. Normally I don't get to do fun stuff, focusing on industrial tutorials for zippers, welt pockets and the like so the vintage styling is like play for me. I hope to get some fun from upcoming Threads issues.

    3. busybee | | #4

      Hallo,  Thought I,d come in again on this. I did send a posting complaining along with many others about the mag. but I feel some of them have gone far too far in their unhelpful remarks and must have been very depressing for the editors. I certainly will be glad to see the demise of the embroidery and look forward eagerly to future issues. It remains for me the only in-depth sewing mag. around - please "Threads" keep up its worthy reputation and dont let the "battleaxe's" get to you too much!!

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