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Which magazine cover do you prefer?

SYSOP | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

Which magazine cover do you prefer?

  • Child’s jacket
  • Appliqué tablecloth

You will not be able to change your vote.


  1. FitnessNut | | #1

    Is there any way to make these images a bit larger? I'm having trouble making a decision based on something I can barely see. Thanks.

  2. marijke | | #2

    That's a difficult choice. The children's jacket is precious, but the photo a bit cold and not as sophisticated looking as Threads covers usually are. The tablecloth photo looks more sophisticated, but too home-dec. Any way to make the background behind the child have some soft color? If so, I'd prefer that.


    1. kai230 | | #8

      Although I voted for the tablecloth, I could have been swayed by a nice background behind the child. Darling!

  3. Jean | | #3

    I really like the table cloth, but I'm a sucker for a cute kid.

  4. Barbaran8 | | #4

    I agree, the little girl neds to be against a warm colored soft background - perhaps buttercream yellow, and she needs a doll, with homesewn clothes, of course!

    1. oJoat | | #5

      I agree too. Any background behind the little girl would have made it my choice.


  5. rjf | | #6

    Are these proposed covers?  Or are they actual covers from issues I haven't seen?  rjf

  6. Nuelle | | #7

    Just noticed on the Taunton Threads opening page that you can view the covers in larger format.   I was surprised at how bright the tablecloth cover is when I saw it this way.   Kay.

    1. rjf | | #9

      Yes!  They're much better on the home page.  But why are we choosing?  Can't both be used eventually?    rjf

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        SYSOP | | #10

        Hello All,

        In this case I just happen to be the messenger. I created this poll for the Threads folks to be displayed on their home page. Any other info than that you will have to check with them. Maybe Carol F will be by to explain more?

        For now... -Mark (aka SYSOP)

  7. nancyw | | #11

    The negative space behind the youngster is visually uninteresting, the format for the tablecloth is far superior, But for a garmant sewing enthusiast I would pick up a magazine that had the child with the garment on, whereas if I was interested in home decore I would be interested in this cover and seriously distracted by many other publications....Threads has a priority on garment sewing and that makes it unique, and also why I subscribe. I am voting for the youngster, not because I think it is better, but I fear if I dont vote for a garment then the publishers may think the subscribers are drifting into more interest in Home decore projects. This is a fascinating way for Taunton press to find out what makes thier readers tick. I am certain there will be much discussion at board meetings about this little poll!  :)


    1. FitnessNut | | #12

      I'm with Nancy....that's exactly how I feel. I did vote for the tablecloth, but primarily because it is a superior cover from a design perspective. I'm not the least bit interested in sewing home dec and merely tolerate it in my fave magazine.....

    2. marijke | | #13

      I agree as well. I voted for the child, because I am much more interested in garment sewing as well (although artistically the tablecloth picture is better). An occasional home dec article is OK, especially if it has some application to garment sewing (like something about perfect welts/piping), but I'd hate to see Threads drift towards home dec.

  8. sanderson | | #14

    Since we're taking time to be clear ... I, too, voted for the cover that told me it's a garment sewing magazine and not a home dec magazine.

  9. lisab | | #15

    I also chose the tablecloth because it was more visually pleasing.  Besides, Threads usually puts a person on the cover--I decided an attractive but inanimate tablecloth was a change of pace.

  10. dorcas101 | | #16

    I reluctantly voted for the cover with the child's jacket.In my opinion this cover is in the style of "Sew News" and craft magazines. I would have expected  something far more sophisticated from 'Threads'. The cover with the tablecloth has excellent visual impact, BUT, I feel that it shouts 'Home Dec' and thereby a vote in it's favour would be misconstrued. There are no other magazines that have the quality of Threads ( I have every issue!). I wish 'Threads' would focus solely on fine sewing, fitting techniques and stylish creativity. There are many fine publications which cater specifically to quilters, home dec sewing, knitting etc. but precious few to fine garment sewing.

                      Kindest Regards, Dorcas

    1. Michelle | | #17

      I think that the image of the child on the cover is far more in keeping with the style of the previous more recent covers 'Threads.'  All of which have very similar formats ie. white backgrounds, with someone modeling a visually tactile evocative garment (be it fringes,  a quilted jacket, or a tulle wrap)

      For me, this format works very well, and furthermore, I think that the over-all 'look' of 'Threads' is very appealing.

      I personally am not attracted to 'artistic' looking covers but rather images that 'insist on being looked at'

      Keep up the terrific work,


      1. JulieP25 | | #18

        I voted for the table cloth. Not because I sew mosly home dec but I was intrigued by the application of the sheer decorated overlay. That I can use in garment sewing. By the way real cute kid too. Jules

        1. sueb | | #19

          I think it's important to remember that Threads is a sewing technique magazine and that it's not important whether or not the technique is represented on a childs jacket or a table cloth but rather that the technique is communicated in such a way that it can be translated into whatever types of things you sew.  I have a business making handbags.  I read Threads religiously every time it comes out even though it has nothing to do with making handbags but teaches me finer sewing techniques and inspires me in all the sewing I do.

          Just my two cents.



          1. rjf | | #21

            I agree with you!  It's all about sewing techniques and we can learn from any project for barbeque covers to bed covers.  A little flexibility is a useful commodity in every endeavor.          rjf

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      sewphy | | #20

      Please count my vote for the child's jacket cover as a vote for garment-focused content. (not a commentary on it's design merit) I have enjoyed many of the recent home dec articles, because they demostrate interesting embelishment ideas to use in garments, not because I enjoy home dec.  (I make curtains when I'm forced to!) I can get home dec, crafts or quilting in lots of other places, I subscribe to Threads to get my "garment-sewing-fix!"

      1. Vicmathis | | #22

        Interesting thought, I was looking at the covers from a different view, although being a even-minded person I can see your side as well. I love Threads because of the garments and I save every issue and buy back issues when I come across them. I was viewing the child as another Martha Pollen cover. and I feel her magazine covers are too close to the one Threads might be considering. That is why on my first glance (often the buying one for many) I chose the other cover. I didn't look beyond the Oh, "Its another kid magazine"My thoughts might as well have been that if the Threads name wasn't there it could have been selling crayons.After all not all of us are still in the kids at home age group.I do wish for Grandchildren someday in the distant future though! Adorable Child I must say... 

        Edited 8/8/2003 11:07:39 PM ET by Vicm

  11. Leanore | | #23

    I like the overall bright colour of the tablecloth.  There appears to be too much white on the cover with the child. 

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