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Threads #198, Aug./Sept. 2018

Designer Skirt Secrets

We may wonder how designer ready-to-wear garments differ from other off-the-rack clothes. To find out what justifies the high price tag, I’ve taken a close look at an Yves Saint…

    How Did They Sew That

  • How to Sew a No-Waste Dress

    Norman Norell, whose New York-based career spanned 1922 to 1972, was one of the foremost American designers of the 20th century. He designed this silk faille evening gown in 1965.…


  • Success with Narrow Kimono Fabric

    In the United States, most fabrics are 44 inches to 60 inches wide. Pattern companies plan fabric-cutting layouts based on these widths. In contrast, for centuries, Japanese kimono have been…

  • Notions: Four Sewing Tools and a Great Book!

    Find out more about four notions and a book to help improve your sewing.

  • Half lining

    The Smart Half Lining

    A half lining can make a jacket easy to get on and off and comfortable to wear. Learn more in this Kenneth D. King article.

  • Belt Loop Binder

    How to Use a Belt Loop Binder Attachment

    Chances are you have ready-to-wear garments in your closet that have the cover stitch as a finishing or construction element. Take a look at the hem on your knit tops…

  • Tailored Jacket

    Make a Tailored Jacket in Perfect Proportion

    During my years as a custom clothier and alterations specialist, my main objective was to ensure my clients always looked their best. My specialty was tailored garments, and I made…

    Sewing Saves

  • Two spools of thread with two bobbins.

    Sewing Tips from Threads Magazine Readers

    Match bobbin to thread I found a way to store my bobbins so that the thread does not unwind, and I always know the thread’s brand and color number for…

    Essential Techniques

  • Learn to Use Your Button Foot - A Primer

    It took years of sewing experience for me to work up the nerve to regularly use the sew-on button or button-attachment foot. To a sewer who didn’t learn on a…

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