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Threads #202, April/May 2019


  • Pretty Bralettes

    Make easy-to-sew lingerie with comfortable bust support.

  • Quick Knits

    Jump-start a spring wardrobe with two free designs.

  • The Artistry of Amy Nguyen

    Melding traditional techniques and contemporary aesthetics.

  • Pattern Hack: Spiral Sleeve

    Incorporate a flounce in one long seam.

  • Q&A: Understand Bobbin Types

    Q: Help! I need more bobbins for my sewing machine, but they all look alike in the store and online. Does it matter what size I get, and if so,…

  • Q&A: Intercontinental Pattern Sizing

    Q: What is the difference between European and American pattern sizing (Marfy vs. McCall’s, for example)? Are European sizes smaller? —Linda Pittman, via email A: Threads editors routinely scrutinize pattern…

  • Reader's Tip: Miniature Pressing Tool

    I sew a lot of doll clothes, and it can be difficult to press small seam allowances open with normal equipment. I’ve looked everywhere for a smaller ham and kept…

  • 8 Best Notions for March 2019

    Buttons with cute images Give garments individualized flair with these crimp-style shank buttons from Winky&Dutch. They are available in a host of fun themes, including sewing and knitting, nautical, and…

  • Blind Hems by Machine

    For nearly invisible machine-sewn blind hems, learn to finish the cut edge, prepare the hem allowance, and choose stitch settings that suit the fabric.


  • Q&A: Identifying Mystery Fabrics

    Q: I bought a beautiful fabric remnant at a rummage sale. It didn’t come with any information about fiber content or manufacturer. I need to get some idea of its…

    How Did They Sew That

  • Raglan with Structure

    The unusual treatment of the raglan sleeve shoulder in a vintage Leslie Fay double-knit wool dress makes the garment a tasteful standout. A clever pleat accents the shoulder and marries…

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