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Threads #208, April/May 2020

Make a Dress Form Arm

A dress form, especially one that has been customized to resemble your figure, is an invaluable fitting tool. However, a standard torso-only form doesn’t give you a complete picture. Whether…

    Articles

  • How to Sew Geometric Flounces

    A flounce is a specific type of ruffle that lacks gathers or fullness at the top edge, where it attaches to the garment, but provides significant fullness at the bottom…

  • Sports Bra Upgrades

    Anyone who lives an active lifestyle knows that a conventional bra doesn’t provide essential support during exercise or other strenuous activities. Enter the sports bra. The original designs were engineered…

  • Ultimate Guide to Thimbles

    There are many great pleasures in my sewing practice that I originally resisted. One was the use of a thimble when hand sewing. A thimble felt awkward and in the…

  • Fitting a Curvy Figure

    Few sewers have an easy time of getting an ideal garment fit. If your measurements aren’t represented in the patterns you like, you may feel defeated before you begin. However,…

  • Patterns Inspired by Hollywood

    In the 1930s, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression. Many Americans looked to Hollywood to escape the challenges of daily life. It wasn’t only the…

  • The Transformation Challenge: One Garment, Two Looks

    Each year, Threads sets a design theme for the members of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals. In 2019, we asked the competitors to express the idea that, just…

    Q&A

  • Q&A: History of the Feed Dog

    Q: How did feed dogs get their name? —Eliana Norton, via email A: Threads senior technical editor Carol J. Fresia looked into the question: In the parlance of mechanical engineering,…

    Departments

  • Readers Tips: Measure Crotch Length Accurately

    When making women’s pants, you need to know the correct front and back-crotch lengths. Women have many different body types: flat derrières or protruding abdomens, and everything in between. Patterns…

  • How to Sew Textured Tucks

    From our profile on Vilma Mare: "Fashion is a powerful means of self-expression. For Vilma Mare, originally from Lithuania, her designs are an extension of her culture and her identity.…

  • Profiles in Sewing: Vilma Mare

    Fashion is a powerful means of self-expression. For Vilma Mare, originally from Lithuania, her designs are an extension of her culture and her identity. She has a studio open to…

  • How to Use a Liquid Stabilizer

    Though it can be wonderful to wear soft, flowing fabrics, it’s not so fun to wrangle them on the cutting table or sewing machine. Liquid stabilizers temporarily stiffen fabrics. You…

  • 3 New Tools for Sewers

    1. Pack your embroidery essentials An embroidery machine comes with many accessories. These are useful, but they're cumbersome to transport. The BlueFig Designer Series Embroidery Arm Bag is the solution.…

    Fabric Lab

  • How to Sew with Rayon

    Rayon is a fabric made of regenerated cellulose from plant sources including wood pulp. While this fiber comes from natural sources, it is made with chemical processes, which puts it…

    How Did They Sew That

  • How to Sew Couture Trim and Buttonholes

    Bias binding accents garment edges, but it can make them bulky. The wider the binding is, the more difficult it can be to achieve a smooth and flat finish. For…

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