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Threads Issue #211, Oct./Nov. 2020

Why You Should Try Hand-Sewn Buttonholes

A beautiful handworked buttonhole elevates a tailored coat and improves the look of simple designs. Sewing buttonholes by machine is unwieldy if the fabric is thick, and getting exact positioning…

    Articles

  • Create Defined Shoulders by Borrowing a Vintage Detail

    The defined shoulder is having a moment. It doesn’t have to be broad or heavily padded, though. Incorporating a design detail that calls attention to a strong shoulder line will…

  • godet

    Free Dress Project: Add Godets for Fabulous Flare

    A godet is a triangular wedge of fabric sewn into a garment, either in an existing seam or within a cut opening. Its purpose is to add circumference, or flare,…

  • Pattern Adjustments to Fit a Small Bust

    If you typically find that garments are too loose over and around the bust, you may need to make a small-bust adjustment. Commercial patterns are drafted for a B-cup bust,…

  • selvage denim

    DIY Selvage Jeans

    Learn how to make selvage denim jeans with white and red or blue warp threads, yielding an attractive stripe.

  • How to Draft Your Own Lining Pattern

    A lining confers several advantages to a jacket or coat. It makes the garment easier to don and doff. A lining can protect your skin from scratchy fabrics while shielding…

    Departments

  • Editor's Note: Positive Feedback

    We have received an abundance of grateful letters lately. Readers from around the world let us know they are glad to see Threads arrive in the mail and appreciative of…

  • Sewing Tip for Precise Pinning for Blind Hems

    I have found an easy way to create a uniform foldback line for blind-hem stitching. Fold up the hem to the desired depth, with the fabric’s wrong sides together. Pin…

  • Pin-Holding Accessories

    If you sew, you've got pins, and if you've got pins, you need a pin-holder. The humble pincushion is an essential sewing notion. Although it is easily taken for granted,…

  • Sewing Notions to Try This Fall

    Comfortable knife-edge shears A good pair of straight-edge, multipurpose scissors is important to any sewer, but many options become uncomfortable after a long period of use. Designed by Karen Kay…

    Closures

  • Sewing Stories: Frugal Finery

    I was giddy with excitement when I opened the invitation to attend a winter dinner and ball at the Australian embassy in Washington, D.C. It was going to be a…

    Fabric Lab

  • Brocade or Jacquard?

    Sewers want to know exactly what they’re buying when they purchase fabrics. However, the difference between jacquard and brocade is not always explained, and the terms can be used interchangeably…

    Embellishments

  • Beading on Sweater Knits

    I’ve always loved the beaded sweaters that were popular in the 1950s. They were luxurious, elegant, and surely reserved for the most special of occasions. I saw them from time…

    How Did They Sew That

  • Enhance Garment Edges with Echo Stitching

    This circa 1940 rayon day dress must have been fairly simple to sew and fun to wear and accessorize. It offers a wonderful setting for extra details that highlight the…

  • Advertisers from Threads #211

    Support the advertisers who support Threads magazine. The advertisers listed below are working to keep everyone safe and supplied with sewing tools and materials during this unusual time. Enjoy shopping…

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