Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Threads Issue #212, Dec. 2020/Jan. 2021

How to Upcycle a Sweater

There are many reasons to repurpose clothing into new designs. It saves money. It reduces waste and saves the planet. And it is a lot of fun. When you start…

    Articles

  • Sewing Gifts for the 2020 Holidays

    ’Tis the season to enjoy—and share—sewing. This year, the Threads staff thought about holiday gift ideas that would not break the bank but would improve and inspire your sewing. We…

  • In-depth Look at 2020 Make It With Wool Winners

    Make It With Wool (MIWW) is an annual competition that strives to highlight the natural beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns. It encourages makers to use wool in…

  • How to Clean and Oil Your Sewing Machine

    I’ve learned over my years as a sewing machine repair technician that many sewers have a personal relationship with their machine. Like the one they have with family or friends,…

  • All About Needle Felting

    Imagine painting with wool: golden shooting stars flying across a navy dress, with a blaze of stardust streaming behind, autumnal leaves tumbling down a dark brown jacket, or a Mondrian-inspired…

  • Transfer Muslin Fitting Changes to a Pattern

    Transfer Muslin Fitting Changes to a Pattern

    Making adjustments to a muslin to improve a garment’s fit is an important part of my sewing process. But my work isn’t over after the fitting. I always transfer the…

  • Fit the Seat of Your Pants

    Learn this lash and spread (or close) technique to fit the seat of your pants with this simple adjustment altering length and width.

    How Did They Sew That

  • How to Sew Velvet Bands

    How to Sew Velvet Bands

    Self-fabric ornamentation is an understated yet elegant addition to any textile or garment. When paired with a sheer companion fabric, the results are fetching. This circa 1939 velvet evening gown…

    Closures

  • Threads that Bind

    Sewing Stories: The Threads that Bind

    When I was growing up, there were always hand-stitched reminders of my mother in the house. The most prominently displayed were three large, framed hand-embroidered samplers. One of my most…

    Pattern Hack

  • Fast Faux Fur Jacket Pattern Hack

    Recently, I examined a cute fake fur jacket from a well-known designer. It was startlingly simple, as designer garments sometimes are: an unlined, waist-length jacket with an asymmetrical front opening…

    Embellishments

  • Bridge Open Seams with Beads and Sequins

    Accent seamlines and garment edges with hand-sewn sequin and bead clusters that bridge the gap between separate rolled edges. Joining seams by hand with beaded accents is a labor of…

More? View Past Issues