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December 2014/January 2015
Issue Number 176






Current Issue of Threads magazine
On the Cover:
Easy, Elegant Knits; Shoulders & Sleeves


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Feature Articles

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KNIT KNOW-HOW
by Judith Neukam
Compare machines for fast and easy options


Online extra:
360 View: Luxe Knit Top
Sewing Knits and Embellishments (coming soon)

32
THE SHOULDER AND SLEEVE CURE
by Joyce Simons Murphy
Correct the shoulder width and sleeve length in one smooth operation

Online extra:
More Tips (coming soon)

37
EMBELLISH WITH BEETLE WINGS
by Mary Corbet
Embroidery and iridescent wings create stunning designs

44
PRESERVE YOUR PRECIOUS FABRICS
by Fionn Zarubica
Useful tips to manage and maintain your stash

50
SECURE A COAT LINING
by Jacque Goldsmith
Sew sturdy tabs to keep the layers in line

54
MAKE IT WITH WOOL 2014
by Stephani L. Miller
Winning garments showcase challenging techniques


56
ALIGN STRIPES
by Louise Cutting
Strategies to match lines across seams


62

Departments
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CONTRIBUTORS

6
LETTERS

8
THREADSMAGAZINE.COM

12
TIPS
How to corral beads, customize garments with buttons, use fabric scraps for accessories, rip seams easily with specialty scissors

14
QUICK TO MAKE
Origami pillow

20
HOW DID THEY SEW THAT?
Corded tucks

24
PATTERN REVIEW

28
TEACH YOURSELF TO SEW
Rollen hems

68
GREAT GIFTS

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More Gift Ideas (coming soon)

72
IN THE SEWING ROOM
Ruth Ciemnoczolowski

Online extra:
Ruth Ciemnoczolowski's Sewing Room

76
A STITCH IN TIME

80
Q&A
Serging basics for a beginner, a sleeve shaper explained, how to sew a narrow shirttail hem correctly, find a good fit for a petite figure

84
ADVERTISER INDEX

89
CLOSURES

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