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April/May 2014
Issue Number 172






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On the Cover:
Easy Techniques for See-through Fabrics


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Feature Articles

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THE LAPEL VANISHES
by Kenneth D. King
A clever pattern transformation fools the eye


36
BORDER CROSSING
by Judith Neukam
Redirect prints into new territory

42
ILLUMINATING SPACES
by Lynette Ranney Black
Design a lighting plan for your sewing room

48
SPRING FOCUS
by Sarah McFarland
Runway trends put a fresh twist on easy-to-sew classics

53
SHEER PERFECTION
by Lyla Messinger
Essential tools and techniques for sewing see-through fabrics

Online extra:
Video: How to Bind a Sheer Edge


58
ABSTRACT PIECEWORK
by Pamela Vanderlinde
Insert graphic shapes for wow power

64

Departments
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CONTRIBUTORS

6
LETTERS

8
TIPS
DIY silicone tape, pins instead of notches, yardstick seam roll, attaching knit cuffs, another use for dental floss

12
NOTIONS
Panasonic cordless iron, Pfaff Ambition Essential sewing machine, design journal for sewers

16
EMBELLISHMENTS
Beaded edges

20
HOW DID THEY SEW THAT?
Delicate rosebuds

24
THREADSMAGAZINE.COM

26
QUICK TO MAKE
Collage minibag

28
PATTERN REVIEW
Fair-weather fashions

32
TEACH YOURSELF TO SEW
Bias basics

Online extra:
How to Weight the Edge of a Bias-Cut Garment

70
IN THE SEWING ROOM
Sandra Betzina

74
READERS CLOSET

78
A STITCH IN TIME

80
Q&A
Make pants sans a waistband, get the best fit for a dropped-shoulder jacket

84
CLOSURES

90
BACK COVER
World War I-era dress