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June/July 2015
Issue Number 179






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New Techniques for Accurate Fitting, Sewing Zippers, Rediscover the Ruffler


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How to Apply the Removable Button Strip to a Shirt with a Separate Placket
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How to Shorten All Zipper Types
How to pull teeth on zippers to make them fit your garment.

Threads Essential Techniques Video: How to Sew Lace Seams
Watch to learn how to sew the Simplicity Threads 1103 pattern using lace. This technique can be applied to many garments.

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Feature Articles

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ZIPPER SECRETS
by Jacque Goldsmith
Say goodbye to puckers, bumps, and misaligned seams

Online extra:
How to Shorten All Zipper Types

36
FOOLPROOF SKIRT FITTING
by Sarah Veblen
A grid takes away the guesswork

Online extra:
Threads 360°: A Great-Fitting Skirt

42
BUTTON STRIP
by Bill Voetberg
Put your delicate closures on a removable band

Online extra:
How to Apply the Removable Button Strip to a Shirt with a Separate Placket

48
CUSTOM BUST FIT
by Joi Mahon
Adjust a pattern in quadrants for accurate results

52
HOW TO USE A RUFFLER
by Alba Fekete
This handy attachment has a wide repertoire

58
THE COTTON CALL
Contributing Editors
Contributing editors find the potential in a staple fabric

64

Departments
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CONTRIBUTORS

6
LETTERS

8
TIPS
Painter’s tape in the sewing room, repurposing an aisle runner, a filing system for notions, simple-to-make pattern weights

12
NOTIONS
Vintage pattern notebooks and note cards, double tracing wheel, foam stabilizer, bias-cut garments book

16
EMBELLISHMENTS
Simple embroidery

Online extra:
How to Scale an Embroidery Design

20
HOW DID THEY SEW THAT?
A twist on pleats

24
THREADSMAGAZINE.COM

26
QUICK TO MAKE
Pyramid cushion

28
PATTERN REVIEW

Online extra:
Threads 360°: Dressmaker Jacket
Threads Essential Techniques Video: Create Topstitching with Running Stitches

32
ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES
Perfect piping

Threads Essential Techniques Video: How to Sew Lace Seams

74
IN THE SEWING ROOM
Debbie Bone-Harris

80
READER'S CLOSET

86
ADVERTISER INDEX

89
CLOSURES

90
UP CLOSE (BACK COVER)
1940s crepe dress