Threads Magazine Podcast: "Sewing With Threads"

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 Mar 17, 2022

 Feb 23, 2020
one of the best sewing podcasts

 Feb 19, 2020
Regarding threading a sewing machine, this is the first timen in 50+ I have heard of threading with presser foot down, and impossible with new computerized machines. reference your machine manual. I feel this is poor advice.


The podcast for people who love to sew – from the people who love to write about sewing! Brought to you by the editors of Threads magazine, this insightful podcast takes on topics important to sewing enthusiasts. Listen in for humor, wisdom, and opinions from expert guests and the Threads staff as they discuss sewing techniques, fashion design, fitting conundrums, and more. Use your ears to become a better sewer! Hear the talent behind the world’s top garment-sewing magazine.

Episode Date
Sustainability in the Textile and Apparel Industries, with Mary Ray | Episode 55

Upcycling advocate and teacher Mary Ray discusses sustainability in the apparel industry and how home sewers can put the concept into practice.

Aug 03, 2022
Susan Khalje and Kenneth D. King on the Ethics of Wearing Vintage Couture | Episode 54

Two sewing pros discuss the handling and wearing of vintage couture and textiles, whether they are nostalgic or historically significant pieces.

Jul 06, 2022
Draping, with Karolyn Kiisel | Episode 53

Draping authority Karolyn Kiisel talks about her opera costuming work, the essential dress form, and even her preferred draping fabric.

Jun 01, 2022
Fashion Without Limits, with ChaCha N. Hudson | Episode 52

Syracuse University professor ChaCha N. Hudson talks about Fashion with Limits and the future of plus-size design.

May 04, 2022
Threads #218 Summer 2022 Preview

Learn to create a lace jacket, a great-fitting pair of pants, and a smooth side-seam zipper from the next issue of Threads magazine. The editors of Threads discuss these and other stories in this Summer 2022 preview podcast.

Apr 20, 2022
A New Approach to Pants Fitting, with Ruth Collins | Episode 51

If you're struggling to get pants to fit, find out about Ruth Collins' Top Down, Center Out Method in this Sewing With Threads episode.

Apr 06, 2022
Variations on a Theme with Becky Fulgoni | Episode 50

Becky Fulgoni shares how imposing design constraints opens a path to increased creativity and enjoyment in sewing.

Mar 02, 2022
Vintage Detail in Modern Apparel, with Laura Nash | Episode 49

If you love clothing with vintage detail but want to look modern, explore the offerings by Laura Nash of Sew Chic Patterns.

Feb 02, 2022
Couture Sewing in a Locked-Down World, with Susan Khalje | Episode 48

Couture teacher Susan Khalje talks about how she's continued to share her expertise despite worldwide pandemic restrictions.

Jan 05, 2022
Our Favorite Sewing Machine Features | Episode 47

If you are thinking about getting your first sewing machine, buying a replacement, or acquiring an upgrade, this episode of Sewing With Threads is for you. The Threads editors highlight sewing machine features they can't do without, their experiences with vintage machines, and how to approach shopping for a new machine.

Dec 01, 2021
Joi Mahon on Embracing the Sewing Learning Curve | Episode 46

Custom clothier, teacher, and author Joi Mahon invites all sewers, from newbies to pros, to embrace learning and to savor the sewing process.

Nov 03, 2021
Diane Ericson on Creativity in Adversity | Episode 45

A seasoned artist and designer, Diane has been sharing ideas and design techniques as a contributor to the sewing industry through workshops and magazine articles over the years. Her focus is always on how to expand your creative process as you build the design skills to express a more personal style. Based in Ashland Oregon, she teaches workshops and offers Design Outside the Lines Retreats nationally. Diane blogs at and you can find her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as @DianeEricson.

Oct 06, 2021
Sustainable Approach to Sewing, with Wendy Ward | Episode 44

This episode, we’re going to talk with Wendy Ward.

Wendy is a writer, designer, maker and educator. She has worked as a designer in fast fashion and for a small sustainable brand. For her master’s degree in 2004 she explored novel ways to recycle textiles and in 2007 she moved into education and has taught numerous garment-making, textile recycling and garment alterations classes with adults. Wendy has her own line of sewing patterns called MIY Collection and has written five best selling sewing books including her most recent, How to Sew Sustainably which published in June.

Her blog is and you can find her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as @thatwendyward.

Sep 01, 2021
Emily Hallman on Designing a Wardrobe Collection | Episode 43

Learn how designer and stylist Emily Hallman approaches sewing a closet full of beautiful clothes that work together and fit her aesthetic.

Aug 05, 2021
Sue and Emma Folts of | Episode 42

Why pay high retail prices for a so-so bra that doesn't fit? The experts at explain how easy and worthwhile it is to sew beautiful, custom-fitted lingerie.

Jul 07, 2021
Jenny Rushmore and Sewing for an Expanded Size Range | Episode 41

Jenny Rushmore is the founder and creative director of Cashmerette. Her business empowers curvy and plus-size women to feel confident through sewing a wardrobe of fabulously fitting clothes. Originally from Scotland, Jenny has lived in nine countries and is now proud to call Boston, Massachusetts, her home. Join Threads editors Sarah McFarland and Carol J. Fresia as they chat with Jenny about her sewing and her patterns.

Jun 02, 2021
Tabitha Sewer and the Joy of Sewing | Episode 40

Tabitha Sewer just may be the quintessential sewing enthusiast. A sewing content creator, she uses social media and her website to share with the world her sewing joy. She talks with the Threads editors in the Sewing With Threads Episode 40 podcast about her patterns, her button business, and some of the keys to her success.

May 05, 2021
Erica Bunker's Advice for a Stylish Self-Sewn Wardrobe | Episode 39

Erica Bunker's fashionable garments are an inspiration to many sewers. Not only does she sew well-fitted, colorful, and contemporary styles, but she pairs them with admirable accessories, wears them with confidence, and photographs them skillfully.

The Threads editors were eager to catch up with Erica for Episode 39 of the Sewing with Threads podcast, and talk about the fundamentals of creating a luxurious home-sewn wardrobe.

Apr 07, 2021
Expert Linda Lee's Advice on Fitting Pants | Episode 38

Linda Lee, owner of the Sewing Workshop pattern collection and fabrics and notions store, shares valuable tips for making pants that fit in Episode 38 of the Sewing With Threads podcast. The prolific author, pattern designer, and popular teacher packs loads of information that home sewers need for fitting pants into her discussion.

Mar 03, 2021
Challenge Yourself with a Contest | Episode 37

In this episode of “Sewing with Threads,” the monthly podcast by the staff of Threads magazine, Editorial Director Sarah McFarland and Senior Technical Editor Carol J. Fresia talk with Deepika Prakash, founder of

Feb 03, 2021
A Colorful Approach to Sewing | Episode 36

Marcy Harriell is Threads' newest digital ambassador, and she sat down with Editorial Director Sarah McFarland and Senior Technical Editor Carol J. Fresia to talk about her beginnings in sewing, the inspiration for garments she has made, and her favorite parts of the garment construction process.


Jan 06, 2021
Organization Tips | Episode 35

In this episode of Sewing with Threads, the magazine's editors offer organization tips for keeping your sewing tools and supplies tidy and accessible, and for improving efficiency when performing a range of sewing-related tasks. They also confess to some less-than-ideal habits and admit that tidiness is not always their top priority when sewing.

Dec 02, 2020
Troubleshooting and Maintaining Your Sewing Machine | Episode 34

Expert sewing machine technician Bernie Tobisch discusses troubleshooting and maintaining your sewing machine in this video podcast of Sewing With Threads. He also fields previously submitted questions from the Threads audience and even uses a few props to better explain his answers.

Nov 04, 2020
Meet Doris Raymond, the Fairy Godmother of Fashion Inspiration | Episode 33

The editors talk in this Sewing With Threads video podcast with Doris Raymond, whose vast collection of vintage, antique, and designer clothing has been a source of fashion inspiration for a coterie of designers, celebrities, and fashion insiders for years.

Oct 07, 2020
A Collector of Couture | Episode 32

Claire B. Shaeffer, a frequent author for Threads and owner of a couture collection, chats with Editorial Director Sarah McFarland and Senior Technical Editor Carol Fresia.

Sep 02, 2020
Eyewear Options for Better Sewing | Episode 31

Professional optician and Threads author Susan Kistler of Nashville, Tennessee (, discusses the special vision needs sewers have for a variety of tasks  and offers advice for how to get the best eyeglasses for the kind of sewing you do.


You can read Susan's article in Threads #211 (Oct./Nov. 2020), "Essential Techniques: See better, sew better."

Aug 07, 2020
Shapewear and Wardrobe Building from a Patternmaker | Episode 30

Sewing instructor and fitting expert Pamela Leggett discusses her latest shapewear and other patterns, shares sewing tips, and talks about how her business has weathered the pandemic, in the Sewing With Threads video podcast, Episode 30.

Jul 01, 2020
Fearless Experimentation | Episode 29

Threads Digital Ambassador Becky Fulgoni muses about design experimentation—planning, testing, and executing beautifully made garments, without stress or anxiety—in the Sewing With Threads video podcast, Episode 29.

Becky is tall—6 feet tall—and has been sewing since childhood, when she realized she'd never find ready-to-wear clothes to fit her lanky frame. She talks about learning to sew with her mother and eventually moving on to a career in costume construction. She credits her training in the theater with teaching her to sew quickly and to think analytically about the engineering aspects of garment construction.

Jun 03, 2020
Patternmaker Liesl Gibson Designs with Fit in Mind | Episode 28

Garment pattern designer Liesl Gibson says she thinks about the fit whenever she creates a new pattern. In Episode 28 of Sewing With Threads, the founder and chief designer of Liesl + Co., Inc., describes a few fitting factors she considers when pattern drafting: the amount of ease needed, style, and a sewer's personal preferences.

May 06, 2020
Sewing for Beginners | Bonus Podcast 5

During this time of social isolation, creative people are keeping busy making useful and beautiful things. It's the perfect time for beginner sewers to improve their skills. As sewing machines fly off the shelves across the country, Threads has brought together lots of online content to get you started making clothes, accessories, and home décor items to suit your style. You'll enjoy the process now, and you'll end up with handmade projects to be proud of for years to come.

In this bonus podcast episode of Sewing with Threads, editors Sarah McFarland, Carol Fresia, and Jeannine Clegg steer listeners to some favorite posts and videos for sewing newbies.

May 01, 2020
Sewing Inspiration on YouTube | Bonus Podcast 4

With most of the country currently sheltering in place, we need to find inspiration to keep our creative juices flowing. In this bonus episode of the Sewing with Threads podcast, Threads editors Carol Fresia, Sarah McFarland, and Erica Redfern share some of their favorite YouTube content.

Threads also invites listeners to visit our own YouTube channel for tips, how-to content, and project videos.

Apr 24, 2020
Watching Making the Cut | Bonus Podcast 3

The new reality fashion show Making the Cut is creating a buzz these days. The 10-episode Amazon Original series challenges 12 designer contestants to show off their talents and skills—and survive elimination, to win a $1 million final prize.

In this bonus podcast episode of Sewing With Threads, homebound editors Sarah McFarland, Erica Redfern, and Jeannine Clegg chatted remotely about Season 1 of the TV series. Threads is sharing bonus podcasts on Fridays through the month of April, and possibly beyond, as the world shelters in place during the coronavirus outbreak.

Apr 17, 2020
Behind the Scenes at Threads | Bonus Podcast 2

As working from home is a new reality for many readers and listeners, the Threads staff has once again put remote technology to use to record bonus episodes of our Sewing With Threads podcast. We’ll be sharing weekly episodes on Fridays through the month of April, and possibly beyond.

This week, editors Carol J. Fresia and Jeannine Clegg sat down in front of their webcams and microphones to talk about some of the ways we work in the Threads offices.

Apr 10, 2020
Serger Techniques and Accessories | Episode 27

Learn some new serger techniques and find out about serger accessories that can help with garment construction from serger expert Sara Gallegos. The leader of the education team for Baby Lock sewing machines shares some of her favorites in the Sewing with Threads Episode 27 video podcast.

Apr 08, 2020
Facing a Facing and Making Face Masks: Bonus Episode 1

As working from home is a new reality, the Threads staff thought it was time to put remote technology to use and make additional episodes of our monthly Sewing With Threads podcast. We’ll be sharing weekly episodes on Fridays through the month of April, and possibly beyond.

In this bonus episode, editors Carol, Erica, and Sarah talk about sewing techniques, getting hired at Threads, and making face masks for healthcare workers, family, or personal use.

Please be patient with any blips in the audio, since this episode was taped over the internet. For our future remote episodes, we are working on improving quality and adding video.

Apr 06, 2020
Fabric Stash Disasters | Episode 26

Contributing Editor Judith Neukam tells a few true tales of fabric stash disasters, some with surprising endings, in the Sewing With Threads video podcast, Episode 26.

Mar 04, 2020
Favorite Sewing Tips for Beginners | Episode 25

Three editors share their favorite tips for beginners in the Sewing With Threads video podcast, Episode 25. Seasoned sewing enthusiasts also may benefit from these bits of advice, as they include useful information for improving efficiency and making sewing more enjoyable.

Feb 05, 2020
How We Review Patterns | Episode 24

Learn how Threads magazine scrutinizes some of the latest commercial garment patterns released by the mainstream and lesser-known pattern companies. In the Sewing with Threads Episode 24 video podcast, expert Anna Mazur shares how she compiles the magazine's Pattern Review department for each issue, a complex job she has honed over the last 15 years. She whittles down pattern options from more than 150 pattern companies and relies on 21 Threads pattern testers to help evaluate the chosen patterns.

Jan 08, 2020
What's New in Sewing Machine Embroidery | Episode 23

Find out the latest trends in sewing machine embroidery from expert Katrina Walker in the Sewing with Threads Episode 23 video podcast.

Katrina plays a key role in the ever-evolving world of sewing machine embroidery. She's a brand ambassador for Pfaff sewing and embroidery machines and a Sulky thread Sewcialite. Besides teaching classes, she designs extensively.

Dec 04, 2019
A Couture Embellishment Guide | Episode 22

Embellishment expert and teacher Ellen W. Miller talks about writing Creating Couture Embellishment, a reference for garment embellishing techniques, in Episode 22 of Sewing With Threads.

Her 400-page book is based on a couture details class she taught at Boston School of Fashion. She shares her painstaking process of photographing and writing step-by-step instructions for a whopping 174 embellishment techniques. It took her well beyond her initial time frame of two years.

"I wanted to show them in all of their glory, she says of the embellishments. "That guided my exploration into it."

Ellen explains three ways to complete each technique in the book, and she talks about the one she found mentally challenging. She also notes which embellishments she left out and discusses another book idea she is considering. Among the techniques featured in the book are grommets and lacing, and manipulated tucks.

Nov 06, 2019
Create a Wardrobe That Works for You | Episode 21

Image consultant, teacher, and author Nancy Nix-Rice shares her thoughts and advice on how to create a flattering, versatile wardrobe in the Sewing with Threads Episode 21 video podcast.

During the podcast, she explains her philosophy of choosing fabrics for sewing garments. She also delves into the "core four" method of building a wardrobe, and she outlines how to create or choose four core pieces. In addition, she discusses her "points of connection" method of selecting garments that link to an individual's physical characteristics.

Oct 02, 2019
Choosing the Right Fabric for a Pattern | Episode 20

In the Sewing with Threads Episode 20 video podcast, custom clothier and teacher Pamela Howard discusses how to select fabrics that work for a chosen pattern and which fabrics are the most flattering for your shape. Her suggestions go well beyond the fabrics recommended on a commercial pattern.

Sep 04, 2019
The Camp Shirt and Other Vintage Patterns | Episode 19

In the Sewing with Threads Episode 19 video podcast, Threads Digital Ambassador and vintage pattern aficionado Peter Lappin shares his latest vintage pattern creations, discusses his upcoming camp shirt class, and delves into garment plackets and interfacings.

Aug 07, 2019
Gertie Shares Her Adventures | Episode 18

Pattern designer, teacher, and author Gretchen Hirsch discusses the growth of her brand and business, her upcoming plans, and her sewing fantasies in the Sewing with Threads Episode 18 podcast. 

Gretchen, better known as Gertie, came on to the sewing scene with Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing. She expanded her business and created By Gertie, which offers online sewing tutorials; announces her upcoming events and traveling workshops; and sells her patterns, fabrics, and books. She also has been a licensed Butterick pattern designer.

Jul 03, 2019
A Pro's Tips for Sewing with Knits | Episode 17

In the Sewing with Threads Episode 17 podcast, knit fabrics and serging expert Pamela Leggett discusses ways to sew textured, ribbed, scuba, and other knit fabrics; using stabilizers on knits; machine needles she uses; and the stitch type she selects to get the best results when sewing knits.

Jun 05, 2019
Unfinished Projects | Episode 16

In the Sewing with Threads Episode 16 video podcast, Threads staff seamstress Norma Bucko discusses finished and unfinished personal sewing projects. She also shares her tried-and-true technique for installing a ripple-free zipper in a hand-knit garment or  when machine-sewing one into a store-bought sweater knit.

May 01, 2019
Patternmaker Focused on Fitting | Episode 15

In the Sewing with Threads Episode 15 video podcast, guest Jennifer Stern-Hasemann discusses her focus on—and the importance of getting—a good fit. The garment pattern designer and owner of J Stern Designs also answers a Threads reader's question about proper placement for princess seams.

Apr 03, 2019
Design for Fit | Episode 14

In the Sewing with Threads Episode 14 video podcast, guest Rae Cumbie talks about how she went from hand sewing at her mother’s side to developing and running an independent pattern company. She also explains why she loves sewing today, discusses her favorite sewing term and fabric, and even offers technical advice for tapering a pair of pants.

Mar 06, 2019
Sewing for Competitions | Episode 13

In the Sewing with Threads Episode 13 video podcast, guest Daryl Lancaster shares her experiences with designing, weaving, and constructing garments and fiber arts pieces for sewing contests.

Daryl has contributed numerous articles to Threads and maintains her own website at She also travels extensively to teach hand weaving and garment construction.


Feb 06, 2019
Embellishments: When, Where, and How to Use Them | Episode 12

Gail Patrice Yellen talks about her embellishing techniques, using fusible interfacing, and sewing over pins.

Jan 02, 2019
Beautiful, Endlessly Challenging Fabric | Episode 11

Fabric trends, fabric favorites, fabric sewing challenges, and even fabric storage solutions were part of the discussion among Threads magazine editors in the Sewing With Threads, Episode 11, now also available as a video podcast on youtube and

Dec 05, 2018
Designing a Pattern Line for Savvy Sewers | Episode 10

For clothing pattern designer and teacher Louise Cutting, comfort and looks go hand in hand. The owner of Cutting Line Designs and a Threads contributing editor, Louise spends up to six months developing sportswear designs she says feel great and have the versatility of being worn in casual or dressy settings. She shares some of her methods and some sewing advice with Threads editors as the guest on Sewing With Threads, Episode 10.

Nov 07, 2018
Vintage Garment Detective Shares Her Secrets | Episode 9

In the Sewing with Threads Episode 9 podcast, Contributing Editor Judith Neukam talks about selecting beautiful vintage garments for the Threads magazine back covers and figuring out how sewers can create similar results. Judy also discusses—via a Skype call from her home studio—the merits of making flat-pattern adjustments versus fitting with a test garment, or muslin.

Oct 03, 2018
The Perfect Wedding Gown Starts on the Inside | Episode 8

Couture sewing expert and Contributing Editor Susan Khalje shares her insights on sewing for weddings, taking sewing shortcuts, and whether to pretreat fabrics, in the Sewing with Threads Episode 8 podcast.


Sep 05, 2018
The Lasting Appeal of Vintage Patterns | Episode 7

Peter Lappin discusses his love of vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines with the Threads editorial team.

Aug 01, 2018
Fitting and Fashion | Episode 6

Kenneth D. King talks about principles from his new fitting book and fashion icons that have inspired him.

Jul 05, 2018
Sewing With Threads | Ep. 5

Threads magazine editors discuss how they have tackled sewing challenges and offer tips and advice on overcoming challenges you might face.

Jun 06, 2018
How to Stand Out Online | Episode 4

Mimi G discusses how she started out developing her MimiGSyle brand that has since earned an immense online and social media following.

May 02, 2018
What is an Ideal Fit? | Episode 3

Fit and design expert Sarah Veblen joins Threads editors to discuss what defines ideal fit and how it is achieved. 

Apr 04, 2018
Patterns vs. Real Bodies | Episode 2

Threads magazine editors discuss patterns, fitting, hemlines, and more with sewing and serging expert Pamela Leggett of 

Mar 07, 2018
Sewing With Threads

The podcast for people who love to sew – from the people who love to write about sewing!

Brought to you by the editors of Threads magazine, this insightful podcast takes on topics important to sewing enthusiasts. Listen in for humor, wisdom, and opinions from expert guests and the Threads staff as they discuss sewing techniques, fashion design, fitting conundrums, and more.

Use your ears to become a better sewer! Hear the talent behind the world’s top garment-sewing magazine.

Feb 02, 2018