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Date: 9/12/13 11:14 PM

does anyone have a favorite magazine on sewing that would help this poor advanced beginner. I have taken basics 1 sewing and basics 2. I need a magazine that helps with basic construction of clothing.

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Date: 9/12/13 11:28 PM

Instead of a magazine, what about a book like Simplicity' s Simply The Best Sewing Book.

From issue to issue, you never know what to expect of a magazine, or if there will be anything that will further the learning experience.

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Date: 9/13/13 8:01 AM

I do like magazines and use them to learn because they have patterns for trendy items that interest me to sew and then I learn the technique. Sometimes books are boring to just go through and do each technique. But they are my reference- when I need to do something I can go to my book and understand different ways to accomplish it. So I like both.
I have subscribed to Threads for 5 years now. I always learn something about pattern alteration or drafting and I also learn about a technique and about the latest notions and trends. You can check your library, some carry it.
I have also subscribed to Sew News. It contains patterns and tutorials and links to free online patterns and it ties in with their PBS show. I love their tips and notions review sections and it is budget conscious where Threads is fashion concious.
When I downsized the book I kept was DK's " The Complete Book of Sewing".

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Date: 9/13/13 8:13 AM

I see you are in FL. You might also check out ASG to see if an American Sewing Guild Chapter is nearby. I joined them when I moved to FL and it is full of experienced and helpful (mostly elderly ladies) that LOVE teaching anything and everything about making clothes.
Many dont make their own clothes any more (a few do) but they still love to share the how tos of pattern alteration and clothing construction for the entire family. And the asg.org site is full of web tutorials for their members.

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Date: 9/13/13 8:17 AM

You can purchase Threads magazine DVDs that archive multiple issues. I purchased 1985 to 2012 a few months ago. Now loaded onto my computer, I can search for specific articles (e.g. adding a lining) and read the results all in one place. The Taunton Store stocks many great reference books in addition to hard copy magazines and DVDs.

Taunton Store -- Books and Magazines

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Date: 9/13/13 9:15 AM

i have a 'threads' magazine subscription but our local library subscribes to it also. decided that unless there was something i really, really like in the current issue i would just read it in the library and cancel my subsription. like it was posted earlier there is the redundancy factor. they repeat. that being said i have a subscription to 'sewing news' and found that i like it. quick and easy and a bit different from threads. you might like it.

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Date: 9/13/13 9:47 AM

Our library carries Threads & Fons & Porter quilting magazine. I usually look through them there. If I am really interested in either then I know I want to buy that issue.

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Date: 9/13/13 9:47 AM

Hmm a book to take a look at ..Thank you for posting...

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Date: 9/13/13 10:29 AM

Threads has an excellent DVD called "Learn to Sew". If you become a member of Threads "insider" you can watch the video on "Learn to Sew" for free.
also check your library and see if they have any DVD's on sewing. Our library has a lot of books on sewing but few DVD's.

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Date: 9/13/13 2:04 PM

I subscribe to Threads and Sew News, and the books I have are the Simplicity Best Sewing Book, Sandra Betzina Fast Fit, Sandra Betzina Power Sewing, Draping for Apparel Design (haven't used that one yet) and a couple of serging books. I like getting the magazines for inspiration and the articles that can show me how to do something I haven't done before with nice colorful pictures! I need the pics! For a beginner I would recommend a basic sewing reference book (like the Simplicity) and Sew News magazine. If you have fitting problems, Sandra Betzina Fast Fit is really helpful for all figure types.

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