I chose it because it looked like it would be the best one for me in that it shows you how to get better results from your sewing. So I subscribed and shortly after got a letter saying that I had subscribed and that I would get my first issue in September. What? 3-4 months! I’m not having that! They’ve got the money now via PayPal, so I should have my magazine. An email later, the phone rang. It happened that they had one current issue left. Right. Anyway, I have my magazine now. I got it on Saturday, the 4th and promptly had it out of the wrapper.
The first thing I saw was the back cover which has something called Up Close in which they show you a puzzling-looking garment and direct you to the article inside that shows you how the pattern was made. This issue it was a 1940s evening dress with drapery around the front hips.
There was another interesting article, this one by Susan Khalje, about vintage sewing techniques: waist-stays, wrist zips on narrow sleeves, adding godets to an area without seams, and hand overcasting seams for a couture touch. How I do love vintage sewing! It makes garments look so much better. : )
Another good article raised a point that I hadn’t noticed. When you Hong-Kong finish side seams in a skirt, the seam allowances can go all wavy and look very unsightly. But if you ease the seam allowance, you can avoid that and end up with a beautiful Hong-Kong seam!
There is a good one about Zero-Waste Sewing including an updated Viking Dress (no, really, Vikings) that wouldn’t look out of place at a party or a wedding if it were made longer.
They were the most interesting articles for me, but there were some more articles that probably interest others more, like the one about a sewing event in Vancouver, Canada (given I live in Hornsea in Yorkshire it wasn’t very relevent for me).
There is an article on using your overlocker/serger to make decorative flat lock seams. I don’t have an overlocker (yet) but you can get a similar look on your sewing machine by using a blind-hem stitch, and then pulling the seam flat. You don’t get as many “rungs” on the ladder as you would with an overlocker, but I suppose you could shorten the stitch length a bit or use a zigzag stitch to get more.