The following sewing magazines are readily available at bookstores, fabric stores, craft stores, or quilt shops. All are also available by subscription.
Sew Stylishis a magazine full of ideas for making high-fashion apparel. Each quarterly issue includes quick projects such as purses, embellishments such as fabric flowers, and sewing tips for the latest trends in clothing. The publication targets dressmakers who are young, but not juvenile; experienced seamstresses, but not necessarily professional. Sew Stylish is for the dressmaker who is ready for a challenge, but wants some help along the way.
Threads is the older sister of Sew Stylish. Also from Taunton Press, Threads is the sewing magazine for the serious dressmaker or designer who wants to sew like the professionals. Each bimonthly issue highlights special couture sewing techniques, alterations, and embellishments and offers detailed, illustrated instructions for every step. If I could not read, I would still purchase this magazine just for the exquisite pictures of amazing designs. This is a magazine to keep for inspiration. An index is available online for help in finding a particular sewing topic or technique.
American Patchwork and Quilting is published bimonthly by Better Homes and Gardens. Complete instructions for quilt projects are included, as well as a pull-out pattern centerfold with full-sized patterns for tracing. Besides showing a color photograph of the complete project, American Patchwork and Quilting graphic artists provide illustrations of alternative color schemes for some projects.
Sew Beautiful is a bimonthly publication emphasizing heirloom sewing and smocking. Anyone who sews for babies and for little girls would find endless inspiration in Sew Beautiful, as well as helpful tutorials on various heirloom techniques for christening gowns, party dresses, and bridal attire. Lace shaping, hand smocking, machine embroidery, and shadow appliqué are just a few of the techniques featured in recent issues. Martha Pullen, founder of the publication, also shares photographs from her collection of antique dresses for your admiration and inspiration. Templates for selected designs are included in a pull-up pattern centerfold. Each issue of Sew Beautiful includes at least one complete garment pattern in addition to numerous smocking and embroidery patterns, making this sewing magazine a real bargain.
Quiltmakeris a practical magazine for the seamstress who wants to have complete patterns and instructions for projects. Each project includes a photograph, materials list, cutting list, and assembly instructions. Suggested quilting patterns are included for some projects, while other project instructions simply say “quilt as desired.” This magazine is published bimonthly and includes basic quilting instructions in every issue for the beginner’s benefit.
American Patchwork and Quilting. Boone, Iowa: Meredith Corporation.
Quiltmaker. Golden, Colorado: CK Media.
Sew Beautiful. Birmingham, Alabama: Hoffman Media.
Sew Stylish. Newtown, CT: The Taunton Press, Inc.
Threads. Newtown, CT: The Taunton Press, Inc.