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There's no fabric more luxurious to wear, or tricky to sew, than silk. This episode, Christine gets the scoop on working with this delicate fabric from silk expert and Threads magazine contributor Katrina Walker.

Direct download: silk_Sewing_Tips_from_Katrina_Walker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

Summer has officially arrived! When it heats up, few fabrics are more refreshing to wear than linen. This episode, Christine and Linda Lee, of The Sewing Workshop, discuss sewing with this natural fabric—from buying the right kind to cutting, stitching, and finishing techniques. Linda's expert advice is sure to get you amped for making something light and lovely this summer. Outro music by Drama for Yamaha. 

Direct download: Sewing_with_Linen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:20pm EST

From the timeless silhouettes created by Madeleine Vionnet and Madame Grès to the futuristic designs of Issey Miyake, there's nothing quite like bias-cut clothing. This episode, Christine chats with Julianne Bramson and Susan Lenahan, co-founders of Fashions in Harmony, a pattern and fabric company specializing in bias-cut garments. Julianne has studied and taught this method of sewing for years and shares some of her favorite tips on fabrics, finishing techniques, and patterns to use when exploring this tricky but highly rewarding style of design and sewing.


Direct download: On_the_Bias.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EST

The sewing industry has seen a boom in independent pattern companies over the past few years, and Colette Patterns has been at the forefront of this indie movement. This episode, Christine chats with Sarai Mitnick, founder and designer of Colette Patterns. If you're interested in indie pattern design, and just sewing in general, this is a great episode filled with tips and insights that any sewer will appreciate!

Direct download: Colette_Patterns_Inerview_with_Sarai_Mitnick.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:01pm EST

Jeans are probably one of the toughest garments to sew and get right (you know, so they don't look homemade). This episode, Christine catches up with Angela Wolf, contributor to Threads and Sew Stylish magazines, founder of ABO Apparel, and custom jean maker extraordinaire. Angela dishes on what to look for in fabric, how to distress denim (hint: a trip to Home Depot is in order), the perfect pockets, and how to get great topstitching. If you've been thinking of making jeans, or already tried and want to learn more, this is the episode for you! 

Direct download: All_about_Jeans_Couture_Advice_from_Angela_Wolf.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

Producing clothing and other sewn goods locally and sustainaly is no easy task, particularly in our global age. Yet there are still dreamers and doers out there actually making things on their own turf—and their own terms. This episode, Christine catches up with Libby O'Bryan, an artist and founder of the Western Carolina Sewing Company (a.k.a. Sew Co.), a full-service cut-and-sew manufacturer of high quality clothing and other products. Sew Co. operates out of the Oriole Mill, in Hendersonville, NC. Check out episode #15 to learn more about this amazing Jacquard mill.

Direct download: 16_Going_Local_with_Western_Carolina_Sewing_Company.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:14pm EST

If you love beautiful fabrics, don't miss this episode! Christine takes Thread Cult on the road to interview Bethanne Knudson, co-founder of The Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The mill specializes in Jacquard woven textiles made exclusively from high-quality natural fibers, and produces some of the most beautiful heirloom quality linens you'll likely ever see. Visit for some amazing images of the mill and fabrics. 

Direct download: 15_Weaving_Special_The_Oriole_Mill.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

If you sew, or aspire to sew, you surely have questions about that most important piece of hardware—the sewing machine. Perhaps you're in the market for a new one, want to maintain your current one, or wonder whether it's worth fixing Grandma's hand-me-down? Christine gets the answers from Harvey Federman, master sewing machine repairman and owner of Sew Right, a sewing machine and quilting shop in Bayside, Queens. 

Direct download: 14__Boost_Your_Sewing_Machine_IQ.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:59am EST

Have you ever daydreamed of ditching your 9 to 5, stretching your creative muscles, and sewing fulltime? Nayantara Banerjee—a.k.a. The Williamsburg Seamster—did just that six years ago when she started her own concierge tailoring service and custom design shop. Christine and Tara chat about how she launched, as well as about favorite sewing notions and machines, and a cool textile-related volunteer opportunity (hint: it's in Peru!). 

Direct download: 13_Fashioning_a_Sewing_Career_with_the_Williamsburg_Seamster.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EST

#12: Reuse, Recycle, Refashion!

This episode, Christine catches up with Kate Sekules, founder of Refashioner, a new website that acts as a curated consignment shop for pre-loved couture and designer fashions. The women chat about what it means to invest in a beautiful wardrobe, why we should keep good clothes in rotation, and how the site differs from other online e-sellers, like eBay and Etsy. 

Direct download: 12_Reuse_Recycle_Refashion.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:19pm EST