Making Connections

Janet Klaer
Making Connections

Where can I find a supplier for CHIZIMI THREAD?

Vicki R.

Thread and More sells Chizimi Shrink-It polyester thread. This unique thread sews like regular thread, but when exposed to steam heat, it shrinks approximately 30% to add texture and dimension to fabric. The result is similar to a shirred or puckered look. Chizimi is available in white and sold on 330 yard spools. For more information or to order, visit

I'm making a corset for a Renaissance Festival and would like a source for STEEL BONING.

Jamesha K.

Greenberg & Hammer offers an extensive selection of corset boning that includes spiral steel and white spring steel boning. This boning is stocked in 1/4" and 1/2" widths and is sold by the piece, dozen or gross in precut lengths from 2" to 20" long. It's also sold in continuous lengths by the pound. For more information or to order, call (800) 955-5135 or (212) 246-2835, or visit

Do you know how I can order PATTERNS DESIGNED BY ANNA ZAPP?

Marcia K.

Anna Zapp has two classic figure-flattering patterns. The Kimono 2003 with front-edge banding and elbow-length sleeves can be made long or short. The Camisole and Sampan Pants 2004 features a reversible top with 1"-wide straps and elastic-waist pants with side darts and a slight flare at the lower edge. For more information and pricing, visit To order the patterns, e-mail, or call (303) 665-3426.


Dee Y.

1-800-DREIDELCRAFTS specializes in sewing and craft supplies for Jewish holidays and celebrations. The company's ribbon selection features designs specific to Hanukkah, Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs, as well as many variations of the Star of David and "Mazel Tov" that are suitable for any occasion. For more information, visit, or call (800) 373-4335.

I'd like to make a BEAN BAG but am having trouble finding the FILLING.

Jim R.

Bean Bag City stocks tiny polystyrene pellets for filling bean bag chairs. The unique, irregular shape of these fire-retardant beads provides good support and helps the chair retain its shape. The bean bag filling is available in two sizes: Select the 2' bag to fluff up or revitalize an old chair; use the 11' bag to fill a new chair. Call (800) 800-6050 or (937) 862-7781 to order, or visit

Do you have a source for a KIT TO MAKE A PLEATER BOARD?

Denise D.

Wildly Wonderful Wearables manufactures two pleater board kits. The Pleat 'N Go! creates 1/2" pleats with a 1/4" return. The Fan 'N Go! creates fan-shaped pleats. Each kit includes the upper and base fabrics, stabilizer, heat-proof poly slating, fusing material and illustrated instructions. To order, visit, or call (877) 884-2787 or (972) 240-0187.

Do you have a mail-order source for TAPESTRY FABRIC?

Lisa P.

The Rain Shed stocks tapestry fabric in a wide range of designs, including nature and landscape scenes, animal and wildlife prints, floral motifs, geometrics and more. The fabric is 54"- to 57"-wide and more than 80 patterns are currently available. For more information, visit, or call (541) 753-8900.

Where can I find building plans for a SEWING MACHINE/SERGER CABINET?

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware sells plans for building a deluxe sewing center. This cabinet, designed for holding a sewing machine and serger, has two fold-out countertops and six storage drawers. Also available is a lift to raise and lower the sewing machine, and a hardware kit that includes hinges, catches and knobs. For more information, visit, or call (800) 279-4441.


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What is the problem with showing past magazines the way you show the current one. I like to "thumb" threw it.
Another place for Corset supplies
is they have all the different kinds of boning, patterns, kits for the Simplicity corset patterns and also supplies for making bras. Great to work with and super fast shipping!
Reader Tips to Carol P. (from Oct/Nov.) Pattern Play
You can also get light-weight clear vinyl by the yard to make your pattern shapes and mark them with a permanent marker.
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