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[Update 11/14/2011] – Congratulations to mad14kt, who was randomly selected to win this dress form!


Dritz has an amazing selection of sewing notions, trims and tools that any seamstress or seamster would love.

We used some of their items for two of our latest craft projects, “Grommet Skirt” and “Make Hearts, Not War.” We loved using all of the supplies!

Now, until Monday, November 14th, Dritz is giving away one of their amazing “My Double Deluxe (Small)” dress forms. Here are all the great features it has:

- Designed to fit pants plus all other types of garments (gowns , dresses, suits & skirts).
- Off-set center pole for hanging pants
- Shaped hips -bottom & thighs for fitting pants
- Longer pole to accommodate taller women – wedding dresses & evening gowns
- Extended shoulders for supporting & setting in sleeves
- 12 Rotating dial wheels at bust – waist & hips
- Adjustments can be made in precise increments
- Adjustable back waist length
- Adjustable neck with pin cushion
- Pin Hem Marker
- Foam-backed nylon cover for easy pinning & marking.

Sounds cool, right?! To enter, answer the following: What’s your most treasured tool or notion in your sewing basket?

Good Luck!

Please note: If selected as a winner, any personal information you provide to receive your prize in this giveaway is subject to the sponsor’s privacy rules. These may differ from BurdaStyle’s rules, so please review the rules before entering your information. BurdaStyle is not responsible for the handling of your data in connection with this giveaway.

368 Comments

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.08 PMby sodivine

    Oh were do I begin. I love to cover buttons—with everything from bead embroidery to a hand-knitted circle. I also know my way around a grommet. That came in handy when I got back into the groove of sewing and made a lace poet’s blouse. Hardware is fun—but there are other things that impact your sewing including the right needle. At first I didn’t know you needed a different needle to make knits. So there are so many things that play a part in the wonderfully creative art of sewing. If I had to pick one, it would be…..oh I just can’t.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.06 PMby Martch

    To me the most useful sewing tools are good pins (they hold everything in place before it is actually sewn together) and my small sewing ruler, which is perfect to add seam allowance with.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.04 PMby missmonica

    My favorite notion is my thimble. I barely ever use it but I always look at it It reminds me of when I was a little girl and the first time I really wanted to sew. I watched Disney’s Peter Pan and I loved how Wendy sewed his shadow back onto him and then later on she gave him a kiss in the form of a thimble. My thimble always make me happy.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.57 PMby ctirish

    Right now my favorite tool is my scissors – my most used tool is my seam ripper but I bet that would change if I had a dress form. I like to think a dress form would keep me from making some of the mistakes.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.54 PMby jessiegirl

    I learned to sew by watching my mom. She sewed everything from curtains to costumes and eventually became a professional quilter. When she decided to move on from sewing to other artistic mediums she gave me her machine. I feel like she has passed the torch on to me. My machine is by far my most treasured item. But you asked for a tool or notion, so i’m going to have swing to the uber practical side and admit that i just couldn’t imagine living with out my snippy scissors. The tiny stork style scissors i use for just about everything.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.53 PMby ROSE NELSON

    My most treasured tool is my rotary cutters and the mats for them. It saves so much time when cutting

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.51 PMby Leana Luna

    My most treasured tool are the pinking shears for fabric, which I inherited from my grand-mother. It’s a very special one, with it’s own box and everything. Every time I use it, it makes me think of my grand mother, who only died 6 months ago, and though it mostly brings me to tears it fills me with great joy as well. My grandmother was known for being able to do all sorts of crafting, and she’s one of the persons who inspired me to start crafting my self :)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.49 PMby picknstitch

    I’d have to say my favorite tool in my workroom right now is my dress form. I’ve resisted getting one for decades, and now I don’t know why I waited so long! It’s so wonderful to have a quick fitting for something I’m making by slipping it on the dress form, or to be able to pin pattern pieces or drape fabric over the form is immensely helpful.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.44 PMby turtlegirl00

    my most treasured tool would be my shears!! I keep them in a sleeve in a box when not in use so no one will use them for something (paper!!!!!) they are not intended!!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.42 PMby thejam

    My seam ripper.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.36 PMby leilanidianne

    My clear gridruler: adds seam margins, measures binding strips. helps me cut straight edges . . . most versatile notion I have.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.35 PMby kdschafer

    The tools I find the most useful are my good shears and my 6 inch hem guide. The most treasured would be the button collection I inherited from my mother-in-law and the thimble collection I inherited from my mom.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.30 PMby GurlzGotIssues

    My most treasured sewing tool has to be my Vintage June Tailor’s Dritz Tailor Board that I picked up at the Goodwill for $2. I couldn’t believe it when I spotted it locked up in their special cabinet… I just knew I had to have it and then I was over whelmed with I saw the $2 price tag and it was NEVER opened. Sweet Score!!! I have fond memories of my grandmother’s tailor board and she always assigned me the duty to iron out the seams. :)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.22 PMby fabricdragon

    It has to be my scissors – both hubby and son know their life is at stake if they dare touch my scissors.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.17 PMby Brenda Garrod

    My most treasured notion is my mom’s old-fashioned tomato pincushion. She passed away 3 years ago and everytime I use it wonderful memories from our sewing time together come flooding back!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.04 PMby julieknits

    That would have to be my seam ripper! I use it more often than I should:)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.46 PMby zuzsa-haag

    My most treasured tool is my shears. They have a special case, so they stay sharp and clean.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.45 PMby janks

    my most treasured item that i use in my sewing room is my bunny pin cushion that my aunt bought me for a christmas gift i believe when i was 12…..it has been moved around to so many locations in the last 38 years but i always have it close by when i am sewing!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.43 PMby annibaker

    My most, can’t do without, hands down needed thing is my IRON, with LOTS of STEAM!! I can sort of “goof” up, but if a garrmet, or even a quilt top is pressed really well, the item still looks professional! Plus , I love the pressing “stuff” called “BEST PRESSED” that I buy from the quilt shop by the gallon (Literally!) in Lavender scent. mmmmmmm smells great!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.35 PMby ashleyraine

    Safety pins! They’re good for last-minute pinning of seams I thought I’d fixed, seams that rip, and for securing gaps in my button-down shirts at the last minute! I keep a handful of them in the bathroom, because I’m always running late and don’t notice things that need pinned until it’s too late!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.30 PMby nainai78

    My horn sewing cabinet is my favourite addition to my sewing. No more kitchen table sewing, being interrupted by dinner or lugging heavy machines in and out of cupboards.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.29 PMby v3g4n

    I would have to say that’s my seam ripper (sigh).

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.27 PMby carottesauvage

    Darn… I had commented even before this post was turned into some (pseudo?) marketing research. I feel I had to underline my genuine disinterest in commenting in the first place (no prize to be won then) There you go,.. I am going to write something stupid but heartfelt… My best tool is my right hand… training myself to use the left one more often in order to develop the right side of my brain so I stop posting stupid (but heartfelt) comments :)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.26 PMby shayedknits

    Definitely my seam ripper! I wish I didn’t need it…but we all make mistakes. :)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.13 PMby chelseasmith

    I am madly in love with my rotary cutting tool. I have no idea how I managed to survive without it. It cuts at LEAST an hour off of my project time.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.13 PMby lwollmershauser

    While I adore my ham and seam roll from Fashionable Stitch (so cute!) I’d have to say my seam ripper is the one thing I could not live without. Because I am not that great a sewist and take things apart a lot. :)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.12 PMby lilkimchee

    I don’t think I can live without my seam ripper, tailor’s chalk, and my straight pins. Whenever I’m making a project, I mark everything up and pin everything down so by the time i get it to the sewing machine, things should go smoothly. But then there are times when it doesn’t always go this way, and that’s when the seam ripper comes in. By doing all of this, I learned to have a lot of patience and to expect delays.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.09 PMby eerieturnip

    I have a love-hate relationship with my unpicker (seam ripper) I have shed sweat, blood and tears many a time but couldn’t work without it. Only a really good pair of scissors could come between us, but it will be a while before i can get my hands on a really decent pair.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.09 PMby jlmcelfresh

    My most treasured notion are my gingher scissors. They always get the job done and they stay sharp.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 06.58 PMby charmingberry

    I can’t live without my seam ripper but I do have a love affair with my wrist pin cushion and my scissors. If you tell most people that, they would think you are off your rocker.

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