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[UPDATE 12/17/2012] – Congratulations to BurdaStyle member gemmafloyd

Comment on our blog for a chance to win a copy of Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun.

Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions is an inspirational guide and creative collection that features needlework, cooking, sewing, fashion, and fun. This book was inspired by the wisdom of Mary Brooks Picken, a pioneer in the domestic arts and international authority on dressmaking and fashion. Mary s sole purpose, which resonated so deeply with Amy, was to educate women, encourage their entrepreneurial spirit, and elevate the value of their work. Mary’s name may not be familiar to you now, but in these pages you will be charmed by her vision and inspired by her blueprint for living a simple, fulfilling life. In Vintage Notions, Amy Barickman joins creative forces with a previous era to preserve Mary s work and showcase it alongside her own extensive collection of vintage textiles, needlework, illustrations, and memorabilia, for a new generation of sewing and crafting sisters. The book features: *Inspirational essays and projects for each month of the year *Seasonal recipes and decorating ideas *Four storage pockets one for each season *Twelve Magic Patterns easy-to-make, chic sewing projects *Vintage timeless advice on health, character, beauty, style, fashion, parenting, communication, friendship, spirituality, community.

Click here for purchasing info on Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun.

For a chance to win this fun and creative book, please answer the following question in the comments section below: What modern notion could you not live without?

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). One lucky winner will be chosen.

Good luck!
The BurdaStyle Team


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    Dec 13, 2012, 02.40 PMby Morgan Cramer

    Well, I’m not sure how modern this is, but self healing cutting mats along with rotary cutters sure can be nice!

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    Dec 13, 2012, 02.39 PMby pendlestitches

    The one sewing notion I couldn’t live without is my seam ripper! It gets a lot of use. ;-)

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    Dec 13, 2012, 12.35 PMby jennyrecorder

    Well, so many…but of all of them, I would have to say my handy sewing machine needle threader (on loan to my Mum atm). As my eyesight gets (ahem) “older”, getting the thread through that pesky little needle eye can be a problem sometimes!

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    Dec 13, 2012, 12.16 PMby shortseam

    I am totally spoiled rotten to today conveniences. The computer, dishwasher, washing machine, telephone need I go on! If all the conveniences of today was taken away I would be totally lost. I like using machines instead of doing everything manually!! Like I said I am totally spoiled rotten!! he he

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    Dec 13, 2012, 11.19 AMby jen2blu4u

    Is this a trick question? LOL! So many notions I can’t do without, hhmm…computer with internet, but I’d have to say, my sewing machine & all the wonderful different presser feet for the many uses…sewing is much more pleasant & easier when you have the right equipment, gives a nicer finish & more professional look.

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    Dec 13, 2012, 10.48 AMby katensew

    I think that " Velcro " type fastening is great with a multitude of uses— I hope that someone invents a stretch version !! I still have loads of old press studs and hook n eyes ( and bra repair kits and stocking darn kits ! ) bought about 30 years ago when a local haberdashery closed – and I still root amongst them !

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    Dec 13, 2012, 10.19 AMby Mimipaulusma

    I couldn’t live without my new computer, as a graphic designer I’m bound to my sweetheart. Drawing, designing textile, looking for inspiration my baby makes it all possible.

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    Dec 13, 2012, 10.07 AMby hape2sew

    I would struggle living without my sewing machine; I am on it almost daily!

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    Dec 13, 2012, 10.03 AMby eckypucky

    Oh I love downloadable patterns so the internet is a must with my sewing projects, otherwise I prefer to handsew the old fashion way over using a machine for most things.

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    Dec 13, 2012, 09.47 AMby catarina

    I could not live without computers and internet! It allows me to search for a lot of sewing interesting stuff… one of them burdastyle website :)

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    Dec 13, 2012, 09.24 AMby Ularie

    I can’t imagine living without washing-machine. I wouldn’t have any free time to do crafts!

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    Dec 13, 2012, 09.04 AMby Scary Merry

    The overcasting foot that came with my sewing machine. I love that little squirt, it’s so useful.

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    Dec 13, 2012, 08.45 AMby lauramae

    Clear quilting rulers – I have all different shapes and sizes, and they are never far from whatever sewing project I am working on! And I would really miss the marking chalk that works so well with those lovely rulers.

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    Dec 13, 2012, 08.10 AMby Victoria Yoncheva

    Hello friends! I think I could not live without the waist belt. It outlines the female figure in a great way and gives the clothes a whole new look.

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    Dec 13, 2012, 06.43 AMby mixtlii

    I hope I understand well the question, I’d say zippers! They’re so handy, and so much faster tu sew than buttons and buttonholes…

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