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Tell us your best sewing tip for your chance to win a sewing machine and a serger from Fabric.com!

To celebrate our launch of the Winter 2014 issue of BurdaStyle US magazine (our premier issue of BurdaStyle US), Fabric.com is giving away a Singer Confidence Machine 7470 and a Brother 1034D 3/4 Lay-In Thread Serger worth a total of $554.48.

For a chance to win this two-machine sewing package, answer the following question in the comments section below: WHAT’S YOUR BEST SEWING TIP?

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 8, 2013, at 11:59 PM (EST). One lucky winner will be chosen and announced in the next issue of BurdaStyle US magazine!

Think creatively! Good luck!

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    Sep 20, 2014, 04.42 AMby Shanquetta Lewis

    My sewing tip is that sometimes when you need to make your pants a little “bigger” than what the measurements call for in the pattern, fold the material in the middle about an inch to an inch and a half. Then pin your pattern and cut. It makes it easier than cutting your pattern and placing paper in the middle for extension.

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    Mar 14, 2014, 01.14 PMby toasterincontrol

    My best sewing tip is to have the best products available. Be confident in yourself and invest in a good machine, quality fabrics and other important things like threading and scissors. Don’t skimp out, thinking you are not worth touching these materials because you are a novice. That’s actually my mistake, and I think it’s cut me back on my learning curve!

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    Dec 4, 2013, 10.22 PMby Kiki Typou

    Hello i am from Greece. I believe that with my post i had taken part to this competition. I bought the magazine of December , but i didn’t find somewhere the name of winner. Please can you help me;

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      Feb 17, 2014, 09.03 PMby Denise Wild

      Hi Kiki,

      The Fabric.com giveaway winner was announced in the spring 2014 issue of BurdaStyle US, which will hit newsstands on the 25th of this month (February). Our winner (Renea M.) has been chosen and is published on page 105 of the issue. Thank you for taking part in the competition. Keep an eye out for more giveaways!

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    Dec 4, 2013, 10.22 PMby Kiki Typou

    Hello i am from Greece. I believe that with my post i had taken part to this competition. I bought the magazine of December , but i didn’t find somewhere the name of winner. Please can you help me;

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    Dec 4, 2013, 05.01 PMby Linda Hobart

    Before I begin sewing, I need to be sure that all my “to do” lists are completed, so that I can sit down, uninterrupted and just concentrate on my project. If I’m worrying or concerned about other things, or rushing because I have unfinished projects in other areas, I tend to make more mistakes. If I can sit down with an uncluttered mind, everything seems to flow better.

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    Nov 8, 2013, 03.42 PMby Robin Janz

    My best tip is to just give my machine and settings a quick going over before I start sewing – make sure it’s threaded right, check tension, think about when the last time I oiled my machine was and if I need to do that, check how much thread is on the bobbin, do a few stitches on a scrap to check stitch quality, adjusting my chair so I’m comfortable, adjust lighting, make sure the phone is within reach, and turn on some music. Doing all this before I jump in just makes my sewing experience more enjoyable and can prevent interruptions and even major problems. :)

    robin chocolatechippers at gmail dot com

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    Nov 8, 2013, 07.10 AMby Sabine1978

    Once I hold my purchased fabric in my hands I just can’t wait to start sewing my garment. I always have to stop myself and remind me to pre-wash the fabric first. I am sure that most of the times you don’t pre-wash, nothing will happen, but I also had a couple of occasions when my dress or blouse would shrink after I washed it. It this is really heartbreaking if you put in a lot of time and effort into your project. I think it is worth to pre-wash. You just don’t know how some fabric reacts.

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    Nov 8, 2013, 05.58 AMby breona

    Know when to stop and have a sandwich! It’s so easy to get going and want to finish something but pushing yourself too far is when the mistakes happen.

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    Nov 7, 2013, 05.25 PMby J2ambrano

    Aim for perfection if you must but remember to have fun. Hardly anyone notices the little mistakes you harp on.

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    Nov 7, 2013, 01.26 PMby sporadicsewer

    I like to “sew outside the box” ;) and modify patterns for my own style like many of you but a great tip is to use the appropriate fabric for what you’re making. I love a straight cotton and its easy to sew but it won’t drape like a silk and as for fur? Stiff. If you watch the design shows, you’ve seen this, too. When in doubt, look at the back of the pattern, it will list the type of fabrics for the style. For my last tip is to always iron. I don’t care if you’re wearing that dress tonight & you’re running late (been there!) iron those seams. Otherwise, that gorgeous dress could come out looking, well, like a cheap suit. Happy Sewing.

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    Nov 6, 2013, 03.21 AMby Elder

    Have fun and sew happy!

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    Nov 5, 2013, 09.11 PMby MoHoBu

    Measure twice cut once, or like they say in my country ,, Dvaput meri jednom seci,,

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    Nov 5, 2013, 01.41 PMby erend

    My best sewing tip: instead of backstitching at the beginning and end of a seam, just use a very narrow stitch length. This will make for very secure seams and prevent possible bunching of your fabric.

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      Nov 20, 2013, 06.20 PMby GeorgieT74

      Good tip, I do that regularly.

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    Nov 5, 2013, 05.14 AMby Punkn84

    Understand your sewing machine, read the manual. Take your time and be patient.

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    Nov 4, 2013, 04.58 PMby jbh099s

    My best sewing tip is to clean and organize your sewing space before you begin sewing.

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    Nov 4, 2013, 03.14 PMby JUJU1280

    I ALWAYS TRY & MAKE SURE WHATEVER I’M SEWING WILL LOOK NICE AND STYLISH FOR MY FIGURE. EVERYONE WANTS TO WEAR THE “IN STYLE”, BUT YOU NEED TO MODIFY IT SO IT FLATTERS YOUR BODY.

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    Nov 4, 2013, 04.08 AMby heidifridolf

    My tip: Buy fabric from the sale table to use for making up muslins……it’s often cheaper than muslin!

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    Nov 4, 2013, 12.06 AMby Linda Hyams

    Just go for it and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. That is where you learn the most.

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    Nov 3, 2013, 07.47 PMby rustymom

    I have found that taking a sewing class is the best tip I can offer. I have learned not only from the instructors but also from the other students. We may all be working on different projects and each has at least one teaching moment where we share techniques and tips. I have made some wonderful friends and learned so much from the classes I have taken.

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    Nov 2, 2013, 02.54 PMby sewbonloot

    My favorite sewing tip? Easy. Make sure you put your garment together like a professional would. Finish every inside seam so the garment looks beautiful inside and out. You may be the only one who sees the inside – but you would know if there’s the least little chance it would look homemade. And also press as you go …………. your garment will look wonderful!

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    Nov 2, 2013, 02.43 PMby Hadassa Dorcean

    My tip is , come up with you design concept and stick it through. Don’t change your mind cause you feel incapable of constructing it. Ask for help, take your time, don’t rush the project. If it’s your dream garment or idea, don’t quit!

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    Nov 2, 2013, 12.54 PMby pksews

    Take your time and enjoy the process!

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    Nov 1, 2013, 10.23 PMby Chubina

    My best sewing tip is my favorite Russian proverb “Measure twice cut once.” (Cемь раз отмерь один раз отрежь.)

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    Nov 1, 2013, 10.23 PMby TraciAkierman

    My best sewing tip is to remember that it’s 80-85% prep work and only 15-20% actual sewing. You need to properly prepare your pattern and fabric, do test fits and make sure you don’t skip any steps (e.g. basting). If you do your prep, the sewing is much easier and the results are MUCH better.

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    Nov 1, 2013, 07.58 PMby ksshop

    Always have a ruler handy as a sewing guide.

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    Nov 1, 2013, 06.39 PMby Girlfighter

    The best tip for sewing I’ve ever gotten is to make a muslin! It’s is worth that little extra step, over wasted fabric and time. The biggest disappointment is to spend all that time making a garment only to find out it doesn’t fit.

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    Nov 1, 2013, 05.29 PMby jenjgodin

    The best sewing tip I have is to learn and use all of your different feet attachments. Most sewing machines come with a handful of different feet attachments and you can buy additional ones that really make sewing tasks much easier! I would never try to sew a zipper without a zipper foot, the sequin foot is great for embellishments and I absolutely love using a ruffle foot to create ruffles and pleats incredibly fast! Hands down, the most time saving/can’t live without foot is the rolled hem attachment. I see lots of people try to do this by hand, but why!? Every sewing task is faster and easier when you are using the right foot!

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    Oct 31, 2013, 02.28 PMby Lisa Albaladejo

    My best sewing tips are to RELAX, have fun, keep your space organized, and always have your favorite music playing. If you make work out of it, it will become just that and the relaxing part will be lost. Also, keep a bin for scraps large enough for small projects…you never know when you might need a small patch job.

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