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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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    Oct 16, 2013, 07.24 AMby rita61

    My sewing tip: relax and have fun, enjoy what you are doing and take pride and pleasure in what your are accomplishing. You can always wear it around your home or as pyjamas if it didn’t work out. :-)

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    Oct 16, 2013, 07.07 AMby fiose

    My best sewing tip: your sewing machine must be cleaned, long life to the sewing machine!!!

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    Oct 16, 2013, 06.33 AMby ruschie

    Dont be scared of the fabric! Every fabric has its own way of working under the needle. Just try it. It is the best way to learn how to sew new fabrics. If it doesn’t work the first time don’s give up, it is only fabric. The next time you know that much more than you did the first time. Just enjoy it!

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    Oct 16, 2013, 06.05 AMby Denise Wild

    WOW! You guys have incredible tips! So happy to see such a great response. Keep ’em coming!!

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    Oct 16, 2013, 05.10 AMby emmaneezer

    As someone who sews as a hobby, the best tip I can give is to designate time to start and finish each project. Several times I have started projects, done all my cutting, and then the pieces sit there for months before I get back to them. If I plan an entire weekend to complete a project I am much more likely to finish it!

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    Oct 16, 2013, 05.06 AMby juz

    I transfer my pattern markings – all of them – onto the fabric with a tracing wheel and tracing paper. This means I sew all my seams, notches etc are exactly where they are meant to be. It changed my life when I started doing this!

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    Oct 16, 2013, 04.39 AMby itsmhuang

    To prevent you from buying too much fabric, Write down the list of fabric you already have. Checking the list every once in a while reminds you that you still have LOTS of fabric left to work with.

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    Oct 16, 2013, 03.48 AMby MojoHollz

    There are so many things I want to say! I think though that the best sewing tip I could give would be to take your time! Sometimes we really want to have a project finished, even when we are not satisfied with the work we have put into it. Take your time to put extra pins in your pattern before cutting, take the time to test thread tension on a scrap of fabric, take the time to baste a seam before you sew just to make sure it fits right. Well made, well fitting garments are not magic and do not usually come quickly. I have a saying (passed onto me by a karate teacher) you may be an amateur but you don’t have to look like it. In other words so what if you are just starting out and only know how to make an A-line skirt! If you take your time you can make that skirt A-line perfection!

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    Oct 16, 2013, 03.40 AMby Juliette Dyke

    Rolled Hem: This is a very small hem which is mainly used on light weight fabrics. There are rolled hem foot available but if you find yourself without one dont worry this is an easy way of doing it for a professional finish: Take about 1/4" of the hem and stitch 1/8" all the way around, when finished, trim away the excess from the stitched line as close as possible, then turn the fabric another 1/8" and stitch again making sure you stitch directly on the previous stitch line. I find this to be more of a professional finish than using the foot.

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    Oct 16, 2013, 02.51 AMby jen .ss1

    FLAT SLEEVES….If you dread setting in sleeves, especially in a simple knit top, consider sewing them in flat. It may seem like a no-brainer, but some patterns give instructions for setting-in knit sleeves, even for t-shirts. Instead, measure the sleeve cap and compare it to the finished size of the arm hole. If there’s much difference, you may need to remove the excess ease from the cap (several simple methods can be found on the web). Start sewing by stitching the shoulder seams. Then, making sure that the sleeve cap notches or marks match the correct notch/mark in the arm hole (front to front, back to back!), pin and sew the cap in place with the sleeves flat. The sleeve seam and the side seem can be sewn in one pass, or 2 passes if you start from the underarm seam and stitch toward the hem and sleeve hem. This makes sewing a t-shirt really quick and avoids the tedium of setting in knit sleeves. ~Jen

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    Oct 16, 2013, 02.24 AMby joelle1112

    For a-line skirt pieces, sew seams from the bottom up. The edges don’t grow from being “pushed out”, and seams end up smoother and not wavy and ripple-y

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    Oct 16, 2013, 02.03 AMby shibz

    My best sewing tip: get a helper (grandmother, mum, friend) who can sew well to guide you. There is nothing like having an experience eye looking over your project and helping out!

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    Oct 16, 2013, 01.03 AMby mademoisellemermaid

    My best sewing tip…(and the one that has totally changed my sewing life!!)…is to cut a 1" strip of tricot interfacing and iron it to the edge of the wrong side of a knit fabric before hemming. No skipped stitches, no puckering seams, no knit fabric being eaten by the sewing machine!!…Even hard-to-sew knits are suddenly workable!! The tricot interfacing works perfectly because you won’t lose the knit’s stretch (use a zig zag stitch), and the added bonus is that the crisp seam looks super professional!!

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    Oct 16, 2013, 12.58 AMby lucyfur

    Best giveaway!!! Tip is to make sure that your sewing tools are in good condition. Especially your rotarty cutter and cutting mat.

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    Oct 16, 2013, 12.56 AMby toaster

    Holy smokes…awesome giveaway. My advice for home-sewn clothes? Just don’t look too close and it’s all good =)

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    Oct 15, 2013, 11.50 PMby CosmicCaro

    My tips : 1) For delicate and/or slippery fabric, you can cut them in between 2 pieces of paper with pattern weight (any weight really) and a rotary cutter. 2) I also use tissue paper between the fed-dogs and the fabric for delicate, slippery or very stretchy fabric. It helps to control the stitching.

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    Oct 15, 2013, 11.26 PMby Emily Rivir

    My tip: Enjoy that favorite piece of fabric. Don’t let it sit on the shelf because you’re afraid to use it!

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    Oct 15, 2013, 10.52 PMby d3liriums4m4

    Always use a press cloth, preferably one made of a large-ish square of silk (not synthetic, which melts) organza, so that you can see through it. This has seriously made my life so much easier!

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    Oct 15, 2013, 10.43 PMby MoiraG

    For me fit is always the biggest concern. My best tip is to trace my patterns using red dot or a sew-in interfacing. I can baste the pattern together with dissolving thread and make any adjustments I need to the pattern. Once I rinse out the thread I have a perfectly fitting pattern that usually fits far better than just doing a tissue fit and creates a far more durable pattern for garments I will make several times. It works best for patterns being made out of woven or stable fabrics, not knits.

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    Oct 15, 2013, 10.38 PMby Phronimos

    No tip, just a comment: I own this serger and it is awesome! Good luck all. x

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    Oct 15, 2013, 10.34 PMby GeorgieT74

    My best sewing tip would be to press, press then press again. First, press the stitches to set the seams, then press the seams open and press the garment pieces flat so that they are easier to work with. This helps your garments to look professionally made when completed. Also, think of your garment as a pattern puzzle. All the pieces are made to fit together so take your time, use the suggested seam allowance, use as many pins as you need to line up the pieces before sewing and your garment will be beautiful.

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    Oct 15, 2013, 10.23 PMby April Holmquist

    I have found that pretty tools double as awesome sewing instruments. A potters “needle” has a long fine point with a wooden handle for helping guide delicate fabrics through my feed dogs. It helps give me extra fingers when I sew. I also use pottery “boxwood tools” for turning corners. You can get a set for cheaper than ones made for seamstresses and I find that having different types of tips (e.g. rounded, pointed, slanted etc.) help with the diverse types of seams I encounter in sewing.

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    Oct 15, 2013, 10.19 PMby alisonboncha

    My best sewing tip is for beginners, which is, “Just keep going!”. I just started sewing this year and I am ahem quite ambitious so my first sewing project was a peplum top..a fitted woven top with darts and all! I had FOUR failed attempts before actually sewing one that I would wear proudly in public…I think it took 3 months of weekends to get there! There was lots of looking up online tutorials and googling terms like “selvage” and “stay stitch”. But it was such a satisfying project because…I just kept going and didn’t give up!

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    Oct 15, 2013, 10.17 PMby slmnstyle

    Keep yoour sewing tools in good shape: your sewing machine cleaned and tuned up, your sewing machine needle changed frequently and according to the fabric type, replace your sewing pins as they get dull or bent, keep your scissors and rotary cutters sharp, and your iron in good condition. Sewing tools in good condition make the whole sewing process that much easier!

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    Oct 15, 2013, 10.16 PMby charlesboo

    Sewing Tip: Always Sew seams from top to bottom! Even if the bulk of the material is on the right side when sewing, this is preferable if it is manageable. This allows for less wrinkling and twisting when the garment is put together, especially if the item is more structured, such as with boning! :)

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    Oct 15, 2013, 10.15 PMby Haylee Atkinson

    Ahh! I would die if I were to win this. I think my biggest sewing tip would be just to make sure that you absolutely LOVE the fabric you’re going to be working with. Because spending 10+ hours working with it is not going to change your mind. ha, Make sure you love it from the get go and you will be way more likely to like the finished result as well. :)

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