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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 31, 2013, 01.55 AMby jena4yt

    Be sure your sewing machine is in good working order & remember to perform the maintenance steps in the manual for your machine.

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    Oct 30, 2013, 09.34 PMby Wilasinee Yu Yu

    My tips is choose the right fabric and thread to my project. Some need lining or interfacing so i have to made sure that i have a good preparation . Pay attention to every marks from pattern.

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    Oct 30, 2013, 08.53 PMby florrubens

    ⦁ Wash your hands before starting sewing

    ⦁ Don’t forget that :Every fabric requires correct needles, correct scissors and correct thread

    ⦁ Put everything you need to sew a project (buttons or zipper,thread,pattern, fabric , lining, etc)in a bag,a box or a drawer.

    ⦁ Use Fabric Marking Pencils instead of tailor’s chalk

    ⦁ Try your work once it is assembled so you could do changes if needed

    ⦁ And the most important:Don’t despair , learn from the your mistakes!

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    Oct 30, 2013, 05.38 PMby mimiohs

    My best sewing tip…especially to new sewists…is to press your seams as you go along in your project. I have seen many wonderful garments that have been reviewed on Pattern Review, here and other sewing sites where the garment was nice but due to a lack of proper pressing, the garment looked “home-made”. Nothing can replace a good pressing each step of the way and utilizing the correct items while pressing such as hams, sleeve boards, needle boards, etc. and to first press your seam while it is flat and then press it open. One can easily distinguish a garment that has been pressed all through the sewing process versus one that wasn’t.

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    Oct 29, 2013, 02.55 PMby party-aunt

    My sewing tip is to invest in several magnetic “pincushions” (at least two) and magnetic wand to pick up stray pins and needles. If you are like me, someone who sews with pins in place, you cut and pin in different location from where you sew. Keep on pincushion on the cutting table and one near your machine. (but not close enough to wreck havoc on any machine computer) You don’t even have to be all that accurate when you aim your pins and needles at the magnet. Beats the red tomato. As for the wand, nothing like stepping on a pin that you didn’t know dropped. Wave the wand around furniture, floors, even your own clothing…..voila! Pin free.

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    Oct 29, 2013, 02.53 PMby Samuel Si Daniela Netotea

    I think that one of the important steps in being pleased with what you have acomplished after finishing a project is to iron after every single step….this keeps all parts of your project in their right position and the finished project is looking more store bought than home made

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    Oct 28, 2013, 11.35 PMby Alliecat16

    My best advice is to review the entire pattern first, and actually picture the pieces going together in your head. If you understand how the entire project fits together it will go much faster and you will have less “do overs” in the process. It is also probably in your best interest to not let your feline friends help with the pattern lay out. They love pattern paper way to much and usually don’t end up being as helpful as one would think. ;o)

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    Oct 28, 2013, 02.31 PMby Anna Leivits

    I have few. 1. to copy patterns f.e. from left to right side, mark lines on one side with dryed soap (usual hard soap, if you dry it, you can sharpen it with a knife, easy to remove with water, i use natural soap leftovers, but you can also buy in a craftstore), put apposide side on the top, slap few times on the top of the most important markings, separate – soap will transfer on a mirrored side. 2. if having problems with sewing sticky materialt like leather, some of synthetics fabrics – you can of course use speacial foot, but if you do not have it, sew throught thin paper (see-through, copy paper?), you can remove it easily without damaging the fabric 3. when sewing leather, to prevent moving, instead of using needles, use a drop of glue (resin glue is the best, you can remove it from lether without stains afterwards) 4. if you want to make a perfect edge for lightweight fabrics with zig-zag stitch (tulle, shiffon etc), first fold edge (2 layers of fabric) and sew with straight stitch very close to the edge, second, make a zig-zag stitch on the top of the first stitch. Cut carefully leftover fabric with sharp scissors. 5. patience. if you do not have enough, and the project is not going quite well, make a cup of tea (or coffee), while drinking, think what you can do differently, and after a cup, keeping calm, proceed with a project. :) Hope this will be useful for someone :)

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    Oct 27, 2013, 11.01 PMby zoshia

    When hand sewing hems using silk thread works like a dream. Try it once and you’ll never go back.

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    Oct 27, 2013, 02.39 PMby ifkagljifka

    every once a in a while, depending on how much i use my sewing machine, i show my appreciation to it! i like to dedicate a few hours for giving her a spa day!she deserves it, and i feel she’s graceful for it! nothing beats a grooming and oil treats! :)

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    Oct 27, 2013, 06.44 AMby Vintagemachinelover

    My best tip is to take your time and really master each part of the sewing process. You will get better results and sewing will be more enjoyable! Also, don’t get enslaved to projects of other people. Make something for yourself too!

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    Oct 27, 2013, 12.34 AMby Joanna Dąbrowska

    Make sure you ‘wash’ the fabric in a little fabric conditioner. It helps shrink the material and makes it more pliable to work with (such as denim or heavy fabrics).

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    Oct 26, 2013, 08.10 PMby shereesews

    I like to roll interfacings and stabilizers into tubes and stand them up-right in a flowered wastebasket. They are sitting in the corner next to my ironing board, easily accessible and neatly organized.

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    Oct 26, 2013, 03.32 PMby Diana Neill

    Wow, lots of great tips here! I guess my best sewing tip would be to use stabilizer on light or stretchy fabric. I sew a lot of tiny Barbie clothes and the best way to keep the fabric from going down inside the machine is to use stabilizer—either light tear away or soluble (washes away with water.)

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    Oct 24, 2013, 11.13 PMby coyotewoman

    If you’re lucky enough to own a sewing machine you have before you endless possibilities: Sewing can an outlet to express your creativity and can instill a sense of accomplishment and confidence. Time spent at your sewing machine can calm you down as well as frustrate you, energize you, challenge you, excite you, and entertain you. It will enrich you and those around you, it sharpens your mind, gladdens your heart, distracts you from worries and fills you with anticipation.

    My Best Sewing Tip: Learn how to remove the bobbin case, clean lint and oil your sewing machine. Say thank you to your sewing machine with this act of TLC every time you finish a project. Anytime your machine starts acting funky repeat these steps and re-thread bobbin and machine. Your sewing machine it like a toddler demanding attention – there are always little clues before the total all-out of control, destroy your stuff tantrum.

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    Oct 24, 2013, 08.43 PMby DupuisFashion

    Embrace your mistakes! Sometimes Those mistakes will turn into creative MAGIC!

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    Oct 24, 2013, 12.19 PMby MLouw

    Use a pin cushion stuffed with steel wool. Keeps your needles smooth and burr free.

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    Oct 24, 2013, 12.02 AMby Carrie McClean

    My best sewing tip is to make a muslin. It is a hard lesson to learn, but it saves you from cutting into your “fancy” fabric and regretting it!

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    Oct 23, 2013, 04.40 PMby neece

    I would suggest that the first thing to do is to thoroughly read all the pattern pieces and the instructions. This can save a lot of heartache. Having a mindful framework to use that includes “the big picture” makes each of the steps that follow more logical and simpler.

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    Oct 23, 2013, 04.05 PMby Ruth Vincent

    My tip would be: Iron pattern tissue pieces before using them so that you don’t get funny little fold lines hiding and throwing the shape off. I’ve had that happen before! Make sure you use a low iron setting, though. ;)

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    Oct 23, 2013, 03.58 PMby Sharonoid

    My tip is to compare measurements on your paper pattern with a garment you own that fits you well BEFORE you cut the pattern. For example, I have slightly shorter arms than average, so I would measure the arm length of a blouse I know fits me perfectly and adjust the pattern sleeve length to match.

    This works for almost anything, but is particularly good when you are unsure which size to cut out, or want to adjust the length of tops, skirts, trousers etc.

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    Oct 23, 2013, 03.05 PMby MaggieD

    Measure twice and cut once !

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    Oct 23, 2013, 06.57 AMby Katy Lewis

    As a relative newbie, my tip would be to just go for it! I did a couple of straight runs on some old curtains for my first try and then went straight into a pillowcase dress for my youngest. As it was so easy (after watching some tutorials!) I was able to produce something wearable and instant. I got great visual feedback and an amazing result. I then went on to make my eldest a dress. I actually got the measurements wrong but it turned out even better as a handkerchief skirt, so that was a bonus! So I guess my second tip is don’t be worried, it’ll all work out!!

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    Oct 23, 2013, 06.41 AMby Caroline Halbert

    My best sewing tip is when I’m sewing quilt top rows I label then with alphabet beads and safety pins to keep them in order when I’m ready to sew the rows together.

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    Oct 23, 2013, 03.17 AMby janelitwiller

    To keep organized and focused, I cut out several projects at a time and put everything needed in a large ziplock bag. That is the step I enjoy least so it seems the sewing goes much more quickly. I stack projects in order of priority and common thread color, it’s easy to see just what I have lined up.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 11.14 PMby superc918

    Analyze your project before you sew— if there are similarities between this project and another one, then your project is going to be that much easier to complete, and complete well. Don’t be afraid to make modifications to make a pattern your own— customization is one of the best parts of sewing your clothes yourself.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 11.03 PMby vbrplprice

    I use clear plastic fishing tackle boxes with dividers for my bobbins and group similar colors together. I also use them for the different feet for my sewing machines.

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