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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 22, 2013, 10.24 PMby annyb

    Before you start sewing, check your thread. If it kinks when it comes off the spool, it will kink in your machine and mess up the stitching.

    Over the years we build up a big collection of thread, but a quick check while you’re planning your project can save a big headache and a lot of stitch-ripping later.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 10.19 PMby haszln

    When you need a little extra light when you are sewing, attach a sticky back battery push light under the arm of your sewing machine. This push light can be turned on or off when you need it.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 10.09 PMby chelsieq

    My sewing tip (that I’m really bad at following) is to clean up and put things away as soon as possible after finishing a project. It makes starting a new project much easier when tools and supplies are organized back in their spots.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 09.35 PMby NellyMiller

    press seams as you go…

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    Oct 22, 2013, 08.58 PMby queenoffashion00

    my best sewing tip would have to be think before doing. you dont want to mess up fabric cost alot depending on the one you use. so think before you begin to sew because it would save you alot of trouble in the end and you will come out with a fabulous piece

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    Oct 22, 2013, 07.56 PMby olg

    endulge, feel the zing and the zen

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    Oct 22, 2013, 07.02 PMby gussek

    Always use a new needle when starting a project.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 06.49 PMby Amy Ballard

    To quickly and easily copy points of darts from pattern to fabric, lay pattern over fabric and pin or weight. Next, using a double thread, hand-stitch loosely through all layers making just two needle pricks at each spot. Leave 2" loops of thread on underside. Now, trim the loops to open them; carefully remove pattern. Trim the threads between the fabric layers, leaving tufts of thread on each side. If you do this at each circle or point, the dart lines will be easy to follow.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 06.39 PMby sundance

    Collect a stash of excellent quality fabric..with timeless design..for a tomorrow wardrobe - while working I collected yardage including double knit-the quality of stash is far above what one can afford today..now 15 yrs. later I love the colors & the beautiful clothes I am sewing…..

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    Oct 22, 2013, 06.00 PMby ogochicfj

    If you’re drooping in your sewing chair, stop sewing. If you’re yawning in your sewing chair, stop sewing. Stop sewing when tired or sleepy – it will save you from sewing mistakes, a needle through your finger and/or a back that aches really bad.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 05.57 PMby icedivastar

    I’m the queen of starting multiple projects. My best tip is to put each project’s supplies in a separate bag. After I cut out a pattern, I put the pieces and the envelope in a Ziploc bag. Then, I put that and my fabric pieces, notions, etc. into one of those cheap fabric bags all the grocery stores sell. Now I can start as many projects as I want without fear of losing parts of other projects. Hooray procrastination :)

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    Oct 22, 2013, 05.47 PMby lisa Mayerhofer

    Threading your bobbin will be much easier if you follow this tip: mark the tiny hole on top and the tiny hole on the bottom of each bobbin with a Sharpy to easily locate the hole when you want to stabilize the thread in order to wind the bobbin.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 05.47 PMby Jennifer Williams

    My best sewing tip would be to always make a muslin, no matter what. I find that making a muslin of any new pattern allows me to customize my personal fit much better and it saves my paper patterns. Muslin making also allows me to see where I will need make any other personal choice sewing changes; or if I want to venture into something new.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 05.27 PMby univacgrl

    My best sewing tip is kind of a preparedness tip: “iron everything.” If you think it doesn’t need ironing, you’re wrong. Press it, and then press it again after every step in construction. It makes my garments look so much better when they’re put together.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 04.46 PMby Janet Larsen

    If you stick your needles into the wax of a tea light candle, you’ll find that they slide through the fabric very easily on your next hand-sewing venture. I keep a few in a candle for that purpose.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 04.36 PMby Mikki Petersen

    If you need glasses to read, wear them when you sew. Saves a lot of frustration and mistakes.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 04.35 PMby mirig

    Work with materials that excite you. If you don’t love what you’re working with, you won’t love making the project or the final product.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 04.23 PMby duckyknit

    Learn to love basting. It’s so much easier to work with difficult fabrics once they’re basted.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 04.21 PMby katphi

    Check and double-check your sleeves before sewing them in; they WILL be inside-out and upside down at some point.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 04.17 PMby Victoria Hinton

    Change your needle, change your needle, change your needle. The thread can skip or make big glombs under the fabric, just because your needle has been used one too many time. (Also, make sure the needle and the thread match.)

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    Oct 22, 2013, 04.17 PMby dydx

    Don’t be afraid to use temporary fabric glue when you need it!

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    Oct 22, 2013, 04.07 PMby sewbella

    Best tip I have is for cutting. Put kraft paper down first before you lay fabric on the table. The paper underneath will help ( especially if you cut with scissors) to keep fabric anchored while you cut. This is especially useful when cutting thin and/ or slippery fabrics.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 03.45 PMby audreidyan

    May not be the most ‘fun’ tip but so important. Tedious cutting and marking up front always saves you time in the long run. This is the #1 mistake new sewers make. My favorite marking devices are tailors tacks, tracing wheel and WAX tracing paper, and style tape (typically used for draping on a dress form). Sew on….

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    Oct 22, 2013, 03.40 PMby grnapple

    The iron is your friend! Use it as you go along- and pre-press hems too- for a better end result.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 03.37 PMby Lula88

    Sewing needs patience, good mood and loving what you are doing while unleashing your imagination, then you will end up with fabulous results. Being an adventurer I love to add or manipulate the patterns into my personal taste. Sometimes a small addition, for example lace, can change a casual dress into an evening dress. Ofcaurse the fabric quality and type is most important. Along that, basting the pattern and trying it on is also very essential in my opinion, because it will help you neaten up your masterpiece to perfectly fit your body.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 03.27 PMby 56quiltgal

    Change your needle often. I saves a lot of time and frustration!

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    Oct 22, 2013, 03.25 PMby Inde

    As a beginner, I have only one not so much a tip as a piece of advice. Don’t give up! Everyone’s got to start somewhere, and our beginner projects will never be quite perfect. Love them anyway and learn as you go.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 03.24 PMby Rust Hawk

    Best tip – buy quality fabrics & tools and equipment. Also, I like collecting beautiful vintage buttons to give my clothes that extra bit of uniqueness.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 03.09 PMby lctemp64

    Iron as you go!!!

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    Oct 22, 2013, 03.00 PMby sewsong

    Keep your machine clean, oiled and always use a new needle with new projects!

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