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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, 03.00 PMby Lunie Blue

    Recently, I was about to give up on my newly purchased sewing machine. The tension was bad no matter what I did. So, turned out, I was using the wrong bobbins for my machine. I had leftover bobbins from my previous machine and they didn’t fit. My new machine came only with one bobbin and quickly got mixed up with the old ones. The crazy part is no matter how you squint there’s no way to distinguish the good bobbins from the bad ones. So I did the scientific test controlling the variables – keeping the same thread, needle and only exchanging the bobbin. I finally pinpointed the bad ones and marked them with a black marker. In the troubleshooting guide in the manual this was not mentioned. I am really glad I didn’t have to return my sewing machine.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 02.50 PMby kdkeyser

    For best final result, purchase the proper fabric for the project. Enjoy the creative process and change those needles regularly.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 02.39 PMby IGOSEW

    Sew, press, sew, press – proper pressing can make the difference between the ‘loving hands at home’ look and a ‘one of a kind designer original’ look. And always add a little something extra whether it be a fabric flower, a bit of trim or contrasting top-stitching … make it your own!

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    Oct 22, 2013, 02.26 PMby bulliemom

    Always use the best quality fabric that you can afford.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 02.01 PMby katiannn

    Always measure the person you are sewing for twice, then measure the pattern to make sure that it matches. That way you can adjust it to be larger or smaller if needed.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 02.00 PMby Christina Halaszyn

    My best sewing tip is to take it slow! When I get too excited about a project or about being finished, I end up sewing wrong side to right side, getting fabric caught in my hem, and all sorts of silly things. Seam ripping is the equivalent of the walk of shame in those moments for me. All that to say, enjoy the process :)

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    Oct 22, 2013, 01.55 PMby Laura Strait

    Make peace about ripping out seams. It’s going to happen, so don’t begrudge it.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 01.46 PMby MarlysElizabeth

    As a beginning sewer, the tip I take most to heart is to just take my time. I don’t need to create an outfit in a day. I’ll be happier longterm if I take the time to measure twice, read over the pattern instructions an extra two times and check everything before moving forward. The garment will probably last longer and fit better. I just need to slow myself down and take the time to do all that!

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    Oct 22, 2013, 01.42 PMby jennie102

    use pattern weights instead of pinning, and use a cutting wheel instead of scissors, less chance of distortion.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 01.39 PMby coffeeaddict

    My best sewing tip? Never limit yourself creatively when picking out the next sewing project, do think about creating something wearable for you lifestyle and your body but every once in a while nurture your wild impulses and sew something off beat and fun!

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    Oct 22, 2013, 01.26 PMby ewingo

    Always press as you go, otherwise the project won’t come together correctly. Also, don’t neglect the parts of your project that don’t show! Finished seams will ensure the longevity of your garment.

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    Oct 22, 2013, 01.20 PMby stephanie boarman

    My best sewing tip is to service your machines regularly! It’s a bummer to be without them for a week or so, but in the long run it keeps them running well, and keeps me sewing like crazy!

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    Oct 22, 2013, 07.18 AMby SophieSA

    Hi all :) My best tip for sewing is to measure twice before cutting.

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    Oct 21, 2013, 09.48 PMby ggexpansive

    Hi all :) The best tip that I have is to make sure not to sew while tired!!!! The next best tip is to make sure of markings and side of the fabric and pattern. To do this I 1- copy all pattern marking from the pattern and add them to the line drawing on the instruction sheet. This way while sewing I know what all those clips mean and how many I should have. 2- once I cut out the pattern parts I add a dot of painters tape to the right side and mark the direction with a up arrow. This stops me from sewing the nap in the wrong direction and sewing sleeves in wrong.

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    Oct 21, 2013, 07.03 PMby Mifaith1

    As single a mom of four children two with special needs sewing time is a luxury! My sewing tip is planing ahead a sewing bag with projects to do prep work on the go and a sewing machine in case you can pay a visiting to community centers, continue education free sewing classes and sewing groups. I also have a portable converter for my cigaret lighter just in case I decide to have a outdoor picnic sewing day! No time to sew? no place to sew? Too busy to sew with kids on the go! Sew on the go no excuse not to sew! Have a sewing picnic on the go! My final tip is cutting my designs next to my daughter hospital bed ready to be attached to my project. All things are possible with God! Have a blessed sewing picnic on the Go!

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    Oct 21, 2013, 01.11 PMby GeorgieT74

    In order to sew straight lines don’t watch your needle, rather, watch the edge of your fabric and ensure that it remains lined up with the seam allowance guide on your machine or the edge of the foot. For woven fabrics, slightly pull the fabric as it goes under the presser foot to keep equal pressure at the front and back of the foot.

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    Oct 21, 2013, 09.22 AMby jessdunstan

    Use a tailors ham for ironing curved seams. Makes things so much easier.

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    Oct 21, 2013, 04.39 AMby Robin Janz

    My best tip is to not cut fabric when I’m tired. BAD idea. Better to be fully awake – I make fewer mistakes that way. :)

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    Oct 21, 2013, 03.54 AMby sala22

    When in doubt, baste first and keep sewing on but don’t give up!

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    Oct 21, 2013, 03.35 AMby Liz Flynn

    Neatly store and organize your stored fabrics using comic book backing boards to create mini-bolts. These are a great size for most bookshelves, drawers and storage containers.

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    Oct 20, 2013, 07.16 PMby Chandra Ewell

    Invest in a good iron.

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    Oct 20, 2013, 03.30 PMby lisa g

    i really like topstitching on pants, jackets, button up shirts, and well just about everything. but, getting your stitches a consistent distance from the edge can be nearly impossible when you have many seams to topstitch! i have found that by using my adjustable blind hem foot i can set the guide just where i need it (whether i’m edgestitching or topstitching) to guide the edge of my fabric, or to run along the edge of a seam. if i need a wider 1/4" topstitching, i use my quilt piecing foot as a guide.

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      Oct 23, 2013, 04.45 AMby Lunie Blue

      This is new to me, thank you for your tip. I am commenting to save your tip.

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    Oct 20, 2013, 03.03 PMby Gurda8

    My best sewing tip is don’t be shy about telling everyone that, “Yes, I made it and you can make beautiful clothes too!”. Nothing starts a conversation faster then answering a compliment with, “thank you, I made it”.

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    Oct 20, 2013, 10.18 AMby pamehudson

    My favorite tip is take lessons as well as all the online blogs, books and classes. Lessons really opened my eyes to fit and techniques that made my sewing life so much more fun and precise. I’m glad I did it — advanced lessons were a sacrifice but well worth it! (Also, I like my sewing awl right next to my machine).

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    Oct 20, 2013, 04.38 AMby Cherie Davidson

    My favorite tip is to keep a roll of blue painter’s tape handy. I’m finding so many quick fixes with it. For example, I use it to mark fabric lines, centers, any pattern mark, when I don’t want to take a chance of a marking pen or chalk or transfer paper won’t work or I’m in a hurry. I tear pieces of the tape and mark the lines, dots, etc. I also use it to mark a spot on my machine plate if my seam allowance is odd or changes. I use it to hold back threads, pin a hand sewing needle to my table or even the side of my machine so I don’t lose track of it, I’ve used a strip to pick up scattered pins, pick up pieces of thread and clippings, hold rickrack and light trims in place until I can securely pin them, and so many more things. It’s easily removable, doesn’t leave residue or marks and can often be reused. (I wouldn’t sew through it only because the glue may leave residue on the needle. I haven’t wanted to take that chance.)

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      Oct 26, 2013, 08.06 PMby shereesews

      Wonderful idea!

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    Oct 20, 2013, 02.42 AMby Bobbnwindr

    Organize all your supplies before hand to minimize interruptions hunting for that special foot attachment or those buttons you bought last week. In doing so, you will have more quality time to do what you love, sew.

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    Oct 20, 2013, 02.20 AMby ladyweez

    Take your time! I just started sewing in June, in my haste I forgot to pre-wash the fabric for my first 2 garments. Now I have pants that are too short & a dress that is now a tunic.

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    Oct 19, 2013, 11.39 AMby qml347

    My sewing tip is do not sew tired and do not be afraid to try a new or difficult sewing technique.

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    Oct 19, 2013, 08.45 AMby Danielle Herz

    WEAR YOUR PERSONAL SLIPPERS HOUSE MAKE YOUR MIND MORE FREE AND SEWING MOST CREATIVE. TRUE!

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    Oct 19, 2013, 12.09 AMby seabreit

    Use a thin white interfacing material like pellon to trace the lines on Burdastyle mag patterns. Can carefully pin seams with 1/2 inch quilt safety pins and try on instead of straight pins. Especially good if you plan to make outfit more than once. I store in manila envelope with specs listed on outside.The pellon lies smoothly on the fabric. Also start with beginner projects, once you are making clothing stay away from quilting cottons. Encourage the big name fabric stores to stock more fashion fabrics!

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