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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 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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    Oct 18, 2013, 10.09 PMby SherryChiang

    Sewing for your loved one.

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    Oct 18, 2013, 08.39 PMby princmay-1

    For better performance of the fabric is important to remember to wash them in cold water without soap. So, when you will wash the clothes made, there will be no unwanted problems such as narrowing of the fabric!!!

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    Oct 18, 2013, 05.30 PMby Linda Schmidt

    For best results; DON’T try saving money on the things that aren’t visible i.e. thread, interfacing, zippers, unfinished seam edges. And don’t cut corners with the IRON. It all adds up to a professional looking piece in the end!

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    Oct 18, 2013, 04.45 PMby smoochymoosey

    I have a few. For one, clearly write on your scissors “fabric only” and “all other cutting”. (For husbands and kids be sure it is on both sides!). Prewash your fabric, press (do not iron). Clean the dust etc from the thread track and bobbin area often!

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    Oct 18, 2013, 04.41 PMby smoochymoosey

    I commented and my comment is not showing up anywhere that I can find, why not?

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      Oct 18, 2013, 04.46 PMby smoochymoosey

      Tried it again and it shows, so if posted twice I am sorry

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    Oct 18, 2013, 04.39 PMby zqsue61

    Read and review the whole pattern or instructions before starting to sew. That way you know all the materials and techniques you will be needing for the project.

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    Oct 18, 2013, 03.54 PMby cstahl

    Just sit down and sew…if only for a few minutes.

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    Oct 18, 2013, 02.49 PMby suzmary

    Remember to keep the pins out of your mouth!

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    Oct 18, 2013, 02.07 PMby Daniela Cirillo

    My best tips are…..choose the right fabric for your pattern ,prepare your fabric ,don’t scrimp on the extras! use the correct needle and thread !! =D

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    Oct 18, 2013, 11.21 AMby nioca

    The best tips are some keywords you have to keep in mind all the time: Recycling, Ecology, Organic. let’s Rejoin our true nature. Sewing can be one of the weapons for a brand new world in which human beings are no more the one who submits nature and animals and no more the one who compromise their inner nature. No more polluting, no more destroing…let’s go Simple!

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    Oct 18, 2013, 09.49 AMby potsie

    A good Sewing tip is not to buy a Singer Sewing machine that doesn’t have the accessories for the machine

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    Oct 18, 2013, 06.24 AMby Ronda Bowen

    Keep a list of your projects – patterns, fabrics, and notions. That way, you won’t forget what pattern that perfect blue fabric was meant to go with and you won’t use the zipper for that project on a pair of jeans that need repair.

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    Oct 18, 2013, 04.56 AMby kthornhill

    Naturally I agree with all the other ladies…but the best Tip that everyone needs to know about, is TO WATCH YOUR PINS!!! Yes, scissors and needles must be sharp, but pins also be sharp, so not to damage your fabric when you pin. Then, when you are cutting, make sure not to cut your pins, as this will damage your scissors. And then at the sewing and serger machines, make sure that you DO NOT sew the pins. It blunts the serger blade, and your machine needles break. The broken bits disappear into the machine, which could cause more mechanical problems, and slightly damaged needles damage fabric. being a perfectionist, I used to try sew and cut right up to the pin, only to damage everything else.

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    Oct 18, 2013, 03.53 AMby ali0423

    Get a pattern you will love, pre-wash your fabric, use great scissors for fabric, follow all pattern instructions, if you have to cut certain dimensions – use a post it for what the fabric is for and the dimensions and pin it on piece, always use a new needle with every project, listen to some great music and just take your time, go slow and ENJOY!! :-)

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    Oct 18, 2013, 03.15 AMby starlitex7

    make sure everyone in the house knows that your sewing scissors are only for sewing not paper! Oh yea and sometimes things don’t work out the way you want but most designers make mistakes

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    Oct 18, 2013, 03.04 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Never sew tired! You’ll avoid lots of mistakes that way

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    Oct 18, 2013, 01.26 AMby Holly Douglas

    Learn to do Machine Binding on your quilts! I just returned from a class in which you can cut, trim, attach and completely finish the binding in under 4 hours for a decent sized quilt. AND it passes the judges approval! One quilt with such binding received an honorable mention at one of the Pittsburgh shows. It’s seriously a life saver.

    In addition, for the other young/new sewers and quilters like myself: don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn from those around you. There are decades of wisdom in a roomful of fabric artists!

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    Oct 18, 2013, 01.25 AMby Emily Callender

    I always prewash my fabric, even the smaller precuts, to make sure they will not run when the project is finished. I hand quilt right now, so I spend way too much time on a quilt to have it ruined after it is finished.

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    Oct 18, 2013, 12.53 AMby mariecald

    Share the love of sewing with children; your children, grandchildren & others. Since there are few schools that actually teach Home Ec.. we need to pass our love of sewing the next generations!

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    Oct 18, 2013, 12.08 AMby Mary Nichols

    My very best sewing tip would be use the Singer Sewing Company YouTube videos! They are a gold mine of tutorials!

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    Oct 17, 2013, 11.51 PMby donnasfabulous

    As a beginner , my favourtie tip is " Practise makes perfect" – So don’t give up if you make a mistake, enjoy what you do and learn from each project.

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    Oct 17, 2013, 11.38 PMby serenap95

    My best tip is to stop often and double check while you are sewing. This helps you catch mistakes you, or your machine, might have made. I can’t tell you how many times doing this has prevented me from having to tear my who piece apart and start over. It’s especially useful to do this when you have a sewing machine with a mind of its own. (:

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    Oct 17, 2013, 10.19 PMby sewsong

    Follow the pattern directions. Even if you think it’s a useless step.

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    Oct 17, 2013, 10.18 PMby asweitze

    Sometimes you have to know when to follow the pattern and when to just go with the flow and let the fabric speak to you.

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    Oct 17, 2013, 10.17 PMby teesquared

    Remember, you are here to have fun.

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    Oct 17, 2013, 10.16 PMby caristadouglass

    Starch those little quilting pieces and stop when you’re tired. :)

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