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Welcome to Day 11 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win 2 Seam Allowance Guides, one for you and a friend, and a $200 Tessuti Fabric Voucher from seamallowanceguide.com! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Monday, December 12th to be entered to win!

The most time consuming and annoying part of sewing is adding a seam allowance to all your pattern pieces. No longer do you have to measure and trace around each individual piece, the Seam Allowance Guide will do that for you while you cut out your fabric. Now you can spend more time on the fun stuff.

Perfect for:
Burda Style Magazine Patterns
Japanese Pattern books
Marfy Patterns
Copying your own clothes
Designers creating patterns from scratch
Altering patterns
Left or right handed scissors
Picking up pins!

Comment to Win: What annoying sewing problem do you wish there was a solution for?


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[Update 12/21/11] – Congratulations to member Podbod18 for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 11!


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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.55 PMby notoes

    Turning tiny tubes of fabric. I make custom cloth dolls so most of their clothes are six inches (or less) for a shirt or pants and sometimes I get a request for something that needs tiny rolled fabric strips. The only thing I’ve found that can mimic that tiny of a roll is the 1/8 rolled hem foot, it neatly rolls the fabric itself without me pulling my hair out trying to turn the fabric tube right side out.

    I never trace my patterns as I have all of them either printed on plain paper or taped the tissue paper to plain paper so all I have to do is pin them and cut. I also pin them by sticking the pin straight down instead of sideway. I have my cardboad cutting board under it so the pins hold well and there is no fabric puckering while I cut. Also if I happen to have to move it before I finsh cutting all I have to do is make sure to pick up the board carefully to move it to another surface. I also added a thick quilted cover to a 4×4 folding card table so that helps with holding the pins in place and since it folds up I can easily move my cutting table around when I’m not using it since I don’t have a lot of open space. A square card table is also a good size for cutting people sized patterns, especailly for those with small spaces.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.52 PMby sala22

    Oh tracing patterns by far is something I wish I didn’t have to do in sewing. I like to keep my patterns intact and in pristine condition (especially if they are multisized) but I procrastinate on tracing out the right size each and every time.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.38 PMby morkin13

    using a new spool of thread and it spins around and falls off

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.28 PMby simonewarrior

    I wish that I could keep all my cutting tools properly sharpened without having to buy new ones or take them to a professional. I have tried purchasing scissor sharpeners and rotary blade sharpeners and they just don’t get my tools sharpened the way they were when they were new not anywhere as evenly consistent. I hate cutting then the fabrics snags in the process by the very tools I am cutting with.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.11 PMby wzrdreams

    I hate having random thread tension problems.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.08 PMby madrid64

    Ripping out seams!!!!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.02 PMby ichigogirl

    Like many others, I really wish one didn’t have to re-thread the bobbin so often. If it was possible to use large (2000meters?) spools of thread for both the upper and lower thread on ordinary sewing machines, as on sergers, I’d be so relieved!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.01 PMby Katie Tandlmayer

    Turning out small tubes of fabric

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.57 PMby photodoll

    As every one the bobbing is the worst thing if it runs out and your sewing away and you cut the thread and there is no seam….or hem

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.56 PMby awil

    I wish I could solve having to layout big pieces on the floor to have enough room to cut them out—it kills my back and everybody (small children, pets) walks all over everything as soon as I get it all just right!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.52 PMby jenniferose7

    I absolutely hate tracing and cutting. For me it’s far too time consuming and my dread of it will keep me from really diving into new projects.

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      Dec 12, 2011, 04.22 PMby simonewarrior

      I totally feel you there…I did my first pattern for a dress this year and it was intimidating just getting started without messing up. Ur you know what in the end I got through it and made it work ;)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.52 PMby Purplerachel

    When the bobbin thread runs out right in the middle of an important project.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.50 PMby euma

    I have a vintage sewing machine and adjusting thread and bobbin tension is really difficult and sometimes I think nearly impossible!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.36 PMby serenityslr

    I hate tracing darts and marking everything. I really wish there was a pattern with rub on marks LOL. That would sure make sewing easy.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.34 PMby sradecki

    I don’t have a lot of room to sew. I use the kitchen table. It makes it hard to get started on a sewing project knowing I have to put everything away only to get it back out again. Less time to work on projects.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.30 PMby G-A-

    I always have to get my sewing machine in and out of the closet. Having a nice piece of furniture in my small flat to be able to sew/hide my sewing stuff would be wonderful.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.23 PMby Sadie Fox Metter

    I wish I had enough space for a large cutting table. I usually cut out larger patterns on the ground and it is difficult and uncomfortable. I want a commercial size fabric cutting table with the grooves and measuring tools attached. FYI – The seam allowance guide has been on my wish list for some time. I would love to win!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.21 PMby leahfranqui

    I wish I never had to cut a pattern out again. It is literally the most annoying thing about sewing, I abhor it.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.07 PMby blueeyedgenius13

    knowing when the bobbin’s about to run out. i feel like i’m always caught by surprise and then i have to stop everything in the project, re-thread the bobbin, or worse, load a new one entirely. GAH.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.50 PMby downhighway61

    Cutting. Even with the pattern pinned I seem to always mess it up somehow :/

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.35 PMby daxette

    I wish there was an easy way to do seams on blouses around the rounded bottom edges. I find it dificult to keep it from puckering. Also seams can just be time consuming, so something that would allow you to do a double fold in one step

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.30 PMby bjr99

    I wish I had more space. We are doing some renovation to the house and stuff from other rooms is beginning to invade my turf!!! makes it rough to work on paying jobs.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.25 PMby reLYME

    I hate bobbins! I hate them! It’s almost as if there should be an easier way! Like, when you buy a spool of thread, it also comes with a threaded bobbin, too!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.09 PMby floralwhirl

    organisation of notions and fabric when sewing. ways to keep pins magnetized and in one place. cotton or thread spools from tangling everywhere. and fabric from disappearing ‘somewhere here’

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.52 PMby fkmarchefka

    The biggest problem for me is not enough time to sew :-)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.34 PMby Dibii

    I wish I have a separate room for sewing, big table for fabric cutting, but what about sewing itself – I hate when thread in bobbin ends at the last centimetres of the seem.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.34 PMby suzeb

    Matching up plaids and large prints when cutting out pattern pieces. That’s a pain!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.28 PMby Stitchgirl78

    Running out of bobbin thread!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.55 AMby darby1412

    Procrastination…really need some fairy to sprinkle me with fairy dust that gets me into action! I hate it when at the end of the day I know I could have achieved so much more…if I didn’t PROCRASTINATE! Ugh

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