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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 11, 2011, 09.53 PMby cmonahan99

    I too wish there was some gadget to collect all the loose thread and little bits of fabric and fabric fuzz that accumulate while sewing! Trying to collect all the thread and fabric bits is so annoying.

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      Dec 11, 2011, 10.01 PMby blulagoo

      I just hang a carrier bag on the chair next to me – just plonk them in as you go along – much easier than a big clean up at the end.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.53 PMby jocel

    Definitely the tracing and cutting part… It’s very time consuming…

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.51 PMby stacystemp

    Tracing patterns is a pain, so this seam allowance guide looks helpful.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.47 PMby sewlovely-1

    I have a problem finding good quality fabric where I live. It’s so hard to purchase online because you are never totally confident of what you are getting. The color of the fabric on the computer screen is never what it actually is when you receive it, and I’ve occasionally been very disappointed in the quality.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.42 PMby KSG2011

    I think the biggest sewing problem is finding time in between all of life’s other demands.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.38 PMby januacoeli

    Buttonholes and adjusting the pattern for my height. I was never any good at tailoring.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.34 PMby stephiaffi

    notches and markings, I don’t like having to make those

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.32 PMby nani

    the tension of the machine should be done by magic, it should always be perfect! the hems.. pinning..!!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.32 PMby nani

    the tension of the machine should be done by magic, it should always be perfect! the hems.. pinning..!!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.31 PMby Romanssi

    i do hate pinning and cuting (especially really thin and stretchy fabrics)

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.30 PMby t4n14

    as a beginner, i always dread the zipper and button part of sewing :)

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.28 PMby kate-internet

    Getting all traced lines onto both halves of the traced pieces in one sitting.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.25 PMby plaidlinoleum

    Ironing seams gets to be a pain. It is fun to see the first seam of a project all nicely pressed, but after that I wish it was something that magically took care of itself.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.19 PMby kanhoro

    notches, for transfer when cuttin or something besides cutting those triangles out D:

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      Dec 11, 2011, 10.03 PMby blulagoo

      I took a course in pattern cutting, one of the tips was to cut a small slit (inside the seam allowance) instead of the manouvering for the triangles. Hope this helps.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.15 PMby befadee

    I always forget about the scotch tape on my patterns and melt it with my iron. Non-melting scotch tape would be amazing!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.14 PMby sammyk

    I’d like to know I’ve got a sewing machine tension problem waaay before there’s a mad loopy mess on the underside of what I’m sewing. I never seem to know when it’s gone bonky in time to fix it before it’s a giant swampland of thread mess. Hello, seam ripper.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.04 PMby gibbylet

    Sheesh, I have all these problems so it’s hard to think of just one, but I would say that I wish there was something on my regular sewing machine that would collect little bits of thread and fabric that come from sewing anything, I have three cats wandering in and out of the room and I’m terrified to miss some when I clean up (or..not clean up…) and have them eat it and end up at the emergency room.

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      Dec 11, 2011, 10.04 PMby blulagoo

      I just hang a carrier bag on the chair next to me – just plonk them in as you go along – much easier than a big clean up at the end.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.59 PMby Rachel R

    A time consuming and annoying part of sewing for me is cutting off all the stray loose thread ends.
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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.56 PMby madyb

    I hate pre-washing the fabric!I wish i could just start my project right after buying the fabric!And i wish there was a quicker way to tracing and cutting the pattern!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.56 PMby ferdinada

    I really don’t like cutting the fabric and everyhting that has to do with it: tracing the pattern, pinning, take a deep breath before cutting into the fabric and so on. You just want to start sewing and you have to do all of that before!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.50 PMby tinapickles

    Pinning patterns. I hate pinning patterns before cutting them.

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      Dec 11, 2011, 10.05 PMby blulagoo

      On my pattern cutting course we rarely pinned. A couple of well placed tins (beans, soup etc) will hold the fabric and pattern together. If you have a rotary cutter it is even simpler!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.46 PMby fatandy

    Tracing patterns is a pain..

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.46 PMby Laurie Green

    I find it really hard to thread the needle on my machine. I find it hard to see the hole in it as i have gotten older.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.44 PMby Wendeeflys

    Pinning! I wouldn’t trust myself to just use weights though. And what someone else mentioned: not being able to see that the bobbin thread is running low.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.44 PMby queijada

    I wish fabric came pre-washed—when I buy some, I want to get started on my project right away, instead of washing & drying!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.42 PMby melonhead

    I wish there was a magic little wand that could fix my sewing machine’s tension everytime I waved it! That would be amazing! :)

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.41 PMby lisa g

    i wish there were a way to perfectly sew on bias binding! i know the inside edge is supposed to be a hair wider than the outside edge… alas my “stitch in the ditch” from the outside misses in several places. always maddening!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.39 PMby jmelsha

    Threading my serger. If you miss one guide, it goes bonkers, then I have to start all over again.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.39 PMby vwbug74

    I wish there was a magic way to pin patterns and fabrics together. I hate how many pins I need to use on fine fabrics and even when I do use tons of pins, things still slip! Argh!!!

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