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[Update: 12/13/2011] – Due to special regulations, we have been informed that today’s giveaway is only for U.S. members. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to all of our international members, and hope that you will participate in the majority of this month’s giveaways that are available to everyone.


Welcome to Day 13 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a 5234PRW Project Runway™ Limited Edition Serger from Brother! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Wednesday, December 14th to be entered to win!

The 5234PRW from Brother is the first serger to be introduced into the Project Runway Limited Edition collection of machines. This serger will add a professional look to your next project with serged seam finishes. Garment seams lie flatter and look better with an overlock stitch. Plus, home décor projects often suggest the use of a serger for rolled hems and secure seams and differential feed. The included large extension table adds extra space for handling large projects and the free arm makes it easier to sew sleeves, trouser legs and other hard to reach places.

Comment to Win: What is your sewing background?

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[Update 12/14/11] – Congratulations to member Jennifer633 for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 13!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.07 PMby obriieane

    My first time sewing was 4-H in elementary school. I made culottes, and I was hooked. I’ve been making stuff up and learning as I go ever since. Hooray for the internet, a self-teaching student’s interactive textbook!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.06 PMby crazygrlinakyahoocom

    My grandmother used to sew and I learned a lot from her but I really didn’t get into it til I was in 8th grade and took home ec and fashion design. At the time I was 13 and homeless, While staying with my best friend, her mom taught my how to make hats and jackets , I started making my own curtains and stuff. Last year my 13 yr old son passed away. I found myself sewing to take away the pain, It started with revamped band shirts for concerts I was going to , people started to ask me to revamp their shirts. I ended up starting an Etsy Buisness, and people started paying me for sewing jobs, And thats where I am at today

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.06 PMby salibabs

    I took sewing classes and workshops when I was much younger, though it discontinued after middle school. Lately, as I’ve been teaching in Bangladesh most of the time since I’ve graduated, here I have rediscovered passion in design and sewing, as there’s so many fabric choices and styles to inspire. I will be coming back to the US to live after the holidays and I have two goals: to pick up sewing again, and to learn the harmonica!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.01 PMby terryvc

    I owe my love of sewing to my grandmothers. I took sewing in high school and have continued to learn and also to design my own purses and bags. I’d love a serger to expand my skills.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.59 PMby gypsylov1

    when I was in 6th grade I asked my grandmother if she would help me make a pair of bell bottoms. From that moment on I was imagining all the possibilities in my head. I sewed everything by hand for years! It wasn’t until my 15th birthday that my mother got me a sewing machine. I used that machine for 15 yrs or so before I outgrew it. I took a few classes in collage but for the most part I’m self taught. First by trial and error and then reading all the books i can get my hands on!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.59 PMby jenyjenny

    Sewing background: Great-gran made all the family’s clothes, Gran made quilts, outfits including my clothes, Mom was a Home-Ec major in college and made drapes, recovered furniture, and sewed clothes. I have sewn on and off all my life; I feel it is a heritage I want to continue!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.58 PMby patmeyer

    I started sewing when I was in High School. I went to 9th grade in the same buiding where my Mom went to High School and had the same teacher for sewing that she did. I was heavy at the time and it was difficult to find large sized clothes so sewing was a way for me to make items that fit my body. After I lost weight and discovered that I could wear clothes from the retail stores, I found that the sleeves and the pants were never long enough for me so I started sewing again. Also when I had my daughter I started making clothes for her from sundresses through formals in her senior year of High School. It gives me great pleasure to wear something that I made. I feel good because of the work I put in and the way the garments fit. I has always wanted a serger but have hesitated to buy one due to the cost so it would be nice to win one.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.57 PMby vicsguy2009

    Self taught sewer. Thanks to all the internet helpers!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.56 PMby esydow

    I’ve done a little sewing here and there in the past. Now it seems like it’s all I ever want to do. I’d love a serger to make my husband and I some nice looking new t-shirts. $25-50 at J.Crew? No way.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.56 PMby smwhitney

    I was taught at an early age, 7-8 yrs old, by my Mom. I love the creativity of sewing and so through the years I have learned a lot more through classes and on my own. I have been trying to teach my daughters as they have gotten older. They are now at an age that they need their own sewing machines, so this would be a wonderful opportunity to help them to sew.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.56 PMby momcisper

    I started sewing in junior high- 40 years ago, remember when you wanted those cool bell bottom plaid pants. I made a pair. The large plaid did not match up at all! I wore them anyway cause I was one of the first girls to have a pair!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.56 PMby jo-ann-r

    I think I love sewing because I use to watch my Grandma Coletta sew with her treadle sewing machine. When she passed away my cousin received it but a few years back my cousin offered it to me. Of course I said yes. I looked beautiful in my living room. I can still see her sitting there sewing.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.54 PMby gilie99

    This something I’ve wanted for a long time but could never afford. I helped make costumes/accesories for our dance group. I’m now in the process of making totes and things for my church group.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.53 PMby Ann Berger

    My mama taught me how to sew when I was very young. I learned a bit in college working my theater lab hours in the costume and self taught the rest of the way. Now I have my own Etsy store and love making garments, costumes, and even some items for my home :)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.51 PMby Mary-Jordon Boler

    I learned to use a sewing machine in Home Ec in high school, but my grandmother taught me a great deal. When she passed away, I inherited her house, so I developed my skills further while working on hom decor projects on her old machine.

    I now spend most of my sewing time making clothing for myself and my little niece, just like my grandmother did for me. It makes me feel so connected to her, to have this ability in common!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.50 PMby cindy-in-montana

    I have been sewing for as long as I can remember. My grandmothers were seamstresses, one for an exclusive dress shop and the other for an interior designer. My mother was an incredible seamstress and kept us in wonderful garments, including wedding dresses. I have sewn out of necessity and pleasure. As a retired teacher, sewing is now a constant almost daily activity. I’ve taught youngsters that I work with how to sew; the youngest were 4 yr old twin girls. I am presently working with a young teenager. A serger added to my sewing corner would really enable me to be more imaginative and productive. I have studied and read about them, but haven’t been able to acquire one as of yet. Sewing has filled my time and allowed me to be creative, generous, resourceful, and rewarded. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.49 PMby Jring789

    I am 15 and started sewing three years ago. I have taken all kinds of classes at a local sewing school. I have placed in two sewing contests so far, even winning one and am currently working on my third. My aunt just gave me a great sewing machine and I would really love a serger to be able to complete projects at home. I love to sew and spend time finding great fabrics to create with. Having a sewing room is my dream and this serger would really help!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.49 PMby alysonvic

    I would LOVE a serger!

    I started sewing with a little hand crank singer machine (that was my mothers) when I was little making doll clothes. Now I’m older and want to make my own

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.46 PMby pthreads10

    I have been a professional seamstress, sewing wedding gowns, formal wear, and heirloom sewing. I have sewn formal wear to wear in pageant competitions and the Miss South Carolina pageant in 1972. Now, I am working with Home Decor items and love assisting customers in designing their window treatments, etc. My sewing machines and sergers have been in storage for two years, as we lost our home to foreclosure. Have purchased a Singer regular machine, but had Viking, Janome computer/embroidery machines, two sergers — now, have a Singer straight stitch machine and no serger. Need my machines, but would love a serger!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.46 PMby marlagrace

    I would LOVE to win a serger!

    I come from a line of sewers and can’t remember ever not sewing!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.46 PMby DABROAD

    When I was a kid – I can’t recall how old I was, but it was early grade school – my mother enrolled me in a children’s learn to sew class at the local Singer store. I made a jumper for myself that I wore proudly – until the kids in my class made fun of me for wearing home-made clothing. Of course, this was in the early 70’s, when home-made wasn’t cool or was considered “dirty hippie”. Only poor kids wore hand-made, and most of the kids I went to school with were far from poor. I didn’t do much sewing until I bought a sewing machine in college – I used that machine to make costumes, curtains, all sorts of things. Getting involved with the Society for Creative Anachronism helped as well. I recently gave that machine away to someone who was looking for a machine for his daughter, and bought a new machine. It’s pretty basic, but it does what I need. We moved this month, and as soon as the craft room is put together, I’ll be able to start sewing again….can’t wait…..

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.46 PMby Sungopolis

    I’m a reformed home ec addict. After a long hiatus, I dusted off my sewing machine and was surprised to learn just how much I remembered from middle school. Mostly I like making garments for myself and sometimes for my niece (little girl dresses are so cute!)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.43 PMby fickabounce

    i first was shown how to use a sewing machine when i was in 3rd grade, by my mother. since then, my interest has grown exponentially. a few years ago in a small tourist town in arkansas i began to refine my love for all things fabric and began to make a living on my skills. i made a local name for myself through my handmade couture and am now pursuing degrees in both fine art and fashion design. sadly, my mother passed on in 2004 so she wasn’t able to see me bloom the way i’d hoped but that situation only lights the fire under me all better. never sure how far away she is at any given time so all the better reason to pile the kindling higher and burn that much brighter.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.42 PMby ulcdmj

    I would love to have this to share with my daughter when I’m teaching her how to sew. We also love Project Runway and she would be tickled to have this.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.41 PMby kak005

    My mother and aunt had their our children’s clothing company when we were kids. The money they made helped send my cousins and I through Catholic school. So we were always exposed to sewing and were encouraged to sew ourselves. I am the only girl on that side of the family, but all my cousins know how to sew. Now since the arrival our my own daughter, I too have started sewing children’s clothing. Oh how quickly we all become our mothers! It would be really nice to win this serger. I am currently borrowing my mother’s whenever she is not using it. Which can be tricky at times! : )

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.37 PMby marilaeads

    My grandma bought me a little toy sewing machine for kids. Then when I got in high school i was in home ec for several years. I didn’t start sewing again as an adult until recently. I started up again because I wanted to make christmas gifts this year, but I love it so much and I’m definitely going to keep going. I’m wanting to make my own clothes, and clothes for my family.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.37 PMby kristinjg

    My mom taught me to sew when I was about 13. She had my sister and I each sew ourselves a pencil skirt because it teaches you many basic skills. ie: waistband, zipper, darts, fit, hem. From there, she would help me whenever I had questions understanding directions. She would buy me any fabric I wanted to encourage me to sew, she was not nearly as generous when it came to buying clothes pre-made. Now it’s over 20 years later and I still love to sew. :)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.35 PMby wendy123

    I learned to sew in middle school and then took classes in High school and have been sewing ever since. I love to see the finished product. I Would love to take more classes in the future.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.35 PMby spearle

    Self-taught! And still learning… Would love to take a class, but I live in the boonies and am busy raising babies. Why didn’t I start sewing back when I had free time?!! haha

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.32 PMby snow-day

    Hi, I started sewing 2 Christmases ago when Santa brought my daughter some beatiful grey wool tweed with metallic multicolored threads running along the grainline, and a sewing book. She didn’t take to the teach-yourself-to-sew challenge, so I did because I didn’t want all that wasted. With my old Singer 629 (born 21 April, 1966, Elizabeth, New Jersey (thanks Singer.com for always answering my questions!)) “who” only makes straight stitches forward and backwards, the book, BurdaStyle.com and SewingPatternReview.com, I learned to sew… very badly at first. In my first creation, an apron, I thought you were supposed to cut out all the big circles marked on the pattern. What the hey!?! I had several holes to patch up. Good thing it was just an apron. I still use it today and it makes me happy to see it because it’s so homely looking. I went on to make 2 summer dresses for my daughter, then her short grey wool coat, then a long grey wool coat for me with beautiful Czech glass buttons, a skirt, Burda slacks, 2 beautiful Burda dresses that I ALWAYS get comments on, more wool dresses, the Coffee Date Dress twice, and now I’m working on 2 more wool coats. I love to sew but my downfall is seam finishing. To avoid seam finishing, I have fully lined every item I’ve made after the first 3 practice items, even the slacks. I can’t afford a serger (even my sewing machine was a curbside freebie). I am about to go back and finish all my seams this winter after I finish the wool coats. I’m going to use a mini iron I just bought and 2 rolls of Design Plus bias fusible tape, which I’ve done before with good results. Finishing seams just feels like punishment because I don’t know what to do with all the places that are clipped. But I notice that many people online say they use a serger, and they say that sergers really secure the seam edges from fraying, so a serger would be a great thing to win. Anyway it was fun to write all this and share it.

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