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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?


This giveaway is sponsored by Brother

Please note: If selected as a winner, any personal information you provide to receive your prize in this giveaway is subject to the sponsor’s privacy rules. These may differ from BurdaStyle’s rules, so please review the rules before entering your information. BurdaStyle is not responsible for the handling of your data in connection with this giveaway.

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


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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.11 PMby florisg

    i’m an amateur sewer, and i’m learning. i’m a graphic designer and i design patterns and fabrics, this year i went to sewing classes, now i’m sewing dresses. i’m from argentine.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.07 PMby ateach

    So, my mom taught me a basic stitch when I was like 9 or 10. I dabbled a bit during the 20 years before I gave birth to my daughter. She inspired me to make all kinds of things: dresses, pants, shirts, jackets, toys. She is almost 4 now and we are still going strong. My husband got me a new sewing machine for my birthday and a serger is next on my list. I am so hopeful:)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.07 PMby moonlady62

    I started sewing in 5th grade although my mother always sewed. I have never used a serger but have always been interested in trying. Being able to sew strechy material for summer clothes would be great.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.04 PMby erdronen

    Oh how i hope i win :) my sewing background is very recent. My mom tried to teach me when i was little but i just never picked up on it. I started sewing intensively about 3 years ago when i bought my sewing machine. I figured i needed to put it to good use so i started learning and i was hooked!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.01 PMby lemapp

    While in California, I took ill and didn’t move around very much. My Ex’s best friend brought over a sewing machine and said I should learn a new skill. I found that I naturally took to sewing. Soon our bayside condo was filling with home dec projects.

    Now I’m back east where I mainly do clothing with an emphasis on superhero costumes. I have that original machine. It rare for a week to go by where I’ve crafted something new.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.59 PMby Rachel Watkins

    I started sewing when I was wee little with my great grandmother but didn’t keep it up until recently. I keep seeing tons of projects and patterns I can’t wait to try on my semi-basic sewing machine! And my husband gets to where he fusses about how much fabric I buy until I make something from it all ;)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.57 PMby omaahmed

    I always love to make dress with my brother machine, now its getting old, I love to buy a new machien @ the morment I can not, If got this machien it will be very help full for me to make my new baby’s clothes

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.56 PMby Koree Frank

    I have always wanted a serger, I am now able to make really nice garments and cna modify patterns. The next step is really learning how to finish them professionally, or as close as possible.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.56 PMby weaverbec

    I started sewing dresses for Barbie by hand. My grandmother taught me how to sew on the machine. I took Home Economics in the 8th grade, but I already knew more than the teacher! I ended up being her assistant. My goal is to always create well-made, perfect-fitting, beautiful clothes.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.55 PMby catran

    I began sewing when I was a teen but have never taken any classes to improve my skills. I’m very much a beginner still.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.54 PMby gingerkatt

    My Nana taught me to sew using an old pattern that she still had from when my mom was a teenager. So, my first project was a pair of hotpants and a halter top. They were pretty awesome but to skimpy to wear outside of the house. :) I’ve been sewing ever since.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.54 PMby gleur

    My mother sewed but I was never interested enough to learn from her then 6 years ago I got the sewing bug and can’t stop. I love sewing purses and I really don’t know why, its just fun. I also have done quilts for the grandbabies. I am still struggling to make my garments look professional. It’s a hit and miss on garments but I WILL NOT GIVE UP. If only Mom was around to help!
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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.54 PMby shortseam

    I am self taught at sewing. Growing up we did not have a sewing machine so I learned to sew by hand. About ten years ago I did get a sewing machine. I am almost fifty years old still learning. One is never to old to learn something new!! he he

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.53 PMby fahrenheitglass

    I have the same sewing machine for about 25 years and would love to further my sewing by learning to use a serger

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.53 PMby Nancy Stellrecht

    I started sewing clothing when I was 12 and haven’t stopped!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.52 PMby Kara Manley

    I started sewing when I was about 10. My mother had made many of the outfits that I wore as a child, so she signed my sister and me up for a community college class to learn how to make hair scrunchies, a draw-string bag, and a pair of boxers. I chose the wildest, brightest pattern for each project. Now, I’ve been sewing on and off for twenty years! These days, with limited time, I’ve been sewing some quick, simple, unfinished looking projects. What a joy it would be to have a serger to put the finishing touches on the scarves, pants, hoodie, re-usable lunch baggies, etc, that are sitting in the to-finish pile! Thanks, BurdaStyle!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.49 PMby jenellsrevenge1

    My mom taught when I was younger, but I always seemed to break the sewing machine every time I touched it. I actually resorted to sewing an entire dress by hand once. Finally I sat down with one of my mom’s old machines and the manual and taught my self. Now I design and sew my own line of clothing!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.48 PMby merehem

    While my mother used to sew quite a bit, I actually taught myself how to sew. It has taken many years of trial and error to find my own style of sewing. I don’t always do things the “right” way, but the results are usually pleasing… usually. I have sewn every Halloween costume for my children for the last 13 years and they are always giving me a challenge with their ideas. My next project… a wedding dress for a friend. I am both excited and scared. But I think I’m up to it. :)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.48 PMby auroravioletta

    I learned hand sewing and embroidery from my mother when I was a little girl. Machine sewing has been up to me, though! I’ve been teaching myself machine sewing from books for the past 6 years or so. I’m a slow learner…

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.40 PMby yunuen82

    I started to sew just 3 years ago. I usually just follows instructions and patterns and everything has been good. Maybe just seen my mom sewing since i was a little girl help. Now i think i’m ready to experiment with a serger.. :D

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.40 PMby tanyastarcher

    My mother hated to sew! My sewing lessons came from an ingenius woman known as Carol Curtis, my Grandmom Maxine, my Grandad Jack, and Mrs. Kraus of Indiana State University. I started with altering scraps of cloth to wrap around Barbies, then as a pre-teen I enrolled in a 4-H sewing project for the County Fair. Then finally as an adult and a single mom of three children, I took lessons as part of my college prequisites for my Sociology degree. Now, I assist my three children with their projects and try to pass off this invaluable skill to as many people as I can.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.40 PMby hollyworks

    I have been guilty of sewing since I was in my early teens. My mom was a gifted seamstress. She could look at a dress, coat or skirt and whip it up without a pattern. I don’t have that skill, but I can follow a pattern decently. The funny thing is, I didn’t sew worth a darn in Home Economics in School! My teacher even made the comment that I “Would never a decent seamstress be!” My old classmates laugh now at that comment. I own a small gift shop and I sew almost everything I offer for sale! I am 73 now and love every day that I am sewing or creating. Hopefully, somewhere that Home Ec teacher is watching and thinking, “Well, I guess I mis-called that one!” Actually, she was a good teacher. She taught me not to be satisfied with sloppy work, to tear out and re-do over and over till it was right! If you can sew, thank a teacher!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.39 PMby Nancy Weaver

    I started sewing by making my children’s Halloween costumes….they won numerous contests, and were very proud of themselves. Now I sew all my daughters dance costumes. We always work together as a team and now she is learning the process of constructing a garment from the beginning to the end. I wish more people would learn to sew, it seems to be a dying art which is really sad. So many memories will be missed by people if the thread arts are not passed down.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.38 PMby AnnasBananas

    When I was younger, my mom had a dress shop. She’s tried to show me how to sew, I can’t tell you how many times. But this year something about it clicked. I’ve been making all kinds of things. I like that I can share ideas with her and learn tips that help me get better and usually do things easier. :)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.33 PMby cindyann

    I began sewing when I was just a child. My mother would help me cut and sew clothes for my dolls. As a school age girl I was active in 4-H which helped me learn the basics of proper sewing technique and instilled in me a love for the art of sewing, I’ve continued to sew through my life. The advent of online sewing forums and blogs has really given my skills a boost.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.27 PMby tdhg

    I am a self or Internet taught sewer who loves to sew creative crafty artistic items foru My home, friends and mostly for the church thrift store that helps older people and new mommies

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.26 PMby sjp5028

    Good tools equals good results. I could make so many more dresses for my nieces!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.22 PMby dezzdiva

    I’m still learning, but I know that having access to the right tools is key.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.20 PMby STEPHANIE MOORE

    I have always “tried” to sew.. then about 3 years ago I got really interested in doing things the right way with a sewing machine. It was amazing how much better things turned out. I can actually wear my clothes without people knowing they are “homemade”. I wish I could make a living sewing as I would look forward to going to work everyday. I make clothing from my own designs as well as patterns.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.18 PMby Tericelovetosew

    I think I was born to sew..I can remember my two older sisters got simple sewing sets that had dolls with fabrics where you only had to sew up the side seems that my grandmother sent them in the mail. They would have nothing to do with the sewing…to my delight. When I would visit with my grand mother she would always have a fun project for me. Know I can fabricate just about anything. tericelovetosew

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