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Welcome to day 15 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win two thread collections from Coats and Clark! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Thursday, December 16th to be entered to win!

General Purpose Dual Duty XP Thread is a medium weight thread sized for most hand and machine sewing. It can be used on all fivers, knits and wovens. Dual Duty XP is a strong smooth thread for consistent tension and excellent stitch formation. New trap spool holds thread neatly and securely. The 50 spool collection contains a variety of colors including multicolors on 125 yard (114 meters).

Coats Rayon thread assortment contains 24 spools of lustrous rayon embroidery thread for decorative stitching, machine embroidery, monogramming and appliques. The 24 colors include basic neutrals, pastels and brights on new trap spools. Each spool has 225 yards (206 meters) of 40 wt embroidery thread.

Comment to Win: “National Sewing Month in September, is a time to indulge your passion for sewing and is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to the craft if you’ve never tried it before.”
What would you like the community of BurdaStyle to do, to be a part of National Sewing Month in September 2011?

Congratulations to momof11 who won the Notions Basket from Prym!


This giveaway is sponsored by Coats and Clark


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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.47 PMby dacis

    I think it will be nice for burda style community to make something together. for example we can sew one big burda community rag quilt – blanket from many different fabric, collor etc. everybody sews some peace at home and then sends it to Burdastyle, where it is sewed together. or we can sew many normalsize blankets and give them to charity..or something like this..

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.46 PMby jadestar

    Oooh, lots of thread!!! Two ideas. 1) A sew a long with a popular pattern/basic. 2) A series of daily posts taking seamstresses, and seamstresses to be through the basic stages of sewing. Eg equipment, fabric, cutting and marking fabric, interfacing, finishing touches. Its useful doing it generally rather than specific to one design/garment.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.45 PMby secretcityranch

    Tutorials are always great!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.44 PMby farahajh

    perhaps a sew-along, or introduce some very easy projects to help novices get started.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.44 PMby lester

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.39 PMby Monjio

    I think it would be wonderful for the community of BurdaStyle, as part of an awareness for the Month of September 2011-National Sewing Month: Have a series of postings on the History of Costume.

    Fashion moving a cycle- fashions are presented and used and they are re-used over and over. Other then the fact that this subject is one of my passions, I think it is amazing to actually see the influences of the History of Costume in our everyday modern fashions!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.36 PMby teamydear

    Have some charity sewing projects! For example, making reusable menstrual pads for girls in Africa, or just clothes… Or having people volunteer to help children how to sew… Or invest together in sewing machines for women that sew for their livelihood in third world countries… Whatever we do, I think it should be something enjoyable that will help out others at the same time!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.35 PMby lisasc20

    Yay! my favorite kind of rainbow! thank you for the opportunity!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.34 PMby enormand88

    I think Burdastyle should start a series of tutorials on how to make different slopers, then you could finish the month with a contest on making a variation of a sloper or something like that! I think it would help others see the basis of sewing, and it would help them achieve more complicated designs.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.34 PMby brippypeigh

    I think it would be cool to have some sort of donation drive where people donate supplies, fabrics, notions, patterns they don’t want and Burdastyle could donate it to schools/after-school programs or sewing clubs. Sew-a-thon is a great idea too :)

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.33 PMby vanessa

    How about a different focus every week? One week could be a sew-a-long for a beginning sewing project. Another week could feature tutorials on more advanced techniques. Maybe a week of guest bloggers (Burdastyle members and others). Perhaps a week featuring real-world (vs. internet) sewing happenings, stores, designers. A sew-a-thon could happen all month.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.33 PMby silpeink

    These thread collections are beautiful!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.33 PMby SewSunshine

    Sewing for charity and encouraging sewing to the younger generation are great ideas. Both are needed worldwide.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.32 PMby earthenwings

    I think it would be great to make a blog honoring all of the home-seamstresses out there who have taken the time to teach novice, intermediate, and expert sewers alike with beautiful projects and detailed descriptions. I for one wouldn’t make it far without all of those organized bloggers!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.32 PMby Velmaef

    One of the strongest and most meaningful things in life is to create community, so I’d like to see a call to all communities to express unity such as a collaborative effort to design patchwork quilt/clothing.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.32 PMby seventy7sunflowers

    I would love it if Burdastyle had more video how tos. Close up photos are sometimes the only way for me to really understand the directions.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.27 PMby kocsisemese

    Nagyon szeretném:)

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.25 PMby seedling

    I grew up sewing, so even when approaching new techniques I can generally figure it out. However, if you’re coming into all this new, the lingo itself can be mind boggling. I think some basic patterns, with GOOD directions, would be a huge help for beginners. Even being familiar with the wording and process, I still find myself stumped by the directions, left to just do what makes sense to me.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.25 PMby hopeful

    Burdastyle does such a great job now. Any new idea is appreciated.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.24 PMby haazegirl

    Now that Rob and Corrine are gone from Threadbanger, I think there’s a real opportunity for a new show focusing on the younger crowd. The shows that are in their place on next new networks are nice, but it’s not really focused on sewing as much. And some of the other sewing vodcasts are just awful. We need to show people that it’s not hard to sew and video is where it’s at for the new generation. I’m sure that with Burda’s sense of style and design it wouldn’t be hard to come up with a kickin vodcast that people of all ages would love!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.18 PMby Shira B

    It will be nice if Burdastyle will do a fashion show of thing people had created here :D It can include also a fair where people can sell fabrics, cloths or patterns and publicize Burdastyle, and the incomes will go to charity (as others suggested)

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      Dec 15, 2010, 09.06 PMby nellyvdb

      I like this!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.16 PMby alicelidell

    I’d love to see free patterns for the beginners. So they can start sewing without feeling intimidated with the “I don’t want to spend money on something I don’t know how it’ll turn out”. Cute, fun, and simple things that give instant gratification!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.14 PMby knighttemplar

    I agree with the sew athon, mabey having a few patterns for hats and simple coats and give them to homeless shelters, check out what this fantastic lady did: (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=367028.0)

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.12 PMby cantare

    As BurdaStyle is in the hubb of fashion in the NY area and has so many great connections to other fabric companies, and independent designers, it would be wonderful to get a partner activity. It would be a big project, but having a design competition (before September) for a new look to showcase on BurdaStyle from a community member. Then take the month to step-by-step show the inspiration, drafting, sample, fit, final garment to those who don’t know how to draft their own patterns. This will highlight the incredible design abilities of one of the members, show off the beautiful fabric from the company, and let everyone know how pattern companies create new looks. Size grading is also very helpful, as I see MANY comments saying: ‘This pattern doesn’t work for plus size, or petite size…or me.’ And so, DIY can be even more accessible!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.11 PMby gedwoods

    Extend the invitation to all countries and let’s make it “International Sewing Month”!

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      Dec 15, 2010, 04.39 PMby libra-s

      Thanks gedwoods for suggesting this. I like that :)

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      Dec 15, 2010, 09.05 PMby nellyvdb

      Yes, I like your idea too

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      Dec 16, 2010, 10.39 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

      Good idea! And maybe extend it to International Needlework Month or International Crafting Month. : )

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.09 PMby angcrafts

    Wow, lots of these comments are great ideas! I think Burda should do video tutorials by their staff or maybe their followers!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.07 PMby lauriekg

    I think Burda style should sponsor a sew-a-thon for a charitable cause where everyone could sew items to donate to a specific charity or two; such as one for people and one for animals.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.07 PMby mixtlii

    Oh yes the sew-a-thon could be fantastic (sew – a – ton! ), It could be interesting to make a month dedicated to all the other things you can make sewing, apart from clothes (like for the home, or crafts…) just to show how sewing is used everywhere!! I don’t know if it’s a good idea.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.06 PMby cluttershop

    I love the sew-alongs that independent bloggers do. Perhaps BurdaStyle.com could host a step-by-step sew along for sewing month, using a good basic and adaptable pattern from the site – -maybe one of the more popular basic dress patterns that has a few challenging techniques for beginners (e.g. buttonholes) but can serve as the basis for a wide range of future dresses once mastered.

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