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Welcome to Day 22 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a Tailoring Supply Kit from the online shop A Fashionable Stitch! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Friday, December 23rd to be entered to win!

A Fashionable Stitch specializes in high quality sewing supplies especially for garment makers. Get to know Sunni Standing, proprietress of A Fashionable Stitch, who loves fine sewing and can be found gallavanting around her own corner blog.

This supply kit includes: A tailor’s ham and seam roll set; 1 yard of premium quality hair canvas; a bamboo point turner; a bundle of tailor’s tape and a $25 gift certificate to A Fashionable Stitch!

Comment to Win: What is the hardest sewing notion/supply for you to find?


This giveaway is sponsored by A Fashionable Stitch

*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 12/23/11] – Congratulations to member Kobydk for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 22!


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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.57 PMby cmonahan99

    Sadly, almost all sewing supplies are somewhat challenging to find in local stores in town. From quality fabric, to buttons, to sewing machine needles, you have to risk online shopping.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.55 PMby Brandy totten

    the fabric that I imagine for a particular project. There is a lot of fabric stores, but when you have a certain look in mind and trying to find a fabric that is perfect….never

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.55 PMby mismis777

    I live so far out in the woods that everything it difficult to find. I have to travel into larger cities hours away to get most supplies or look online for them. Lately I’ve been looking for a tailor’s seam roll (in the stores and scouring thrift stores as well) and haven’t found one yet, so I’d love to win this prize.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.55 PMby blueeyedgenius13

    buttons. i can never seem to find the simple stylish or correctly sized buttons i want.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.51 PMby megabyte24

    Fabric in the design I want, by far. I have 3 fabric stores within 20 miles of where I live, and all have an incredibly skimp supply of fabric.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.50 PMby starwalker

    Fortunately, I have a wonderful local fabric store that stocks incredible notions and supplies. But I have a hard time finding different kinds of presser feet for my sewign machine. And I’d rather see them than order them online. And…proper replacement light bulbs for my sewing machine.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.49 PMby natsunoyoru

    A good variety of zippers and quality/large enough tracing paper are hard to find in my area.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.47 PMby raving

    Nice buttons and zips are the hardest to find usually. Most haberdashery items are quite difficult to find because I only live near fabric shops and the haberdashery items are lacking.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.47 PMby pattyla

    Fabric I like!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.47 PMby latulipenoire

    Oh, by far the hardest to find in my region is ribbon! I have to buy it online if I want any/

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.46 PMby tyketto

    Nice trims, fold over elastic, nice knit fabrics made of non-polyester fabric.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.46 PMby aslimir

    Fabric :)

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.45 PMby Michalgsaw

    Twin needle for stretch fabric

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.43 PMby yays

    It seams really like a detail, but finding good quality double knits that aren’t in shades of ugly colors hard to find That, and lovely red fabrics… Somehow it’s always too orange, too bright or juste plain ugly… I can’t seem to find the “right” red fabric!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.37 PMby tinapickles

    Tailor’s hams, sewing rulers, and decent lace.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.32 PMby makroma

    I couldn’t help smiling today when I saw the prize being offered … and the question. My husband asked me last night if I would like a pincushion for Christmas. I had mentioned sometime ago that I would like a tailor’s ham. So, armed with a picture downloaded from the internet and a less than perfect grasp of sewing terminology in Italian (we live in Rome but are English and the translations he found in the dictionary were too literal) he had been to the notions shop I usually go to ( the one he usually stands outside reading a newspaper while I browse and queue). He did his best to explain what he was looking for without really knowing what a tailor’s ham is used for. He was shown a pincusion to wear on your wrist, some shoulder pads and “something flat” (?) I think I might be getting aa pincushion for Christmas…

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.31 PMby tproger1

    It isn’t hard to find, it is just something I would have to special order and spend lots of $$ on! I have been drooling over a ruffle foot for my machine for two years (since I found out I was pregnant with a baby girl).

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.31 PMby claub

    For me it is difficult to find fabric. Lately I ordered online, but not all the fabrics were ok, I was so desappointed especialy I wanted so much. Also the buttens are hard to find in the local market.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.31 PMby cericericeri

    Good quality transfer paper is always hard to find.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.30 PMby indigoeve

    Fabric I actually like :(

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.28 PMby nostephot

    I think that I am able to get all that I know I need but I am still learning! I am always on the look out for new things I did not know I needed!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.26 PMby jimnems

    a point presser and clapper – I knew I had to have one after taking a sewing class, but I could find them on-line. I finally bought one at a Sewing Expo and I love it.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.21 PMby kanhoro

    snap button by the yard, the ones on the tape. it was after when joanns moved everything in the store. as well as hymo the interfacing i had to use for my jacket

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.21 PMby jacquipardue

    fashion fabric. i have very limited local selection of fabric :( and i do order online, but i have been disappointed from time to time with the quality of fabric from online orders—it was cheap, so i guess I got what I paid for.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.20 PMby busybunch

    Bag hardware! I can never seem to find the right sizes in the type of metal/plastic I want. And they’re always overpriced in our local fabric store. ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.13 PMby teaandcakey

    I’ve never seen a clapper for sale, so that definitely rates as hard to find for me! By clapper, I mean the wooden tool you use to force steam into seams in your wool coating fabric. It would really improve my tailoring if I had one. Perhaps I will end up making one.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.10 PMby voraciousness

    Interesting and exciting fabrics that are wearable and eco friendly.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.08 PMby suz123

    bodkins, and fabric – I don’t like to buy fabric online, because i can’t feel it, etc., but local shops seem to sell mostly quilting fabric and not a lot for clothing.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.03 PMby gccmom

    Actually, I couldn’t find hair canvas for a purse pattern I was making. I was told it is no longer made and didn’t really look online.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 07.02 PMby ambermarie

    I’m trying to sew with more organic and sustainable fabrics and notions and those can be quite a challenge to find. Usually I end up using zippers and buttons from my grandmother’s old stash because I figure that’s close to recycling since all that stuff is bound to get thrown out.

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