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Welcome to day 30 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a starter assortment of Sulky’s brand new PolyLite thread. Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Friday, December 31st to be entered to win!

Win a starter assortment of Sulky’s brand new PolyLite thread – It includes 12 spools of 440yd solid colors and 12 spools of 440yd multi colors enclosed in our very handy Slimline Storage Box.

Comment to Win: Where did you learn to sew?

Congratulations to sukino who won the Rowan Thread Collections by Kaffe Fassett!

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This giveaway is sponsored by Sulky

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.40 AMby jjdacks

    Originally my Mom tried to teach me when I was 13. It didn’t work out well then. I believe my Mom expected I understand to much of the terminology on the pattern and I hadn’t developed the patience. Then about two years ago a new co -worker told me about the sewing she did and had me and another co-worker over for a learn to sew day. We had a few more of those days and I was off on my own and sewing. I have a sewing machine and an embroidery machine of my own now!

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.25 AMby jsanga

    Been teaching myself how to..and searching on burdastyle and google in hopes of learning more :)

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.23 AMby mirig

    My mother! With some assist from the City Quilter in NYC.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.22 AMby wkc

    my mom taught me. she wouldmake these beautiful dresses. in high school i started to sew and have been on nd off since

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.21 AMby lillybeeandpaul

    I am totally self taught. That also used to show until recently.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.16 AMby Jessica Taft

    When I was 4. My mom was sewing and I told her, “I want to do some needeling.” The rest is history.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.11 AMby knovice

    I am learning now!

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.08 AMby suz123

    My Mom showed me the basics, mostly hand sewing like buttons and mending. I took some lessons when I was in grade school, but quit because the place wasn’t great-we could never get through a whole lesson without the machines breaking. Now I’m trying to teach myself.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.03 AMby dillyd

    I taught myself to sew as a teenager. I wanted some nice clothes and money was scarce, so with the supreme confidence of youth, I decided to make my own. I remember my first effort, a green shirtwaister – we’re talking 1950’s. I bought a pattern and some material and used my mother’s old treadle machine. It turned out OK, but looking back, the instructions must have been pretty good. I love sewing and have sewn clothes for myself, children and now grandchildren ever since.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.02 AMby leighr

    Mom/jr. high school/self.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.00 AMby Justine Williams

    My grandmother taught me how when i was 7 yrs old. I wanted to make a blanket for my mother and my grandmother helped me. I have been teaching myself ever since.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.58 AMby bitterbunny

    I took a home ec class back in 8th grade, but I have as almost no recollection of that, lol

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.52 AMby theseamstress

    Had a bad day at work 11yrs ago so decided a career change was needed, learnt to sew (properly) and have been making and selling clothes ever since!

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.50 AMby yellowmae

    In the Dining room with my Mom :-)

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.48 AMby vanessa

    For my 18th birthday my mom enrolled me in a sewing class and gave me a pair of dressmaker shears.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.44 AMby albqusister

    My Mother sewed, but couldn’t teach me. She hired a neighbor to teach me. I took home Ec. in jr. high and high school. The best thing I made in High School was a night gown for my Mom. She wore it till it wore out.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.42 AMby ksgerlock

    I was always creating things with thread, needle, and fabrics. I would watch my grandmother and mom sew, and my great aunt crochet and embroidered. But the first official time I was taught to sew was in home economics at O’Connell Jr. High in Lakewood Colorado. I took sewing all three years there. The summer between middle school and high school I worked at a dry cleaners in the neighborhood and learned alterations. Since then I have learned from reading and trying different things I have read about or bought patterns for. Now I have a lot of ideas for altering and redesigning clothing I have or get from the thrift store.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.39 AMby teachertammy

    I learned to sew when I was four. We had four girls and two boys in our family and I used to watch my mother make all our clothes. She would choose one color with different fabric designs so she didn’t have to change her thread. I would sew clothes for my dolls with the left over fabric.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.35 AMby amberlove

    My mom tried to teach me, but I have to say I am self taught, at home, after staying home with my baby.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.34 AMby calendar

    I learned to sew doing costumes in high school, so I guess from the more experienced costume makers in school

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.34 AMby suntory

    In school, although I almost failed. We were using some very old Singer machines then. Now, with my modern sewing machine, I find it easier and more enjoyable.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.31 AMby ahkisha

    I actually learned from youtube! I kept watching shows on and on and on and one day, I was like, I’M DOING THIS! and whipped out my mom’s OLD sewing machine :] Now i’m on a roll!

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.26 AMby Keitha Amdam

    Even though I was a tomboy of the highest order as a young child, my mother INSISTED I learn to sew, not unlike my older sisters. Every project she suggested I would sabotage by purposely sewing “a mess!” My poor mother would eventually throw up her arms in frustration and drop the project. My mother never gave up on me and insisted I enroll in Grade 8 Home Economics. I purposely sabotaged Ms. Hammer’s sewing projects too and failed the course – to my satisfaction. Upon “growing up” and eventually gaining a law career, I needed a new career wardrobe that fit my cursed miniscule frame! Out came my Kenmore 10 Stitch machine. Obviously I had retained alot of what my mother had tried to pound into my young tomboy head. I started whipping off a wardrobe that was anything but tomboy. Now, as a stay-at-home-Mom I find that sewing is one of my greatest passions and keeps me SANE. Who woulda thunk it?!!! Orders on my website: booilley.com keep me busy! My mother gets the last laugh in all of this… you’ve heard the saying “What goes around comes around”… it turns out my 9 year old tomboy daughter is good at sabotaging sewing projects too!!!

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.15 AMby momob

    My Mom taught me at home, and I sewed for my dolls.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.09 AMby berumira

    I am completely self taught. As a child I would take scraps of fabric, old wool stockings, and take apart artificial flowers to make dresses for Barbie dolls.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.08 AMby oilene

    The internet. Here, etsy, youtube, and sewing blogs.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.02 AMby DanaCadeCreations

    My mom worked at a sewing boutique for a while & while she was there she bought a sewing/embroidery machine. She bought another one a while later & passed the old one done to my aunt. Even later she bought her 3rd sewing machine & finally the 1st one was passed down to me!!! She taught me how to sew & embroider on it. Within my 1st month of having it I sewed 2 twin size quilts for my nieces & they were beautiful! I now have a small business on Etsy where I make & sell dog collars! Me & my Mom get together every now & then & sew together!!

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.02 AMby Marisa Corrigan

    I sewed crafty projects with my Mom while growing up. After a 15 year break from sewing I’ve self taught myself and sew childrens clothing all the time.

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.02 AMby Bronteroo

    I just started to learn on my own. . .though I’m getting lots of great help from sewing blogs and burdastyle!

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    Dec 31, 2010, 02.59 AMby Peter Lappin

    I taught myself, starting in June 2009, when I bought my first sewing machine.

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