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Welcome to Day 9 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a TG1600 SmartIron from Oliso! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Saturday, December 11th to be entered to win!

The Oliso® TG1600 Pro features Oliso’s patented iTouch® technology. Simply touch the handle and the iron lowers, ready to work. Take your hand off and the patented scorchguards lift the iron off the board preventing scorches, burns, and tipping. Less strain and 30% time savings are added benefits to this Smart Iron’s 1800 watts of power and horizontal or vertical bursts of steam. The TG1600 Pro features a 30-minute extended auto-shut off for sewers and quilters, a 12.7 oz side fill tank, a beadblast stainless steel soleplate, flat pressing surface, detailer tip, and a 12-foot cord for full range of motion.

Comment to Win: What do you find the best new tools for your sewing projects?


This giveaway is sponsored by Oliso

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 12/12/11] – Congratulations to member rosetulip for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 9!


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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.46 AMby Debbie Lauzon

    My newest best tool in my sewing room is my laptop! It is indispensable to me now that I do machine embroidery! It is also used for printing out Burda’s free patterns!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.27 AMby pattisuesews

    A new to me tool is the Chakoner for marking. Powdered chalk, a fairly thin line and a little brush to brush it away when I’m done.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.25 AMby Penny Le

    To me, although not a new tool as I imagine these have been around for a while, a zipper foot is the best tool! I find myself fixing and replacing so many zippers, in both worn and new-life garments, and I couldn’t have done it [well] without my zipper foot.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.23 AMby dobleufa

    Definitely the rotary cutter!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.19 AMby mrempert

    I have a new table that was a customer build for me by me so its THE perfect height for me to cut, sew, craft, whatever.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.18 AMby chocolatecake

    Thread snips! Cutting stray threads with one hand is a breeze.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.08 AMby disy

    my newest tool is a renewed passion for my sewing

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.06 AMby sensinger

    My new tools are a L-Square, a curve stick, and a variable curve ruler. Love them!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.05 AMby renatap

    New, finer needles and pins!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.05 AMby Jbleil

    My rotary cutters, mat, and most of all, my serger.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.03 AMby Shannon Kramp

    My iron and rotary cutter.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.00 AMby tklexi

    I have a rotary cutter, and I love it, but I still swear by my huge, solid fabric shears. I trust them to get the job done no matter what I throw at them. For years I’ve been using them to cut all sorts of things I shouldn’t, including using them as makeshift wire cutters, and they still seem no worse for wear. I’ve also been known to use the guillotine I got for cardboard to cut fabric. It works surprising well on the appropriate cuts.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 11.52 PMby susan294

    The basics, a tailor’s ham, seam ripper, and clapper. I am really trying hard to have professional seams, which remove the home made feel of an item.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 11.48 PMby Jessie-Roo

    The tools i find myself reaching for most are my seam ripper, good sharp scissors, and my iron, which is woefully inadequate- it leeks water all over everything and can’t produce any steam half the time, so needless to say, i’d be elated to have a new one! :-D

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    Dec 9, 2011, 11.46 PMby lisbeth-s

    My pins are indispensables to me. I have at least 4 pincushions somewhere near my sewing machine.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 11.29 PMby Podbod18

    my seam gauge

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    Dec 9, 2011, 11.25 PMby sherris

    I just got a ham at an estate sale—soooo useful. This iron looks nifty—need it to go with my new ham! Thanks!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 11.25 PMby letsdance

    I LOVE my bias tape folders! My Kai scissors are also great.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 11.16 PMby stephiaffi

    my recently acquired magnetic pin cushion. love it!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 11.14 PMby efgh

    I’ve definitely found tailor’s hams to be incredibly useful.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 11.08 PMby ahearta

    I can’t sew without my scissors, pins, iron, and seam ripper. Those four are indispensable for me. Chalk, rulers, curves, and tailor’s hams are all nice, too. My newest tool though is my narrow hem foot. It’s been fun to learn how to use this week!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 11.04 PMby sewmyway

    I just bought a 90×60cm self-healing cutting mat to use with my rotary cutter. It makes cutting fabric so much quicker!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 10.58 PMby Cynthia Froman

    My new invisible zipper foot, so quick and easy. I no longer fear zippers

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    Dec 9, 2011, 10.56 PMby Lea Bishop

    I just made a new cut table/ironing board. I made it 3×5 feet and covered it with a pinnable top that covered with batting and ironing board fabric. I am loving it for inspiring me to get started on projects!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 10.55 PMby SENEBO

    a pen who’s markings disapear when wetted, much better than my chalk pencils that keep breaking makes marking much easier and when hand sitching words, marks disapear when stitched great

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    Dec 9, 2011, 10.54 PMby psychorat

    My seam ripper. Next to pins, it is the item I use most often.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 10.50 PMby libra-s

    I bought a new iron board just a month ago. That’s my new best tool. It’s very new!!!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 10.49 PMby lowson

    My husband just got me a serger, and it’s fantastic!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 10.46 PMby knitist

    The best new tool I have found are the Frixion pens which I can use in sewing or embroidery and not worry about bleeding dye or permanent marks because it disappears with heat.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 10.44 PMby mjpan

    Definitely a rotary cutter!!

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