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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 9, 2011, 06.40 PMby nellyvdb

    I’m still a newbie, and slowly attaining tools, but I recently was given a dress form, and I love it! it’s the greatest thing!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 06.39 PMby aega

    My local fabric shop.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 06.38 PMby busybunch

    I love trying out new rulers for projects! ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Dec 9, 2011, 06.32 PMby flashabou

    The best tools for me are a sharp pair of scissors, a great sewing machine and a really good iron! I sure could use a really good iron… ;)

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    Dec 9, 2011, 06.26 PMby moorjenn

    Boy, nothing is more necessary than a good steam iron and a sharp blade for cutting. But I am also a huge fan of my tube turner and the automatic needle threader on my machine.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 04.03 PMby nostephot

    I have to admit that the best thing that I had for sewing was a nice iron and fresh cutting blade on my rotating cutter!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 04.00 PMby dawnwich

    I’ve got rolls of swedish tracing paper that I can copy patterns on, or draft new patterns. My next purchase will be a roll with the grid printed on. Plus I enjoy pattern drafting software, although it requires some getting used to.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 04.00 PMby ziancabug

    A loop turner for spaghetti straps. So much more efficient than a safety pin!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.58 PMby sunshinebreezy

    I don’t have any new tools as of late, but I really do love my nice scissors. I think those are always one of the most useful tools.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.57 PMby plaidlinoleum

    My favorite tool I have ever bought myself is my magnetic pin cushion. Much easier than having to poke the pins in, and a lot less work finding the ones that fall on the floor.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.54 PMby sradecki

    I haven’t been sewing since my college classes started in August. I am always on the look out for new tools to use in my projects.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.48 PMby serenityslr

    I have been making box bags lately and the best new tool I have found were those clear square rulers. They are awesome for cutting out a 2 × 4 chunk without having to spend a ton of time measuring.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.48 PMby serenityslr

    I have been making box bags lately and the best new tool I have found were those clear square rulers. They are awesome for cutting out a 2 × 4 chunk without having to spend a ton of time measuring.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.44 PMby littleharvey94

    I haven’t bought any new tools (or interesting ones, at least) in awhile, although I did get a bias tape maker some time ago. I haven’t had an oppurtunity yet to use it, but it seems useful and time saving!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.43 PMby cam557

    A good pair of scissors, a rotary cutter…

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.42 PMby jenss-1

    Not sure if it’s new, but it’s new to me – a magnetic pin caddy! Sounds silly, but I love this thing. Keeps pins easily at hand anywhere and has probably saved me from stepping on those that would otherwise have dropped on the floor. Of “new” tools that I don’t have yet – I’d like some of those Clover sewing clips.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.42 PMby foursquarewalls

    Since I don’t have a serger, the tool I love the most is my pinking shears. They finish my seams all cute.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.39 PMby verypurpleperson

    My new tools are a couple of tailor’s ham! They really make a difference.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.39 PMby kallers

    I find a lot of useful sewing tools at yard sales, second hand stores and antique stores. The old stuff is usually such amazing quality!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.35 PMby heidilea

    Actually, from my older relatives and from thrift stores. People died and their family toss good stuff in the Goodwill bin because they don’t know what it’s worth.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.34 PMby mixtlii

    New? I haven’t bought anything for sewing in a long time. Although, my iron is very very very old, so I think a new one would be sooo useful!!!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.34 PMby myleeann

    My big table. Keeps the pugnacious pug from sitting on or trampling my work.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.31 PMby Rachel Bain

    I have to agree with mrshippe – space is so incredibly useful. And I have almost none. :(

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.21 PMby Natalshok

    I’m really maniac of tools and supplies for sewing and crafts! So I’m permanently looking for something new and interesting at Internet-shops. The last wonderful thing I’ve bought was Tacky Bead Mat and this also very useful for small objects for sewing!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 03.07 PMby Danielle Boulay

    Some new-to-me sewing tools include a tailor’s ham and seam roll. They make such a difference!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 02.58 PMby joen

    I recently discovered wax free tracing paper and I will never use anything else it is so easy to work with and easier to see markings on my fabric! I also invested in a pressing ham which I just love!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 02.51 PMby dgporter

    Sharp scissors, sharp pins, sharp needles, and sharp eyes, but without the last the first three would be useless.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 02.49 PMby bitterbunny

    it’s not new, but the best tool I’m finding new uses for all the time is a pair of very sharp embroidery scissors

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    Dec 9, 2011, 02.46 PMby theDuck

    The best tool for sewing that I have are a good pair of scissors. I got it from a friend, by trading it for some yarn :)

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    Dec 9, 2011, 02.44 PMby robiedodson

    The best tool for me lately is a pair of shoes! I use them as pattern weights when i cut out patterns – they hold the pattern down, save tons of time pinning, and they’re free! (well, free as pattern weights!)

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