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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/31 and a lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today, enter to win a 9 SewStylish magazines, a year long subscription to Threads and Threads fitting DVD box set!

SewStylish prize pack:
Get every issue of SewStylish published to date for basic training to unleash your creativity. From the publishers of Threads, SewStylish is a biannual magazine that shows you how to get the looks of your favorite designers with easy-to-follow how-tos and advice from the pros.

Threads one-year subscription:
For people who love to sew, Threads is an invaluable resource delivered to their mailbox every other month. Throughout the year Threads provides its readers with detailed information on creating the details that matter, including techniques on fitting, couture methods, tailoring, and more. Each issue is filled with articles from industry insiders and professionals from the people who know them best.

Threads Fitting DVD:
This 4-part video series was created by the Threads magazine staff based on requests from readers who know the importance of fitting. This series shows, step-by-step, exactly how to achieve a fit that’s just right from top to bottom. Produced by the editors of Threads magazine, this instructional series will serve as a trusted sewing resource with valuable information for all skill levels.

Threads editors walk you through the finer points of achieving a custom fit. Plus, you’ll get expert advice from N.Y.C. fashion designer, couture sewer, and FIT instructor Kenneth D. King.

4 essential fitting topics including:
Torso — Discover the ins and outs of a great fit from neck to waist.
Arms — Learn the secrets of fitting a sleeve with ease.
Bust — Drape and shape for a fit that flatters every body type.
Waist & Hips — Custom-fit or alter pants and skirts like a pro.

You’ll learn how to apply timeless techniques used by designers and professionals to solve fitting problems, make alterations for each body type, and achieve a flattering fit every time.

To enter, just leave your comment answering this questions by noon EST 12/31:
What is your favorite sewing technique

We want to congratulate tario on winning yesterday’s Rowenta® Pressure Iron & Steamer! Her comment was chosen at random from all eligible entries. Thanks to everyone who entered and good luck in today’s giveaway


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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.57 PMby hands-of-gold

    topstitching - neat – precise…

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.54 PMby sew-darn-cute

    i think my favorite is pressing the garment or item i’ve made once it’s finished!

    wish i won the iron!! ;-)

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.50 PMby ravenztarot

    THIS CHRISTMAS IS TOPSTICHING, but being newbie i still have lots to learn

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.46 PMby all8garden

    I really like the look of a well eased sleeve. Although pin tucks are quite delicate and yet prim all at the same time, what a combo.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.43 PMby sewjerri

    I love elastic. I like encased and sewn on. Depending on the item I’m making. I also like rolled hems, but that is more a foot than a technique. I roll hem on my sewing machine nearly everything I make.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.42 PMby asherdasher

    Well, it’s not exactly sewing per se, but I love ironing, which is a very necessary component of sewing. And it makes sewing look so good.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.35 PMby sidewalkshoes

    A dart technique from a Sandra Betzina show.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.35 PMby cucperson

    I love bead embellishments, I ad beads to both rtw and my own garments. It can make a so-so look oh-my.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.34 PMby sourtang

    Not sure what my fav sewing technique would be right now,, probably the blindstitch since then the garment looks flawless w/o any stitches.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.34 PMby dedooley2

    I really like the look of blind hem, by hand, stitch. It’s not something most people would even notice, but you know it’s there.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.30 PMby kaiolohiakids

    I really enjoy adding piping and pin tucks where appropriate

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.27 PMby cam557

    Pintucks! I love the way they look on garments

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.27 PMby pennymarken

    My fovaorite stitch technique is the “Bridging stitch” it allows you to use elastic and gather the stitch. This allows for the smocking effect. This is a time saver when you are in a hurry too. I was able to use this on a dress I wore to a wedding and I got a lot of good comments that night too.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.25 PMby sukino

    Sandra Betzina’s fly zipper construction!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.21 PMby thejam


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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.15 PMby gaylee1949

    I’m just getting ready to return to sewing, and I’m not really advanced. But I love embellishing my clothing—topstitching, rickrack, beads, etc. They can kick any garment up several notches in beauty and wearability.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.09 PMby mentalseamster

    i like free embriodery

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.07 PMby elisabetsy

    I like to use zig-zag stitching, particularly on waistbands to hold interfacing and seam-allowance in place. It adds nice detail especially in a contrasting color to my fabric. It also adds some fun to top-stitched hems even with matching thread. One of those things not everyone will notice, but you know it’s there!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.07 PMby kckatyana

    French seams! French seams! I love when the inside of a garment looks as neat as the outside.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.06 PMby bibietg

    I’m just a beginner so i don’t know every technique but fir now one of my favorite is how to make gather and ruffles

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    Dec 30, 2009, 07.00 PMby Christy Austin

    I love topstitching and how it can really change the look of an outfit…more professional.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 06.56 PMby wzrdreams

    French seams are without a doubt my favorite technique. They are easy, low tech, clean and sophisticated.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 06.55 PMby Andrea Barrett

    Top stitching. Ruffles. French seams. I use french seams almost exclusively and top stitching, of course, gives such a finished look that it is essential.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 06.53 PMby kyrielle

    I love French seams, they make everything so neat and pretty!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 06.51 PMby crazydavises

    I’m not really sure. I like using flat felled seams on things that will bear weight, which is guess is most of what I sew right now. I like ruffles, but am not good at them yet.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 06.46 PMby gedwoods

    I really enjoy doing flat-felled seams, and I love the way they look when they’re done well!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 06.42 PMby nightnurse-1

    I like putting on bias binding, if its not too wobbly it looks really professional!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 06.42 PMby bathina

    I love to sew in general and every technique has its own challenge..the final garment of all of these challenges is my favorite thing.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 06.41 PMby sugareater

    French seams, they make the insides of clothes so nice and tidy.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 06.41 PMby mindymindy

    right now i am really into bias binding, especially with striped fabric!

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