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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 31, 2009, 06.01 PMby ibastias

    i don´t really have a favorite technique, i tihnk each proyect have it´s unique technique

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    Dec 31, 2009, 05.58 PMby nyphertiti

    This is probably the simplest thing in the world but it’s hardly ever mentioned in printed patterns… I love edge stitching…is that what it’s called? When you press down your seam and then straight stitch on the inside as close to the edge as you can. It makes everything lie so flat and even. I love it!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 05.55 PMby qsogirl

    my mom showed me how to sew up the side seams and sew the sleeve seam at the same time rather than set in a sleeve in an arm’s eye. perfect with a serger on a knit dress.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 05.50 PMby tatuswelle

    Definitely ruffles….I loves me some ruffles. LOL : )

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    Dec 31, 2009, 05.45 PMby gimmeonekiss

    i love make ruffles!!!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 05.43 PMby phoenixfox

    I really love French seams – they’re neat and show that care has been taken in making the garment.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 05.42 PMby whitelily1

    I love couching! You can make anything look special with simple, easy to do couching. And it looks like you spent all day on it.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 05.36 PMby nglalala

    Hmmm… I think my favorite technique is inserting invisible zippers. I love them!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 05.09 PMby annawilliamson

    currently my favorite is the baby hem- i hate when the hem on a feminine skirt comes out bulky with a classic 1/2 inch double folded hem. i think i originally found a tutorial for a baby hem from somebody here!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 05.03 PMby coffeegoddess

    French seaming. It just looks so polished.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 04.51 PMby sugarduck

    As a beginner, I’d have to say that my favorite technique at any given moment is the last thing I’ve figured out how to do. Right now, it’s curved princess seams.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 04.46 PMby hstorm799

    Blind hems. I was not looking forward to them in my coat project, but it was kinda relaxing doing the repetitive hand-stitching. I also love the look of the hems. I don’t have an expensive machine, so I have been trying different hem finishes with each new project, not finding one I like. But now, VOILA! Blind stitched hems!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 04.37 PMby bubsmom1

    I like French seams. I’m also working on figuring out how to draft my own pattern. Next on my list is smocking.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 04.31 PMby nehmah

    Hong Kong binding for suits is my sanity saver when the fabric tends to ravel. Nehmah

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    Dec 31, 2009, 04.27 PMby vickit

    So many techniques can be my favorite depending on the item I’m making becuase they can add so much to the whole look of the item. I’d have to say though if made to choose just one, it would have to be the topstitching technique because it is such a great one which can be used on so many things.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 04.26 PMby sarabclever

    I just learned how to do pleats, was pretty cool to me.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 04.19 PMby livie12

    ruffles!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 04.19 PMby daisygirl01

    Without a doubt embroidery. The ability to have something no one else can. To take it with you anywhere on land, air and sea. I have so many memories of what I was sewing different areas of the country.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.41 PMby juditt

    My favorite technique would have to be using my Bernina blind heming foot to do topstitching VERY close to the edge of a fold. I use it anywhere that I need to be sure my stitching is even and straight. It gives my sewing a professional finish. Although the foot is supposed to be for blind heming, I get more use out of it for topstitching.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.40 PMby Courtney Ostaff

    My favorite sewing technique is ironing. You can do amazing things with a properly ironed fabric!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.39 PMby sprosser

    French seams make garments look so professional! Very worth the extra time.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.35 PMby tingtongandthings

    I love ruffles and pleats! Ruffles give the perfect girly touch on anything and pleats are just so neat and pretty!!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.23 PMby stefilu

    I’m a beginner so don’t have yet a favorite sewing technique but i love any challenge I face when sewing

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.22 PMby jbreezy

    I like sewing “primitive” ornamentation by hand—with felt or upholstery-type fabric.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.21 PMby kaykrud

    PLEATS! PLEATS! PLEATS! And some ruffles are fun too.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.15 PMby zoe84

    My fave sewing technique is fly front zippers. It takes some practice, but after awhile they can look just as good as ready to wear!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.03 PMby non-partisan

    I also like the French seam, looks clean and makes working with difficult fabrics less frustrating!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.03 PMby rebeccaaa

    In all honesty my favorite sewing technique is just being able to make something without having to undo the seams because I made a mistake! lol. But I am trying and working my way to be able to complete something without any mistakes. But I guess that’s how one learns. lol lol

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.59 PMby emeraldjul

    My favorite technique is using a Hong Kong binding to finish visible seams inside today’s often unlined, unconstructed jackets. It’s fun to use an unexpected print or color that adds a bit of dash to the inside of jackets or even a pant hem.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.57 PMby mandicoulter

    i am still learning many new techniques but right now i enjoy lots of pleating, especially around a neckline for detail.

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