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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 12/17 and a lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today, enter to win the premier issue of Sew It All and a one year subscription to Sew News magazine!

KNOW MORE TO SEW MORE with Sew News magazine! Each issue is full of fun projects, timeless techniques and expert advice to help you achieve successful stitching every time. Sew It All is a special issue of Sew News, available for a limited time only. This premiere issue is full of 45 fun and easy projects, 50 cool tools, and 5 profit possibilities to help you turn your hobby into a career! Sew News is published 6 times a year; a 1-year subscription is available for $21.98. Sew It All is available for $9.99. Order both at www.shopsewingdistrict.com.

To enter, just leave your comment answering this questions by noon EST 12/17:
What content (patterns, columns, information, etc.) would help compile your ideal sewing magazine

We want to congratulate Ronda on winning yesterday’s Oliso TG1600 Smart Iron! 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 16, 2010, 11.28 PMby thegooster

    I would love to have a few full size pattern sheets in each magazine. That and maybe reviews of commercial patterns would make me very happy.

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    Dec 29, 2009, 10.31 PMby annalane

    I would like to have an index for materials that can be bought to make the projects, in the cities where the magazine is available.

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    Dec 29, 2009, 10.17 PMby generallee

    I would love a section on tips & techniques. Everyone has their own way of doing something and it would be great to have a section of just that. Tips such as different ways to use your serger, other than for general serging! No matter how many years one has been sewing, there is always someone out there who has figured out helpful “tricks” or have a load of tips in their sewing basket!

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    Dec 19, 2009, 04.39 AMby nicoleauroux

    What content (patterns, columns, information, etc.) would help compile your ideal sewing magazine…

    New pattern reviews.

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    Dec 19, 2009, 03.17 AMby sewright4you

    A column on the stupid steps we sewers forget to do every time. Especially with Home decor; accurate measuring, matching patterns, whether to line or leave unlined. Also a column on how to draft patterns. Simple steps on skirts, bodices, even pants. Where to start with learning pattern drafting. Also an article on fabric draping!! At Christmas, I need projects that I can do in mass. Big impact with with lots of impact. Thanks. Lynne- Sew Right For You

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    Dec 18, 2009, 04.05 PMby putznanu

    My ideal sewing magazine would be one along the lines of Ottobre magazine, including the free patterns. I just love all the lovely designs, hints, tips and colorful samples in that mag. Time saving tips and shortcuts are also a GREAT idea. I would be so happy to recieve a subscription to Sew News, though, because they always give you great ideas!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 05.11 PMby mprevitali

    I would like a magazine that explain how to so to novice whit step by step project

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    Dec 17, 2009, 05.02 PMby zoe21

    projects and patterns, featured sewing product and book review

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.49 PMby eyeofthebeholder

    I would like to see professional tips and problem solving. Review column on accessories and machines. Introduction to new techniques and fibers, maybe a series on where our fabric is made.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.43 PMby gardienne

    Free patterns and how tos. And a variety of new-experienced sewing. Tips and tricks to make things go faster/better. :)

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.40 PMby bcaitlyn

    quick tips like others said would be great – i.e. best way to hem jeans, or knits etc. also would love patterns for accessories (bags etc) and home accessories that are a little more updated than most patterns in store.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.24 PMby takiyogi

    I would love ideas on sewing “green” and how to use old clothig and materials to make new fashions. I’d also love ideas on storage and organization that don’t involve buying new equipment.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.18 PMby hermes

    I would like to read about how to incorporate current trends, and the greatest trends of the past into basic sewing patterns. I would also like to know how to recycle old clothes and fabric scraps into beautiful new things. It would also be really neat to have a special column on buttons, because there are so many buttons out there and so many uses for them (jewelry, decoration, fastening, etc.).

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.05 PMby skwarynia

    DIY section would be the best

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.59 PMby spngejen

    Patterns would be great. And I think a range of material for both very elementary beginners to experts would make a great magazine. Also, maybe suggested websites/stores for fabrics and notions. And little helpful hints that people wouldn’t necessarily think of – kind of like a write in for DIY tips.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.50 PMby slynnwat

    i’d like to see project instructions given at different skill levels. start with the most basic way to create an item for beginners and then build on that same item for intermediate and them again for the pros. it would be the same project but acessible for all skill levels.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.48 PMby mcjulie-o

    I’d like to see: Patterns, tips and tricks, tool reviews and analysis, sewing from scratch as well as creative revamping and alterations, and good pertinent illustrations of How tos.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.42 PMby kwolek21

    Having performance tips for sewing machines ans asseccories woul be nice.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.33 PMby bethvollmom

    I would like to see multi-level projects…ie. one project with beginner level techniques and materials. Then, the SAME project taken up a level to medium difficulty( with more advanced techniques, possible fabric more difficult to sew) Then, once more with an “expert” level of the same project(more difficult or more expanded finishing techniques for example) . This might encourage creators to try and challenge them selves to complete projects at a more challenging level, without scaring them.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.32 PMby plaidlinoleum

    I’d like tips and ideas about how to experiment with new techniques, a free pattern, and lots of pictures for inspiration.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.30 PMby mirela

    I’d love to see howto instructions that I can collect, like the ones on the Burda magazine sewing courses and patterns.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.24 PMby Sarah Jacques

    Definitely a section on where a basic technique is reviewed each month(step-by-step instruction and why you need to know it and practice it). Patterns for each season for novice, intermediate and expert sewers. Reviews of the latest gadgets and tools for sewing. Reviews of the latest books and fabrics. Also features about designers and their lives. Tips and techniques to make sewing easier. Maybe columns on vintage fabrics—what’s out there and what to do with it. Home decor sewing section—maybe 1 project (such as a pillow) patterned & sewn three different ways: classic, contemporary & eclectic (or retro).

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.17 PMby deewall

    I love for a magazine to have a nice variety of patterns and ideas. Also, I love tutorials.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.11 PMby ella-grace

    I’d like to see advice on fabrics, what works best with certain types of patterns, how changing a fabric with a pattern changes the look, etc, as well as tips on working with certain fabrics…

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.54 PMby Sadie Fox Metter

    I would love to see advise on fabric selection. What types of fabrics work best for which projects. That would be really helpful.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.30 PMby nujoi1908

    1. Always feature an alterations tip. 2. A fabric spotlight would be great too – it would be a nice primer on a particular fabric. 3. A mix of basic and couture techniques so that it appeals to a range of sewing skills 4. A RTW knockoff how-to and pattern would be cool too.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.28 PMby queenofbling

    I like to see lots and lots of pictures of clothes, some on the regular model types, some on REAL people.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.11 PMby dreaz03

    Patterns, resources on where to get fabric, etc., sewing magazine/book/pattern reviews, a write in with your question section, different uses for old and/or ‘non sewing’ things (mens shirt to a girls dress, paper towel holder into ribbon stand,…)

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.03 PMby luxihere

    Sewing techniques & tips; Patterns & design ideas

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.40 PMby miaow

    Articles on re-purposing old clothing would be wonderful!

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