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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 17, 2009, 01.34 PMby ghelton5

    Techniques. The kind of tips I used to get from my mother, a very accomplished seamstress.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.19 PMby badkitty-1

    My perfect sewing magazine would have lots of tips on tailoring, a FBA for dummies pull-out as mine never seem to work first time, lots of fashion -forward patterns that don’t stop at a 42 and reviews of books and notions (as if I need any more) :)

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.10 PMby Sarah Lorde

    patterns, quick tips, a beginners section.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.57 PMby plemos

    A column about sewing techniques and also real-size patterns specially for bags, which are what I most enjoy sewing.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.56 PMby susieq3123

    Tips are always helpful. Great pics of beautiful inspirations & how to achieve them. Different fabrics & how to use them, including thread, machine foot, machine needles & stitches to use.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.47 PMby ahkraus

    Looks great! I’d love some more unique clothing designs, in the japanese vein, origami collars and such. I’d love to learn to do some of those! Also, funky clothes for older kids. Thanks!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.39 PMby mentalseamster

    i would like lots of how to’s on various techniques and patterns as well

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.36 PMby gwensews

    I would like to see garment patterns, couture tips and articles, advanced techniques.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.31 PMby conker

    I would love to see every day patterns, but also some more special ones. I would love other peoples stories including the projects that have gone bad, so I know im not the only one. Also maybe a few different sttiches/techniques.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.28 PMby sunnyb64

    My perfect sewing magazine would have a couple of well-thought-out, modern, flattering patterns along with suggestions for variations on them, as well as step-by-step illustrated guides for both basic and advanced construction and finishing techniques (always need to brush up my skills!), pattern-drafting tutorials, ideas for embellishment and/or reconstruction that aren’t totally kitschy or would only look normal on people 30 years older than I am, and examples of how to incorporate current fashion trends into your sewing projects!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.21 PMby mahaila

    sewing techniques, pattern ideas, fitting garments, tips on fabric selection, ideas, thoughts, recycled material, information on good sewing shops to visit…….

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.16 PMby lynda23290

    Patterns, patterns, and more patterns – oh, and maybe some re-vamp ideas!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.13 PMby amadea79

    Patterns, patterns, patterns… and easy step-by-step instructions and perhaps something about industrial sewing techniques.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 11.58 AMby alazycalm

    information on fabric, choosing and buying fabric, and great information on using different types of fabric would be great. it could be a column where you do a different fabric in each issue and talk about the qualities of it?

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    Dec 17, 2009, 11.48 AMby zulfikar

    I would like to see more information about fabrics. Which type of textils match for a pattern.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 11.40 AMby trish2610

    Patterns, pattern reviews,a section gearned to the novice sewer (basic technique tips) as well has as a section geared towardss more experienced sewers (more advanced techniques), question and answer section, LOTS of pictures for inspiration, articles from people making their living in the industry, sewing and serger machine reviews…

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    Dec 17, 2009, 10.07 AMby nightnurse-1

    I would definitely appreciate some how-to’s, step by step techniques, explanations of terminology, inspiration from other people’s creations, info on local services that may be relevant and free patterns!

    :)

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    Dec 17, 2009, 09.59 AMby sing0202

    I think t’s important to have something for everyone in there. So tips for really experienced sewers, as well as answering basic questions that beginners may not know about. So I would also have an ‘agony aunt’ type column in there so people can ask questions and interact. I love seeing other people’s work, I would love a readers section so that I could get inspiration from other’s successes. And free patterns of course!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 09.59 AMby nancyalexis

    I would love to see information on how to tailor clothing and alter patterns to get a more customized fit.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 09.44 AMby barbaraagatha

    It would have to have complete outfits, all matching: skirt, blouse and overcoat. Every month it should have a “vintage” issue and a dramatic evening dress. I don’t care much for pants, so it would have to be all about dresses, skirts, tops and overcoats :)

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    Dec 17, 2009, 09.35 AMby juju01

    I think I would love a wide variety of free patterns for clothes, soft furnishings and accessories as well as easy to follow step by step instructions for all of them. I would also like to see lots of projects from readers or designers featuring some examples of their work, ideas, techniques, etc…

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    Dec 17, 2009, 09.21 AMby kellybeans

    The perfect magazine would have patterns, and sewing tips, but also, advice on sewing machine maintence and precious information like best thread and needle for each project/fabric! Basically everything an inexperience sewr would need to be able to make beautiful garments and crafts!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 09.10 AMby thusholt

    Patterns for young girls vith big sizes(:

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    Dec 17, 2009, 08.30 AMby queenvanilla

    Clothing patterns, as well as some special columns on sewing tricks. It would be nice with something that challenges you at the right speed, a bit at a time.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 08.25 AMby begysh

    very simple and elegant, usefull ideas will help me a lot. like in Burda magazine. for example decorating purses or blouses to make a different garment.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 08.05 AMby zarinaia

    I’m looking for every day idea womens clothes and articles on sewing techniques.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 08.00 AMby suntory

    My ideal sewing magazine would include patterns for every level, or at least patterns that can be easily used by beginners but which can be altered effectively by advanced sewers.

    Tips on sewing techniques, essential tools, and other sources of information would be great as well.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 07.21 AMby rre

    eco friendly ideas, recycle ideals and patterns…

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    Dec 17, 2009, 06.34 AMby chelseal

    i would love to read interviews with industry professionals and sewing experts, how-to’s for re-purposing existing garments/fabric etc. and (of course!) free patterns.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 06.27 AMby mamahawk0525

    It would contain some basic patterns that you could add to and easily customize. It would have helpful hints from the pros. Latest and greatest and fads for fun ideas. A challenge for those who just can’t get enough. Resources including both on-line and local stores. And, most of all, ratings on the products we use the most — sewing machines, scizzors, thread, fabrics, etc etc. Finally, it would also be great to have a few coupons to help us achieve the “basic patterns”. Ooops, one more; a featured interview with an up and coming designer.

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