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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, 06.19 AMby jellybean

    Wow, lots of great suggestions. My favourite is Peaudane’s. I’d really like to make my own basic slopers and get ideas on how to use them for different styles of clothing.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 06.19 AMby galatina

    Fashionable clothes patterns, lots of tips – even simple ones for us amateurs, gift ideas, features about projects – a lot of what’s here on BurdaStyle but in more tactile form.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 06.12 AMby befadee

    I would really love to see a column that talks about fashion in historical context. And perhaps one with basic alteration how tos.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 05.56 AMby ddw113

    I would love a page on tips and techniques

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    Dec 17, 2009, 05.56 AMby emh

    I would love a magazine with a wider range of projects— beginner projects, mixed with how-to’s for more advanced techniques, as well as free patterns and helpful product reviews.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 05.51 AMby whitneyr

    i am a beginning sewer, and i would like to see a magazine with tips for beginners. also, patterns would be nice!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 05.44 AMby tanyaaa

    Inspirational interviews with designers and articles about how to create ‘trendy’ looks for each season would be cool.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 05.33 AMby happybox

    Reading the comments leaves nothing more for me to say – there are so many good ideas. Patterns, instructions, men’s clothes, step-by-step-photos, questions answered, the whole lot!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.58 AMby cathivixen

    I want it all! Couture techniques and quick tips, products that are new and how to use old ones or new uses for old ones, pattern reviews with pictures of the garments made up for real people in various sizes, expert advice and answers, fitting techniques and pants! a special issue just one pants, and how about hand sewing techniques too, just because I’m greedy. LOL

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.56 AMby karina64

    i’d love to read articls about how fashion idustry works , from the idea, insperation to the actual cloth . also about the career of the people behind the fashion industry. i’d love to see articls about how to adjust patterns with different fabric . tips and ideas for projects. and free patterns

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.37 AMby eberry

    i would have free patterns, tips and tricks small projects and kids projects.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.30 AMby sunshinesis

    I would like to see articles on doing Alterations. I would like a column with great Hints and Tips. I would like articles meant to assist those of us who are not new to sewing and would like something challenging and creative to try. I would love to be able to get free patterns. I would want articles for making cute and stylish clothing for plus-size women. Also patterns and/or articles about sewing for boys… there are hardly any out there.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.06 AMby stephaniehyatt

    I like reading couture tip columns. The pros have some great tips for attacking things that scare me. (Welted pockets that never turn quite right… Inset sleeves… Piping…)

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.04 AMby minkeymonkey

    I would like to see tips and how to columns for the difficult things such as pattern making, alterations, difficult fabrics, fine details.

    I would also like to see links pages to sources and other informational magazines/blogs etc, but not just to advertisers!

    I would like a problems column that people could write in to for help. An “ask the experts” type section.

    I would like to see products reviewed but not just the newest or most expensive items. Used finds, oldie but goody machines and book reviews for new and old books.

    A vintage section!! How to identify vintage fabrics, care for said fabrics, vintage patterns and how to decipher them.

    Mathematical formulae for creating quilt patterns and for other purposes.

    Sew alongs that are started in the magazine and then can be followed on the web.

    That is all I can think of!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 04.00 AMby anneeza

    step by step on how to sew (together with the picture) plus tips on how to sew like a pro is what i’m looking for.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.58 AMby RetroDivaSSC

    I think my ideal sewing magazine would deal with simple tips to achieve today’s fashions for a more “plus size” woman’s figure, just something that is both chic AND well fitting. It has been my experience that plus size stores seem a little out of touch with the way things actually fit a real woman’s figure. Any magazine that can offer that would be my right hand!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.58 AMby Jaime Starcheski

    I’d have a hard time paring it down! Most likely I’d look for Novice Sewing Tips, Short Cuts, Seasonal Fashion Updates, Free Patterns, Easy and Quick project Ideas, and product reviews. Then I’d add a few articles for the seasoned sewers, maybe an ask the expert column, and finally a contest/promotions page to promote products from sponsors and give readers a chance to win something from each edition. Whew! I’d love every minute of it!!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.57 AMby couturecutie

    I would love to see free patterns, sewing tips, and a question answering guide, (a person sends in a questions, and then the magazine has a column answering that question.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.52 AMby ninnyleigh

    I appreciate reading about finishing techniques and making professional looking clothing.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.38 AMby betox702xsincity

    I would like to see photos sent in from people around the country.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.37 AMby tklexi

    I just noticed the sewing room setup on the cover :P I really wish my sewing station could look that neat, but that’s totally not going to happen. The other thing Id suggest is maybe technical information on related industries, like fabric production (how brocade is made) or fabric printing, large scale production and their methods, or even right down to fibre production- a special on silk farmers, and how that all works, or cotton farmers. Aside from helping sewers understand how it all works, it would also show how we’re all (even the casual home sewer) part of a larger industry and promote ecological and social awareness.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.35 AMby wjsmth

    tips to custom fit patterns, real peoples projects, machine reviews and hints

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.32 AMby cwheeler

    I would love a column on couture finishing techniques that are adaptable to every day garments.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.32 AMby shahidha

    I’d love free patterns, and tips and tricks for basic sewing techniques and advanced ones. It would be nice, too, to have a column where you could write in questions on sewing problems/advice and get answers.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.25 AMby redbean009

    I would like to see articles on pattern drafting, pattern alteration and fitting problems. And if possible, a column on haute couture techniques would be great!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.22 AMby elzeen

    What content (patterns, columns, information, etc.) would help compile your ideal sewing magazine? How to use all the new sewing tools that I never learned about in school.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.21 AMby manati

    I would love to see patterns, that are explained very good step by step. I hate when you get a magazine and in 3 sentences they explaining how to make a garment. Also a part with techniques to sew with a better finish. And last something I never seem in a magazine, more about pattern construction and personal fitting of patterns.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.21 AMby manati

    I would love to see patterns, that are explained very good step by step. I hate when you get a magazine and in 3 sentences they explaining how to make a garment. Also a part with techniques to sew with a better finish. And last something I never seem in a magazine, more about pattern construction and personal fitting of patterns.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.21 AMby rosetta-beck

    I would love to see patterns for older women, (I’m 70) and don’t think the patterns that are being shown now are approperate for older women. We still like to look good, and in style, but it is hard to find suitable patterns. Tips and techniques would be nice. I am sure there are newer techniques than what we used to use when I was sewing 20 years ago. I still love to sew and create. Wheather it be clothing, toys, childrens clothes, articles for the home. I just love to create.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 03.09 AMby xhsc

    stitching/seaming tips specific to certain fabric types, and some couture/haute couture techniques.

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