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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, 03.01 AMby nognibene

    Easy DIY activities. I love learning about different crafts I can make up on my own. I’m a pretty crafty individual so the more fun crafts the better and if they involve a sewing machine . . . even BETTER! I love sewing, good easy pattern ideas would be nice also, like fun detailing that you can add to a top to revamp it or something

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.56 AMby dpquiltsca

    I LOVE seeing alternations of older clothes…..adding to them or changing them into a different style. Using old clothes for home decor…..UPCYCLING!!!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.52 AMby nsellis

    I’d certainly like to read interviews w/ designers (clothing and fabric)! I don’t think free patterns make a lot of sense for a magazine as other posters have suggested (unless these patterns are an on-line adjunct to one’s subscription); how could a decent pattern be reduced to magazine size? Perhaps craft project patterns are what they’re hoping could be included. Less emphasis on the quick! and easy! … it’s usually misleading. More emphasis on tutorials.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.50 AMby hazellizzie

    A section just full of photos for ideas would be great. And of course, it’s always wonderful to find patterns and templates.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.44 AMby sewneenee

    higher level how-to’s and alterations would be awesome but also some quick and easy trendy projects in the mix!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.39 AMby fridel4

    I would love to see latest fashions, helpful tips, trends, fabrics styles coming out, sewing tips, free patterns, ads for great places to shop for supplies, fashion shows or competitions that are upcoming, new lines coming out. A remember when column would be cool, remembering past designers and their collections.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.28 AMby kittynsmokey

    Q&A section and quick tips – all those little tricks you’ve picked up and want to share with everyone to make their lives easier.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.10 AMby vangel34

    I love reading about tips, shortcuts, and techniques, especially for quilting. I also like product/notion reviews and patterns that are new and unique.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.00 AMby sewingelle

    I’d love a regular how to column on adjusting patterns for different body shapes ( sway back, small bust, etc)

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.59 AMby awil

    free patterns, fold-out, real-size patterns—not photocopy 400%.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.57 AMby millasandra

    I would like to see a magazine that covered basic pattern drafting and troubleshooting for the everyday sew person. I will never be a person who hand picks a zipper into a chiffon skirt, or creates a platform for a topless dress. I sew for pleasure, for gifts and to create clothes that fit me, not clothes on a runway.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.56 AMby ggexpansive

    i would love to see a sewing magazine with designer inspiration and then how to get the look at every level , beginner, intermediate, and advanced. i would also like to see pattern drafting for all levels taught in a sewing magazine.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.48 AMby itssewtime-1

    Every once in a great while when I can scrape together enough change I buy a sewing magazine (just sampling thus far, never the same title twice). The last one I was able to buy was Sew News Aug/sept. If I remember correctly there was a section in it that explained various, what I call, “trims”. I LOVED it. It showed rickrack and lace tape and twill tape and probably some others. The best was that it showed DETAILED pictures as well as giving a written explanation for what each was used and how to do it. The material they used was current but not cluttery (easy to see that to do but not too plain jane). I’m just going from memory here. I’ve never really looked back at it but this stuck out in my mind outof all the other things I’ve seen in various sewing magazines. I love inspirational articles, easy-to-do projects as well as projects that offers a challenge or teaches a newor tricky technique, question and answer columns and spotlights on artists or patterns or what have you. But this seemingly simple section caught my eye and inspired my mind enough to write about it here. I just love to find out how to use things I see in my local fabric shop but am too scared to test out. I’m a self-taught seamstress and feel out of my element sometimes with some of the “old’school” tools and techniques… but they facinate me nevertheless.

    My other favorite would be to have a whole section on deconstruction/reconstruction… especially great in this economy but fun at anytime.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.37 AMby marliesbs

    My ideal sewing magazine would include patterns that are similar to the fashion you see on the runway and high end designers. I also like to see the same patterns made with different types of materials.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.25 AMby redrose

    Eco friendly and time friendly projects would be perfect. I love being eco friendly and I love fast sewing projects.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.20 AMby janwiller

    This is a wonderful gift; one that I would love to receive! Thanks!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.19 AMby ashchaser

    The sewing machines at my university have the most fantastic computers and there is an entire encyclopedia of how-to’s that I would love!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.07 AMby amyp

    In-depth articles about types of fabrics and patterns that show off those fabrics well.

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      Dec 17, 2009, 01.14 AMby crazy4burda

      I want every issue to be a surprise. I love reading everything related to sewing.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.06 AMby mcgjean

    I would like to see a very easy to find table of contents in order to find articles quickly, a section with techniques copied from ready to wear lines of clothing, a section for the young adult sewers, and an online index to be able to look up articles in past issues.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.02 AMby joyk

    I’d like to see new craft projects, free patterns, short-cuts/tips.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 01.01 AMby sew-sunshine

    As mentioned by so many, free patterns are a must. I’d love to learn about all the tools and the trick for using them. I’ve learned so much from talking to my sewing friends and I’m sure there are many out there that might not have a group to learn from. What better place than a magazine to help us all along.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.56 AMby csuazo

    free patterns

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.50 AMby judeb

    Free patterns are always great -men’s, women’s, children’s and babies. But generally more on men’s clothing issues would be good, my poor hubby misses out because I am not that confident with men’s sewing and don’t have the time to sit and work it all out, nice clear concise articles that cover fit and cut variations for men would be really good.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.44 AMby 29threads

    I like patterns for bags and totes that are simple and versatile. I also enjoy instructions on design-your-own patterns. I would love columns about and recommendations for finding good, affordable fabric and sewing notions.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.42 AMby Andrea Barrett

    I’d like to see articles on vintage fashion and tailoring methods. And on how to recycle cast-offs, etc. There is so much…I could go on and on! a

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.41 AMby hstorm799

    patterns, couture sewing room techniques, articles on design method and pattern making…

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.39 AMby bmck97004

    Would love to see inspiration and techniques for make an ordinary pattern extra-ordinary – changing pockets, closures, hemlines, collars, etc.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.37 AMby laken

    What content in my IDEAL sewing magazine? hmmm let’s see…

    patterns for everyday wear, fancy wear and the sort. sections on how to adjust a paper pattern to fit your body perfectly- what’s worse than being a non-stock-standard shape?! reader’s tips and information on where to find the best bargains around – patterns, fabrics, and notions whether favourite stores, or online… timeless trends – like a how to for making staples, and how to keep them timelessly fashionable… perhaps beginners guides to other crafts, and tips on where to obtain further information… themed months – so retro month, or back-to-basics month or something…

    wow, so much to think about, and so much to include, maybe it should be a book instead!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.36 AMby bondgirlquilter

    I always find it interesting to see how a variety of sewing experts would tackle the same fitting issue, or quilting issue, or whatever. The more you sew, the more you know there is “more than one way to skin a cat” and I love having options to try. I would like to see a high couture tip/project section every time. I love seeing quilting art techniques Having a humor column is always lots of fun!

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