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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!

263 Comments

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.35 AMby misa619

    I have a degree in fashion design & have been sewing for 30+ years so I already own dozens of books covering sewing techniques & I actually prefer to have them in book form rather than in magazines. Frankly, I find most sewing magazines only cater to beginning sewers so I rarely buy sewing magazines unless they have free patterns/projects. Since this magazine says it has 45 quick projects it looks promising so I’d love to give it a try.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.33 AMby birdie98

    Free patterns, hints and tips and machine maintenance and cleaning.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.25 AMby wendyxo

    New clothes patterns, tips for beginner and more advanced sewers. homemade gift ideas, profiles on home sewers doing great things.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.24 AMby sunquistadora

    Patterns, tutorials, and quick tips on things like working with specific types of fabric, or a specific type of seam, etc.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.23 AMby no4daughter

    I would love to see projects to help organize my home.

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.19 AMby beesting

    I’d like product reviews, maybe by more than one person, on things like tread brands, sergers, seam rippers, everything. I’d also love patterns and maybe have them made up in different fabrics to show different ideas. Also a techniques section.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.51 PMby vickles

    I think it would be interesting to have suggestions of how to modify basic patterns for modern fashions. I know I have a few basic classic dress, skirt and trouser patterns, but would like to know what bits I need to make bigger/shorter/longer to create different effects and make up to date clothes without buying lots of different patterns!

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.48 PMby makurochan

    lots of patterns, tips on size altering, and maybe some tutorials for some more difficult techniques?

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.48 PMby gaylee1949

    Free patterns, lots of tips, and Q&As. It’d be great if all levels of sewist was included, from beginner thru to couture. New tools should be covered too, as well as info about the latest machines.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.44 PMby marissanichole

    I think it would be cool to have a kids craft section, something you can do with little ones, or make for fun yourself. ideas on embellishing your own creations, such as how to do embroidery or something. I always find consumer guides for things like machines, sergers etc useful and can never find them.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.43 PMby rach07

    Would love to see more on fabric sources, especially review of online stores. Also look to see interviews of people doing interesting things with fabric.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.31 PMby leale

    i would like to see articles about techniques. Guide to different fabrics and fabric suitability to projects. Look behind fabric designer’s door. Look behind clothing/home dec manufacturer’s door. Studios tours.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.31 PMby dehrme

    As a pretty new sewer, and as someone who wants to see more people sew, I like technique articles.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.25 PMby sanho

    more basic patterns and detailed instructions on how to alter them

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.24 PMby quellebelle

    I’d like to know more about how to adjust sewing techniques (and findings etc.) depending on what kind of fabric you’re using.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.18 PMby bettyboop-1

    Wow- so many great ideas from everybody. Here are some of my thoughts: quick tips’ section -faq or ask the expert / problem solving -ideas for hobbies that may become sucessful / profiles of readers how’ve made the jump from hobyist to pro -free patterns (we love the free!) -how to’s easier zippers or inset pockets or cuffs special sections mens, petite, plus, etc quick projects section IE crafts or “make it today & wear it tonight” I’m sure there is much more but then the magazine would end up as fat as those bridal mags.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.08 PMby junisbabe

    I would like more clear explanations on altering patterns! I struggle with that!

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.07 PMby ehsweetpea

    I would enjoy reading an article each month on different small fabric stores across the country or world. I am finding it harder and harder to find good places to purchase my fabric and supplies without going to big box stores.
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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.03 PMby sew-darn-cute

    not really sure - i’d like something more creative than every day!

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    Dec 16, 2009, 11.02 PMby monmedel

    An article specializing in the achievement to obtain good craftsmanship what steps to keep in mind in order to achieve the best looking finish garment and what steps not to avoid. Also a quick article featuring new materials like new textiles, (faux leather, vinyl, etc) and where to get them from. the textile industry is always coming up with new interesting fabrics that need exploring but not many get to because we are unaware those materials are outthere. So Please a more modern approach to sewing.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 10.59 PMby lizzyboo

    I love to learn, so many tips and other articles or pictures on people’s workspaces, or stashes. featured patterns, a question and answer area, and I think step by steps are really easy with pictures….great.

    Elizabeth.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 10.58 PMby shamdoogle

    Patterns obviously, interviews with seamsters and designers, some sewing tips/advice column (like Dear Abby but for sewing).

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    Dec 16, 2009, 10.49 PMby supergirl2000

    Free patterns and projects for wearable fashionable clothes for all the family – not just easy little girl’s dresses! If each issue had a pattern showcasing a new/difficult technique so you could learn something new each time that would be fabulous. Tips on how to finish garments professionally so they don’t look so much like I made them blindfolded. Articles about different fabric properties/uses and other products – I’ve just been finding out about interlining and interfacing for a coat I want to make and the range of options has confused me greatly! I like to see lots of pictures of projects/other people’s makes for inspiration, and information about where fabric was sourced from on those projects. Also a spread with latest trends in fabrics and buttons would be nice.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 10.45 PMby laurie adler

    My ideal sewing magazine would include a few free patterns, modern/fashionable styles that are comfortable and wearable in “real life” with photos of someone wearing the garment, featured “artists” that tell their story of their craft (how they learned, inspiration, how long they have been sewing, do they do it for a living), top ten tips of the month (or bi-month whatever works for that magazine), Upcycling – making a piece of clothing from recycled pieces of this and that – 1 project per magazine.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 10.40 PMby myrcini

    patterns and quick and easy tips

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    Dec 16, 2009, 10.36 PMby Rachel Bain

    Free patterns are always excellent. Profiles on independent designers & crafters. Tips/information on different fabrics & other materials. Ask an Expert-type column, so people could write in with questions. Resources (books, websites, etc.) for sewers. A focus on garment sewing, but a small section each issue with ideas for other sewing or crafting projects. Contests!

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    Dec 16, 2009, 10.35 PMby jennsquared

    I would like to see tips for all degrees of advancement… Like things for beginners, with explanations to different things and what they meant and how to do them. But of course, in different levels too because eventually beginners will graduate to intermediate!

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    Dec 16, 2009, 10.24 PMby robinbear

    I would like to see every day womens clothes, free patterns, and high-level how-tos on everything I think a review of patterns, a column on fitting issues and how to correct them would be great also.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 10.18 PMby clumsyknitter

    Something that provided quick tips for common problems would be nice.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 10.07 PMby balduffington

    I’d love to see patterns, tips for beginners, information on how to see old clothes differentlyso that they can be re-fashioned, any time-saving steps that keep projects from failing, and maybe even some fabric related fiction or poetry…and lots of pictures!

    Also I’ve noticed that a lot of the sewing magazines on the stands have similar projects (I’m over aprons! or seeing projects I’ve seen on the web in glossy magazines)…so when I say patterns I think I mean the fold out, cut and go kind for really cool and versatile garments…

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