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Share your best hand-sewing tip to win a prize pack from Make It Coats!

In the summer issue of BurdaStyle US magazine, we announced a fabulous giveaway: a Make It Coats prize pack worth over $500!

For a chance to win this amazing prize, answer the following question in the comments section below: WHAT’S YOUR MOST UNIQUE HAND-SEWING TIP?

One lucky winner will be chosen and announced in the upcoming fall issue of BurdaStyle US magazine!

Be sure to include your first name, last initial, city, and country (or state if you live in the US).

Good luck!

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    Aug 28, 2014, 09.14 PMby sarahjean2006

    Want to create a VERY special gift: embroider your gift by hand stitching in your own handwriting.

    On card stock, write the words you want to use. Follow the line of your word with a pushpin and poke holes with the pushpin about 1/4 inch apart. Transfer the holes to your project with a contrasting colored pen. Hand sew using the holes as a guide.

    buttons make cute dots for your “i’s”. *When you need heavy duty thread, use dental floss. —SarahJean H., Washington D.C.

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    Aug 19, 2014, 11.56 PMby RebDemp

    Using four strands of thread at once makes sewing on buttons much faster. – Rebecca D, Beirut, Lebanon

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    Jul 14, 2014, 05.48 AMby 20beverly08

    Keep all of your hand sewing supplies organized in one sealed container, in its own place. Knowing that this one container contains every thing you need to complete a project, will save you precious time, and make your hand sewing projects much more enjoyable. Natalie S., Dayton, Ohio, USA

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    Jul 14, 2014, 05.40 AMby 20beverly08

    mark the center ‘safety position’ of your rotary cutter with white writers’ correction fluid. This helps in remembering to always move your rotary cutter to the ‘safety position’ when not in use, to prevent the razor sharp cutting blade from being exposed. Natalie S., Dayton, Ohio, USA

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    Jul 10, 2014, 11.00 AMby Paige Pitcher

    Your own saliva will get out your own blood. I’ve pricked my finger plenty of times on an embroidery piece and left a bit of myself behind. Simply dab on a little of your own spit and gently rub, and it’s gone! Just don’t forget to gently wash your piece when you’re done, lol.

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    Jul 10, 2014, 02.12 AMby sheilacarrion

    Use a needle threader will save you time and stress. Double up the thread on projects that need to be extra secure. Sheila C. Layton, UT

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    Jul 2, 2014, 09.06 PMby TwilightStorm

    If I have a project that I want to be sure I make accurate hand stitches on (that can be washed) is I cut a strip of the Sulky Sticky Fabri Solvy wash away stabilizer, stick it on my project in the area where I want to sew. Then I mark the stabilizer with a tracing wheel where I want the stitches. It also makes picking out mistakes MUCH easier on some fabrics! (The Sulky stuff is white before it’s rinsed away.) When I’m done I just rinse out the stabilizer and the stitches look good. Rebecca P, Illinois, USA

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    Jul 1, 2014, 01.32 PMby ksbmrt

    I don’t have much experience yet but for fellow beginners like myself my best tip is to not hand sew while watching tv. It is amazingly easy to get caught up with what you are watching and end up making mistakes.

    Bethany B. St. Clair, USA

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    Jun 23, 2014, 08.53 PMby momof4beautifulboys

    For hand sewing, after I cut my thread I fold it in half and put the 2 cut pieces through the eye of the needle. The folded end will become the “knot” a little later. I push my threaded needle through the fabric being careful not to pull it all the way through, you will leave a little loop. When my needle comes back through the fabric, I put my needle through the "loop’ (the folded part of the thread) and pull slightly to tighten. You will be sewing with two threads, but there will not be a bulky knot. I do this especially sewing on buttons, but in other applications also. Jena B., Bloomington Springs USA

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    Jun 23, 2014, 12.47 AMby hclio79

    To quickly make a strong seam, I backstitch once, then do a running stitch with as many stitches as can fit on the needle (usually 3-5, depending on the needle), then another backstitch. This is a great compromise between the strength of backstitching and the quickness of running stitch.

    -Selina H., California

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    Jun 19, 2014, 02.23 PMby arjedre

    When I was about 8, a woman in my grandma’s sewing circle told me that I could make threading easier by licking the eye of the needle in addition to the end of the thread. Been doing it ever since, and it does seem to make threading tiny eyes a bit easier.

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    Jun 19, 2014, 02.21 PMby christaj3

    Well, I’m not incredibly talented at hand sewing, so the best tip I have is to never use more than an arms length of thread, using more makes you more likely to encounter frustrating knots, tangles & thread breakage. Thanks!!

    Christa D. Grand Junction, CO

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    Jun 17, 2014, 10.44 PMby Rust Hawk

    I always use wax on my hand needles.

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    Jun 17, 2014, 10.28 PMby LBJ9

    The double eye needles are great for adding wow to any stitches that will remain visible on the finished item. Try them with 2 different colors or 2 contrasting types of threads (i.e., metallic and topstitching). A designer look is instantly achieved with very little effort. Lynne R., Hammond, LA

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    Jun 17, 2014, 07.47 PMby Sarah Jenny

    The often FORGOTTEN OPTION in hand sewing, which can make an enormous difference in your personal ability to maneuver the fabric, needle and thread together, is NEEDLE LENGTH! Using the right SIZE needle is a given, but trying that same size needle in different lengths (short, regular and long) to determine which one is the most comfortable in your hand and the easiest for YOU to grip and stitch with can make your hand-sewing experience sew much better! ~ Sarah J. Sammamish, WA

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    Jun 17, 2014, 06.06 PMby Nikkee Huerta

    My hand sewing tip: Take your time! Go slow and carefully. If you try to rush, or use long stitches it will look like a disaster. If you go slow it will look great! If you are hemming or even joining a seam, it can be helpful (and usually is) to press the sea well first. Pressing it at minimum will give you a nice crisp guideline to use and will definitely give you better results!

    Nickkole H, Fort Bragg North Carolina

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    Jun 17, 2014, 04.49 PMby Evans Sevieux

    Use a thread whose color matches the garment as close as possible. Use a single thread when sewing a hem and only sew through one thread at a time so the final hem will be invisible.

    Evans s, green cv sprgs, US

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    Jun 17, 2014, 02.38 PMby sammi357

    Use a ‘sewing bird’ clamp for help holding fabric while hand sewing. Many vintage models have stylized birds. To be honest, I probably use mine more for UN-sewing than sewing, but it’s a very handy tool.

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    Jun 17, 2014, 01.52 PMby RockstarSewist

    My best tip is to not use long threads especially if you’re a beginner. They will end up getting tangled and you’ll get frustrated and have to start over. Julia B. North Canton, Ohio, USA

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    Jun 17, 2014, 10.58 AMby ladyanya

    My tip is : take your time, because if you want to make it faster, you’ll probably have to make it again! Anna R. Gliwice, Poland

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    Jun 16, 2014, 06.46 PMby CarmenW

    If you are going to do a lot of hand sewing on a project thread several needles at once. Wax your threads and iron the threads. This way the wax becomes part of the thread and doesn’t stain your garment after the first time through dryer.

    Carmen W Loveland, CO, USA

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    Jun 16, 2014, 05.30 PMby SienV

    Never do it when you’re tired! Sien V., Leuven, Belgium

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    Jun 16, 2014, 01.34 PMby Renee Epley

    Use a high quality thread and correct type based on the type of fabric you are hand sewing. Also make sure you use the appropriate needle gauge for the fabric you are sewing. Using the correct tools and materials for your project will not only make your hand sewing easier, but it will also give a more professional appearance.

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    Jun 16, 2014, 10.11 AMby stella

    I don’t like hand sewin but when I have to, I install everything I need in a comfy, light place and take it slow to be sure my seam is straight and even! Carole B. St Jorioz, France

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    Jun 16, 2014, 12.46 AMby Pinkbop

    My advice is sew stuff you like. It think its cool to wear and use my stuff but if you dont like it youll be embarased to do so. Cat C. California

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    Jun 15, 2014, 09.38 PMby Basinka

    My best advice: don’t be afraid to sew. Everything can be repaired, or it could be even better that way :) And for tip: I’m used to hand sewing since I’m sewing medieval clothing with original technique used in medieval times :) You can make unique modern garment even if you use some inspiration from the past. Stitches were very nice and they can be used in more creative ways nowadays ;)

    Barbora K. Bratislava, Slovakia

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    Jun 15, 2014, 09.08 PMby gemmafloyd

    A good way for mending your tights – sew them while wearing them! You get the right stretch of the fabric and you don’t have to fuss about putting your hand in and out of the tights. :) Ewa N., Warsaw, Poland

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    Jun 15, 2014, 09.07 AMby outofbalance

    If my hands are sweaty an die needle doesn’t slip through the fabric, I pull the needle a few times through my hair. It works

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    Jun 14, 2014, 09.31 PMby LaMadalena

    Never, ever, ever sew anything dark at night -light black, burgundy or navy. Sewing requires sunlight. My grandmother was a very good seamstress and lost her sight because she used to sew with just a candle when she was young.

    Also, always wash your hand before sewing and during sewing if it is summer. Needles last longer and your hands feel much more better and apt to the job.

    And this might sound weird but my grandma used to say that nothing removes blood from a white fabric than the saliva of the blood owner… I have tested this tip and it works XD Marisa R, Alicante, Spain.

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