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Click here to read more about the amazing Brother giveaway from the latest issue of BurdaStyle US!

Update: This contest is now closed.

We recently asked for your top hand-sewing tips for a chance to win a fabulous prize pack from Make It Coats. We received tons of amazing tips, and we’ll reveal which savvy sewer will be taking home the prize be in the upcoming Fall 2014 issue of BurdaStyle US… on newsstands August 27th!

We know winter is a few months away… but we just couldn’t wait to share our next Giveaway! One very lucky BurdaStyle member will win a Simplicity by Brother SB4138 Sewing Machine valued at $900!

To enter the contest, comment below tell us your most advanced sewing tip. Be sure to include your first name and last initial in your comment to qualify, and keep in mind to check the email address connected to your BurdaStyle profile for any messages from us requesting additional information!

More than one expert tip? Head over here to tell us more advanced sewing tips and tricks! We’ll be searching through all comments to find your best sewing secrets!

The deadline for entering the contest is September 20th, 2014. We’ll announce the winner this November in the winter issue of BurdaStyle US!

Good luck and Happy Sewing!


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    Nov 6, 2014, 04.31 PMby Denise Zeman

    I love to machine embroider and have found these hints to be the best – always use a new needle specifically suited for machine embroidery, use the appropriate stabilizer for the fabric, use 1 sheet per 5,000 stiches, and always float an extra sheet under the hoop. And the best advice I received to control overspray when using spray adhesive was to cut the bottom off of a plastic milk container, center the bottom over the area you wish to spray and then spray through the “pouring” hole of the container. – Denise Zeman

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    Oct 5, 2014, 05.01 AMby 1Luvfostermom

    So eager to hear who won!

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    Sep 30, 2014, 12.47 AMby Joy Meetis

    Joy M.- There are no mistakes just creativeness!

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    Sep 29, 2014, 03.53 PMby Angela Guy Covey

    make sure the machine is plugged in .—angela c

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    Sep 28, 2014, 02.44 PMby Lillybug14

    Before you start quilting make sure you always thread extra bobbins, so you don’t have to quit quilting in the middle of a project to thread your bobbin.

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    Sep 28, 2014, 12.50 PMby Kat Dennis

    Start each project with a new needle.

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    Sep 28, 2014, 03.03 AMby Duner

    Use Q-tips, what looks like a tiny bottle brush and pressure air to clean those small tight spots in your machine. Sally R. Willard,ut..

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    Sep 27, 2014, 11.46 PMby Alsan46

    Hmmm, add my name too. OK. Read the direction booklet! I learn something new every time I open mine! That and changing the needle very frequently are my best ever tips. Al-San F.

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    Sep 27, 2014, 11.44 PMby Alsan46

    Read the direction booklet! I learn something new every time I open mine! That and changing the needle very frequently are my best ever tips.

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    Sep 27, 2014, 11.04 PMby Carol Hofstetter

    Everyone makes mistakes, even advanced professionals. Grab the seam ripper and keep on keeping on! :)

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    Sep 27, 2014, 07.31 PMby Laurel Dankert

    Just keep practicing. Laurel D

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    Sep 27, 2014, 04.51 PMby crazyladyscreationz

    Watch what needle you use. I recently used a flanked needle accidentally and was ready to throw my machine out until a good friend checked my needle. Saved my Brother from being given away and having to purchase a new one. Which, at this time, I do not have the funds for. :)

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    Sep 27, 2014, 02.53 PMby Karon Johnson

    This would be a dream come true. I have 20 yr old machine. Things i could do with this machine.

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    Sep 27, 2014, 01.52 PMby Rina Mason

    I have two. Use an artist fan brush to clean your machine. It’s flat ant gets under the feed dogs. #2 – Take the time to try out all your presser feet. Just because they say they are for one thing doesn’t mean they don’t work great for other things. i use my zipper foot for sewing on cording as it lets me get nice and close. Rina M

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    Sep 27, 2014, 01.32 PMby Anita Proctor

    This looks like another amazing sewing machine from Brother. I would love to win it I am retired and a new sewing machine is not in my budget. Wish me luck.

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    Sep 27, 2014, 01.28 PMby Judy Beebe

    Clean out your bobbin area. It’s amazing how much lint can build up in there.

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    Sep 27, 2014, 01.00 PMby Dawn Green

    measure twice, cut once! Dawn Green

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    Sep 27, 2014, 12.51 PMby Nancy Makela

    Mark your seam allowance on your machine with tape to keep your lines straight and even.

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    Sep 27, 2014, 07.33 AMby Sharisse 'Shary' Lopez

    The iron is your friend!

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    Sep 27, 2014, 06.26 AMby Melissa Bartmess

    make sure you have accurate measurements before cutting out anything

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    Sep 27, 2014, 04.31 AMby cstern

    Press all your seams ! Chrissie S.

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    Sep 27, 2014, 02.51 AMby dulcikate

    Read directions before starting a project, Measure twice cut once, and keep the iron on. Hoping I win this great sewing machine! Thanks for this giveaway! Kathy G.

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    Sep 27, 2014, 01.00 AMby Jane Ritz

    My tips are press all seams and understitch. It makes your sewing look so much better.

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    Sep 26, 2014, 10.33 PMby Martha Youstra

    Oh how I need and would love this machine. I have just started taking quilting classes and would do much better with a quilting machine. Being retired and on a fixed income, all I can do is dream, dream , dream, that I own this machine.

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    Sep 26, 2014, 10.33 PMby Vanessa Scruggs

    Vanessa Scruggs I always read up on the material that I am working with.And I keep a lot of packing paper to make my patterns with .

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    Sep 26, 2014, 10.24 PMby mbxthree

    Install a new needle for a new project. This insures you have the right size/style for the right project. MelanieV

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    Sep 25, 2014, 02.57 AMby yslopez

    I hope I win, I really need a new machine.

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    Sep 25, 2014, 02.56 AMby yslopez

    I want to win, I could really use a new machine.

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    Sep 25, 2014, 02.17 AMby Billie Kretzschmar

    Read and re-read the directions to your project.

    Billie K

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    Sep 25, 2014, 02.09 AMby Bonnie Million

    This looks like a great machine, Just joined this site and am looking foreward to all I can learn here.

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