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[Update 11/14/2011] – Congratulations to mad14kt, who was randomly selected to win this dress form!

Dritz has an amazing selection of sewing notions, trims and tools that any seamstress or seamster would love.

We used some of their items for two of our latest craft projects, “Grommet Skirt” and “Make Hearts, Not War.” We loved using all of the supplies!

Now, until Monday, November 14th, Dritz is giving away one of their amazing “My Double Deluxe (Small)” dress forms. Here are all the great features it has:

- Designed to fit pants plus all other types of garments (gowns , dresses, suits & skirts).
- Off-set center pole for hanging pants
- Shaped hips -bottom & thighs for fitting pants
- Longer pole to accommodate taller women – wedding dresses & evening gowns
- Extended shoulders for supporting & setting in sleeves
- 12 Rotating dial wheels at bust – waist & hips
- Adjustments can be made in precise increments
- Adjustable back waist length
- Adjustable neck with pin cushion
- Pin Hem Marker
- Foam-backed nylon cover for easy pinning & marking.

Sounds cool, right?! To enter, answer the following: What’s your most treasured tool or notion in your sewing basket?

Good Luck!

Please note: If selected as a winner, any personal information you provide to receive your prize in this giveaway is subject to the sponsor’s privacy rules. These may differ from BurdaStyle’s rules, so please review the rules before entering your information. BurdaStyle is not responsible for the handling of your data in connection with this giveaway.


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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.22 PMby megarooski42

    My favorite tool is my little ruler with a marking slide. It always helps me mark my seams straight! I’m looking forward to exploring the world of grommets, snaps, and eyelets myself! Working on aquiring all the proper tools.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.14 PMby maurica

    Great giveaway! Thanks! I use my seam ripper more frequently than I’d like to admit! When it get’s misplaced (an easy feat with children in the sewing room) I must launch a full-scale search & rescue to locate it. It’s definitely my favorite.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.13 PMby RoseQuartz54

    My favorite tool in my sewing basket is my pinking scissors. They are so useful, and I use them for everything! Thanks for the giveaway. ;) -Julia

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.05 PMby sunbeachsurf

    Dritz white elastic thread! I love to smock dresses and shirts! When I go to buy it, I pick up every package JoAnn’s has on the notions wall :)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.04 PMby nksm

    fThis is one tough question: My most treasured notions are cutting tools: all scissors and rotary cutters!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.03 PMby pattycake-1

    My seam ripper, rotary cutter, and oh yeah my electric scissors.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.03 PMby SundeepJethany

    My seam ripper that I have had forever… I got it for Home ec in 7th grade and I am 52…you do the math! Any tool that can be used as much as I have used that one and still work better than any tool I own has got to be my favorite.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.03 PMby aggieb

    My most treasured item IS my beautiful sewing box.

    Made by my Dad for his O’Level woodwork class about 40 years ago, and donated to my crafting slightly more recently. It’s all hand-finished wood and dovetail joints. You can’t beat good craftsmanship and the tools with which to make with. Thanks Papa!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.03 PMby aggieb

    My most treasured item IS my beautiful sewing box.

    Made by my Dad for his O’Level woodwork class about 40 years ago, and donated to my crafting slightly more recently. It’s all hand-finished wood and dovetail joints. You can’t beat good craftsmanship and the tools with which to make with. Thanks Papa!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.03 PMby myhappysewingplace

    oooohhh! good giveaway! My most treasured tool is my seam guage! I use it all the time!!!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.03 PMby alasse

    my favourite tool is probably my chalk pen. It’s just so much easier to use then the usual chalk squares! For fashion school I however just got a french curve… it might just steal my heart from the chalk pen ;) We’ll see.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.01 PMby kanhoro

    i think my most treasured would be my totoro stuffed toy i use as a pincushion.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.00 PMby Kimberly Nugent

    My seam ripper, scissors and my pins! (And yes I’ve labeled my scissors so my hubby doesn’t touch them!)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.00 PMby serena

    I would be lost without my tiny thread-snipping scissors (which I use as a seam ripper, too) and my glass-head silk pins.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.59 PMby terriswallow

    My most treasured tool would be a fierce competition between my elephant pin cushion that I made once I began my newly renewed passion for sewing after a dozen years or my fabric shears because what good is a pair of scissors on fabric, sharp & well kept shears are where it’s at! My iron is a close 3rd but not nearly as prized as the two tied for first!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.58 PMby Kristi McDonough

    It’s a tie between my tube of Liquid Stitch glue and my glass head pins. I love the glue so much because you can use it wherever you want permanent stitching (before you put the permanent stitches in, of course) like tags or applique, it is especially usefull for installing a perfect zipper! I love my glass head pins because they are thin and sharp, making then the perfect all-purpose choice for just about anything and you don’t have to remove them to iron because they won’t melt!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.56 PMby verypurpleperson

    My measurement tape! It has inches on one side and metric on the other, something that I’ve never found with other tapes. It has been with me for so many years and moved around with me a lot.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.54 PMby wolfdawg59

    My favorite tool is my french curve. When reworking or adjusting a pattern, I used to struggle with creating a new curve and with this tool, I can always get the shape I need exactly and easily. Reworking armholes or taking an existing pattern and applying it to a different project becomes simple..

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.54 PMby nouvellegamine

    my most treasured tool or notion are my little gold stork embroidery scissors. they have a little face so i always feel they’re somehow alive and so happy to be sewing with me!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.52 PMby jeanne93454

    My most treasured notion is a thingie that makes notches in the edge of the fabric where the the diamonds are printed on the pattern for lining up pattern pieces. It belonged to my father who had his own sportswear business in NYC. I find it so much easier to use than trying to cut the little points out.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.51 PMby aldara

    My most treasured things are both my sewing box that holds the notions and my sewing machine. I inherited both from my great-grandma, and they always make me think of her. :)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.41 PMby Denise Kent

    my most treasured notion in my sewing box is my little round green silk box lined in hot pink that has tiny little chinese figures all around it. i have had this box holding my straight pins since i learned to sew in junior high. for some reason i have always kept it and i plan to give it to my daughter when she gets her first sewing machine. i bought it in chinatown near to where i grew up in los angeles many years ago.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.31 PMby dobleufa

    My iron is, most definitely, my most treasured tool. It steams beautifully and it´s pink!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.27 PMby todddec

    My most treasured tool has to be my tailor’s chalk and wax. I ALWAYS have to rework patterns to fit me (I’m long-waisted and have an hourglass figure), so it’s in constant use. I would love a dress form. It would be so much easier to drap than to redraft patterns!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.20 PMby ricewitadobo

    I will not start a project until I know exactly where my seam ripper is. Unfortunately, I always mess up, so out comes the best notion ever! Plus, it takes out the basting stitches :D

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.18 PMby thinker

    My most treasured tools: glass head pins, magnetic pin cushion, marking chalk, tracing paper, seam ripper, see-through tailor’s curve, ironing board, iron, Gingher shears, sewing machine with a variety of feet. Can’t do without any of them! A handy extra that I’ve been using lately: double sided wonder tape to hold tricky pieces in place while sewing. It washes out.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.16 PMby ifthrasher

    My most treasured tool is a pair of Gingher shears my mom gave me when I was about 15 and a darning “egg” that belonged to my Grandmother.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.16 PMby Redjeanne

    My favorite notions are my seam ripper, my straight pins and my rotary cutter. I can’t live without any of them!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.15 PMby corsets4me

    I must say that my most treasured notion in my sewing kit is my tin of straight pins. I use them for everything! For fitting outfits, pinning up hems that I didn’t finish in time (oops), even as a closure for historical (and sometimes non-historical) garments, and of course in the usual manner of holding two pieces of cloth together before sewing. The other three top things in my sewing kit are tiny sewing needles, silk thread, and good shears.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.12 PMby kates12310

    Honestly my most loved tool for sewing is my quick – unpick! And probably my most used as well. I need to buy a few more so they are wherever I do my sewing. But also the pins with the large coloured bobble on the end – I haven’t stuck myself with one accidentally left in my project since I got them!

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