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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 10, 2011, 02.52 AMby gerlinde111

    Wow, would love to win this! While I use my seam ripper a lot, I really love my tape measure! I brought it with me from Germany when I moved to the States, and every time I use it I think about my home. It’s also easier for me to use the metric system.

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    Nov 10, 2011, 02.28 AMby Mandy Denham

    I have a seam gauge from the 20’s that I found in a bag of random sewing goods at a garage sale. I use it all the time because EVERYTHING needs a hem and it is super tough metal so the slide always stays in place. So many people have tried to walk off with my seam gauge, but I keep my eye on it like an eagle.

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    Nov 10, 2011, 02.21 AMby bethavan

    I would have to say that pins are my most valuable tool. Pins help me with everything from checking the fit to manipulating a tricky seam.

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    Nov 10, 2011, 02.16 AMby Penguinade

    I can’t sew without my favorite thimble! It’s not fancy, but once I started using it, I couldn’t quit.

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    Nov 10, 2011, 01.42 AMby lanamarie6

    my most treasured tool is my stork embroidery scissors; they were given to me by my mom when i first started sewing as a teen :)

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    Nov 10, 2011, 12.42 AMby natsunoyoru

    My most treasured sewing tool is my rotary cutter~ it makes my sewing journey so much smoother!

    I’d love to win the dress form, it’s been on my wish list for long~~


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    Nov 10, 2011, 12.37 AMby wednesdey

    While like a lot of people here I do use my seam-ripper a lot. My favorite item in my sewing box is my pin cushion. It’s an antiquated one, of Oriental kids holding hands all the way around the cushion (similar to this one http://tiny.cc/58jd7). It reminds me of one that my aunt had when I was a kid, so it brings back fond memories.

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    Nov 10, 2011, 12.36 AMby deanadork

    my most trusted and favorite tool is my metal straight edged ruler. Measure twice, cut once!!!

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    Nov 9, 2011, 11.47 PMby vicsguy2009

    I’ll take that!

    Thank you!

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    Nov 9, 2011, 11.24 PMby ecofabric

    My most treasured tool in my sewing basket is my father’s press mitt. He was a tailor who learned his skills as a prisoner of war. He has passed on now, but every time I look at the mitt I think of him.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 11.24 PMby nopushover

    Favorite tool – the every handy seam ripper, which I unfortunately use a lot…and I really mean a lot.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 11.17 PMby feylin

    My favorite? I think that would definitely be my seam ripper! I just started sewing a few months back and that little guy has gotten so much use and helped me realize that hey, mistakes can be fixed! <3

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    Nov 9, 2011, 10.58 PMby Laurel CJ

    My favourite notion is my flexible sewing ruler – I use it at all stages.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 10.55 PMby MientjiB

    Like everyone else, I’d love this dressform!!! My favourite and most indispensable sewing tool (at the moment) is my ironing board – we live in such a small studio apartment that the board multitasks as cutting table, arm rest while I’m basting or hand-stitching, blocking surface for my crochet and knitting, mood-board when I’m thinking through a new project – as well as all important ironing surface :-)

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    Nov 9, 2011, 10.30 PMby thepurplepurler

    Got to be my seam ripper. I make so many silly mistakes – mainly because I can get a bit cocky and think I know what I’m doing and then realise I’ve just cocked up!!! One day I hope to give another reason for loving my seam ripper: altering a vintage dress blah, blah, blah. But for now, alas…I’m just a bit rubbish! lol

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    Nov 9, 2011, 10.19 PMby nenasew

    Right now my most treasured tool is my new steam iron. I had an old iron that should have been thrown away years ago. When I finally got my new one, I realized what an invaluable tool it is.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 10.18 PMby Nilayaco

    It’s got to be the humble SEAM RIPPER!! and my iron ;)

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    Nov 9, 2011, 09.41 PMby RetroPA

    Mine is my gingher scissors. I just got them and can barely bring myself to take them out of the case. They are just so pretty and sharp!

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    Nov 9, 2011, 09.34 PMby infinite-plus-one

    My most treasured tool is my sewing box where I keep everything! It was given by my best friend on my birthday last year. She bought in a second-hand store, but the box looks like new and it’s beautiful; it’s simple but classy.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 09.31 PMby sarahliden

    While not “treasured” at well under $2, the most useful item in the basket is my sliding metal ruler. I also value the Singer screw-on seam guide I picked up on Ebay.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 09.13 PMby shelai

    Undoubtedly, my seam ripper has made it ok to experiment wildly, so it’s my favorite “special” tool. But let’s hear it for good needles too—ones that glide through the fabric, that last year after year, with eyes just the right size for the thread I like to use.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 09.02 PMby janers41

    My most treasured tool is the seam ripper which belonged to my grandmother. It’s encased in clear green plastic and has caps which remove. One end is the seam ripper, the other is a tweezer, and there’s also a needle threader. It’s not a fancy tool, but it was hers, so I cherish it.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 08.59 PMby pgf

    My rotary cutter with the pinking blade is my absolute favorite, especially with slippery fabrics. I never wanted a dressform before because my fitting problems were all about pants-thank you for this innovation.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 08.54 PMby lala86

    Well, being a little toady, I guess BurdaStyle would be my one of my most treasured tools!!! Also my grandma’s old scissors. They have so much history behind! She brought them from Italy when she migrated in 1925 to south Chile and used them at her tailor shop. The scissors were a gift from her father whom she never got to see again. Then she came to live to Buenos Aires, Argentina and now she passed them to me and I still use them when I have delicated fabrics to cut. The scissors cut perfectly and I adore them!!

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    Nov 9, 2011, 08.52 PMby dameventh

    My most treasured sewing tool would have to be my mother’s Kershaw fabric shears. My dad bought a set of them from a thrift store for cheap. Mom got for a birthday present and they got passed down to me. The shears are very good quality and mean a lot to me. I feel like mom’s helping me sew when I use them. =]

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    Nov 9, 2011, 08.44 PMby mckenzieclark

    I love my triangular tailor’s chalk and my Gingher scissors. I’m very protective of them both! :)

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    Nov 9, 2011, 08.40 PMby karenpe

    Without doubt my computer and the internet………how should I ever get to do any sewing without the inspiration from blogs and pages like this one?

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    Nov 9, 2011, 08.14 PMby lnderrart

    Honestly, my most treasured tool is the Internet. It is a technological age after all. I’m still a novice at apparel sewing and find myself constantly pausing a project to look up a term or how to do a stitch. I’ve relied on multiple invaluable blogs, webpages and tutorials including Gertie’s Bombshell Dress class on Craftsy. It’s also how I came across Burda! But second to the Internet would be my clear ruler/french curve. I wouldn’t be able to properly modify my patterns to fit me without it!

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    Nov 9, 2011, 07.51 PMby Suduplo

    My favorite tool is my new pair of scissors. I just love the clean edges and how smooth and easy it cuts through the fabric. Just like a hot knife through butter.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 07.50 PMby hayleyroper

    my seam ripper with the magnifying glass and spotlight attachment! indispensible!

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