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[UPDATE 12/03/2012] – Congratulations to BurdaStyle member alicewang for winning this giveaway!

Comment on our blog for a chance to win a copy of Sew Merry and Bright: 20 Easy, Fun, and Festive Patterns by Linda Lum Debono.

Have yourself a colorful little Christmas! From popular designer Linda Lum DeBono, this handmade-holiday collection offers an exciting array of decorating ideas.

• Fill your sleigh with 21 fun and whimsical projects, including wall hangings, place mats, ornaments, stockings, table runners, a tree skirt, an Advent calendar, and more
• Indulge in bright novelty prints; projects also work nicely in a more traditional palette
• Find a host of cheery home-decor items and gift ideas for Christmas

Click here for purchasing info on Sew Merry and Bright: 20 Easy, Fun, and Festive Patterns (That Patchwork Place).

For a chance to win this fun and creative book, please answer the following question in the comments section below: What advice do you have for finishing technique for necklines and armholes?

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 23, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). One lucky winner will be chosen.

Good luck!
The BurdaStyle Team


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    Nov 23, 2012, 10.33 PMby ali0423

    Understitch, staystichig and interfacing.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 09.29 PMby milnay3

    Understitch neck facing (which is interfaced) so it doesn’t fly up. I find the overlocker is the easiest way to finish arm holes. Second best option would be to bias bind.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 09.08 PMby bttn

    First staystitch the curves to save them from stretching out. And when there’s a facing, understitch it, it makes such a difference, this is one of my favourite technic.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 09.03 PMby Anna Lori

    I love patchwork, and I’m tryng to make a blanket and one Christmas runner…but I would like to make other things, and I hope to wind this book so to improve my art! tks and compliments for your art

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    Nov 23, 2012, 08.27 PMby Lisa Jervis

    OMG I NEED this book!!!!! My little girl would love making all things Christmas with me ;-D

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    Nov 23, 2012, 07.39 PMby SewNotWork

    Make sure to understitch and also preshrink your interfacing.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 07.28 PMby sunrise4352000

    weither using a facing or bias tape always blind hem stitch your inside edge down by hand!

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    Nov 23, 2012, 07.21 PMby janers41

    Use stay stitching, go slowly, and press, press, press! I love to iron and press so that part is my favorite. :)

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    Nov 23, 2012, 07.15 PMby Katherine Hudson Faircloth

    I’ve always ironed those places before, ironed half way through, and ironed again after to make sure everything is laying very flat so that pieces line up really well. My grandmothers alway made me do that, and to alway stitch the armholes twice, especially when sewing for boys! _

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    Nov 23, 2012, 06.53 PMby Oorigamigal

    Depending on the design- I sometimes like to topstitch very close to the edge- going super slow around the curves.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 06.05 PMby 5294sandras

    Embroider the edge of the neckline instead of a topstitch.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 05.59 PMby taysha1128

    bias tape fixes everything!

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    Nov 23, 2012, 05.39 PMby Micheledore

    Understitching is key as well as getting a fit around the opening in the first place

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    Nov 23, 2012, 04.19 PMby alicewang

    Unlike many people, I don’t actually mind facings – though I tend to build in a “cloth allowance” so they don’t flip back out! Another technique that I often use for thin/sheer fabrics is using bias binding on a single-fold (so that the bias tape acts like a facing, and is not visible from the outside other than one stitching line). That leaves a very neat finish without the bulk and I have seen it in some of my RTW items.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 04.04 PMby panifrau

    Stay stitch the curves. I like double folded bias tape and topstitching on lighter fabrics. For wool or anything thicker an understitched facing looks best.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 03.26 PMby runningwithscissors1

    Take your time. I just screwed up a shirt I was making because I was eager to get started and wound up pulling the fabric too much now I am stuck with figuring out how to fix it. Had I taken some time and figured out the best way to sew the jersey for that piece, I wouldn’t be stuck in this mess!

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    Nov 23, 2012, 03.05 PMby Mauude

    I love to use biais or just making a lining !! It’s simple and super fast. Plus, it gives a little something to the garnment

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    Nov 23, 2012, 01.28 PMby cweetgal

    I prefer the most popular bias binding technique for finishing neckline and armholes. Topstitching and decorative bias binding with contrast fabric color is my favourite..

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    Nov 23, 2012, 01.19 PMby Sumya Diaz

    I usually make a one piece facing for neck and armholes so I get a very tidy finish and the facing is not hemmed and it doesn´t lift up.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 11.47 AMby jessdunstan

    I find stay stitching helps keep things in shape and then like to finish with bias binding to keep everything neat.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 11.20 AMby jen2blu4u

    I like using bias binding as has a bit of stretch to fit neatly around curved areas. When making your own contrasting or matching binding, make sure you cut your fabric on the bias so it will have stretch. Looks like a fantastic book & I’d love one!

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    Nov 23, 2012, 07.34 AMby Cheryl Henderson

    Use bias, press and baste.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 06.17 AMby galatina

    Go slow and steady. I always find if I’m in a rush I end up with wonky curves.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 06.16 AMby Robin Johnson

    I like bias binding hand stitched.

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    Nov 23, 2012, 05.44 AMby jalcindor

    Bias binding is super neat and stay stitching after cutting is helpful

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