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Welcome to Day 11 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win 2 Seam Allowance Guides, one for you and a friend, and a $200 Tessuti Fabric Voucher from seamallowanceguide.com! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Monday, December 12th to be entered to win!

The most time consuming and annoying part of sewing is adding a seam allowance to all your pattern pieces. No longer do you have to measure and trace around each individual piece, the Seam Allowance Guide will do that for you while you cut out your fabric. Now you can spend more time on the fun stuff.

Perfect for:
Burda Style Magazine Patterns
Japanese Pattern books
Marfy Patterns
Copying your own clothes
Designers creating patterns from scratch
Altering patterns
Left or right handed scissors
Picking up pins!

Comment to Win: What annoying sewing problem do you wish there was a solution for?


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[Update 12/21/11] – Congratulations to member Podbod18 for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 11!


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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.02 PMby gccmom

    I really dislike turning tubes. This handy dandy seam allowance gadget looks awesome!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.00 PMby boppygreen

    Cutting out the paper patterns. But, pre-cut patterns are out of my budget and I like the multi-size patterns to adjust for fit.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.58 PMby gemmafloyd

    I hate adding the finishing touches to a garment (making sure the seams don’t shred). I hope there was some kind of magic tool that takes care of that!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.58 PMby Clare Bartlett

    Threading elastic through pyjama waistbands – been driving me mad last few days!

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      Dec 11, 2011, 10.11 PMby blulagoo

      I always find a safety pin on the end (closed) works like a dream.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.57 PMby Brandy totten

    I have problems going too fast and screwing up. I think I need to get a sewing machine that has different speed settings so I can set it lower and cause me to pay more attention. I don’t know what I could do to help me from misreading directions (even after reading them several times!)

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      Dec 11, 2011, 08.24 PMby Linda Thompson

      I never use the foot feet of my sewing machine. My great BabyLock has the speed setting, and so does my traveling Brother. The one thing my Featherweight does not have, that makes it a real pain to sew with!!! I am so spoiled with automatic speed control. Are you sure you don’t have it. My girlfriend did, but didn’t have a clue she did!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.57 PMby primandpropah

    I agree with another member that seam ripping is something I wish was easier, ESPECIALLY with very sensitive, light fabrics. It is a necessary evil sometimes though!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.56 PMby Elizabeth Cain

    I wish there was a magical way to sew on narrow bias tape. That stuff makes me crazy!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.55 PMby Lea Bishop

    I wish there were more patterns in small sizes. It seems like it should be easy to just draw one more line on the inside to make the smaller sizes. Why only have an 8? I am a beginner and having to draft my own adjustments is intimidating.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.53 PMby mamawj

    My annoying sewing problem is figuring out how to turn & making a perfect folded corner on fabric, lifting the feed dog & needle just to try to turn t back then insert & drop the needle to make it never goes easy for me. sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.52 PMby sewducky

    That the fabric would magically do all its own tailor tacks. I spend more time doing those then sewing.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.49 PMby Penny Le

    An annoying sewing problem that I wish had a solution is threading elastic/belts through foldover waistbands…can’t they make an air pressure gun to just shoot the thing through? The old safety pin and bunching along just gets tedious for me!

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      Dec 11, 2011, 08.25 PMby Linda Thompson

      Love it!!! Such a creative imagination…turn that one over to the toy manufacturers to figure out!!!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.49 PMby kallers

    Something that helps you determine the tension you need for bindings on knits. I use 80% of the necksize for the binding length, but sometimes this results in a saggy neckline, and sometimes a bunching neckline.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.49 PMby littleharvey94

    When there is something that is is just a tiny bit off and it refuses to be fixed, but to leave it alone means having to think about it everytime I wear the garment, therefore killing off the joy of wearing it and forcing me to make corrections!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.47 PMby smith7387

    Some way to get rid of the pinning step without messing things up. I spent hours today pinning a yukata collar to get it just right before sewing it on.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.47 PMby missb-1

    This is probably only a problem for me, but I wish there was an easier way to sew zippers. I always always mess them up.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.45 PMby indigoeve

    I wish I could snap my fingers and have my sewing machine’s tension set perfectly and once there have it stay perfectly set!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.44 PMby queenvanilla

    Easier seam ripping.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.40 PMby chocolatecake

    It would be fantastic to know from measurements whether a pattern fit before you started sewing… muslins can and tissue fitting can sometimes be so time consuming!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.40 PMby pinkjello

    I wish patterns were made to fit my body perfectly! So I do not have to make soooo many adjustments. :D

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.38 PMby Claire Cooper

    Annoying sewing problem – generally my own ineptitude – I wish there was and alarm bell that rang when I sewed the wrong seam, or had the fabric the wrong way, or upside down. these are the things that cause me most time, annoyance and frustration.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.38 PMby joyandsmiles

    I wish we didn’t have to make several adjustments to sewing patterns. I am between a size 12 and a 14 in some patterns so I have to grade between the two. Certain patterns only sell up to size 12 and then 14+, so I have to either buy both patterns or more likely, estimate my adjustments. I wish I could just enter my bust, waist, hip, height, etc. measurements at the checkout, and a custom-printed pattern would show up at my doorstep!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 07.37 PMby Fella Girlie

    Less tedious bra making.

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