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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?


This giveaway is sponsored by seamallowanceguide.com

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


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    Dec 13, 2011, 09.55 PMby taritadaly

    Adding a seam allowance is one of the most tedious parts of tracing a pattern. It would be awesome to have something that could help me do it better and faster.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 09.50 PMby seiram

    I like sewing, but I hate tracing the pattern on the fabric.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.34 PMby bestbabycakes

    The most annoyng thing for me is fabric moving around under my rotary knife. I wish there was a cutting board that is pinnable or adhesive (hey, 3M, here is a good idea for your Post-It adhesive technology!) that would hold pattern and fabric in place during all steps of the process (aligning the grain of the fabric, transfering pattern on fabric, cutting out).

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    Dec 13, 2011, 02.55 PMby Natalshok

    Oh! I feel myself very nervous when I haven’t fabric inough for my sewing project and I must count on every inch!!!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.33 PMby infinite-plus-one

    I hate tracing the pattern onto the fabric, it takes me agesssss, it usually takes me longer to do this than to sew!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 07.44 AMby rochelle49

    My problem is having to shorten all my patterns to be proportionate with me at 61 in.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 07.40 AMby Angelina Sisney

    I really dislike the amount of stray threads that end up everywhere when I get into a sewing project. Wish they were easier to clean up as they get on everything!

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      Dec 13, 2011, 07.48 AMby rochelle49

      I use a lint roller to pick up threads from the carpet and clothes. I also try to keep a strip of wide tape stuck to my sewing area with sticky side out so I can stick loose threads as I cut them.

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      Dec 14, 2011, 03.42 AMby SueK026

      Suggestion: Especially to clean those stray threads off the ironing board cover. I use one of those microfiber cloths. Picks up all the lint, threads, etc. quickly and easily. It won’t release all the threads and stuff when you wash/dry it, but what doesn’t come off the cloth won’t transfer to other surfaces, such as the ironing board cover, either.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 05.04 AMby luxihere

    Ripping out seams undoubtedly!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.13 AMby Jkabana

    Hems are my blackhole, …there are three dresses in my sewing pile that are complete with one exception – the #$%^ hem (sigh).

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    Dec 13, 2011, 02.59 AMby jenma

    Fabric that frays badly while you’re trying to sew it together, leading to seam slippage and very ugly seams.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 02.20 AMby violetta089

    I am with everybody here who dislikes tracing a pattern… and altering, which I always have to do. It takes so long until I can finally get started!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 02.04 AMby pamchar

    Cutting paper pattern, cutting slippery fabric and I love everything else.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.53 PMby jadedwish

    Cutting, especially slippery material

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.41 PMby LéonaDy

    I would love more sort of reusable tape (jelly-like maybe) that I could just put on my fabric to make two pieces stick together instead of using a million pins I always end up using.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.06 PMby jdp136

    I hate tracing patterns!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.15 PMby representativekelly

    What annoying sewing problem do you wish there was a solution for? Perhaps the budget …

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    Dec 12, 2011, 08.54 PMby mckenzieclark

    I really have a problem with fitting patterns to my body. I pretty much fudge my way through it!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 08.38 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    It would be cool if you top thread automatically refilled your bobbin thread as you sewed so it never ran out :)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 08.29 PMby monstery


    Straight lines.I can never get lines straight.It’s all about luck it seems.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 08.00 PMby iloveicecream2

    One of the most brilliant inventions! How about a solution for the thread on bobbin. If there was some way to gauge the amount left before it runs out in the middle of a project would be great!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.52 PMby lubica

    I think there is lots of sewing tools but we are not aware of all of them, maybe it would be good to present them one by one. Btw. I have never seen ‘seam allowance tool’ :) thanks for letting me know but i’m not sure whether i can buy it in slovakia..

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.32 PMby princmay-1

    I want it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.57 PMby Jo Karen MacAulay

    I wish that patterns were made to fit real bodies – no matter who I sew for, I have to make adjustments – either enlarging the bust area without enlarging armholes or making the rest of the dress smaller.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.23 PMby corcoranrobyn

    I dislike filling a bobbin. It’s o.k. at the beginning of a project, but once I’ve started working an empty bobbin just halts my momentum.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.08 PMby bttn

    Tracing, cutting, transfering – the causes of my procastination. I’d be so happy if someone could do them for me.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.50 PMby lienepien

    That seam allowence guide would be very usefull! No more tracing but directly cutting!

    Tracing the pattern on paper and when sewing half round like with the bust or round in armholes, I almost always have the problem when of course trying to sew right, I have or fabric left or all bumps.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.48 PMby roubidou

    I wish I had someone who cut all the loose threads for me!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.10 PMby theDuck

    An easier way to remove all the dust and lint that gets stuck in my sewing machine.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.01 PMby 09extrastuff

    Trying to make alterations and then cutting out the new pattern.

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