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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 12, 2011, 06.18 AMby crystalpleats

    I really wish I had a good cutting surface, instead of the floor.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.13 AMby pink-cornelia

    The hem in clothes is something I never look foreward doing, other One would be lining iin clothes, definitely not a fan of those either.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.51 AMby Jessica Sampson

    Prepping the fabric and constantly having dog hair on everyhing.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.29 AMby mtandg

    Someone to wash, fold and iron my fabrics for me before I use them…most dreaded chore just a buzz kill for sewing excitement but SOMETIMES necessary.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.07 AMby careylin

    LINT! From fabrics with a high pile… like terrycloth, velvet, corduroy, faux furs. They make a mess and can clog up the sewing machine. I wish there was a way to contain their stray fibers.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.03 AMby cherdesign

    I wish either I could or my machine would sew uniform stitches when sewing with the decorative stitch selections. I don’t know whether it’s my fault or the machine’s when my decorative stitches go awry!!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.43 AMby daisybikegirl

    Pinning the pattern…takes to long..

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.26 AMby patalie

    When fabric frays!!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.21 AMby dianajanssen

    Facings. No matter how much work I do on them, they tend to flop around and not stay in place. I try to avoid them as much as possible. I always ask myself if the facing is needed and what purpose does it serve in the garment I’m working on. Often, I can find other things I can do to achieve the same purpose. But not always.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.19 AMby Shannon Kramp

    Sewing a rolled hem around a tight curve. I couldn’t figure it out on my chiffon collar. Instead I stay stitched it and rubbed the edge with a toothbrush to create a frayed finish.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.17 AMby megatron

    it drives me bonkers when my lining frays like crazy. I always cut out an extra 1/8 around the seam allowance because i know it will happen. I didn’t know this when I first started lining garments and is was a recipe for disaster, especially when dealing with zippers and waistbands.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.16 AMby dobleufa

    I wish there was a way to sew velvet without worrying for all the lint it leaves everywhere

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.16 AMby dobleufa

    I wish there was a way to sew velvet without worrying for all the lint it leaves everywhere

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.09 AMby nannykk

    That would have to be facings and linings that peek out!!! ARRGGGHH

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.09 AMby PeaceLoveTrees

    I love the sewing process- even those frustrating moments where all seems lost. I will say, however, that finishing circle hems is such a pain. I wish there was a quick and easy way to hem them- and hem them evenly, as well! ann.cardamone @ gmail.com

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.52 AMby sunnyb64

    I wish there was an easier solution for marking things such as darts and circles. The thread markings take forever to do and are hard to sew accurately, and the tracing wheel and tracing paper have never, ever worked for me.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.45 AMby slj1224

    Prepping fabric is annoying and also adding seam allowances to pattern pieces when using my pattern makers! So tedious and time -consuming!!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.44 AMby runningwithscissors1

    My most annoying problem is trying to find time to sew!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.37 AMby NYAM Afia Cayee'

    I wish there was a solution for finding out the finished measurements of garments made from the burda style magazine. :-)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.21 AMby joyk

    I wish all fabric came prewashed – I hate all the time it take to prep the fabric before sewing!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.20 AMby gossamerian

    I hate when fabrics stretch out as I sew. Stabilizing every single seam gets tiresome!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.03 AMby initabermudezyahoocom

    I wood like to have bigger bobbins. also a ringer when i’m ready to run out of bobbin.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.02 AMby aluckmann

    Having enough time to work on a project from start to finish with no interruptions! I would also love an easy way to transfer pattern markings (darts, button holes, etc) on delicate silk fabrics.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.01 AMby myleeann

    I am a beginner. Must say tension (w/the machine) is my biggest annoyance. Grrr.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.48 AMby ladydragonheart

    I would love a better way to contain the faux fur…it tends to get every where when you cut and sew it…it makes you nose itch.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.46 AMby sparkledonkey

    Like others, my biggest annoyance when sewing is finding a suitable surface to lay out fabric and patterns for cutting. Most often it’s on a large cutting mat on the living room floor. Which limits me to laying out/cutting late at night when my kiddos and large dog are asleep.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.46 AMby lizajane09

    I want a never-ending bobbin.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.45 AMby laurel37

    I wish there was an easier way to keep my cats out of the way while without having to shut the poor dears out of the room. It’s terribly hard to try to sew with them crying outside!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.41 AMby manda-mae

    Wow, I’ve never seen one of these before!

    Definitely a way to make working with large pieces of fabric less awkward…

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.39 AMby heatherrique

    Having to take out and use the seam ripper for silly mistakes!

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