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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 12, 2011, 02.34 AMby corvus

    Easier way to cut out patterns/fabric. I don’t have a lot of space in my tiny apartment, and it takes me forever to get things cut out!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.28 AMby capncornbread

    I wish sewing machines could automatically do thread tension adjustments!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.27 AMby rose

    I would love to solve the problem of not having enough space to easily lay out fabric in my apartment.


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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.25 AMby Erica Larsen

    I wish tracing patterns was easier-especially tracing patterns directly onto fabric.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.17 AMby lauramae

    I wish there was something that would make gathering large sections of fabric evenly less of a chore!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.12 AMby kiball

    I wish there was a faster way to lay out and cut fabric – sometimes that takes me longer than the actual sewing – go figure!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.08 AMby kim101

    I want my fabric to prewash itself please!!!! Or for my sewing machine to to adjust to the fabric pile and the foot not need a block behind it.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.05 AMby uglybeat

    Definitely transfering markings. What a pain! I just wanna sew, sew, sew!!!!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.05 AMby fashionfreek

    Cutting straight at times when using slippery fabric,ha!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.54 AMby Cheryl Henderson

    Transferring pattern markings to fabric

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.44 AMby flutefish

    I’d like stuff to pin itself, thanks very much!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.36 AMby miachan

    for a newbie like me, i think seam ripping (without hurting the fabric) and sewing a straight seam in correct size are the most difficult. i wish there is some way to make them easier to do.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.36 AMby busybunch

    I wish bobbins came a LOT bigger, seems I’m always running out! ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.30 AMby msc21

    transferring markings

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.27 AMby nostephot

    I wish there was an easier way to transfer patterns… I always seem to screw it up!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.25 AMby kath4kids

    I wish there was an easy way to hem and sew buttons on!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.24 AMby mjpan

    I hope for a faster way to transfer pattern markings to fabric!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.12 AMby hanshaag

    ugh, seam ripping. can someone invent a quick release seam? hah…

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.08 AMby chopsticks

    a simpler way to sew curves successfully every time

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.07 AMby bekabug8

    Having a sample sewer to sew up the school projects I’m not excited about would be great!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.02 AMby mossopeli

    An easy way to transfer pattern markings. Also, a way to match prints easily. Thanks!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.01 AMby lpninpaingmailcom

    I hate pinning seams together and then removing them while sewing.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.55 AMby Cassandraj16

    I wish there was a faster easier way to pin fabric…its always such a pain to put in pins!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.55 AMby Cassandraj16

    I wish there was a faster easier way to pin fabric…its always such a pain to put in pins!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.49 AMby natsunoyoru

    hmmm, to me, tracing patterns and marks/notions.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.40 AMby vector

    I agree a faster way to fit patterns would be great!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.38 AMby fayedoll

    Annoying huh; threading the lower looper of my serger. I think the only solution would be the purchase of one of those jet stream models that do the threading for you.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.29 AMby ealis

    I wish there was an easier way to transfer pattern markings to fabric.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.28 AMby Tai B

    definitely a faster way of pinning pieces together to sew them. It gets tedious sometimes…

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