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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, 12.22 AMby Ette King

    Some kind of mat to put my sewing machine and serger on that would make them quieter would be a life saver.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.19 AMby jenss-1

    Something simple to keep the stretch of the top fabric and the bottom fabric the same as it passes over the feed dogs. For very stretchy fabric I sometimes use soluble tape, but it would be nice if there was a less tedious alternative.

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      Dec 12, 2011, 02.33 AMby corvus

      Have you tried a walking foot?

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.12 AMby ravenztarot

    FOOL PROOF BIAS TAPE! I just wish i could make my own easily

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.06 AMby tsedai

    I wish that there was a way to make sewing machine really quiet so the neighbors won’t leave noise complaints that prevent me from sewing…

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.03 AMby captain-obvious

    I wish there was something to give me the inspiration to finish all my projects in a timely manner.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.01 AMby miaow

    I would love a thimble that doesn’t make my finger claustrophobic.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.55 PMby gabila

    Oh gosh, definitely the pinning. OUCH!! My thimble falls off all the time.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.53 PMby mitteschnitte

    an easy and fail proof way to attach bias binding and tension control on my machine

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.52 PMby bitterbunny

    i would say transferring marks, i get sooooo lazy!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.51 PMby sewmyway

    Setting sleeves.. this is my greatest downfall- despite basting the sleeve on — I always struggle easing them in correctly.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.43 PMby rebpalma

    Fitting patterns is the most time-consuming part for me. And even with a TNT pattern, the fit changes with every change of fabric. That’s my sewing nightmare I wish there was a solution for.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.41 PMby SewSunshine

    Using metallic thread! I love the effects of using metallics but I hate that no matter what machine I use or what brand of thread I use………the thread either shreds or breaks. I will not give up! Superior thread is so far the least frustrating.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.39 PMby mlssfshn

    An easier way to match prints!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.37 PMby eckypucky

    Bias tape tubing issues for sure. I have the tube turners but still haven’t figured out how they manage to make the teeny tiny ones for fashion doll clothing.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.36 PMby watatoe

    What annoying sewing problem do I wish there was a solution for? I wish there was a simpler way to make pleats without all the marking and measuring and calculations. I wish there were a chart that said if you need pleats this wide, this is how wide your fabric needs to be….pure and simple. How nice that would be!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.28 PMby macoskrm

    I wish there was a way to make sure that when you stitch in the ditch, you catch an even amount of the fabric on the back each time!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.26 PMby agladewe

    I’d like to see a better gadget or system for making thin/ spaghetti bias tubing. I just can’t get the hang of it.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.24 PMby minnietheminks

    Well seems to be something for every project! But something to make welt pockets in an instant would be a dream.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.22 PMby JolJol

    I don’t think there is any problem that can’t be solved, with all the help avaiable via the internet, everyone should be able to access a remedy. It is fun to be able to solve any obstacle that may raise up to hinder your project.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.21 PMby lydianna

    Something to get me to finish the projects that I start.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.12 PMby foursquarewalls

    Sewing on bias tape and catching both sides. I can never do it! I have to do one side at a time.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.08 PMby thecraftyone

    I wish there was a solution for easily making perfectly spaced out ruffles.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.07 PMby wodnesdaeg

    I would wish for something that help me quickly determine grain

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.04 PMby angelical

    I wish that envelope patterns came with ALL pattern pieces and all of each piece, not just one of each number (eg. 2 sleeves instead of just 1) and with no “on fold” lines (eg, the entire back piece, not just half the piece). This way it would be much easier to cut the fabric from 1 layer, as you could lay everything out at once.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.59 PMby Erica F.

    something for a quick hidden zipper!

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      Dec 11, 2011, 11.00 PMby Erica F.

      Also Burda, my user name is showing up incorrect again. :( This is Erica F.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.57 PMby ggexpansive

    Ahh the one thing that gets me is the fitting of the pattern, the paper is so thin :(

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.57 PMby peaudane

    I agree with an earlier poster who said “a large working space for tracing and cutting fabric”

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.52 PMby grammaheh1

    Definitely cutting out patterns on slinky, silky, netting, and organdy like fabics is not an easy thing to do and I wish I knew of a method that would help me in using these fabrics.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.51 PMby aldara

    Huh, what a cool little gadget! I wish there was an iPhone app for fitting issues. Just take a picture and it tells by the drag lines which kind of adjustment you have to do… ;)

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