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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, 10.49 PMby sigridjakob

    I wish there was a simple way of reducing bulk when facing armholes, necks, waistbands. Nothing ever looks professional because the layers of fabric get so thick and complicated.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.49 PMby drainl

    Tough question! I have a hard time sewing on bias tape. I never get it stitched evenly!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.46 PMby ahkisha

    tension! its such a hassle and hard to get right!!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.44 PMby cookie74

    Cutting on the bias other then the floor when you have limited space.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.44 PMby Irene Bullock

    If I had a magic button that I could push to make perfect buttonholes my life would be much, much easier.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.44 PMby gack89

    I wish all patterns automatically adjusted to fit me, I’m short waisted and it would save so much time!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.41 PMby cam557

    The bobbin thread running out in the middle of a beautiful seam.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.37 PMby gdavid3039

    Only one? Tension, hand hemming

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.37 PMby gdavid3039

    Only one? Tension, hand hemming

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.32 PMby lokicat

    I would wish for all the notches to self transfer from pattern to fabric…and for my sewing machine thread to not pop ou of the needle.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.30 PMby Podbod18

    Getting slippy, stretchy fabric to stay still while being cut and sewn

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.29 PMby tanetane

    I wish there was a way to know when the bobbin thread was used up before I’ve sewn 7inches, and sometimes more, beyond.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.25 PMby chillwear

    Mastering the threading of my serger

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.22 PMby verypurpleperson

    I wish there is an easier way to clean the inside of the sewing machine.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.15 PMby mixtlii

    Having to clean my overlocker is so annoying… I wish there was some special hoover, like the kitchen ones!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.13 PMby gedwoods

    Testing for shrinkage is a hassle – it’s more than pre-washing, it’s prewashing systematically under controlled circumstances. As a scientist, you’d think I’d go for that, but the reason I’m drawn to fashion as a business/career is because it allows me to be more chaotic than science does (yes, I do know that sewing is about precision, sigh…)

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.12 PMby dgporter

    Mistakes, especially those that require “unsewing” (aka seam ripping)

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.12 PMby karmologyclinic

    A large working space for tracing and cutting fabric. Having a small space for that is so annoying.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.10 PMby seish

    However cautiously done my pinning may be when I cut my fabric with my pattern, I always end with surplus on the sides (fullness ?) and have to re-cut a bit.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.01 PMby mad14kt

    I have currently been having a problem with knits ;(

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.00 PMby blulagoo

    The one thing I really need sorting out? TIME! Finding the time to do projects for me, at the moment I am helping my 13 yo to make christmas stocking for pets that she is selling to raise money for a World Challenge Trip. I would really like the time to make myself an outfit for a night out next weekend. Anyone got a time machine I could borrow? Please.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.56 PMby rltejkl

    Money for me I want the best fabrics but can not afford so sew with what I can get. I envy people who live near any fabric markets like New York and LA.

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