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[Update: 12/13/2011] – Due to special regulations, we have been informed that today’s giveaway is only for U.S. members. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to all of our international members, and hope that you will participate in the majority of this month’s giveaways that are available to everyone.

Welcome to Day 13 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a 5234PRW Project Runway™ Limited Edition Serger from Brother! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Wednesday, December 14th to be entered to win!

The 5234PRW from Brother is the first serger to be introduced into the Project Runway Limited Edition collection of machines. This serger will add a professional look to your next project with serged seam finishes. Garment seams lie flatter and look better with an overlock stitch. Plus, home décor projects often suggest the use of a serger for rolled hems and secure seams and differential feed. The included large extension table adds extra space for handling large projects and the free arm makes it easier to sew sleeves, trouser legs and other hard to reach places.

Comment to Win: What is your sewing background?


This giveaway is sponsored by Brother

Please note: If selected as a winner, any personal information you provide to receive your prize in this giveaway is subject to the sponsor’s privacy rules. These may differ from BurdaStyle’s rules, so please review the rules before entering your information. BurdaStyle is not responsible for the handling of your data in connection with this giveaway.

[Update 12/14/11] – Congratulations to member Jennifer633 for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 13!


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    Dec 12, 2012, 07.33 PMby sticher63

    I have been sewing for over twelve years(learned when I was four) , my grandmother taught me the basics, my mother expounded upon my knowledge and I taught myself the rest! I currently make a lot of projects for myself,fix peoples clothing, do alterations, and tailoring for people I am friends with and family… anyone who needs it. I get some money for this, but I do go to school all day still. A serger has been on my christmas list since summer when I really started crafting and realized how time consuming it is to make two lines of stitching and then go over them again with a zig-zag stitch! This would be amazing to win!!

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    Dec 28, 2011, 12.01 AMby no7262

    I would LOVE to win this! My first sewing machine was a brother! I want to “up scale” my sewing.

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    Dec 27, 2011, 10.39 PMby variantvi

    My sewing background… My mom bought a sewing machine for me when I was 6. I taught myself how to use it and how to start sewing. When I was in the 5th grade my school had a quilting project for kids in hospitals. A teacher from our school won $2000 and put it towards our sewing project. Everyday after school for a month we would make full quilts for specific kids and personally deliver them at the end of the month. I would say The teacher mrs. scott inspired me a lot to continue sewing. I helped her teach other kids how to use the sewing machines, irons, cutting tools and hand stitches. In middle school my friends really wanted to design their own clothes so we taught ourselves how to read the patterns. That was a mess lol! After a few patterns we understood what we were doing wrong….ever since then My cousin and I have been making costumes and I now have a website where I make custom caps. Everyone loves the quirky caps and I love making different caps everytime! I’ve never had a serger before because I don’t have the extra money. It’s always going into school or bills :/! Lifeeee

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.04 AMby 1diane

    Would love to have a new serger

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.45 AMby murphvans

    Love that its the project runway series, i’m addicted to the show!

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    Dec 20, 2011, 11.38 PMby grandmasonnalea

    wonderful win for someone.

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    Dec 20, 2011, 01.59 PMby kerryhumphrey

    Beautiful design on the Brother PR serger. Thank you for this giveaway offer.

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    Dec 19, 2011, 08.27 PMby chopshop

    I love project runway and have watched every season, it would be amazing to win this prize. I think for a beginner this would be a step in the right direction.

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    Dec 19, 2011, 04.00 PMby grandmasonnalea

    I can only dream of projects to make with this serger.

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    Dec 18, 2011, 11.20 PMby grandmasonnalea

    Winning would be wonderful. My serger is 20+ years old.

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    Dec 16, 2011, 09.11 PMby Carolfife

    I’ve been sewing 42 years now. I started in home-ec in highschool and have just continued over the course of my life sewing costumes for plays, clothing for myself. And now that I have an embroidery machine, I spend hours on end creating new things for loved ones and friends. I have always wanted to master using a serger, and this would be my golden opportunity if I win

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    Dec 16, 2011, 05.53 PMby Demi Aguilar

    I just started a little over a year ago and have loved every mistake, success and everything in between. My machine just died and I am beyond sad but I will find a new one and this server would just complete a new set. Thank you!

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    Dec 16, 2011, 05.42 AMby seabreit

    I learned to sew at middle school and high school. I was very petite and unable to get any clothes at that time and always had to alter.(especially ready-made clothes) My sisters would giggle in the dressing room when hems were at least 2 inches too long. I loved making simple dresses for myself. I wish I still had some of those clothes! I made cheerleading outfits for my two younger sisters ( unfortunately the school boundaries in SF were redrawn and was rival school!) There was always some complicated “godets” or patch that had to be handsewn on them. I have watched PR since season 2. The machines look so fast and fun. I would love a new challenge with a serger. I restarted sewing in 2009 and so far have sewn something from almost every pattern company. I really like making clothing (over crafting or quilting) and recycled fashion. Next challenge is awaiting!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 11.14 PMby ido

    As a child, I used to watched my great grand-mpther sewing, I’ve always want to learn how to do it myself. For some reaons i didn’t had the courage to start- until recently. this year, after graduating my B.A. in psychology, I started to make some experiences with me mom’s sewing machin, and did my first steps in the world of sewing. Now, I plan to get some serious lessons, so I could fulfill my old dream.

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    Dec 15, 2011, 09.18 PMby rljulie

    My family was Mennonite when I was young, and all the women in my family sewed their own clothing (and often their husband’s, as well.) My mother handed me a threaded needle to hand-sew clothes for my dolls to keep me busy while she sewed the real clothing. I left behind much of the faith and culture, and I love commercial clothing as well, but I still know how to keep myself clothed, when I want to do it the handmade way.

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    Dec 15, 2011, 08.32 PMby katymiller17

    My mom taught me to sew when I was 6 and I haven’t stopped since! The serger is the cat daddy of sewing instruments and I NEED one. No, I didn’t say WANT. I said NEED!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 07.49 PMby Shewolfie

    I first learned to sew when I took a high school Home Ec class 30 years ago. I never sewed again, except for mending projects. Three years ago I took another sewing class for fun and now I’m hooked. I make purses and bags, mainly, but am venturing into lots of other sewing areas. I love it! Thank you for this site where I continually learn from all the talented sewers out there!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 06.46 PMby tiddleywink

    My mother taught me how to whip- and blanket-stitch when I was wee, and my aunt gave me my first lesson on a sewing machine when I was perhaps 8 or 9 years old. Everything since then has been self taught, with plenty of assistance from pattern instructions, vintage sewing books, and loads of trial and error! I’ve been called an accomplished seamstress, which is flattering if not entirely accurate, but a serger sure would help with the finishing touches!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 06.03 PMby miss-gigi

    I learned to sew by reading a book when I was 8. Before I got my first machine, everything was hand sewn. Now, 32 years later, living in Utah I sew all of my own clothes. I HATE wearing the same outfits as everyone else and they really don’t carry a wide variety for size 2-4 unless it’s something you find on the local pole dancer. I teach in an afterschool program and I’ve taught my children to crochet, knit and this year I’ve taught them a few sewing basics. I’ve found, it sparks their creativity and the look on their faces after completing a project is priceless. We must push to keep such arts & crafts alive and to ensure we have future forward thinking designers..

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    Dec 15, 2011, 04.52 PMby Abisola Awolusi

    I took four years in high school arts with an emphasis on fashion design. now in college i sew to relieve my stress :)

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    Dec 15, 2011, 04.36 PMby eddalind

    I took a clothing construction class in high school and then a costume construction class my first year in college, since then I have been teaching myself

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    Dec 15, 2011, 02.30 PMby simonewarrior

    I just realized I completely missed this! :( Yet I just now today got the email regarding the giveaway. Went back to see that I am getting my alerts too late to even enter, is anyone else going through this? Also noticed that the time of my posting is approximately 6 hours later then where I am located (time is currently 8:30 am) so what time period is this going by? Still love the site just wish I could enter these holiday giveaways…congrats to the winners! :)

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    Dec 15, 2011, 02.08 PMby simonewarrior

    I actually started sewing when I was 4 yrs old. In Mexico I went to a private school and it was,back then, a requirement that we learn basic hand sewing skills. So from then on I sewed pillows with sequins for my mother for mother’s day, then I would sew clothes for my dolls out my mothers alteration scraps. Now days, I’m sewing anything from hems for my daughters clothes (she’s 9yrs. old and growing) to costumes for Halloween to Christmas gifts to birthday gifts. Only thing that has changed is that I now know how to sew on a sewing machine and I love it! A serger would make all the difference in my sewing as it is very time consuming now when I have so many projects going on all at once and I am having to sew my seams twice over to keep them from fraying. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 01.11 PMby lynellen

    I learned to sew in high school in the mid 70’s and have been sewing ever since. I have made wedding dresses, children’s clothes, and done countless repairs and alterations. I have always wanted a serger and would be the most happy and grateful winner you ever saw!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 12.16 PMby ifkagljifka

    as a child i was hand stitching clothes for my dolls, now i look at it with nostalgia…later on my grandmother learned me how to sew on sewing machine simple stuff, from then on i was trying and trying and now i’m sewing clothes form myself and for presents to my friends and family. thou they are not professional i’m satisfiyed how they turn out…but i love sewing and i always wanna get better and better! long live sewing!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 03.23 AMby snowm64

    I started playing with fabric and my mom’s machine when I was probably 8 or 9 years old. I really came to love sewing in 8th grade home-ec when I was able to finish the required project quickly and the teacher let me sew a couple of extra things on my own. I sewed most of my clothes thru high school. I eventually earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Clothing and Textiles and then worked in the clothing industry for a few years. I’ve made almost everything from swimwear and lingerie, active wear & formal wear. I’ve tailor suits and I even made my own wedding dress.

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    Dec 15, 2011, 03.10 AMby Seeks Corey

    So sad I missed this :(…

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    Dec 15, 2011, 03.01 AMby SHERI VANDE RIET

    Where would so many of us be without that high school home ec class? Sewing wasn’t something done in our home when I was young, maybe that’s why it’s always fascinated me. Self taught from a young age, sewing still hasn’t lost its hold on me. The ability to take a piece of cloth and to create something beautiful, substantial and useful still amazes me. From swimsuits to coats to quilts, for babies, children, men and women, to be able to present another with a gift of cloth that brings tears of joy to the receiver is an amazing natural endowment that I have been fortunate to be able to share with others. I hope to be able to continue to give for many more years to come through both material and educational instruction.

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    Dec 15, 2011, 02.29 AMby Lwhite530

    I love sewing everything I can and I make clothes, underlings, accessories, blankets, and more! There is a peace and calm that is within me when I start any projects. I have only one machine, the monster was splayed by rain, monster was my former serger, she was in our patio and was under a leak in the roof.

    I miss using my server and feel that it is a necessary tool to enhance apparel and make them last longer. Short and simple, I am self taught, no classes just books, lots of money spent on remnants, and trial and error. You learn when mistakes are made, I grew each time, improving my skill set and learning tricks of the trade by researching. I learned to be extremely patient when it comes I sewing, it is my escape, my vacation, my meditation.

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    Dec 15, 2011, 01.47 AMby daughterofzion

    My Grandmother made my baby clothes and has always done quilting and needle work. My Mom made my toddler clothes and taught me how to sew at age 12. I learned all the basics and Grandma sent me all kinds of inspiring books and samples she made. I will always love the influence of my dear family members… and when I came across BurdaStyle… I was thrilled in the least. Keep up the great articles and patterns!

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