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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 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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    Dec 15, 2011, 01.03 AMby Niki Weems

    My mom made all my clothes and I never remember a time when she wasn’t sewing something beautiful for my sister, me, or herself. I was annoyed at what a perfectionist she was when I was learning to sew, but now I’m so glad! I started with doll clothes and ended up making my husband a suit when we got married. Now I’m sewing for grandchildren, but I’ve never had a serger.

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    Dec 15, 2011, 12.48 AMby yllis

    I started sewing by hand at age 2. I remember sitting in a childs’ rocker beside my very pregnant mom as she embroidered. My mom did beautiful handiwork. My hands are now much stiffer & i go much slower. That is my first memory of my mom. We lost daddy last friday. He taught me to fish. They raised 4 pretty good kids. I am a great-grandmother times 3. Memories live in the heart. Love lives in the heart forever. It’s time to start that new layette. Here we go.

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    Dec 15, 2011, 12.40 AMby grammabee

    Through my Moms and Aunts encouragement, I’ve enjoyed sewing since I was a teenager. My first project was a skirt (in my 8th grade home-ec class and Moms guidance) then a cape and beret for my younger sister (with my Aunts help). I’ve been making christening gowns, communion dresses and wedding gowns since, not to mention other clothes and household items. Love your patterns and support, keep ’em coming please!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 12.27 AMby emmaneezer

    Growing up, my mother always sewed my clothes and Halloween costumes, but my attention span was way too short to learn myself. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I really got the urge to learn. I asked my mom for a sewing machine for Christmas, and she gave me my first lesson at 25 years old. Now I love to sew!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 12.02 AMby miruza

    I started sewing when I was about 6-7, my mum taught me and since then I’ve been totally passionate about it, making anything I could, from dresses for my dolls to my own clothes when I was in uni. Funily enough, I always made everything by hand and just got my first sewing machine in my late twenties. Now I’m 32, studying textile design and managing my own business making headwear. I just love sewing! :)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 11.54 PMby alicolette

    The passion I have for sewing began when I was in high school. My mom’s best friend started teaching me when I asked her for help with costumes for my upcoming play in school. Apparently she thought I would be skilled enough to try my hand at corset! (it wasn’t awful, but definitely a challenge!) When I went onto to college as a theatre major I became even more fascinated with sewing, clothing, and construction. After graduating with a BFA in theatre with an emphasis in costuming, I have been living my dream everyday making costumes an clothes for local theatres and of course myself!!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 11.25 PMby kcv

    I learned to sew when I was a little girl. My grandma helped me make clothes for my dolls. I made my eighth grade graduating dress on her treadel sewing machine. It is still in the family. I have been sewing for 60 years. I have never had a serger but I dream of having one!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 10.45 PMby anacapa

    My jr high school offered sewing classes which I enrolled in at age 13. My mom also taught me. My first job was at “House of Fabrics” cutting and selling fabric where I saved $1000 by age 18. I bought my own sewing machine with part of the money. That was about 25 years ago. I bought my second sewing machine last year. In addition to home use, I’ve used my new machine for Surfrider’s “ban-the-bag” interactive, environmental teaching events. —Events where we turned people’s old t-shirts and tank tops into shopping bags by sewing the bottoms closed. A serger would be wonderful and very applicable for these events since everyone brings knitwear to sew into shopping bags. If I were to win the serger, we would thank Burda for the machine donation at our events. Thanks so much for this competition, it’s been fun recollecting!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 10.43 PMby bemidjirose

    I’ve been sewing since I was little – my mother would draft her her own patterns for clothes for us kids and I think it just kinda soaked into our brains without us being aware of it.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 10.11 PMby blakcat6591

    I’ve been sewing since I was ten my Grandma taught me how to sew, I started out making clothes for my dolls, went to making dolls, then I started making clothes. I would love to have a serger!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 09.58 PMby Mia1

    My sewing background? I was born with a needle and thread in my hand! Clothing, crafts, I love all aspects of sewing.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 09.40 PMby Christi Woglemuth

    My sister got me into sewing around sixth grade. Then I learned more about sewing in Junior High and I have been sewing ever since. I have had a total of about five years of sewing.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 09.36 PMby cassie69emt

    I would love a serger I have so many projects to finish and this would make it fast and easy to do. I love the look of clothes that the seams have been finished gives it a more neater appearance.I use to have one of those little singer serger and I have to say I killed it from overworking it,all I did were a complet house full of curtains,all together there were a little over 20 pairs and I would love to update my curtains now but have not been able to replace it as of yet

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    Dec 14, 2011, 09.25 PMby ernielajr

    I started sewing about 22yrs ago as a self taught sewist. Times were tough and Christmas saw fast approching. I thought I could make gifts for family and friends while learning a new skill. I have fallen in love with sewing and have since recieved my certificate in Fashion Design. I have learned many new skills and techniques since that first attempt. Unfortunately my 20yr old serger has recently quite on me and christmas is here again. A new serger would be such a help right now. I hope a new one is in the cards.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 08.51 PMby conniereed

    I sewed as a child, I learned from my mother and we had home ec. in public school. I have never owned a serger and would love to win one. Merry Christmas everyone!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 08.45 PMby megarooski42

    I would love to have a serger added to my sewing equipment. I’m working on improving the finished look of my garments to make them look more polished and a serger would be so much faster than a zig-zag stitch!!!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 08.45 PMby jomac30

    I first used a sewing machine in grade school back when the machines were treadle operated-not electric. I’ve since been sewing by hand, then got my first sewing machine in my twenties. Now its time to move up and modernize myself by trying a serger!! That would be the ultimate sewing experience for me…see if I can figure out a serger. The I"ll be making all kinds of fancy things. This grandma is moving up in the sewing world!!!!!!!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 08.23 PMby Kathy Edmonds

    I’m relatively new to sewing and I plan to teach my daughter. I would LOVE to win this!!! I have been wanting a serger!!! :)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 07.27 PMby librik

    I’ve been sewing now and then all my life, but results were mixed. Recently I started to really work on my sewing skills and equipment. A serger would help greatly.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 07.22 PMby sophiecls

    I learned basic sewing skills from my mom and my grandma, but I didn’t really start sewing until after my son was born. Now sewing is a huge creative outlet for me.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 07.16 PMby t4n14

    i’m a self-taught “sewstress”. sewing has become my stress reliever that i can’t get enough of it.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 07.09 PMby missyiss

    I took sewing lessons with a friend when I was about 10 years old and have been making clothes for myself and my family ever since, teaching myself little bits here and there along the way. I have wanted to be a fashion designer since the age of 8 but was convinced to change career choice when selecting a college due to the competitive nature of the industry. So now at 31, I am attempting to achieve that dream and have taken a course at the local community college and one at the local sewing shop “Just Make It Sew”!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 07.06 PMby Katarzyna Kwiecień

    wow!what a prize! my mom is a sewing master-i lesson everything what i knew from her-she’s my sewing god!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 06.49 PMby jallen5

    I would love to win this serger! I am currently learning to sew for my daughter who is 6 feet tall. It is very hard to find things that are modest and fashionable in her size, especially when we live in a semi-rural area. I think a serger would really help the process along since I am in nursing school and have to sew on the sly. It would also be great to teach her how to do this for herself. Thanks for the chance!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 06.32 PMby hanut2009

    My mom did some sewing while I was growing up. But I didn’t get inspired to do so myself until I had a baby. I have tried new things and taught my self how to sew. I LOVE it and I just want to know everything I can!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 06.29 PMby adwarren

    I would love to win this for my sister-in-law. She taught me a lot about sewing and cooking as a young bride. She is home bound with her spouse who has renal failure and has to do dialysis on a daily basis. She sews dolls and sells them for extra cash and something to do. She has been wanting a serger but is unable to afford one with all the medical costs. This would make her day! Thank you for the chance to win.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 06.28 PMby splendida

    I learnt to sew for my dolls first…pieces of fabric cut up and quickly stitched around my dolls. Then Burda magazines came to Malta and since then I took courses and love to sew. I can’t understand why sewing lost its popularity with many young women these days.This serger is soooooo great! Loredanawww.loredana61.blogspot.com

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    Dec 14, 2011, 06.19 PMby auschick

    I’m pretty much self taught, and have been sewing since I was about 8 :)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 06.07 PMby tspoon-1

    my sewing skills were taught to me by my mother at a very young age. I had no patience at the time, but in my early 20’s I decided it was all I wanted to do! I made the same dress pattern in 24 different fabrics over the winter of 1995 in order to perfect my skills. It has been a great asset to my life.

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