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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 14, 2011, 05.46 PMby ThomasLeeDesigns

    I learned the art of sewing from my grandmother Mary. Having only sons she was thrilled to finally have a grandaughter who wanted to sew. I was 7 when she started working with my on my barbie dolls. We’d spend hours in between our tea partys making hand sewn outfits, and machine sewn outfits for my collection of barbie dolls! Later in grade school I moved to purses and skirts, simple things that I was so proud of, I remember making a few purses for my friends in school with the help of my grandma! In high school I’d finally moved onto making designs without patterns, thanks to her help I would just drap fabric, and craft my designs into wearable art! My prom dress was my favorit item I made in high school, sadly my grandmother wasn’t with us anymore, so I know my father was proud to see her love for sewing carried on in what I made! From that day on I knew I wanted to do nothing but sew and design! And have had my clothing company ever scence, being sold in several local boutiques near my home where I live, and online threw etsy. There isn’t a day that I don’t think of my grandma, and know somewhere she is smiling at her influence and my love for the art of sewing and design! I hope I’m making her proud, beacuse I couldn’t htink of anything I’d rather do! I live to sew/design!!!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 05.43 PMby mocakava

    My mother sewed most of my dresses when I was in grade school, and taught me how to sew. I sewed a lot of my own clothes throughout my teens, and with a friend, earned money by designing, sewing, and selling clothes at crafts fairs. Later I taught myself tailoring and other skills from books. Never had the extra $$$ to splurge on a serger, but have always wanted one, since it would open up a whole new world of sewing possibilities.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 05.31 PMby omijustin

    I just completed a semester of Fashion 101 and have been sewing clothes for the past 4 months. It’s become my new favorite hobby! I love sewing and have become addicted to patterns, fabrics, and all things related to sewing. I’m hoping to get a dress form and a Serger so I can continue to sew more clothes including vintage/retro style clothing. :)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 05.21 PMby dizzysez


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    Dec 14, 2011, 05.06 PMby eghbravo

    Learned to sew as a teenager. I’ve sewn dance costumes (out of necessity) and home dec over the years but I’ve only recently (over the past two years) picked it up as a regular hobby…now I’m obsessed!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.52 PMby ehfraht

    I have ben sewing for family and close friends for about ten years. I have never taken any courses and have learned what I know by way of deconstructing pieces and pattern sewing primarily. I have also had friends help me to make different pieces.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.44 PMby nhuhua

    I was watching my grandmother making quilts when I was small. Sometimes, she let me pay with the machine without the needle in :-) and as i grew a little older, somehow I can do a few simple things without actually being taught/explained to! I just started sewing again recently when given a sewing machine as a BD present. Im still learning and a serger would be an amazing addition =. Thank you so much for the chance to win! Happy holidays!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.42 PMby Nicole Carey

    I began sewing about 7 years ago just making myself clothing and it slowly transitioned into a business. Since last year I have been doing it full-time which is awesome and I am so grateful for. Actually, right before I was about to leave for a craft fair this week my serger just totally crapped out so I am on the hunt for a new one

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.41 PMby kiyokocherry

    Always been interested in sewing since I saw my grandmother deconstructed a shirt and shorts that I had brought to make me a whole wardrobe from them. Since then I have been totally hooked and made everything from regular clothes to doll clothes to reenactment clothing for ren fairs and and various other costumes that the kids have requested over the years. I have always had a passion for creating things with fabric.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.39 PMby belia

    I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl. My mom taught me to make clothes for my dolls. I make clothes for my sisters dolls, then for my sisters and myself. I’ve been sewing now for over 50 years! I hadn’t really put a number on it before and just realized that that’s over half a century. Not stopping yet. I really like to create with cloth.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.37 PMby byrdiesews

    I would love to get my hands on a serger! I’ve been garment sewing since my early teens (I’m 30 now). My mom taught me the basics, the rest I picked up along the way. My passion for sewing has been renewed in the last five or so years with the addition of online sewing communities. I love to see what others are sewing, gain tips and knowledge, and show off my own creations!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.36 PMby uhlayduh

    I would sit and watch my grandmother sew when I was a little girl, and would marvel at all the dresses that she made. My mother would also sew, and she made all of my Halloween costumes, recital outfits, Holiday dresses. I soon followed in their footsteps <3

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.34 PMby morkin13

    My dad taught me how to thread the machine but I taught myself from there. I also learned to hand sew in kindergarten.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.30 PMby dhfrn

    Great giveaway !!! Anyone who gets this will be happy. I have been sewing for myself, daughters . Grand babies , and lots of gifts and community service . Sewing is my stress buster ! Except when I hit the wall,and can not seem to get pass a certain point. Time to stop and rest. Happy Holidays to all of you!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.14 PMby melass99

    My mom taught me the basics but, once I was on my own I learned from trial and error. Lots of error. I can’t tell you how many stern words I’ve had with my machine. Through books and TV shows that were available I learned how to do things correctly. I am not a professional at this. I still make mistakes but, I love a new challenges. I have made quilts, aprons, upholstery furniture, pillows, purses, dolls, corsets, costumes, flower girl dresses, prom dresses. mostly girls and women’s clothing. All on my little singer machine.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.14 PMby Debbie Johnson

    i am 53 years old. i took home econimic in high school. i do craft shows ans quilt. my grandmother taught me to quilt as a small child. my sister has a serger and i have wonted one ever since i used hers, but i cant afford one. which i would love an industrial quilting machine also. good luch each and everone. and merry christmas.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.10 PMby Cheryl Trent

    Though I come from a long line of sewers, I did not learn to sew on a machine until I was 23 and I am self-taught. Now I run my own hobby business making historical costumes from original draft patterns and line drawings. All my life I have loved clothing and the art of creating something 3D from a 2D material. I wouldn’t want to be any another way.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.08 PMby Pavla Kalisova

    my grandmother did ton of sewing for us when i was a child. we were poor and there was shortage of everything. then i forgot all about it. i just got married and moved to my house and as a housewarming gift one of my husbands friends gave me a sewing machine. that poor thing was sitting in my basement for almost a year. i had no idea what to do with it and then then it just came to me, i will try it. so now i am trying and learning and i am having great time with it… and my baby has ton of little outfits made by mom :-) not much of a background, but every time i make something i think of my grandmopther who just passed away before i started. i bet she is supervising from heaven!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.59 PMby DawnGranquist

    I remember sewing as early as ten years old. It was after my mom and dad divorced, and once I discovered the joys of sewing I was hooked. I started by sewing cabbage patch doll clothes, from a book of patterns my mom gave to me. Then, shortly after I was disigning my own denim hobo pocketbooks. When I became a preteen/teenager, I started sewing quilts and pillows to decorate my bedroom, as well as a clown costume for Halloween. And, as the years have gone by I’ve sewn clothes for myself and my son; as well as continuing to make a vast variety of things to decorate my new home. Currently, I work part-time in the workshop of one of my mom’s friends; sewing pillows, draperies and slipcovers for different people. My biggest dream is to start up my own sewing business for interior sewing. I feel greatful to now be owning a Habitat for Humanity home, where I actually have basement space; so that I could work on making a sewing area for myself. This serger would be a nice addition. This serger would be not only a great treat for me, but would be a financial help; since I’ve been wanting to own a serger, but will probably never afford. I am hoping that I might be chosen, but know whomever is picked is VERY lucky. Thank you!!!
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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.54 PMby Patricia Wright

    I am a self taught sewer. I got my first brother sewing machine about three years ago and have being learning how to sew through craft/sewing/quilting blogs. Sewing is definitely my favorite hobby and it is somethimg I’ll be pursuing for the rest of my life!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.52 PMby Craftywatts

    Total novice sewer but slowly getting better.. really would love to have this serger!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.51 PMby ReneeWatts

    I started sewing when I was around 6 years old. My grandmother taught me on a foot pedal singer. I still have that sewing machine. I have been sewing for 45 years. I am now teaching my 16 year old daughter to sew and would love to have a serger to give her for Christmas.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.44 PMby Sarah Clemment

    Dying for the Brother Laura Ashley NX2000, but wouldn’t mind this Serger either!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.41 PMby Savannagal

    Wow, what an awesome giveaway. I took a sewing class many years ago through my local community college. I learned to sew a vest. After the classes ended all I knew how to sew was vests, so I ended up making about 15 of them. I have one for every major holiday. The instructor decided to have a once a month sewing meet up at the store. There I learned to make a flannel nightshirt. I now have at least 15 of those. Over time the instructor shortened the hours of the meet up and I could no longer go because I the class was half over by the time I got home from work, and it was a half hour away. So I’m kind of stuck. It’s really hard to decipher many patterns. They seem to assume that some things are already known or obvious. But that isn’t always so and beginners like me can get stuck, frustrated and give up. I’ve since reconnected with my instructor and am squeezing in an hour with her every other week or so. I hope to learn much more so I can make something other than vests and nightshirts. Good luck to all. Happy holidays.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.41 PMby calendar

    I started sewing in high school to help sew costumes for theater productions. After college, I really started up again, to sew clothes for myself this time!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.37 PMby Lu Fru

    My grandma (R.I.P) found financial independence and freedom from a world of man with the most feminine activity know, sewing beautiful dresses… I want to be like her…

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.35 PMby beccamay-1

    I grew up surrounded by pieces of wedding dresses here and there, with my mother trying to get me to stop being “her little helper”. I started to sew when I was 9 years old. I never had formal sewing education until I was 18 and a freshman in college. I took my first class in the costume studio at my mid-west university then. Now, I am a third year student trying to save some money for a decent serger of my own. I work as a technical assistant in the costume studio making costumes for university productions, and assist other students in the studio. I have learned about design, construction, pattern making, draping, and drafting while having the fantastic opportunity to work with amazingly talented professors in theatre and costume design. I continue with my own designs in my apartment using the knowledge I have learned at school.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.22 PMby splendarose

    My inspiration came when I was 15 years old. My mother never sewed but my older sister starting sewing when she left for college. I remember a favorite dress she made for me, it was basically a modified pillowcase dress but I loved it! I didn’t start sewing until I left home and had four little children of my own. Back in the 70’s it paid to sew your own clothing. My first machine was a refurbished White. Sometimes I would sew well into the wee hours of the morning, the only time I had uninterrupted time to sew. I made myself and my daughter look alike dresses, I made my twin boys matching outfits and my husband lightweight jackets. I stopped sewing for about twenty years while I went back to work and have just three years ago been bitten again by the bug again due to the advent of grandchildren.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.08 PMby DebWong

    I learnt to make garments years ago using patterns, but because of family and work commitments, I have not really been sewing. However, I recently needed some new curtains for my livingroom and kitchen, so I took out my old sewing machine, now 20 years old that was given to me by my husband. My son came home for thanksgiving and saw me sewing the curtains and immediately asked me to fix something on his favorite shirt………It felt great!!…. I got back part of that “mom feelings” when I use to make costumes for the kids for school plays and fix their clothes. And that big “thanks Mom” from my son simple made my whole day!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 03.08 PMby Bodil Herdenfeldt

    Started sewing in high school. My mom made alot of my clothes in HS so I dressed different than the rest. I have always liking dressing a little different. I sewed my daughters clothes the first 2 years of her life. and dabble now and then. Wantto get more into it in 2012. Andrea Keding

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