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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, 02.32 PMby snow-day

    Hi, I started sewing 2 Christmases ago when Santa brought my daughter some beatiful grey wool tweed with metallic multicolored threads running along the grainline, and a sewing book. She didn’t take to the teach-yourself-to-sew challenge, so I did because I didn’t want all that wasted. With my old Singer 629 (born 21 April, 1966, Elizabeth, New Jersey (thanks Singer.com for always answering my questions!)) “who” only makes straight stitches forward and backwards, the book, BurdaStyle.com and SewingPatternReview.com, I learned to sew… very badly at first. In my first creation, an apron, I thought you were supposed to cut out all the big circles marked on the pattern. What the hey!?! I had several holes to patch up. Good thing it was just an apron. I still use it today and it makes me happy to see it because it’s so homely looking. I went on to make 2 summer dresses for my daughter, then her short grey wool coat, then a long grey wool coat for me with beautiful Czech glass buttons, a skirt, Burda slacks, 2 beautiful Burda dresses that I ALWAYS get comments on, more wool dresses, the Coffee Date Dress twice, and now I’m working on 2 more wool coats. I love to sew but my downfall is seam finishing. To avoid seam finishing, I have fully lined every item I’ve made after the first 3 practice items, even the slacks. I can’t afford a serger (even my sewing machine was a curbside freebie). I am about to go back and finish all my seams this winter after I finish the wool coats. I’m going to use a mini iron I just bought and 2 rolls of Design Plus bias fusible tape, which I’ve done before with good results. Finishing seams just feels like punishment because I don’t know what to do with all the places that are clipped. But I notice that many people online say they use a serger, and they say that sergers really secure the seam edges from fraying, so a serger would be a great thing to win. Anyway it was fun to write all this and share it.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.31 PMby Wolfwing

    I want to learn. For myself and for my photography hobby. I know many who sew and I envy them that freedom.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.31 PMby fruitaburst

    That machine is beautiful! I’m slowly learning how to sew. This would help make some beautifully finished seams!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.28 PMby shortie951

    I took sewing classes in school many years ago. I love to sew!! I love the variety of things that I’m able to make.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.28 PMby wickedseamstresst

    I have been sewing since age 4 and have costumed for dancers and competetive ice skaters. Currently work as a seamstress for a casino. I have taught teens to sew their own skating costumes.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.27 PMby janell5

    I have been sewing since about middle school. My mom made a lot of clothes for me and my 4 sisters so it just kind of came naturally. Now my daughters are sewing and we have a small business making children’s clothing.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.26 PMby sugarfreepony

    i’m a recent ex-waitress who jumped into the deep end by starting my own accessories company. i learned everything i know about sewing from the amazing teachers at FIT.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.26 PMby Kay Cordova

    I began sewing at about 10yrs old in 4-H. Also thru 4-H I became interested a contest sponsored by the wool industry and made several garments from 100% wool for the contest. Since I have taught sewing to other young girls. I embroider on a Brothers Quattro and also quilt. I continue to make many of my own garments and home decor

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.24 PMby pamsing

    Self taught (not counting home ec classes in 8th grade eons ago). wish I had more time for projects. a serger would be fantastic.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.24 PMby gerlinde111

    When I was a child I always watched my mom sew clothing for the whole family. Through her and Home Ec I learned the basics, but I stopped sewing in my teenage years. As an adult I got interested again in sewing my own clothes and with the help of Burda magazines I got right back into it!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.24 PMby reninja

    I am a newish sewer. I have sewn on and off for several years but until now never had the time to do it consistently. I have begun again and am dedicated now to being consistent so that I can build my skill.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.23 PMby zoe84

    My mother taught me the basics of sewing – finding the grainline, laying out patterns, seam allowances, etc. I searched out more advanced techniques on the internet like fly fronts, sewing with knits, invisible zippers, and such. My ultimate goal is to have everything I wear be customized to my body and my own aesthetic!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.22 PMby pinkiejane

    Oh, this is perfect! My serger just broke recently after starting a new business project. I planned on making upcycled clothing.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.22 PMby amberwork

    I am mostly self-taught, with a little bit of help from a home ec class and support from my lovely mom.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.21 PMby apl7

    I have been sewing since 6th grade home ec. class. I hated it at first, but once I finished my first garment sewing became a passion. Through high school, I did the costumes for school plays. Made my sister’s prom dresses and my own clothes. Now I make my daughters clothes and hope to get back into costume design for a community theater. A serger would make my life so much easier and I could expand my sewing repertoire.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.20 PMby sradecki

    I have been sewing since I was 13. I like to think I am an advanced intermediate sewer. My mom sewed when I was little and she got me started. One of my aunts showed me many tricks and helped advance my skills. I like to think of myself as a garment maker not a designer. That is one skill I have not been able to advance. I love making clothing that only I will have…a one-of-a-kind piece.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.19 PMby Turtle311

    I taught myself to hand sew as a child to make barbie cloths from scraps. While not very good creations I thought they were wonderful! When i was a bit older my mother taught me how to use a sewing machine, I was hooked! In my teens my personal style was quite “out there” and I couldn’t find much in the stores that I liked, so I made my own!… again not the best creations but i thought they were awesome! In high school I took my first sewing class and learned more in depth sewing skills and used a serger for the first time and have lusting for one ever since! As an adult I have been sewing more and more and have taken several classes on refurbishing and tailoring clothing. I peruse the clearance racks and thrift store looking for affordable clothing to makeover and make my own. There is something very empowering wearing something that you have created yourself. I still consider myself a beginner sewer but maybe someday i will trust my skills enough to be more that that.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.19 PMby mrsthomas

    When I was younger I would watch my granndmother sew…she did everything from quilts to making my aubties prom dresses. I was always facinated by the way she seemed so elegant fixing up a hole or a tear. For many years she had tried to get me to start lesrning and I took it for granted when I was younger. I got big into sewing when my husband and I were planning our wedding. Wehsd a DIY wedding and after making table clothes, bridesmaids dresses..it judt stuck…even after the I do’s, and i like to thank my grandmother who had a helping in this…ps she made my veil! I married sewing too I guess!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.19 PMby sema80

    I start sewing when I was 13 years old……… I loved sewing a lot but I do not have time to practice but after I finished my degree I went back to practice and took courses in sewing and fashion design

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.19 PMby cliponfearing

    Good morning :)

    I am a novice sewer. I get many compliments on my mode of dress & i owe it all to the years trapped in a catholic school uniform. I have have my own style & am taking classes to be able to realize the visions in my head when i am unable to compose the look from pieces i have sought out in discount markets & clearance racks. Its time for me to make my own better than shoddy garments & to be able to share with friends :) I bought a 1950’s Necchi Supernova from a repair shop so a free modern machine would be a treat!

    thank you :)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.18 PMby sewdiva

    I had wanted to sew since I could remember, but I actually started sewing at 18 when I saved enough money to buy my first sewing machine. I only had enough for the machine and had no table for it so the entire first day I stayed in my room sewing trinkets on the floor. This was before the internet so I went to the nearest library to find how-to sewing books and patterns. At times I would get lucky and the library would sell old pattern books for pennies. At the time I didn’t have money to buy fabrics so I would re-purpose old clothing and dare I say it, window treatments. One of the best skirts I ever made came from a floral jacquard window panel. I became good enough where I would take orders from local vendors here and there to supplement my income. Now that I am married and have three sons my time has increasingly become limited. However, I still manage to steal away time to sew. it is an activity that belongs only to me. My boys’ like to call it “mama’s alone time.” I am blessed to have a husband and children that understand and respect my “need” to sew. It may sound silly to some, but sewing helps sharpen my focus and to decompress from life’s stressors. Plus, with three young boys in the house, I find myself sewing more for them than for me! There is never a shortage of pants torn at the knees in my house.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.18 PMby mrsthomas

    When I was younger I would watch my granndmother sew…she did everything from quilts to making my aubties prom dresses. I was always facinated by the way she seemed so elegant fixing up a hole or a tear. For many years she had tried to get me to start lesrning and I took it for granted when I was younger. I got big into sewing when my husband and I were planning our wedding. Wehsd a DIY wedding and after making table clothes, bridesmaids dresses..it judt stuck…even after the I do’s, and i like to thank my grandmother who had a helping in this…ps she made my veil! I married sewing too I guess!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.18 PMby fruitbake

    I’ve been sewing since about age 6. My mom made me do the clothing construction project in 4-H if I wanted to show cattle and rabbits. Farm girl at heart here, but the sewing is the skill that I still use today. Mostly quilts nowadays though. I have recurring nightmares of the knit outfits I constructed (or tried to) back in the day on my mom’s little machine. But I dream of owning a serger to make up all sorts of comfy little outfits for my little darlings! They really do grow up so fast, and soon they probably won’t want my handmade fashions.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.18 PMby max

    I have sewed off and on for about 25 years. I took my first and last sewing class with my mother as a teen. I am self taught, I love to read and experiment! I recently opened Sew What Sewing Cafe here in West Texas and now I teach sewing! How ironic! Sew What has 11 Brother Project Runway sewing machines but we do not have a serger. It would look good in my sewing cafe!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.17 PMby thbackhome

    My sewing love goes back to about 10 years old when I was allowed to pin and cut out a pattern for my mother. My mom has passed on but my love continued on to embroidery and sewing quilts, clothing, household items and craft items. My wish is that younger people still had the opportunity with a Home Economics class to learn sewing as I did. Thanks to the new technology of Internet it does seem that many young people are loving sewing again! That is very exciting to me.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.17 PMby peagreen255

    When I was young, my mom would make a lot of my clothes, but she never bothered to fit anything except the hem. In high school I began to sew in self-defense, so that I could have well-fitting things to wear. Now that I’m fully grown, that skill comes in handy.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.16 PMby Tracey McGowan Wirth

    i have been sewing for about 35 years. My mom “forced” my sister and me to do a 4-H sewing class. Thank goodness, mom’s do know best! ( most of the time!)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.15 PMby stephanielynn91

    I have been sewing for about 4 months now, making my own clothes, sewing small projects from fat quarter bundles, repairing clothes, and repurposing old bed sheets, pillowcases and old clothes. I started sewing because I had bought a dress one day and it cost me $23, and decided I was going to make my clothes instead of buying them especially so that I could have pretty things instead of cheap clothes that don’t last and make me feel ugly or like I dress like a boy. I was a little scared to start, I hadn’t touched a sewing machine since middle school in home economics class, and didn’t remember a thing about it. I finally bought a sewing machine, a Brother Project Runway limited edition for beginners and I have been teaching myself the entire time, looking on Burda Style for patterns and techniques, and lately I have been working on Christmas presents since this year is going to be a handmade Christmas. Also I have been trying to make some winter clothes, I don’t have much in my closet to keep me warm other than a fur coat and thin blue jeans that I’ve had since I was about 14 and they are starting to wear out. I also like to hand sew and I’m trying to learn how to create patterns and recently graded a pattern from Burda Style that wasn’t in my size. Sewing can be expensive for me, having a very low amount of income and being unemployed for almost a year and a half, but I love to do it and it helps motivate me to get out of bed when I hurt due to having fibromyalgia and I love to learn and make things I can wear or things I can give to other people especially children. I would love to have this serger machine, it would really help me out especially when making clothes for other people by request, it would make them look like they came straight from the store!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.14 PMby Melody Korlinchak

    First I want to say I would Love to win the serger ;-)…My sewing goes back many years. I learned to sew on my Moms treadle machine and was hooked. I ws probably in about 4th grade…My Dad would always tell people how if I didn’t have something to wear to school the next day I would just make something…Which was true and it makes me smile to think he would tell people about it. I think I have been sewing since. I worked in sewing factories making everything from shoes to hunting clothes, nightgowns , dresses and the last factory job was making curtains and drapes. I also for many years when my children (4 ) were growing up worked from home making crafts wholesale and also making cloth diapers…When asked can I make something for someone …most times I say I will try…I also never remember buying curtains…I like creating my own…I learned with my girls how to braid wool rugs in 4H and have taught classes in this also. I am 56 now and still love the challenge of sewing something new…Now one thing I love to make are cloth dolls…So I hope this answers your question and I would love to hear I am the owner of a new machine…thanks Melody

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.13 PMby hanihoney36

    I’m an intermediate. I would like to learn more advanced fitting/tailoring skills and quilting one day. I sew crafts, clothing for my son and myself.

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