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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 13, 2011, 04.40 PMby Donna Gearing-Gibson

    I’ve been sewing for over 30 years. Started sewing in high school home economics class. I have the Brother Project Runway sewing machine, The Brother QC-1000 quilting machine. This serger would complete my Brother collection. Love your machines!!!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.40 PMby Sheri Tullis

    I am a self taught seamstress! learned a lot by trial and error. But today… feel like an old pro!!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.40 PMby nicoleangeline

    My father taught me to sew on an antique machine when I was younger, and I instantly fell in love! I’m always on the search for material, zippers, buttons and more. I’d looooove this serger! That’s one thing I have yet to try.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.40 PMby eerieturnip

    My grandparents on both sides worked in textiles, one was a milliner the other was a seamstress for a fashion house. My mother never made a fuss of sewing but was forever making everything herself rather than buy. I just naturally continued the trend, learned as i went and progressed gradually with help here and there.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.40 PMby Annie Donahue

    I’m actually fairly new to machine sewing. My aunt taught me to sew by hand as a small child.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.40 PMby Nina Reed

    I’m relatively new to sewing, just a few years but I’m definitely addicted and getting better every day!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.39 PMby dgporter

    Public school home economics sewing as a teenager; community college clothing construction as an adult. Otherwise, self-taught. Continually. Never give up learning.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.39 PMby Lynda Hart

    I love sewing. I was taught by my great-grandmother about 30 years ago and recently started sewing again. I now have 3 sewing machines, including a sewing/embroidery machine. I really want (need) a serger. Santa please ……….

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.39 PMby Lisa Mather

    My sewing background is very basic. When I got married, my mother-in-law taught me how to sew a curtain hem. Since then, I’ve taught myself how sew children’s clothing, quilts, bags, stockings, and other small items. This serger would certainly help clean up my hems! Thanks for the chance.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.39 PMby Holly Clark

    I started sewing two years ago when I decided to make my own costumes. Since then I’ve been teaching myself and getting better as time goes on. I’m starting to realize that to make my outfits more professional I need a serger. I’ve never had one before and can’t really afford it either. This would be a great help to push me to the next level.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.38 PMby indyvidual

    Wow, what a machine

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.37 PMby Sarah Haag

    I have been sewing since I was 12 which is a long time ago! I mostly quilt now but I love all things sewing. I am not sure why this is saying I’m Sarah Haag, that is not my name but when I click on my account it has my name and her name, obviously something went wrong here. Pamela Guinn

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.35 PMby argarg

    I’m a beginner. My mom knew how to sew, but I never wanted to learn at home. I was always kind of secretly interested, though. I started learning a couple of years ago by taking lessons and studying the internet. I love it though I feel like I’ve made slow progress! Would love to serge….

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.34 PMby Ada Nelken

    My mom taught me the basics and my next door neighbors and the rest is trial and error. I could really really use this to make mince and my kids cloths!!!!! My 4 year old sits on my lap while I sew thinking she is “sewing” too!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.33 PMby pinsandneedles

    I’m new to sewing, Burda. :)

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.32 PMby psychorat

    I just started sewing 3 and a half years ago. I am mainly self taught and still learning a lot.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.31 PMby aluckmann

    I did some sewing by hand when I was younger – mostly making diaper bags for my dolls (Magic Nursery Baby and Cabbage Patch). I decided I wanted to make a quilt in collge – I had no clue what I was doing, but did sign up for a class at Joann’s on how to put it all together once the top was done. When I discovered Burdastyle about a year ago I decided I wanted to start sewing my own clothes. I am pretty much self taught, but have learned a lot through sew-alongs.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.30 PMby nodoubtrxs

    I really need this! I make clothes for my kids and this would be a real time saver.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.26 PMby Emily Miller

    I used to sew (very ugly) clothes for my dolls out of scrap fabric when i was a kid. My mother taught me to sew on a machine when I was a teenager. I just recently moved into my first house with space for a sewing area, so I just started up sewing in earnest again.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.26 PMby obscurusmercury

    I had a mandatory semester class in Junior High. Beyond that, I’ve done some very basic hand sewing at home. My goal for the new year is to become adequate with a machine.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.18 PMby alice1001

    I started recently with a dressmaking course and I am completely and utterly addicted. I love the creativity of it and the fact that it’s so calming – even when everything is going wrong! Sewing has helped me through some of the harder aspects of my pregnancy and I really can’t see my life without it anymore.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.14 PMby corvus

    My mother taught me to sew about a decade ago. I’m still thanking her for that.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.13 PMby dianajanssen

    I started sewing through 4-H as a kid and hated it and quit. I have since realized that it was because we didn’t make anything interesting – just headscarves and bags that I couldn’t use and didn’t want. I wanted to make clothes. I started sewing again in law school because I knew I could teach myself enough so that I could have better suits than I could buy for court. Took some classes with Richard Robinson in Ottawa to learn couture sewing (Loved it!). I mostly learn what I need from magazines and books with occasional classes to supplement. Sometimes, you just have to make the garment to figure out the new technique. And I know teach children to sew and we do not make headscarves and bags – we make clothes that they like which increase in difficulty over time so they can also learn about fit along the way. If they can learn about sewing and fit as kids, they will largely be set as sewing adults.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.13 PMby Maria Muscarella

    Oh My Gosh! This is fabulous!!! My mom tried to teach me to sew when I was a kid, but I got so frustrated with her machine that I never did make much. A few years ago, I was gifted a machine and then won a series of lessons from a professional seamstress. Since then I’ve been a sewing fiend!!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.12 PMby boydagoyl

    My Mom showed me how to thread a needle and hand stitch when I was a little girl, and that was it! As an adult I obtained a hand-me-down sewing machine from my Grandma, and figured out how to do some basic machine sewing on my own (curtains, mending) despite its horrific tension adjustment. I’ve always been fascinated by making my own clothes, so a couple months ago my sweetie got me a brand new (auto-tension!) sewing machine, and here I am, ready to rock!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.10 PMby ellesassypants

    i’ve just begun sewing this year. it was something that i started because i thought it would be practical. . . i didn’t expect to fall in love!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.10 PMby leahfranqui

    I started sewing a year and a half ago. I was in China with a friend and she told me to bring something I loved and we could have it copied in the silk market. So I did and we did and I thought, this is so amazing, that you can do this. And then I thought, well, maybe I could do this too, after all, this is the way the world used to work for centuries, people making things for the induvidual, no ready-to-wear, surely I could figure this out. So I took a class at Spool Sewing here in Philadelphia and I was hooked. I’ve been sewing ever since.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.08 PMby lnderrart

    Both my mother and grandmother were superb seamstresses and would always help me make my halloween costumes, special occasion dresses and doll clothing when I was younger. Unfortunately, I never really got into sewing like I am now until after my grandmother had passed away and I moved a thousand miles away from my mother. But, I inherited my grandmother’s old Singer and a collection of vintage notions and haven’t stopped sewing since!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.07 PMby Melody Maya Pollock

    I spent my childhood watching my grandmother and mother in front of grandmas 1960’s Singer. I was crocheting and embroidering by age five but I didn’t really start sewing until I was 21. I did the odd mending job on things but I didn’t make anything until then.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.07 PMby Brandy totten

    I am a novice. My mother sewed our clothes when I was really little and continued sewing halloween costumes as I grew up, but she never did teach me. I got interested in sewing in high school and made my prom dress and graduation dress with the help of a neighbor. After moving away to go to college, I pretty much gave up on sewing, except for a few hand-sewn things. I am just now at the point in my life where I am back into sewing and I want to build a wardrobe that I can be proud of.

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