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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, 01.18 PMby Tericelovetosew

    I think I was born to sew..I can remember my two older sisters got simple sewing sets that had dolls with fabrics where you only had to sew up the side seems that my grandmother sent them in the mail. They would have nothing to do with the sewing…to my delight. When I would visit with my grand mother she would always have a fun project for me. Know I can fabricate just about anything. tericelovetosew

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.13 PMby meganleigh216

    I always wanted to sew but never knew where to start. When my grandmother died in 2006, in a box in her closet, that was seemingly for me, were 3 of my favorite skirts of hers, a knitted baby blanket and some sewing books. It took me a few years, but after my baby daughter was a year old, my husband gave me a sewing machine and signed me up for a sewing class for my birthday. I have been taking classes and working at it since and truly love sewing. I hope to improve as time passes :).

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.13 PMby cgrose

    I love sewing gifts for friends and home decor

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.09 PMby ahvegas

    I am so, to my dismay, still a beginner. I’m getting better, i’m trying to channel my mom!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.07 PMby Ali Pearson

    I sewed some when I was in college; having watched my mother when I was a kid, I was inspired by her old school Singer sewing machine. I mostly made backless hippie shirts and maxi dresses without patterns or any real idea of what I was doing. The years passed and, last year, with a broken ankle, unable to exercise, I committed myself to learning a new craft. I bought a sewing maching, learned the basics of quality sewing , found Burda and haven’t looked back! I’m mostly self taught, though I’ve taken one class. In that class my teacher let me use her serger to finish off my projects. The things I sew at home are missing that professional finish.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.07 PMby kim4jaguars

    I have been sewing for the past 17 years, I started when I was in the hospital waiting to give birth to my son ( I had some issues that kept me there for 2 1/2 months). I was a crocheter/knitter and decided that if I could create my own crochet/knit patterns, the same could be done for sewing. I commissioned my husband to bring small pieces of fabric to me at the hospital and I began to cut out the shapes that I crocheted/knitted and started hand stitching them together. After leaving the hospital I began to buy patterns and my first project was a lined jacket with matching pants for myself — I still have that outfit! I began making most of my 4 children’s clothing from creating socks/slippers to making outfits for them to take pictures in school (the night before the scheduled photo shoot). I love sewing, my life is consumed with new projects – lately I have been obsessed with creating coats – the first one I tried was approximately 1 year ago and it was made of leather (don’t know why I chose leather for a first try) but I am happy to say it turned out GREAT!!!


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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.05 PMby suzanner

    I learned to sew in 6th grade. My Aunt taught me to cut out the pattern and then sew the pieces together by hand. I made clothes for my Barbie and Ken dolls. Once I proved myself, she allowed me to use her machine and the rest is history. I made clothes for myself and my Mother…later my husband and children. Now my focus is on quilting. I love to pick out fabric and see something come to life. It gives me great joy! I look forward to retirement when I will have more time to spend in my quilting studio.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.05 PMby rhampden

    I learned to sew from my mother, who made me Halloween costumes and clothes for my dolls while I experimented with fabric and tangled up all the spools and bobbins. Now I sew quilts, clothes and animals for my two year old and can’t wait until she’s old enough to learn to sew with me!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.02 PMby Mary Sue Wysocki

    I learned to sew from both my grandmother, who made a lot of clothes for my sisters & me, and my mom. One of my favorite memories of my grandmother and mom sewing is that we would have new pajamas at Christmas and our favorite dolls would also get new nightgowns that matched ours. A new serger would be wonderful addition to my sewing room.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.58 PMby dianepainter

    My mother gave me a large box of fabric scraps and her old Singer sewing machine when I was about 8. I loved to make clothes for my dolls. I eventually started making clothes for myself and the rest is history!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.56 PMby earlyn

    I learned a little sewing when I was in the 4th grade, tried to take it up again in high school, and now I am a committed beginner. Progress!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.56 PMby maurao

    I started when I was 40! I’m now teaching my niece to sew so she will have great memories of learning as a child.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.56 PMby dcafamily

    I learned to sew in jr high during our required home ec classes. Then continued thru high school learning by my grandmother’s side. She taught me a lot and I wish she were still here to help out in some of the more difficult projects or just to have someone to work with. Now I love sewing for my children and hope to pass along the creativity to them.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.56 PMby AshleighElizabeth

    I started sewing in early highschool when I received my first sewing machine as a Christmas present from my mother. I remember my Aunt coming over the next day and showing me how to thread a bobbin and such, saying, “Now sometimes you’ll just have to get in there and get your hands dirty,” with a smile :) Her attitude showed me that sewing doesn’t have to be about being a girly girl; it’s about creating and making! Years later I am a fairly adept, self-taught sewer and love learning to make new things. I still use the same sewing machine to this day, but lately everything I’d like to make calls for a serger, which I do not have! Oh what wouldn’t I sew if I had one?!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.55 PMby marle777

    My sewing history began by watching my mother sew and alter clothes on her Singer Athena 2000 machine as a young child. At earliest, I can remember her hemming pants for her business suits since we are petite and I recall her sewing many a leotard for my sister’s gymnastic events and of course most fondly for me, her sewing my formal dresses for high school dances. My own foray began with my interest in costumes and cosplay many years ago and while she did much of the work for the first few costumes, with each passing task more of the work was given to myself, the apprentice. Now years later, I have learned much on my own through the use of books and internet resources but I have never forgotten the fundamental lessons taught by my mother throughout my formative years. Now, at present day, I have sketchbooks full of designs for a line I’d like to launch and a Brother Serger would be a heaven sent blessing to get the fabric flying and the finshed garments looking more professional than anything I could have ever created before.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.53 PMby AuntKitty

    A new serger would be fantastic!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.51 PMby cpup40

    I learned to sew as a kid when I was about 10. My Mom didn’t have any patience to teach me, so I had to learn on my own. I love to sew for my family.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.50 PMby asutheim

    I started threading needles for my grandmother while she qilted. My first project was a pink tutu. I sewed on all of my own sequins. My grandmother humored me and helped me make a flat flower that I put on my head as a hat.I took a few years off, patching holes in pants and sewing buttons on shirts, etc. In college a friend of mine taught me how to quilt. I started making clothes in college as well, making my first costume, a red strapless dress. I was a lady bug that year :) I have made dresses and skirts, vests, jackets (for myself) , and Halloween costumes for myself, my husband and my two brothers for years. My proudest accomplishment is a 3 piece suit for my husband, which he wore for Halloween this year as Jack Skellington. Currently I am working on my largest project to date- a ball gown for my annual holiday party for work.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.50 PMby Ayanna Swan

    I just finished up some continuing education courses at The New School in NYC for draping and design. and I’m in need of a serger and a sewing machine. I would love to win this contest and start designing clothing full-time.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.49 PMby tisharris

    My grandmother taught me to sew when I was around eight years old. She started me out on the hems of skirts and dresses she made for me and my mother. Now I teach basic sewing to children participating in various community programs.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.47 PMby Kris Lescinsky

    I learned to sew as a child, from my grandma mostly. Mom’s machine was a dinosaur, and we spent more time fighting it than sewing. Recently started sewing as an adult, and making quilts and dabbling in clothing. Now I have been eyeballing sergers. LOL.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.46 PMby hauntedathome

    Miss Brown taught me to sew in Home Ec in 7th grade. I’ve sewed off and on ever since (40+years), but have recently made a dedicated sewing room. In the old tradition, my son moved out, and I turned his room into a sewing room.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.44 PMby dyeabolical

    I was taught by my grandmama. I was the only grandchild who she taught. A few years back, I inherited her machine to add to my collection.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.44 PMby elnajay

    I learned the basics from my mother during middle school and high school years… How to thread and use a sewing machine, follow a pattern. She had taught me basic hand sewing quite a bit before that, I think. I have learned additional skills from working a bit in the costume shop at my college, and from costume design work I’ve done since.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.40 PMby zoip

    I’m a beginner, but I feel like sewing my whole life! (maybe in a previous one??? lol) I took some sewing lessons 3-4 years ago, but I was finally able to buy a sewing machine only a few months ago, something that made me happily creative :-) My sewing machine is a simple model, and I’m not able to overlock or do things I could do with a serger. And then I saw your “holiday give away” in my inbox and… here I am :-) The truth is that arts and crafts in general are vital to me: they help me to express myself, they put a smile on my face, they help me when I face something difficult in my life… Especially sewing plays an almost psychotherapeutic role in my life and I think that we (the creative ones!) are very lucky!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.39 PMby ashdesign

    Started sewing about 2 years ago and have bought a better sewing machine. Now I would love to experiment with a serger.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.38 PMby Pamela Dixon

    When I was 11 my mother sent me to the Singer Sewing Classes at the the Singer Sewing Machine store. All the other teenagers in the class were making simple shift dresses. My mother insisted that I make a finished lined suite with bound buttonholes. Needless to say, I was not happy and embarrassed that the teacher had to spend so much time with me while all the others in the class watched. As my mother wanted, I learned much in that class and was able to make my clothes from then on. Now, I enjoy basic sewing, but also creating wonderful embroidered and applique outfits for my beautiful granddaughter. To this day I enjoy sewing and am very thankful for what my mom did many many years ago. I’m looking for a new serger and this one would be a great compliment to my Brother embroidery machine.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.36 PMby sparka1

    I started sewing at the very young age of 3. My mother always sewed our clothes and I would take the scraps of fabric and lace and make my own purses, literally out of two squares and a strip of lace for the handle… I would love to win this!!!!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.32 PMby woolenwears

    As a little girl, I would sit and watch my grandmother sew. She made all my wool skirts for school, When my grandmother passed away, I took her button tin as a way to remember her. Many years later I started sewing, and haven’t stopped. I sew one of her buttons into everything I make, as a way of saying thanks for all the inspirations and memories…

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.31 PMby Jennifer Kosco

    i taught myself how to sew when i was around 10 years old. i then took more sewing classes while in high school. then i taught myself how to use a serger around 15 years ago. i still sew today, making clothes and quilts for my family. thank you for this opportunity.

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