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Welcome to day 15 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win two thread collections from Coats and Clark! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Thursday, December 16th to be entered to win!

General Purpose Dual Duty XP Thread is a medium weight thread sized for most hand and machine sewing. It can be used on all fivers, knits and wovens. Dual Duty XP is a strong smooth thread for consistent tension and excellent stitch formation. New trap spool holds thread neatly and securely. The 50 spool collection contains a variety of colors including multicolors on 125 yard (114 meters).

Coats Rayon thread assortment contains 24 spools of lustrous rayon embroidery thread for decorative stitching, machine embroidery, monogramming and appliques. The 24 colors include basic neutrals, pastels and brights on new trap spools. Each spool has 225 yards (206 meters) of 40 wt embroidery thread.

Comment to Win: “National Sewing Month in September, is a time to indulge your passion for sewing and is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to the craft if you’ve never tried it before.”
What would you like the community of BurdaStyle to do, to be a part of National Sewing Month in September 2011?

Congratulations to momof11 who won the Notions Basket from Prym!


This giveaway is sponsored by Coats and Clark


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    Dec 15, 2011, 07.22 AMby shoshana13

    Just keep in touch with sewing organizations.

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    Nov 1, 2011, 03.36 AMby twosocks

    I would like to see more free patterns. And videos for teaching children.

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    Dec 22, 2010, 12.48 PMby janecappyyahoocom

    remember caots and clark as my first job 40 years ago

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    Dec 21, 2010, 05.06 AMby sealtopaz

    I wish you were asked to choose the language of the site, I did enough to get along with English, but I’m sure that people avoid working with their foreign language sites, especially should study the written material.

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    Dec 20, 2010, 02.14 PMby amandainorange

    FREE PATTERNS!!!!! With really good instructions. Or.. lots of ideas of things to do with less than 2metres of fabric – get everyone rummaging through the remnants

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.09 AMby foliusdesign

    Mobile sewing tour buses that teach urban teens how to sew!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 11.02 PMby fosteretalk

    As frequently happens your email arrives about 1:30 AM when I am asleep. It must be responded to by 9 AM EST and that is 6 AM here. Maybe you could either send the emails out sooner or expand the respond time.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 10.11 PMby lclurbanite

    More instructional! More links to other sewing sites that have great modern patterns.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 09.33 PMby grammaheh1

    Would love t win this great collection of thread by Coats and Clark! Gail

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    Dec 16, 2010, 06.49 PMby quiltma

    What a great giveaway. congrats to the winner.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 05.12 PMby utterlyalisha

    I think dedicating each day to a different technique, ranging from beginner to advanced techniques, would be a great idea. For example, you can have a Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About French Seams day. You could have a series of posts/tutorials on how to do french seams and projects to try french seams on. For each technique that you discuss, add a project/tutorial for people to try out the skill!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 04.59 PMby emmelou

    I think it would be wonderful to have everyone participate in a charity sewing project. I know of a project where they are sewing mittens & hats out of recycled wool sweaters for Indian children on the reservations in northern Minnesota. I think we should do something like that for National Sewing Month :)

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    Dec 16, 2010, 03.35 PMby splendarose

    I feel that sewing is an art yet does not receive the accolades that it “sew” deserves. I would love to see the public and private schools invite volunteers into the classroom to teach children to sew. Our communities are a rich resource of information and learning. It does indeed take a “Village to raise a Child.” There are soooo many varied projects that involve sewing and sewing involves most of our senses, touch, smell, sight and hearing. Children would be fully engaged in it. Volunteerism is a no cost way of teaching and educating our most valuable asset, our children.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 03.20 PMby Beadazzald

    This website is wonderful. Wish there were programs on tv.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 02.56 PMby mrsjoker

    The sew a thon for charity sounds good

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    Dec 16, 2010, 02.54 PMby pdyoung13

    I love your patterns! yesterday I spent a whole afternoon looking at your pattern book at the store keep up the great work guys!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 02.46 PMby carolinat

    I think it would be cool to do a community project, collect and donate sewing machines and materials to educational organizations and community centers. We all have a bit of old fabric lying around!

    OR, if you want something pretty easy and straight-forward, feature women’s fair trade sewing cooperatives from all over the world along with their wares!! It would be cool to see some videos and interviews of the women- what were their lives like before the cooperative? what about now? what do they love to sew? who taught them to sew?

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    Dec 16, 2010, 02.44 PMby runningwithscissors1

    A competition to encourage a bunch of new tutorials and or patterns (easy to harder). Especially the easier ones to encourage novices to try sewing.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 02.33 PMby Lebec Egirl

    As I am teaching young girls to sew, I try to incorporate a “lesson” into each project we make. If I won the thread, this would be an opportunity to share with my students about the importance of using good thread.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 02.29 PMby ksgerlock

    I love these threads. I am a lover of lots of colors. The bolder and brighter the better. At one time AI was at the craft store with my daughter and looking at embroidery threads. I told her that I wanted one of each color there. They were just so pretty and calling to me. I would love to have these in my thread box.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 02.24 PMby terimelisa

    I think it would be nice to get all of your subscribers to try to teach someone to sew in the month of September. Kind of being someone’s sew mentor. Take on 1 person who is just learning how to sew and help them learn the basics, be a sounding board for ideas they have, just teach them. I am just learning how to sew and am not really good. The internet and web sites like this help, but I would like to have someone I could go to and actually sew with.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 02.20 PMby glamourviking

    Take it to the streets! At my college I set up a table in our student lounge and taught “Home Economics” circa 1950 teaching methods, but instead of “girls, no boys” I made it open to everyone. I even wore a dress that I made myself from a vintage pattern, the cat eye glasses, the pearls. Everything! It was partially to bring awareness to gender roles in our everyday relationships and culture and to help bridge that gap of knowledge by letting the boys play with the machines and scissors too! I had a whole line of male students waiting to learn how to do basic sewing to fix their jeans/shirts/etc. There were a few male stragglers, including one guy that yelled at me “Did you break your fingers so you can’t sew this stuff yourself?” and sever other misogynistic comments. However, when he saw some of his own football buddies actually stitching along happily and walking away with repaired jeans he came over and gave it a shot. ;) He liked it. I caught him bragging about it later to his mom on the phone.

    Do something like that on a larger scale! It’s not a hobby, it’s not a female-thing. It’s a post-apocalyptic skill set and everyone can and should learn! Ladies, that means that more of us should learn how to use a grill/cook over an open fire too. We can’t leave that fun to the boys! ;) Knowledge and skills for all!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 01.44 PMby bluewillow

    My very first idea is a refashion challenge. So many sewers are refashioning these days and having fun doing it.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 01.39 PMby littlewren

    I would love for Burda style to devote some time to introducing some pattern making techniques!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 01.29 PMby Laura Gunneson

    yummy colors! Like eye skittles!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 01.26 PMby enoch

    I think Burda Style should do something to get younger people interested in sewing. My daughter is 35 and it seems that she is the only one of her group of friends that knows how to mend anything. We need to encourage more people to use a pattern (so it needs to be simple) and make something. It feels so good to finish something and then wear it somewhere and get compliments on it.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 01.26 PMby Yohandy Ryley

    I would like to see Burda more patterns, especially free ones, that would invite more people to sew. Also, I think having videos or more detailed instructions on how to sew different garments would be great.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 01.23 PMby sarahsews

    Maybe a big charity sewing drive… like littledressesforafrica or maybe quilts/blankets for your local food pantry, or something else!

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