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Welcome to Day 22 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a Tailoring Supply Kit from the online shop A Fashionable Stitch! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Friday, December 23rd to be entered to win!

A Fashionable Stitch specializes in high quality sewing supplies especially for garment makers. Get to know Sunni Standing, proprietress of A Fashionable Stitch, who loves fine sewing and can be found gallavanting around her own corner blog.

This supply kit includes: A tailor’s ham and seam roll set; 1 yard of premium quality hair canvas; a bamboo point turner; a bundle of tailor’s tape and a $25 gift certificate to A Fashionable Stitch!

Comment to Win: What is the hardest sewing notion/supply for you to find?


This giveaway is sponsored by A Fashionable Stitch

*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 12/23/11] – Congratulations to member Kobydk for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 22!


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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.30 PMby kuhkaw

    1" single-fold elastic tape. I like to sew it around the top of skirts made from jersey knit. Can sometimes find it in 1/2" or 5/8" on Etsy, but 1" is nearly impossible. Do you know where I may get some? In the meantime, this tailoring supply set would rock.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.28 PMby boydagoyl

    Good quality fabric for clothes. Fabric with retro designs. The selection here is terrible. I can order online but the problem with that is that I can’t feel the fabric in my hands before I order it!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.28 PMby madrid64

    The right color and size and type zippers I need for different projects!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.27 PMby grandmasonnalea

    I’m fortunate to live in a city where I can find most sewing items I need. Perhaps the hardest notion to find is a very fine had sewing needle.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.26 PMby lowson

    Elastic in different widths and colours.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.26 PMby taysha1128

    Affordable colored zippers. I finally went online but in local stores, it’s black, white, beige and I wanted something funky to jazz up my sewing

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.24 PMby lesthor

    Anything that isn’t required for quilting and basic sewing is a challenge in my neck of the woods…particularly interfacings!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.19 PMby bitterbunny

    good tailor’s chalk. i ended up ordering some off of ebay (or was it amazon?)….i believe the brand was gold star and i REALLY, REALLY like it!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.19 PMby 09extrastuff

    One can almost always find the run of the mill fabric or notion but the good quality unique fabric that you have dreamed about. Living in a larger town doesn’t always guarantee that you can get the hands on item that you need.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.18 PMby emilynd06

    Almost anything high-end; good zippers, interfacing, fasteners, and boning, for starters. I think I must live in the fleece blanket capital of the world, because that’s all the fabric stores seem to carry!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.16 PMby sunnyb64

    Anything not basic, honestly, since my only local place to get sewing supplies is one chain store. But the hardest one I’ve had trouble finding on the internet as well is jeans rivets.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.15 PMby littleharvey94

    Fabric and thread made from natural fibers that is reasonably priced.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.08 PMby psychorat

    Horsehair braid. I have never found a place in Germany that sells it.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.03 PMby verypurpleperson

    Double needle for my Janome sewing machine! Never found it anywhere, or maybe I haven’t looked in the right place…

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.01 PMby Shannon Kramp

    Wax tailors chalk, feet for sewing machines, and bees wax.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.00 PMby megatron

    When I am not in toronto it’s hard to find different kinds of interfacings. At home all we have is fabricland and they don’t have much choice.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.58 PMby heidilea

    Real silk ribbons in any width or design. The affects are way more lovely than in polyester ribbons, but they are impossible to find in stores. I can find narrower ones at historic reenactments and on MJ Trims, but the ones used in old fashioned millinery: impossible.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.53 PMby tvriz

    Good tailor’s chalk. In the fabric store, they only have marking pencils that you have to press really hard to make a mark, and they don’t always wash out even though it says it will.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.51 PMby monikago

    I had difficulty finding boning when I was working on my late 18th century strapless stays. Online stores half way across the country with shipping charges. The local Joann’s didn’t carry much at one time, so I ordered online from them. As I did not need the casings (I had sewn many channels for the featherlite boning) I used part of it as a makeshift bias tape for a skirt that I shortened. Gave the hem some weight.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.40 PMby kitsuneincrimson

    Since I live in Seattle with it’s plethora of sewing stores and specialty hardware stores, I’ve found suppliers for most everything, even all sorts of corset making supplies! That said, I am very picky when it comes to fabric and spend hours looking for the perfect fabric for a coat/skirt/whatever project I want to do next.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.38 PMby erikaj

    good interfacing! so frustrating

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.37 PMby lazystitching

    Ban roll – I really want to try the baby hem tutorial but I have no idea where to find the crucial ingredient.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.35 PMby foursquarewalls

    I asked for an invisible zipper foot at the fabric chain store and the employee looked at me like I was crazy. Those are easy to get online, though. I also have trouble finding zippers and bias binding in matching colors to my fabric.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.31 PMby SewSunshine

    A seam roll set. Or better yet a ham holder. Luckily a friend of mine’s husband made one for me or I would’nt have one. I never knew there were so many kinds of hams.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.28 PMby jp4u2cme

    The hardest sewing notion/supply for me to find is satin bias binding in a variety of colors.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.23 PMby sherlyk

    I have a hard time finding fabric stores near me in the Bronx. There’s a bunch in midtown in the garment district and can only go there during my lunch breaks. On the weekends, no such luck.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.21 PMby tamezdc

    My grandmother was a talented seamstress, but I need all the help I can get!! A tailoring kit would be nice to have.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.21 PMby vicsguy2009

    Chalk wheel. Haven’t found one.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.20 PMby adriprints

    I think the hardest thing for me to find is pearl snaps like the ones you see on western style shirts. Nice 2-sided snaps in general are tough to find.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.18 PMby Petitemess

    As I live in a small town, I only can find basic sewing notions and just a few fabrics. I have to travel to the city, but there are a lot of notions that I can´t find there, like french seam rulers or this fusible thing ( I don`t know the name in english) use to stabilize the neck seam or the shoulder.

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