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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, 03.18 PMby stephaniecake

    Nice, affordable garment fabrics and certain notions are sometimes difficult to find locally. I also have had a terrible time finding the correct bobbins for my machine – I finally ordered a bulk supply of them. With a little time and research, I feel like I can almost always find what I need online. Occasionally there is the buyer’s regret of something not being what I thought it was and waiting for a shipment is hard when I’m impatient to start a project but overall I think we are lucky to have e-commerce at our disposal!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.14 PMby cochrane01

    Trims, the trims available locally are so limited. I have been to MJ trims in NYC and was just amazed at what is available there.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.10 PMby kdschafer

    It’s hard to find interesting purse hardware locally. I may need to hit the stores in Chicago. I also have a very hard time finding doll sized buckles, zippers, and other fasteners.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.06 PMby januacoeli

    I have difficulty finding good material for sewing clothes. I like to see it before I buy it.You can become all inspired to make something to wear and never find fabric that is suitable.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.02 PMby monstery


    Probably a rubber thimble,metal is too difficult for me to use. Happy holidays

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.02 PMby lacyann87

    Good quality fabric! Where I live, south-central Virginia, there’s only one hobby store and then Walmart – and that’s all I have to choose from for any sewing supplies. I know I can order better fabrics online… but I’m too impatient to wait for them to arrive. :-) I wish we had a Mood Fabrics here! Every time I watch Project Runway I get so jealous!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 03.01 PMby joen

    Hair canvas is something that is not stocked in the stores near me, but I recently a little shop opened that has wonderful quality notions and fabrics so I’m sure if I asked she would get it for me. (She also has been kind enough to start a sewing group that meets once a month to talk about sewing and has lead us on a shopping trip of the NYC fabric distict! – I meet so many great people on my sewing journey!)

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.59 PMby captain-obvious

    I have trouble finding good fabric at the brick and mortar stores in town. There is a lot of quilting cotton and fleece but a limited supply of apparel fabric.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.56 PMby aur0ra

    Nice buttons, buckles, high quality interfacing…But really, I have a hard time finding most things that have to do with constructing garments. Most of the stores around me cater to quilters. I purchase materials, supplies and tools almost exclusively online.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.53 PMby Redsonia

    Horsehair braid (I have been looking for a while) and right intefacing for different fabrics

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.53 PMby miip

    quite a few things are hard to come by where I live, since the only craft/fabric stores around only carry basic items – any specific fabric, tool or accessory may be unavailable. fortunately, there’s the internet….

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.49 PMby Miss E

    The hardest thing for me to find is fabric that is both good-looking and high-quality. Other than that, I can find any button, bow, rick-rack or zipper my heart desires since I live in a big city with plenty of craft and vintage stores.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.44 PMby mixtlii

    Horsehair braid. It seems that it doesn’t even exists in France…

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.42 PMby smockinggirl

    Everything! There are a couple of quilting supply stores here but that is it. I order everything online except thread. The quilting stores do carry good quality thread.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.41 PMby ebl8

    good fabric!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.39 PMby miaow

    Hy-Mark thread and petersham ribbon in decent colors (I see that a fashionable stitch has some great colors. wink. wink…)

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.32 PMby rebekahricker

    I live in middle-of-nowhere, Nebraska, so, really everything that is not available at Wal-Mart is hard to find. Lately, I have been on the lookout for a cute (read: not plaid) tailor’s ham. I’m really close to just making my own.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.24 PMby dewreb

    I have a hard time finding fabric that I truly love. Often I will go to a fabric store with a pattern in mind, but am unable to find any fabric that I think fits the project. There’s no garment district where I live, just chain sewing stores.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.18 PMby vintagegal

    Interfacing. We only have the major sewing/craft stores in town, so there is nowhere to buy the specialty interfacings that are really necessary for some projects.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.15 PMby Elizabeth Sullivan

    Colorful or fold-over elastic and buckles! I can never find exactly what I want when looking for those.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.14 PMby tanetane

    snaps on tape, fold-over elastic, sweatshirt fabric, D-rings and belt cord that match in size in the same store…

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.08 PMby euma

    Any of the items the kit contains, it’s the first time I know such things even exist!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.02 PMby nani

    the hardest thing for me to find is rotary cutters, they are not very common in Belgium.. :(

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    Dec 22, 2011, 02.01 PMby threadsquare

    Well, I know where to get my hands on hair canvas & petersham ;) ;) but locally those items are difficult to find. Another difficult item is vilene/pellon bias tape.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.57 PMby Sadie Fox Metter

    The hardest thing for me to find are good buttons. I have tried shopping online, only to be disappointed when they arrive. I would love to take a trip to NYC to do some notions shopping in person.
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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.55 PMby nettie

    I live in NYC, so this is like a trick question for me. I can find anything in the garment district. But in Brooklyn good fabric is hard to come by. We have some notions stores with the basics, but chic fabric is almost non-existent.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.52 PMby annibaker

    Where I live it’s impossible to find not only any fashion fabric, but ANYTHING to do with fashion sewing, there are two quilt shops, but neither of them sell decent thread either. I’ve turned into a total online shopper. Oh well, we are so lucky to even have THAT available to us! :)

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.52 PMby ellesea

    I would so/sew love this. Why do sewists seam to love puns?

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.51 PMby lisa g

    i can never find quality interfacing or pattern making paper. have to shop online for those things!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.46 PMby karenelisam

    I just went to the store for white pearl snaps, and all they had were white button pearl snaps… in a package of 4. Also hard to find good washable fabric marking pens.

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