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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, 01.44 PMby vintagemomma

    nice interfacing, zippers and high quality thread.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.42 PMby Annie Vallières

    It is difficult even to find fabric or interfacing here, so it is impossible to find horsehair braid or hair canvas!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.40 PMby charmingberry

    It is hard to find a liquid or spray Fabric Stablilizer. Of course, there isn’t any real sewing shops in my area either other than Joanns.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.35 PMby lnderrart

    I’ve been having a lot of trouble finding fold over elastic and steel boning. These are things I’ll have to just end up ordering online.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.29 PMby pamelahenry

    As simple as it may sound, I always have trouble finding tailor’s chalk or loose chalk for my chalk marker.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.28 PMby glaucowl

    Even fabric is hard to find around here, but horse hair braid is what tends to be the most difficult!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.20 PMby Karen Caron

    Definitely a tailors ham.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.20 PMby sigridjakob

    I am lucky to live in New York City where we still have lots of little specialist shops for notions and trimmings. It took me a while to find a good supply of paper for patternmaking, but I got that sorted out too.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.13 PMby mcgjean

    fold over elastic and stretch lace are not available, except online and even then it’s not necessarily in colors that I desire.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.12 PMby downhighway61

    I’m lucky enough to live in in between two major cities, there isn’t much I have trouble finding. Once I advance though…. who knows :/

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.08 PMby leahfranqui

    I’ve never been able to find “no-fray-spray”, though I’ve always wanted it!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.07 PMby isabelbk

    I live in NYC so luckily I can find just about anything.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.01 PMby boomer57

    High quality fabrics are so difficult to find where I live. There are lots of fabrics at the craft/fabric stores but very few high quality options. It doesn’t take anymore time to make a garment with high quality fabric, just more time in finding the fabric. Shopping for fabric online has become a must.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.00 PMby ellesassypants

    i think what i’m trying to find doesn’t exist. . . :o(

    i have two older machines that work beautifully and were clearly loved before i got them. . . but i wish i had a button hole function. . .

    i really don’t NEED another machine. . . just a little button hole maker. . . .

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.57 PMby dgporter

    I have been searching high and low for 100 per cent cotton bias tape — without print and plain white — unfolded in a wide width, in bulk. I want to dye my bias tape myself and plan to use it in making chenille’d items. I find cotton/polyester blend, but it doesn’t take to dye like 100 per cent cotton.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.52 PMby spicelmf

    Definitely corset boning and a tailor’s ham. For the boning, I have to order certain types from England as they’re not sold in Ireland. For the ham, I’ve been using a rolled up towel instead and it’s just not the same.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.48 PMby CreativeKhadija

    I Live in Pakistan, I saw rotary cutter only on outsiders blogs & sites,its not available here till now, I search in different cities but its Not available! Sewing is just fun but when we play with unique materials its more interesting..

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.46 PMby dobleufa

    I would have to saw horsehair braid.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.46 PMby dobleufa

    I would have to saw horsehair braid.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.33 PMby lala86

    well interfacing of all kinds are hard to find and quite expensive here in Argentina. Mostly those that are of good quality.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.31 PMby suzeb

    I live in New York City, so it’s all there in the Garment District. The only thing I haven’t found was “needle punch” when I made the Bombshell Dress. I went to three stores and they looked at me like I was cuckoo!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.27 PMby cdrueh

    Quality interfacing, lace appliques and trims and the elusive tailors ham

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.26 PMby fayedoll

    Foldover elastic and stretch lace for lingerie.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.24 PMby photodoll

    The tailors ham is one of the items I have issue with replaceing when I need to…Also buttons that are strong enough to hold a mans coat shut……..:)

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.18 PMby Wendy Christie

    Rivets for jeans and they are hard to put on too. I get my husband to do it.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.16 PMby rose2983

    Corset boning (the steel kind)

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.15 PMby peach

    For me it would be the twill tape/ tailors tape used for draping. I live in NJ and I’ve looked all over in sewing supplies shop and never came across one single roll. I turned to looking online but could only find small rolls for high prices. It wasn’t until I finally made my trip out to NY to stock up on supplies did I find a roll of decent size and price.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.10 PMby Margaret Hadam-Hay

    I agree, tailor’s ham is difficult for me to find.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.10 PMby arwencayton

    I have a hard time finding a seam press, plus finding good quality gingham, but I have to make things work like everyone has too.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.08 PMby kallie

    Machine seam gauge.

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