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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 23, 2011, 01.53 PMby Seeks Corey

    You know, I feel like I only find out what I need at the last minute and then forget what it was that I couldn’t find after I finish a project. Until I started going to the locally owned small fabric shop in my area, I was having a very hard time finding cotton batiste or other more specific types of cotton in the bigger chain stores.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 01.53 PMby Quiltbirdie

    There used to be this great elastic that was flat with multiple lines of elastic running through. You sewed it into the open waistband, sewing along blue lines between the elastic lines. (Not explaining well, I know). Then you pulled up the elastic. Haven’t found it in years. Does anyone know if it’s still made?

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      Dec 23, 2011, 09.07 PMby constances

      yes, you can buy it a fitnicesystem.com.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 01.51 PMby sewingfreak

    Over here its everything. There is no variety of materials or any sewing or craft stores. I can’t even find myself and my mother a sewing machine.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 01.45 PMby pauline alice

    For the moment, I have been lucky enough to find what I was looking for at my local (and very small) notions store. But that can’t last forever…And Sunni’s supply kit would come in handy as I don’t own any of these notions!

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    Dec 23, 2011, 01.39 PMby bttn

    I can’t find horshair braid and fold over elastic locally.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 01.37 PMby Shira B

    good interfacing

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    Dec 23, 2011, 01.36 PMby ErikaB3

    the most difficult thing for me to find is what I am look for at the time. it seems that i can always find everything else when i am not looking for it.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 01.35 PMby jrfarleigh

    I find it hard to find fold over elastic. I also needed some horsehair braid for a project once and that proved to be pretty elusive too.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 01.32 PMby jenyjenny

    I wanted to get some Vilene bias tape and couldn’t find it anywhere in the vicinity (Florida, US). I finally ordered some online from a supplier in the UK.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 01.18 PMby limer

    I cannot find horsehair braid. I heard it is really good to add structure to hems.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 01.11 PMby cands2010

    I have a hard time finding the right color zipper for the project I’m making.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 01.08 PMby sradecki

    I have a hard time finding the right color or pattern of fabric, Sometimes

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    Dec 23, 2011, 01.08 PMby mrempert

    Good quality interfacing, french curve, and muslin (at a reasonable price)

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    Dec 23, 2011, 12.37 PMby stella

    zipper in the right color is the harder to find for me.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 11.59 AMby brn2sew

    The hardest notions for me to find are variety colors of petersham and belt making kits.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 11.34 AMby squarebob

    good tailors chalk its either too hard and makes no mark or too soft and crumbles x

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    Dec 23, 2011, 11.14 AMby aldara

    Aw, I love Sunni’s shop! Thanks for the giveaway! So far, I’ve been unable to find either hair canvas or horsehair braid in brick&mortar shops. It’s also difficult to find decent Petersham ribbon…

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    Dec 23, 2011, 11.12 AMby libra-s

    two sided interfacing when I need it!

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    Dec 23, 2011, 10.16 AMby ghainskom

    That bamboo point turner is one of them!

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    Dec 23, 2011, 09.17 AMby susansvelvetmonkey

    I cannot find quality safety pins as the ones available are flimsy and just bend. They definitely are not like the old steel ones. Another item that I have not found in town is grippy elastic—it is used on the inside of the legs on bike shorts so they do not ride up. I want them for legwarmer/tights so they do not ride down.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 09.02 AMby karmologyclinic

    Locally I can’t find any horsehair braid, neither eyelet or snap fasteners in colors.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 08.49 AMby katesj

    Snap tape , and specialty elastics – like the kind to make an adjustable waist for a child so far are the hardest to find for me.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 08.45 AMby carlachan

    fasturn, I never get one yet….

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    Dec 23, 2011, 08.35 AMby yayfun

    The most difficult thing for me to find is a great quality wool or silk fabric at a reasonable price, especially in an urban area.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 07.50 AMby sewmyway

    tracing paper, good fusible interfacing (that doesnt wrinkle when ironed on), muslin for practice garments- all very difficult to get in Australia

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    Dec 23, 2011, 06.47 AMby kraftykatina

    Cotton ric-rac! I’m so anti-polyester and I can never find good cottons ric-rac in normal sizes. No great boning either.

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      Dec 23, 2011, 09.19 AMby susansvelvetmonkey

      I agree with the cotton ric-rac….ribbon too. I hate the polyester stuff.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 06.27 AMby ahkisha

    Belt buckles! i can never find them! or atleast the right ones, all i see in stores are too big or plastic. I always meticulously have to recycle them. I can also never find a ham. I saw one once and forever regret not buying it.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 06.20 AMby elzeen

    Stretch lace hem tape in a variety of colors

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