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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, 06.18 AMby slj1224

    Tracing paper and good tailors chalk- doesn’t seem the same as years ago.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 06.08 AMby Sandra Joearu

    Good quality fabrics and basically things I really like. My sewing goes first find the pattern, then find the fabric. By the time I have the pattern I also have a clear idea what I want the finished product to look like and then I go to a fabric store and to another and can’t find what I want. Frustrating!

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    Dec 23, 2011, 06.02 AMby Micah G

    Definitely Horse Hair Braid and Bias Tape. It’s always out of stock!

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    Dec 23, 2011, 05.59 AMby stacystemp

    To be honest, I am a beginner, so there hasn’t been anything I can’t find so far.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 05.56 AMby fkmarchefka

    It’s always hard to get something that you really imagined as perferct for your project at the moment – it’s usually not the right color, shade, size… anything. If it wasn’t for the internet I would probably need to give up on half of my ideas. So for me it’s not what is hard to find but how much effort you can put in finding it ;)

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    Dec 23, 2011, 05.43 AMby paintedlady89

    The most difficult thing to find in sewing is horsehair braid. I have had horrible luck with this item. Very fortunate that we live in an area which most supplies are readily available.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 05.41 AMby dianajanssen

    Good pressing supplies and good quality interfacing. Thank goodness for the Internet, right?

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    Dec 23, 2011, 05.31 AMby Paula Marksman

    Reading over the comments, I have to agree that one of the hardest things for me to find would be a separating zipper in the length and color I want. The second item I seem to have trouble finding is time to work on all my projects.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 05.22 AMby jeweleddragon

    Oooh, great giveaway!

    Elastic for underwear waistbands is definitely hard for me to find around here.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 04.50 AMby grammaheh1

    There used to be so many colors of bias tape and ric rac. Now the colors are so limited.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 04.48 AMby robiedodson

    I have been looking and looking for good twill tape … and I am really wishing there was a place to buy “real” oil cloth – like what you’d find in Mexico!

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    Dec 23, 2011, 04.37 AMby stefilu

    right now – fusible fleece

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    Dec 23, 2011, 04.29 AMby befadee

    Good pressing supplies are hard to find! Hams, rolls, clappers, etc…. Also pattern drafting supplies. I had to go to LA to find decent french curve. And forget about finding waxed tracing paper anywhere….

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    Dec 23, 2011, 04.15 AMby pink-cornelia

    Diffetent kinds of thread, I haven’t found thread for denim, or elastic thread yet.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 03.59 AMby ccaspare

    A sewing store is almost a two hour drive from my home. Also, when looking for any notions and/or supplies, most are difficult to come by. We live in a very small town. The supply I really need are the ham and seam roll. I have grown so used to using them, that without these tools of the trade, my final designs just don’t seem as finished looking. Also, small notions like buttons and decorative ribbons, etc. are hard to find. When trying to be creative with design, I wish our area had more variety and a large sewing supply store to access.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 03.44 AMby netmyda

    Diversity of lace of good quality. Very scarce in quality and colors.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 03.28 AMby missourimel

    I need to make a bonnet to go with the Civil War era dress I made and have yet to find the perfect gabric for it.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 03.25 AMby mashka

    A pleating board or pleat folding board (maybe I have not found it yet because I do not know what it is officially called….) After seeing one used by Andy on season eight of Project Runway, I have been looking for one. Oh, where are you!?

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    Dec 23, 2011, 03.19 AMby drainl

    I always have a hard time finding zippers in the size and color I’m looking for.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 03.16 AMby lindac

    I would have have to say that, so far, I have a real problem with finding wide elastic. I see these free patterns, such as Megan Nielsen, which are concerned with knit tops attached to wide elastic attached to what I would call regular fabric. I would love to do them for me or my grandchildren.


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    Dec 23, 2011, 02.51 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Vilene bias tape! I have made a couple of things from Burda magazine that called for it. I tried all the local fabric stores and even Joanns in the US and couldn’t find it.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 02.43 AMby Mikgirl

    Things are so limited in Hawaii… I couldn’t finr the ham!!

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    Dec 23, 2011, 02.41 AMby clairegeit

    HorseHair braid – I just can’t get it in Australia! I have to import from US or UK

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    Dec 23, 2011, 02.38 AMby vector

    Belt making supplies.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 02.38 AMby msc21

    I noticed at my local shop I couldn’t find bias tape in colors except black or white. Boring!

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    Dec 23, 2011, 02.38 AMby Tadayuki Motoyama

    where I live, everything is hard to find. It has been impossible to find crimpers and a REALLY good pair of shears (I have one but want another). Thankfully I have my supplies fro design school still handy – they are not fancy but they were built to last and do the job!

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    Dec 23, 2011, 02.28 AMby jgilmer

    Super cute buttons, zippers in different colors and sizes, bias tape in great colors, and reasonably priced dress forms. I’m thinking of just making one of my own.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 02.25 AMby iloveicecream2

    high quality japanese cotton tape to make my own labels…in larger quantities!

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    Dec 23, 2011, 02.24 AMby ldlakip

    Tailor’s chalk! Also would love to be able to find pretty adjustable straps for camilsoles, stretch laces in varying widths/colors or dyable….nice elastics for making pretty undergarments and in colors! AND quality trims/vintage buttons.

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    Dec 23, 2011, 02.18 AMby multifaceted

    Steel boning (or any long lasting boning!), grommets that do not split and harm my fabric… basically a lot of notions and trims that are built for more than just looking good when you “occasionally” wear them. I can find this stuff online, sure, but then you have to buy without seeing and feeling, which is a major downside for me.

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