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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, 05.48 PMby csiu

    I haven’t been able to buy perle cotton anywhere but online:(

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.42 PMby firstthingsfirst

    I have a hard time finding buttons. The cute ones are not very functional (e.g., wrong size, irregular edges that catch on buttonholes), and the practical ones are usually pretty ugly.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.42 PMby flowergirl3

    The hardest sewing notion/supply for me to find is seam binding ribbon in other colors than brown. I have purchased mine (old stock) from ebay but haven’t found all the colors that I want. I suppose I could dye the off-white seam binding but that is more work!.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.37 PMby tsedai

    I have turned to the internet to find things like interfacing, hair canvas, and high quality fabrics. I still have problems finding tools like presser points and clappers!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.33 PMby alissaslagle

    I do pretty well with the basics. Haven’t run into anything too hard to find!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.31 PMby capncornbread

    I can never find lace with a good design.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.30 PMby viquena

    Vilene bias tape! Within my house, I can never find the seam ripper because I set it down in the weirdest places.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.29 PMby misscrayolacreepy

    I know this is weird, but tracing paper! I can’t find it in the correct size!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.26 PMby macoskrm

    That tailoring kit looks awesome! I tried to find hook and eye tape awhile ago and couldn’t find it anywhere. Super frustrating!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.25 PMby aerianaeve

    Fray stop spray! Sometimes I want to do some craft sewing and I just can’t get a hold of it in Canada.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.20 PMby qml347

    i cant find hair canvas have to order online

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.17 PMby eghbravo

    Reasonably priced interfacing.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.16 PMby ealis

    I always have problems finding zippers in the right lengthn for back closing garments. I’m tall, but short-waisted; so long zippers usually wind up over my butt, or I have to cut them.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.15 PMby sala22

    I cannot find fabric spray stabilizer, it sounds so basic and yet no one nearby has it and many retailers are unwilling to ship it to Canada!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.09 PMby speediali

    24 inch zippers of the right color

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.07 PMby lejn

    Because in my country fabric production is ruined and everything is imported(mostly from Italy), it’s hard to find fabrics with original print,they all are classic or boring. And beautiful ones are so expensive. This is what bothers me the most, and there are maybe two or three shops that sell tailoring dolls so they cost as much as a sewing machine. So DIY, always and forever!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.02 PMby chopsticks

    elastic thread

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.57 PMby aega

    High quality apparel fabric.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.56 PMby goldilox

    Good interfacing and when I do find better it costs soooooo much

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.50 PMby mirig

    It’s surprising, but good zippers and good buttons are often elusive.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.43 PMby rshelly13

    I guess the hardest thing would be a wider selection of thread colors. I recently tried to find a turquoise color and couldn’t match it. I didn’t go online, but I figured that would be a common color. I love the Fashionable Stitch blog…I am a frequent reader.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.42 PMby Cynthia Froman

    Good interfacing. I have to ride the train 40 mins to get to the store with a wider selection.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.41 PMby momo50

    Oh I think I would like to find good quality, Ribbons, Petersham, grosgrain, Inter facings, etc. The quality is just not there in local stores. Amazing how nice quality little things can make the sewing process so much more rewarding. I would love to find and use for my students too Nice to find a shop online dedicated to the garment sewing process. Thank you!!

    PS Loved the post about Christmas Breakfast tradition! Reminds me of home.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.37 PMby aluckmann

    Right now I’m having touble finding zippers for my minoru jacket. I can’t find one for the jacket front and hood in the correct sizes and in matching colors.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.36 PMby wenmink

    Quality zippers are so hard to find.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.35 PMby awil

    nice white fabric.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.35 PMby knitbunnie

    It’s so hard to find nice interfacing materials. Sometimes the non-woven iron-on stuff is all I can find, and it just doesn’t fill the bill.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.34 PMby morkin13

    It was really difficult to find red sequin fabric. I had to drive into the city to get it. Totally worth it.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.31 PMby ivorynoire

    Machine embroidery thread in reasonable quantities. The only one’s I’ve found have only about 200 metres per spool and are still rather expensive.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 04.30 PMby nouvellegamine

    really fine, good quality cotton.

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