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Welcome to Day 9 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a TG1600 SmartIron from Oliso! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Saturday, December 11th to be entered to win!

The Oliso® TG1600 Pro features Oliso’s patented iTouch® technology. Simply touch the handle and the iron lowers, ready to work. Take your hand off and the patented scorchguards lift the iron off the board preventing scorches, burns, and tipping. Less strain and 30% time savings are added benefits to this Smart Iron’s 1800 watts of power and horizontal or vertical bursts of steam. The TG1600 Pro features a 30-minute extended auto-shut off for sewers and quilters, a 12.7 oz side fill tank, a beadblast stainless steel soleplate, flat pressing surface, detailer tip, and a 12-foot cord for full range of motion.

Comment to Win: What do you find the best new tools for your sewing projects?


This giveaway is sponsored by Oliso

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 12/12/11] – Congratulations to member rosetulip for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 9!


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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.07 AMby 1diane

    a nice sharp pair of scissors

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    Dec 14, 2011, 05.07 PMby rachelhead

    I don’t have new tools. I have old tools. I think this iron would be amazing!!!!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 11.02 AMby greenajah

    Best Tools, my amazing fabric scissors and my iron

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.05 AMby grandmabev

    My favrite things are My Iron and Rotary Cutter and My Big Desk fo Cutting Space.. Love it
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    Dec 13, 2011, 11.55 PMby Christine Krueger

    There are so many tools available now like the rolled hem foot — but my favorite is the cone thread holder my husband made for me. The one we purchased broke pretty easily, so the two of us designed one with a block of wood and a dowel inserted into it. It is perfect! I really need a new iron though, my last one died when the cat jumped on the ironing board (the iron was off, thank goodness) and knocked it to the floor where it fell into pieces!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 11.01 PMby dcsgrndma1

    I do a lot of costuming and this sounds like it would be a dream to have in the workroom. The new technology that is coming out especially in irons is amazing. Remember the rule, press, press, press. It really does make a difference in the way things turn out.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 10.47 PMby themanda

    the open studio where I sew has the oliso irons like you can win here – they are fantastic! I am sometimes scatterbrained, so a “smart” iron is a very good thing.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 09.54 PMby anomaly14

    It’s a simple thing, but I find my clear-covered bobbin trays a big help. Seeing all the different colors lined up in a row makes it much quicker to find the right one. Before I had them, all my bobbins were rattling around loose in a drawer.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.27 PMby simonewarrior

    My sewing machine is my most useful tool! I started out with my late husbands grandmothers sewing machine that he gave me so that I could make our daughter’s Halloween costumes, she was 2yrs at the time. As much as it was supposed to speed up the process, I struggled through trying to get it to work properly (old old Singer). Then after 5 yrs my current husband gave me a brand new Janome machine, I Never Knew that a sewing machine could be that easy to use! I love my machine! My other tools that are awesome and new are my rotary cutter & mat. With those three I can work magic!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.19 AMby Ette King

    A really good pair of shears. Remembering to keep them sharpened is important though, it often slips my mind.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.56 PMby mad14kt

    My metal guage always ontime :)

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.56 PMby mad14kt

    My metal guage always ontime :)

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    Dec 11, 2011, 08.32 PMby inaida

    My rotary cutter!!!! this has simplified my life! now I can cut clothes quick and easy !

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    Dec 11, 2011, 03.54 PMby jdp136

    my rotary cutter and mat. an awesome gift from my mommy!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 03.32 PMby bttn

    My double tracing wheel, to add easily SA.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 01.15 PMby egdirb

    The latest thing I bought was a tailors ham, I don’t know how I managed without it.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 12.56 PMby angelical

    a mini iron from clover. It can access everywhere a normal iron can’t and is perfect for craft projects

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.08 AMby Wendy Christie

    An iron is soooo important for a great finish also obviously a sewing machine, great scissors and the list goes on…

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    Dec 11, 2011, 09.08 AMby Wendy Christie

    An iron is soooo important for a great finish also obviously a sewing machine, great scissors and the list goes on…

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    Dec 11, 2011, 04.32 AMby Kristie Thompson

    I just got a serger and have used it for pants and knits. So much easier and faster. kristie_keely(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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    Dec 11, 2011, 03.51 AMby luxihere

    my latest sewing tool is my 5 thread overlocker! and makes sewing with knits a breeze!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 02.13 AMby chillwear

    My serger, love finishing my seams to perfection

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    Dec 11, 2011, 02.01 AMby darby1412

    Oooh, wonder if I’m too late. My favourite new tool is the Coverstitch machine, makes doing hems on stretchy jerseys a dream!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 01.40 AMby alexus1325

    I ADORE the walking foot (aka even feed foot) that my boyfriend’s mother bought me for Christmas 2 years ago. With it, I can do just about anything!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 01.19 AMby sparkledonkey

    Sharp shears! Cutting is by far my least favorite part of sewing, and having good quality sharp scissors makes the job much more bearable.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 01.16 AMby monstery


    do you mean “what”..or did you really mean “where”? I’ll answer both!

    what?..my needles.where?..believe it or not,hand-me-downs from Mom:)

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    Dec 11, 2011, 12.32 AMby Sanja Milosevic

    The internet! So much inspiration, tips & ideas!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 12.28 AMby frenchypink

    My Rulers. I have about 10 of them, all different sizes and shapes and cant be without them.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 10.07 PMby tinat412

    My new dress form! it’s beautiful and I’m able to finally make a dress much more easily! I love it.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 09.37 PMby megatron

    Different types of Presser Feet make specific projects easier. I recently was sewing a leather skirt and using the leather presser foot helped by not damaging the skin and allowing it to feed smoothly. There are a bunch of other feet that are great too like the rolled hem foot or the binding foot or ribbon or elastic attachment foot etc.

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