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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 10, 2011, 01.58 PMby punkiepies

    A large cutting mat on a big table so I can spread out and have space to work. And an iron is a must!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 01.56 PMby Timea Schmidt

    My sharp scissors and a very sharp seam ripper. Also very often I’m using quilters ruler. I’m not a quilter, but the rules are really helpful.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 01.32 PMby Jodi Wade

    I have just discovered snips. I love them!! Makes cutting threads so much faster.

    I want this iron!! I have used one and it was great how you can’t burn your stuff.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 01.06 PMby jmelsha

    My surgical seam ripper and scissors sharpener.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.56 PMby Stitchgirl78

    My seam ripper! It makes my sewing life so much easier.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.56 PMby kath4kids

    a seam ripper, an iron and ironing board and a sharp needle

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.10 PMby Seeks Corey

    A cleared table top, good scissors, seam rippers, a ruler, and an iron.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.08 PMby latulipenoire

    The best? I just “rediscovered” the tracing wheel and transfer paper. Oh, I don’t know how I ever did without it!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.05 PMby Shira B

    good scissors

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    Dec 10, 2011, 11.04 AMby Phyu Myo Hlaing(Jasmine)

    a pair of scissors
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    Dec 10, 2011, 10.20 AMby Dibii

    The sewing machine must be the best thing and only then comes all the other equipment that of course makes all the process more easier – sharp scissors, good iron, ironing board…… Today I would say I very appreciate sharp scissors.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 10.14 AMby adriprints

    I find my best tools are my cutting tools – my roll cutter, shears, and snips. P.S. What a beautiful iron! That would be really handy in efficiently flattening all my seams for quilting and clothes making.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 08.44 AMby fuzzyg

    A really sharp un picker is really the most useful :-). But a good iron is only second to the sewing machine in terms of necessary tools. I have my doubt about any automatic shutoff though, extended or not..

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    Dec 10, 2011, 08.28 AMby Biscuitcg

    As another newbie, the most useful tool I’ve found is an unpicker… :-)

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    Dec 10, 2011, 07.29 AMby moises271

    Without a doubt it has to be my new sewing machine. It became my helper in making my ideas and designs a reality. My sewing machine is an essential tool not just for me but for anyone who loves to sew.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 07.21 AMby wendy bond

    While doing a demonstration that required lots of steam, I used my Oliso iron. Interesting thing was. I got almost as many questions about the Oliso iron as I did about what I was demonstrating.. I even was asked if I was selling them at the demo? Almost wish I had been. LOL Beverly Miller, not Wendy Bond

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    Dec 10, 2011, 06.46 AMby stacystemp

    I’m a new sewer, so I’d have to say a seam ripper,

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    Dec 10, 2011, 06.45 AMby roarah

    Definately my rotary cutter. I used to only use my scissors but this year I learnt how much time you can save using a rotary cutter instead.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 06.18 AMby lejn

    Flexible Fench curve,because I’m a curvy girl so everything I make for myself is curvy.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 06.05 AMby freakusbzzz

    Definitely my seam allowance guide

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    Dec 10, 2011, 05.58 AMby flowergirl3

    The best new tools that I have for my sewing projects are a clear grid ruler and fabric scissors. I would like to get a new iron, rotary cutter and a cutting mat.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 05.46 AMby heisk

    I would have to say my iron does the brunt of my labor.. It’s a shame I dropped it last night b/c no seam can ever be too crisp!! But I must say I recently purchased a rotary cutter and self healing mat which I am Quickly falling in love with:)

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    Dec 10, 2011, 05.46 AMby elisabetsy

    I like my tried and true old tools! But maybe I need to get out of the same old and try some new gadgets.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 05.27 AMby sojeles

    My best tool isn’t fancy at all, it’s a seam ripper!! i’m still a new sewer and make a lot of mistakes. One day i’ll upgrade to some fancy ones

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    Dec 10, 2011, 05.26 AMby Sadie Fox Metter

    My two favorite tools are a good iron and a seam ripper. They are essentials, really. I recently dropped my iron and it is cracked. It works, but the temperature dial doesn’t register correctly. I would love to win this new iron. I have used one at a friend’s house and they are really incredible.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 05.04 AMby gdavid3039

    my french curve to make spot on alterations

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    Dec 10, 2011, 05.03 AMby lecsmiscellany

    I love reading everyone’s answers! I have not been sewing for all that long and I don’t have a lot of fancy equipment… My most useful tool is, actually, the Internet! Whenever I don’t understand a term, or am unsure what to do about a problem with my project, I just search for it. I always find the answer!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 05.00 AMby dreaz03

    My goodness, what tools don’t I use?! My biggest new ‘tool’ is my new 5 thread serger w/coverstitch (thank you, Craigslist lady that bought it and couldn’t figure it out so sold it for more than half retail price!:)!!!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 04.52 AMby Jkabana

    My Gingher shears are at the top of my fave list. Though I am on a sewing feet kick, so that could change with my next UPS delivery ;).

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    Dec 10, 2011, 04.52 AMby anneeza

    I make cloth pad, and previously was using metal snap prong button until very recent I discovered about the plastic cap snap button which is way easier to install and more secure unlike the metal button. I love my new tool: pliers and the KAM snap buttons :))

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