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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, 04.25 AMby rerei

    rotary cutter and seam ripper

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    Dec 10, 2011, 04.11 AMby aluckmann

    I started out my sewing with quilting and I recently learned that my quilting mat and rotary cutter are great for my fashion fabric as well (especially silk fabrics). They also double as great tools when tracing a vintage pattern!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 03.59 AMby vwbug74

    Wow! That’s difficult! I love all my new gadgets…I’m totally obssessed with gadgets. I have to say I love my mini iron best. It gets into all the tiny crevices that my big iron can’t. I couldn’t live without it!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 03.58 AMby Angela Batt

    Rotary cutter is the best! But I hate to admit, my seam ripper is the most used…

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    Dec 10, 2011, 03.40 AMby ellenjane

    A gridded cutting mat is essential!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 03.40 AMby teddylyn

    My favorite tools are sharp shears and fine Japanese needles and pins.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 03.38 AMby Elizabeth Jones

    rotary cutter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 03.26 AMby joyk

    My favorite new sewing tool is my self-healing mat. It makes such a big difference from my old worn out one!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 03.16 AMby Purplerachel

    Water soluble markers and my magnetic pincushion.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 03.07 AMby aerianaeve

    Beeswax! I’ve just started using wax to prep my thread for hand sewing, and it’s made a huge difference. No more nests under my fabric!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 03.03 AMby kiball

    I’d have to say (unfortunately) my seam ripper is most useful at this point.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 02.50 AMby nouvellegamine

    i think the best new tool is my clear grid ruler.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 02.47 AMby ahkisha

    I think the best tool is a mannequinn. When I made one out of duct tape, it was so helpful to see what needed change and how i could modify clothes without repeatedly putting them off and on!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 02.45 AMby boydagoyl

    As a brand new sewer, all my tools are new and exciting! I’m very glad I invested in an excellent pair of dressmaker’s shears.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 02.32 AMby dnembhard

    My iron is my best tool. It’s amazing how a good press can make something go from looking like a Home Ec project (and me, a Home Ec teacher) to something that I’m proud to wear!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 02.19 AMby SewSunshine

    My sean ripper! I use it more than I ever thought I’d need to unsew and make things right! My Kai scissors that are sharp to the point, a mini iron and a full size iron, Frixion pen I can mark things with and iron it away, and rulers of assorted sizes.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 02.18 AMby carlachan

    rotary cutter and wristband pin cushion (with silk pins!!)

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    Dec 10, 2011, 02.10 AMby Martha Patterson

    Every time I sit down to sew the one item that I use is the puple thing, scissors and usually my seam ripper. Then there is always my iron which is used as much as my sewing machine.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 02.07 AMby mlssfshn

    Mistyfuse, I can’t live without it! I like it so much I bought half a bolt! It’s like stitch witchery in weight but goes far beyond in bonding capability. It also doesn’t change the hand of the fabric and has UV protective qualities which makes it perfect for art projects.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 01.54 AMby saphy

    Love my large mat and rotary cutter

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    Dec 10, 2011, 01.52 AMby mismis777

    My sewing machine, a seam ripper, good scissors and a good iron are my best tools for all sewing projects. Out of all of the tools (and all of the prizes) this is the one I need the most. My iron is fading fast and I am in dire need of a new one. Thanks for the chance to win this beauty.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 01.37 AMby 09extrastuff

    AS like the others I love my Bernina 20 year old sewing machine and serger . The rotary cutter and mat make cutting quilt blocks soooo easy. My 20 year old Rowenta is showing it’s age and a self-propelled iron would be phenomenal!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 01.27 AMby eckypucky

    I find that the best tools for me are the tried and true classics like a good pair of scissors, chalk pencils for markiing, pressing ham, and etc. The newest tool I tried is the rotary cutter and I do looooove those! I have a large one I use for many things and the tiny one that I use for mini stuff like doll clothes and such. Great little invention!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 01.24 AMby madrid64

    I am still in awe of my rotary cutter, rulers and cutting mat!!!! Best tool ever! But ironing happens to be my favorite part of sewing and quilting, so this iron would totally “flip” my skirt!!!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 01.13 AMby lauramae

    A pair of great scissors is very important, and I love my dressmaker chalk for marking things. But, of course, an iron is terribly important as well. A good pressing can make even a wonky seam look 100% better!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 01.08 AMby Laura Bolčina

    Definitely my overlock machine. Seam allowances finally look beautiful! :)

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    Dec 10, 2011, 01.06 AMby selleck

    New is relative. When I started quilting I used scissors. Now I have a rotary cutter and it is a little miracle.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 01.04 AMby tsedai

    Obviously mostly I love my sewing machine and serger. I also love my iron, rotary cutters, tiny scissors for trimming threads, invisible zipper foot, walking foot, and my gauge for accurate markings. And, though I did without them for quite a while, I can’t imagine living without my seam roll and pressing ham at this point.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.58 AMby KathfromOz

    My newest tools are for embellishing my sewing. Beading needles, laying tools for keeping ribbon and embroidery threads flat and neat. A magnifier with a daylight tube too. Oh yes, and an upright steamer to give my finished items a professional ‘dry-cleaning’ touch and to be able to safely ‘iron’ over embellishments.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 12.49 AMby Carolyn Reilly

    Oh… How nice of you to give away something that… every sewer would love to have. I need a new one. Mine is about 8 years old. Although it still works. I feel it coming to an end someday soon. It’s Always good to give… Merry Christmas to you all…. :D

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