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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 9, 2011, 08.06 PMby quilts13

    My new bias tape maker. Its super for trimming vintage sewing projects, and hats and bags and oh my am I having fun.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 08.05 PMby jadedwish

    Tailor’s hem and Point turner & Clapper are great tools.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 08.03 PMby Redsonia

    It’s my new sewing machine and good trusty pair of scissors.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.57 PMby coffeelizard

    The essentials are a good pattern, sharp shears, super iron and board and sewing machine. If I had to choose one, I guess time to complete the sewing project is most important to make a nice item. Thank you for the opportunity of draw for the beautiful iron.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.56 PMby byritz

    that iron looks so cool. I love my thread nippers, I bought them on a whim and they are so great to have right next to my machine.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.49 PMby Cheryl Henderson

    iron on hem tape i use it when constructing a garment for pockets and things like that

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.47 PMby csiu

    I absolutely love Clover notions. Thanks!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.44 PMby sewinglass

    My Fons & Porter seam ripper. Thank you

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.41 PMby lesthor

    I love my rotary cutter and GIANT mat- with those, I’m no longer afraid of silk!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.34 PMby sunnyb64

    My latest favorites are the thinner silk pins, and my ergonomic seam ripper—it’s so big and chunky that I can’t lose it!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.34 PMby mochimo

    My new scissors are great! But a new iron would be great!!!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.33 PMby alissaslagle

    I received a pair of Gingher thread nippers about 10 years ago for a 4-H project I made. Those nippers have been one of the best tools to own!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.29 PMby Erica Larsen

    New shears-I recently replaced the ones I’ve had for years and the difference was incredible. I also inherited an awesome pair of pinking shears from my grandma last year, and they are really fun.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.28 PMby Mimipaulusma

    actually I don’t have that much tools. But I am very happy with my small scissor, I use it instead of a ripper. Oh wait I got a dressmaking figure for my birthday so ofcourse that is my number one tool. Thanks Joachim for that great gift!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.28 PMby foliusdesign

    To find good tools i ask friends, read blogs, and listen to the experts. Thus far i have great scissors, a rotary cutter, see-through quilting rulers, and buy quality fabric and thread. A good iron is essential for pressing open seams and keeping things crisp… unfortunately i don’t have a good iron quite yet.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.27 PMby gibbylet

    Really my favorite is good scissors – I do imagine a good iron would be great too, but my new one I’ve been using this year gives me steam burns regularly…after reading all these responses I suppose it’s time to get a tailor’s ham though and try it out!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.26 PMby kayd4nce

    I would have to say my water soluble marker!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.25 PMby chopsticks

    My Bobbin winder, it’s so nice not to have to un-thread the whole machine just to wind a bobbin

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.21 PMby stephaniecake

    I have recently begun using pattern tracing fabric and pattern weights – my patterns stay pristine and reusable and I don’t stab myself w/ pins while trying to cut out pattern pieces.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.18 PMby ggexpansive

    I like to read sewing blogs and I always spot some tool that I can use, like solvy it melts in water. I like to buy in craft store close to home, but will buy online.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 07.06 PMby suzeb

    An iron, of course! (And scissors…and sewing machine)

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    Dec 9, 2011, 06.57 PMby boomer57

    The best new tools (new to me) that I can’t do without are my barbed needles. I love to use these for felting embellishments on a variety of sewing projects.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 06.55 PMby G-A-

    I got a new bias maker and also a very sharp water-soluble pen to trace on fabrics.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 06.53 PMby makurochan

    really good scissors, a good iron, and a good ironing board

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    Dec 9, 2011, 06.53 PMby lnderrart

    A nice sharp rotary cutter and a decent iron for pressing.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 06.49 PMby indigoeve

    I’ve found the best new-to-me tools in the collection of my grandmother’s sewing/knitting/embroidery things I inherited after she passed away…a fabulous pair of scissors and other things that I didn’t have before…as someone else mentioned – the quality is excellent (ok, i have to mention her safety pins are amazing! I suspected that safety pins made these days are rather shoddy and was sure I remembered them being more sturdy when I was little -now I know it’s true!) and I’m sure they will outlast me as well.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 06.48 PMby raving

    I’ve started using heavy glass globes to hold down my patterns when I trace them. Essentially paperweights acting as pattern weights.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 06.46 PMby fatandy

    A rotary cutter and self healing mat are tools I cannot live without anymore.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 06.42 PMby Alice Stribling

    I love love love cutting with a rotary cutter and self healing mat. The task of cutting fabric is now much quicker and easier. The only thing I really need is a new iron!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 06.41 PMby makroma

    Pressing makes all the difference – so a combination of my iron, steam that I can control, and my sleeve board for the tricky bits is indispensible …

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