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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/31 and a lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today, enter to win a 9 SewStylish magazines, a year long subscription to Threads and Threads fitting DVD box set!

SewStylish prize pack:
Get every issue of SewStylish published to date for basic training to unleash your creativity. From the publishers of Threads, SewStylish is a biannual magazine that shows you how to get the looks of your favorite designers with easy-to-follow how-tos and advice from the pros.

Threads one-year subscription:
For people who love to sew, Threads is an invaluable resource delivered to their mailbox every other month. Throughout the year Threads provides its readers with detailed information on creating the details that matter, including techniques on fitting, couture methods, tailoring, and more. Each issue is filled with articles from industry insiders and professionals from the people who know them best.

Threads Fitting DVD:
This 4-part video series was created by the Threads magazine staff based on requests from readers who know the importance of fitting. This series shows, step-by-step, exactly how to achieve a fit that’s just right from top to bottom. Produced by the editors of Threads magazine, this instructional series will serve as a trusted sewing resource with valuable information for all skill levels.

Threads editors walk you through the finer points of achieving a custom fit. Plus, you’ll get expert advice from N.Y.C. fashion designer, couture sewer, and FIT instructor Kenneth D. King.

4 essential fitting topics including:
Torso — Discover the ins and outs of a great fit from neck to waist.
Arms — Learn the secrets of fitting a sleeve with ease.
Bust — Drape and shape for a fit that flatters every body type.
Waist & Hips — Custom-fit or alter pants and skirts like a pro.

You’ll learn how to apply timeless techniques used by designers and professionals to solve fitting problems, make alterations for each body type, and achieve a flattering fit every time.

To enter, just leave your comment answering this questions by noon EST 12/31:
What is your favorite sewing technique

We want to congratulate tario on winning yesterday’s Rowenta® Pressure Iron & Steamer! Her comment was chosen at random from all eligible entries. Thanks to everyone who entered and good luck in today’s giveaway


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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.57 PMby zinnia829

    I’m just a novice, but there’s something gratifying about piping.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.55 PMby jesswitaj

    My favorite technique is applying bias binding. It finishes an edge gorgeously and it’s surprisingly easy to do. You can make your own bias tape out of just about any fabric and in any width. I love it!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.54 PMby elzi

    It’s hard to say, but a Hong Kong finish would have to be one of my favorites so far.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.51 PMby hfrye

    Sew a prototype in muslin first. See where alterations need to made. Adjust the pattern. Then cut the good fabric.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.50 PMby emmy-jay

    I love, love, love to sew knits with my serger — it really races along and everything looks so neat and tidy.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.49 PMby stephanie9732

    I like to pin the ease on a set in sleeve rather than use a gathering stitch to ease it in place.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.49 PMby jam and ivy

    This sounds really silly, but I love pressing seams. It gives me a second away from the machine to recollect myself and to go over the next step. But also I love making ruffles.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.48 PMby campbelltown

    Really enjoy finishing with flat felled and French seams seams and also fun with applique!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.45 PMby cleo023

    French seams and topstitching are my favorite sewing techniques.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.43 PMby sarita-loquita

    I love to do ruffles, pleats and appliqué.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.42 PMby imperfections

    Definitely french seams! I also love to do free form piecing without using a pattern.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.41 PMby anneeza

    straight line from the machine. you really need to master this- if not everything will be crooked.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.41 PMby elegantmusings

    I think my favorite technique is top stitching! It’s a fiddly detail, but I love how sharp and precise it looks when done right. :)

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.29 PMby kingy

    What is your favorite sewing technique? today it’s making ruffles

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.22 PMby sewneenee

    I love finishing with bias tape, everything looks neat and professional.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.18 PMby bcaitlyn

    gathered sleeves!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.08 PMby karina64


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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.07 PMby cherryblossom55

    I think my favourite sewing technique is either topstitching or darting

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.05 PMby seussian

    Handsewing pearls, beads, or sequins on

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.01 PMby aten

    I am still learning and my favorite thing is to read up on all kinds of sewing techniques and then try them. I really want to learn how to adjust a pattern as I have had little success in fitting. I love to sew for my baby neice.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.59 PMby ghelton5

    Flat felled seams . . . oh so nice looking!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.55 PMby mistygirl902

    I like making my own bias binding. It’s easy to do, and gives such a professional custom look to projects. I also love to use my edge stitching foot on my sewing machine. Again, great professional results with almost no effort. I’ve got to try french seams. I usually zig-zag my seam allowances, but would like a cleaner look inside garments.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.52 PMby vickles

    Does sewing nice long straight lines count? Cos if so, thats my favourite! Other than that, I don’t mind french seams, they make things look nice inside!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.49 PMby marliesbs

    Pleats and pin tucks.. I like the way they make the garment look.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.38 PMby janul

    I´m really a beginner too… I´m learning everything, but enjoy making pleats, ruching and ruffles :).

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.36 PMby fluteplayer

    I think my favorite techniques involve using scraps or recycling garments using decorative stitches, unusual seams and applique.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.35 PMby skwarynia

    making ruffles:)

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.28 PMby josefina

    I like doing ruffles, embroidery and biais binding. These techniques gives any simple pattern gorgeous results.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.27 PMby strawberrypancakesbykim

    I like using french seams whenever possible, it always looks so nice!

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