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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, 01.24 PMby indil

    Ugh. Dunno. Probably not considered a technique. I love embroiding buttons and bead as details. I’m a huge fan of details, they add something unique to every piece of clothing.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.10 PMby photodoll

    Top stitch is my best technique, it closes everything and when I am making the kids outfits i use bright colors and they love it.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.02 PMby ahtomlinson

    My fave right now is patchworking but I would love to learn to sew more clothing.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 12.58 PMby gerlach

    I love piecing, its just so much fun seeing how the different pieces come together to slowly create one beautiful design!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 12.53 PMby no4daughter

    Like lots of other folks who have commented, my favorite sewing technique is topstitching. It really adds a little “something” to the finished piece.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 12.25 PMby darey

    I think the most important is not the sewing technique but originality! I like to add buttons, appliqués and decorative seams to my creations to make them different from the rest!

    Happy new 2010 from Spain Darey.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 12.13 PMby hausmaus

    I’m not sure whether this is a sewing technique in the original sense – but I love serging! It amazes me every time how professional a garment looks with finished seam allowances. Other than that I love working with ruffles and shirring, I think it adds a lot of cuteness to almost any project. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 11.59 AMby flaphy

    i’m just a beginner but my grandmother is teaching me the French seam and i tend to like this one better because it gives a nice finish and i actually get inspired by my mistakes

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    Dec 31, 2009, 11.59 AMby mdsmith

    My favorite sewing technique is piping or bias binding, followed closely by French seams, Hong Kong tailoring and hand picked zippers!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 11.40 AMby marmota-b

    Difficult to decide. Blanket stitch? Both decorative and practical.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 11.37 AMby gundega

    I’m just a beginner, so I’m not so sure.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 11.26 AMby nestene

    I’m really not very advanced in sewing but have lots of experience with needlecrafts (knitting, crochet, embroidery) so my daughter is always impressed when I can just embroider a delicate floral pattern on without any guide but what’s in my head. She thinks it’s magic!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 11.24 AMby motozulli

    I love hand basting!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 11.14 AMby dare

    I think each garment you make can have something special and different. I guess at the moment I’m making a collar with some pin tucks on it. I’m really liking that look!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 11.12 AMby Ana Neves

    My favorite stitching technique is actually by hand with a stitch my grandma tought me when I was around nine years old. I still use it a lot and I’m pretty sure this was the best thing I could ever have inherited from her: sewing!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 11.10 AMby jchester

    Press everything, baste before final stitching, and have patience!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 10.51 AMby seabreeze

    Making custom piping. First used in home dec projects; when I found out how easy it is, I started using it in apparel. My absolute favorite is to use it in pajamas. Piping made out of contrasting fabric adds such a custom look!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 10.34 AMby badkitty-1

    My favourite technique is to make my own bias binding. I have a few sizes of the Prym & Clover bias bining makers and I never stop using them. I like to recycle old ties (already cut on the bias, yipee) and funky fabrics to add a little bit of colour to a Hong Kong finish or when binding the top of my corsets. xx

    Happy New Year!!!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 10.30 AMby lie

    I love top-stitching on stretch fabric with a twin-needle. It looks so great!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 10.15 AMby strickmeise

    Magic seams, they are not so easy and I have to follow the instruction s very concentrated, but I get wonderful clean necklines and armholes.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 10.13 AMby erinfromiowa

    French seams. So neat and tidy.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 10.00 AMby lynda23290

    Definitely appliqué, just love it!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 09.38 AMby Jodi Wade

    Like a lot of people, I really like French seams. They just make your seams look so nice and clean

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    Dec 31, 2009, 09.33 AMby loyl8

    Ruffling and pleating. I really like to add seam binding to the edges of certain pieces to make them sturdier. I have never tried french seams yet, but i’m sure it will be up there in my faves to do.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 09.26 AMby galatina

    whatever new technique I’m learning at the time – I like new challenges

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    Dec 31, 2009, 09.04 AMby knittingand

    I have two favourites at the moment. Top-stitching and suffolk puffs.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 08.47 AMby whitneyr

    i’m pretty new to sewing…so i’d have to say my favorite sewing technique is attempting to sew a straight line. but i dream of ruffles and pleats!

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