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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, 08.43 AMby victors

    Hemming is my favourite. I am still chasing the perfect one though!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 08.39 AMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    i’m pretty new to sewing and techniques so i hope i’m describing this correctly. i like using elastic thread in the bobbin for quickly shirring an elastic waistband. it’s lighter than inserting an actual strip of elastic and then a casing and looks really professional!!! i’ve also used the technique to blouse the bottom of a shirt. i added a hem band to the bottom that was the same width as the bottom of the shirt. i then top stitched 4 equally spaced rows across the hem band using elastic thread in the bobbin. the hem band sits snuggly around my lower waist/hips but with some elasticity while adding a gathered blouse effect to the bottom of the shirt!!!!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 08.29 AMby louana

    poor mans smocking, where you have shirring elastic in the bobbin and normal thread on the top.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 08.28 AMby lisa-a

    Right now my favorite is smocking since i have just learned to do it.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 08.23 AMby thatdiva28

    My current favorite would have to be box pleats! They make wonderful detail on trousers, they bring skirts to life, and their not too terribly complicated!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 08.13 AMby fnm

    I love making things by hand. I’m still a begginer so I really don’t know if these are tehnics but I love hand beading , trimming, making ruffles.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 07.58 AMby thesweetesthing2009

    I love top-stitch. It really makes the garment or item look more professional but I am more in love with doing pleats and ruffles. So I’d have to say that is my absolute favorite

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    Dec 31, 2009, 07.36 AMby egdirb

    I’m fairly new at sewing but I love the effect of bias binding, it really makes a piece stand out.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 07.29 AMby arrakis

    I just started sewing so probably sewing in a straight line! I don’t think this is a technique but turning out a lined bag is like magic to me still! I had to un-turn one and run up to my husband and return it just to share my joy… He didn’t get it!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 07.23 AMby leigh7911

    I’ve just discovered the fun and neatness that is french seams. Love ’em!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 07.18 AMby sarsaparilla

    Embroidery & top-stitching – obsessed ;D

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    Dec 31, 2009, 07.14 AMby happybox

    Topstitiching, appliqué and embroidery!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 07.12 AMby chanson-1

    I love the look of topstitching.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 07.09 AMby sewfunlady

    My favorite sewing technique is learning new ways to create the look I want whether it is clothing, a sewn craft, or whatever. I love experimenting and am ecstatic whenever it turns out well. I like all the different things one can do with a serger, especially the “ladder” stitch that looks so great on certain items. Also, I am having a good time using the many different sewing stitches available to me on my sewing machine. I am working to learn how to cover this “new” old body I now have since aging has changed the hour glass I once had to something closer to the apple I did not want, but must somehow cover and still look and feel good. It is a challenge, not only to look good, but also to find a good fit. I am still working on that part. Patterns that fit the shape, look just awful on me and turn me into a large, long tent. I am not large all over, only the middle. I tell friends I used to have a very attractive bustline, but my tummy grew to be larger, so now I look like I have no bustline. I am also quite small in the hips and my legs are not large. I am only 5’4". As you can see, I have trouble here trying to be stylish. I am tired of elastic-waisted slacks that make my middle look even larger, and always a jacket over a shell to try and camouflage the shape. I can still see it, all I have to do is turn sideways. You can see my problem. I have my work cut out for me. I am in possession of many types of fabrics trying to find one that lays right on my body without being a hugger. It is, indeed, a challenge. Enough about me and my problems, lets just have fun and sew, sew, sew. I am in the process of making purse organizers that can hold all the purse “essentials” and simply be moved from purse to purse without the big hassle. Everything is in the one organizer and lifts out to simply go into the next purse. Takes seconds and is easy to make. I found the idea on the web, maybe even this site! I love the item and thanks to the person who provided it. Continue to have fun, ladies and gents. Life is too short not to laugh a lot.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 07.03 AMby misstaratara

    I like hemming dresses and skirts by hand. I don’t want to do it everyday but when the opportunity arises, I don’t dread it at all!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 07.02 AMby shmi85

    i don’t know what the “real” name of it is, but i love linings that are cut a fourth of an inch smaller than self fabrics so that the seam gets pulled to the interior of the garment and you iron in a crease in the self fabric where it folds over. it always seems to add such a classy look to lined clothing.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.58 AMby salinalocke

    Topstiching is my fav! I love how it holds everything in place.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.51 AMby Ana B

    I’m a newbie at sewing; so I would say slip-stitch is the cool technique I just learned.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.49 AMby elisana

    I love appliqueing! it’s such a nice way to personalize ordinary items, making them special.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.48 AMby sunabove

    I like sewing at all.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.48 AMby sewingwithtrudy

    Topstitching is my favorite sewing technique because I love the professional-looking finish.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.46 AMby xnickerxje


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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.41 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I just learnt a better way to turn out corners instead of clipping them, it’s great, they look sharp and aren’t weaked by clipping, my current favourite technique :)

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.37 AMby rita61

    My favorite sewing technique would be Slotted Seams.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.36 AMby Sarah Lorde

    top stitching & zigzagging.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.36 AMby aleaf

    Not new to sewing but one of my favorite pastimes is sewing and everything that turns out well is an accomplished favorite – I guess I should mention that having ms doesn’t always help.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.27 AMby luxihere

    Piping, ruffles and peco stitch!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.22 AMby fosteretalk

    My favorite technique is anything my serger can do. I have only had it a few years and I still marvel at it. The finished seams, the way it holds elestic in a triplle cover stitch. I love that machine.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.15 AMby irinkataae

    I love trying new things and I’m always on the run learning new techniques, and mostly I love everything i try. Anyway i don’t know the names in English… Happy new year evrybody!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 06.11 AMby peuple

    Hi! I love sewing by hand – does that count? I’m still learning my way around a sewing machine:P. Cheers!

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