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Need a new serger in your life? Tell us your best tip for getting the perfect fit for your chance to win one!

In our summer issue of BurdaStyle US magazine, Janome is giving away a Janome Magnolia 7034D Serger worth $500.

For a chance to win, answer the following question in the comments section below: WHAT’S YOUR BEST TIP FOR GETTING THE PERFECT FIT?

Be sure to include your first name and last initial in your comment, and make sure your current email address is connected to your BurdaStyle account so we can reach you if your comment is chosen!

The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 20, 2015, at 11:59 PM (EST). One lucky winner will be chosen and announced in the fall issue of BurdaStyle US magazine!

Good luck to everyone!


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    Dec 11, 2015, 08.56 PMby Yaba Dice

    who won?

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    Jul 20, 2015, 07.12 PMby chriscor

    The only way to achieve a perfect fit is to know the body that you are sewing for and to know your pattern. The best way to do this is to take accurate measurements and make a muslin in order to understand the fit and nuances of the pattern. Christine L. (chriscor)

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    Jul 18, 2015, 02.11 PMby Sbmorris75

    As a beginner, I have found that the most important thing I can do to ensure fit is to measure and re-measure. When that fails, a strategically placed dart, or some creative “details” can help save a piece!

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    Jul 14, 2015, 03.40 PMby lfoges

    My grandmother’s advice seems to “fit” nearly every loose or baggy situation: “Put a dart in it, Honey…”

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    Jul 9, 2015, 02.56 AMby Lettuce77

    I always get the best fit after taking the pattern’s measurements and then comparing them to my basic sloper pattern I made for myself. It gets me a flattering fit every time and I realize those pieces get noticed.

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    Jul 8, 2015, 09.46 PMby Trang Zin

    Measure, measure, be sure to double check your measurements

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    Jul 7, 2015, 04.29 PMby Yaba Dice

    Keep a lot of body measures, especially the ones for control even when they seem ridiculous (for example: total crotch, inside pant length, around all the armpit, from neck to brassiere front and back, from armpit to the bra side, etc.) so you could check all that little bits to build a more accurate shape, and correct issues on time.

    This seems like a lot of work on the beginning, but it eases the fixing and sewing time; this has been really helpful to me and I hope it serves to someone else.

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    Jul 6, 2015, 07.33 PMby trishden

    Measure carefully and measure more body parts than what is recommended to get a true custom fit. Also making a muslin proto type before cutting into that expensive fabric helps. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    Jul 4, 2015, 04.09 PMby aranyi

    Know your body type / measurements and respect the limitations of the fabrics. :)

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    Jul 3, 2015, 05.40 AMby GranChris

    Measure, remeasure and if you don’t know what you are doing don’t be afraid to ask someone for help. There are a lot of people out there willing to give lessons for next to nothing. Your local senior center is a good place for advice.

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    Jul 2, 2015, 12.35 AMby Corimaria

    Measure, measure, be sure to double check your measurements

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    Jun 30, 2015, 03.32 PMby fendermama

    I don’t have a surger but would love to!! It would make life so much easier! (Novice seamstress) fendermama1@gmail.com

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    Jun 30, 2015, 02.03 AMby Julia Jenner

    Like others I always take my measurements and make sure I add in the ease stipulated on the pattern. Then I take the patten piece cut it out and tape the front and back together and I can double check the center front and back seams and make sure it is lining up appropriately.

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    Jun 28, 2015, 07.59 PMby jade2night

    Make sure that you are using the right fabric for your project

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    Jun 28, 2015, 04.37 PMby VMichelleD94

    I’ve always wanted to learn to sew and see what my creative genes could come up with. Youtube teaches me everything, I even learned to knit in a day. I started using pencils until my mom bought me knitting needles. I know if I put my mind to it I will be making quilts for by baby cousins in no time.

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    Jun 27, 2015, 12.53 PMby nicsim

    All of these are excellent tips! For me personally, I have found that taking my bodies measurements each time I make something (and I have included all my measurements including even my calves and thigh area for leggings, or my upper and lower arms for a tighter fitting shirt) has been the turn-around for me from making “alright” clothing to “pretty darn good” clothing. I still have a ways to go to “excellent”, but I am much happier now that I am honest with myself about how things should fit me, and what size I am – best thing to do is not pay attention to size numbers. They mean nothing…just as in stores with different brands, so it is with pattern brands and sizes. You could be a 6 in one brand, and a 8 or even a 10 in another. They sometimes differ radically. Read the reviews if you can, sewing people are the most helpful I have met! Thanks for the chance to win! Nicole F

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    Jun 27, 2015, 03.24 AMby leighann777

    Taking my time and really thinking about what I am doing….then baste and check fit.

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    Jun 27, 2015, 03.00 AMby leighann777

    I am still learning, but I think taking my time and really thinking about what I am doing is important. Then I baste and check the fit. This has been good for me as my typical approach to anything has always been much activity and no reflection (lol). I’ve learned a lot about problem solving and thinking things through, and working through problems one step at a time.

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    Jun 26, 2015, 07.32 PMby jessiestern

    I always try to make a muslin before using my more precious fabric, and I’m not afraid to use a ton of pins!

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    Jun 23, 2015, 03.06 PMby KristineEL

    I know this is a cliche but measure twice, cut once! I also feel like having a dress form is the key to the perfect fit.

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    Jun 20, 2015, 03.11 PMby Cher277

    I am just getting into sewing clothing, but I would say measure three or maybe four times to be sure. And take things slow.

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    Jun 19, 2015, 03.27 AMby Emily Hall

    Mark your measurements carefully! And don’t rush!

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    Jun 16, 2015, 09.01 PMby Judy Allen

    My tip is to take a class with an expert fashion sewing instructor. You will learn about pattern and fabric selection, pattern adjusting, cutting, sewing, hemming and fitting. Keep a notebook of what you learn and apply your knowledge to future projects. The money spent on classes is an investment in your garment sewing future. Invest in yourself!!

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    Jun 15, 2015, 10.18 PMby Mhairi Murray

    measure! measure and remeasure!

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    Jun 14, 2015, 05.08 PMby Bluebellbun

    I am a newbie sewer so am still trying to perfect fit. I try to cut accurately, take my time, baste everything and keep trying the garment on as I go along. Claire Ross

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    Jun 12, 2015, 04.00 PMby debbyg

    I am still learning… a lot. But one thing that I know that helps is measuring more than once. And I think it is important to make the muslin for really important pieces. If it is just a simple skirt or something, I tend to be less worried about it.

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    Jun 4, 2015, 03.25 AMby Debbie Christie

    My best tip is to take a good course on fitting. I never get a good fit and I feel learning from a professional and in person is the best way for me.

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    Jun 3, 2015, 08.47 PMby Yaba Dice

    - My big advice is a basic sloper properly fit, I learned to draw a pattern from scratch, and that was really helpful as a foundation to any project. - Measure twice… and then check measures again! I always check the measures before cutting, that way I could avoid making an error or fix it before it is too late. - Before any big project update your measures, to avoid any shape problems!

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    Jun 3, 2015, 06.17 PMby auschick

    Make a muslin first and mark it up with a sharpie. Have someone help you fit it to your body. Buddy up with a friend to make it a fun sewalong :) Natasha T.

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    Jun 3, 2015, 03.55 PMby looking4dmonkey

    Use pins to avoid unnecessary unpicking when you attaching seams together. Don`t rush your work because it will take more time to fix a mistake.

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