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One of the things that’s so great about living in our modern society is the range of technological advances through the past few decades that have enabled us to streamline many of our crafting processes and ultimately achieve more in less time with less effort. From software that aides us in design to machines that help to execute what our hands alone may not, to the vast expanse of Internet platforms allowing us to share and learn, it’s now easier than ever for us to not only create but to engage and share our creativity with the rest of the world.

Whether it’s BurdaStyle, Etsy, Ravelry, StyleTrek, or FashionStake, there are a number of websites set up to help creatives of all kinds to not only get inspired but also to reach new audiences they may not have had access to before. We can now find patterns, tools and materials, share ideas, get tips and sell or buy goods with the click of a button, all while connecting to an innumerable amount of people in the process. Technological advances have revitalized and revolutionized craft and DIY, making creativity more popular and more accessible than ever before.

We want to hear from you: What recent technological advances have aided your craft the most? What in our modern society helps you to be more creative and get more done with less effort? Or maybe you have an idea for a new invention that could streamline your creativity. Give us your feedback and you could find yourself in possession of a brand new Windows 7 phone from Microsoft! Simply leave your comments below between now and Monday, November 29th, 2010 for your chance to win. For full contest rules click here and we can’t wait to hear your ideas!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 06.46 PMby Chadwick Popillion

    twitter I get all my news on the quick

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    Nov 16, 2010, 06.46 PMby dolowoyo

    I would have to say Etsy is a wonderful tool. It enabled me to sell my handmade items. Sold a few hundred dollars worth in the first week. A Win Phone 7 would be great too.

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    Nov 16, 2010, 06.43 PMby Stargirl Heuser

    I reuse and repurpose everything!!!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 06.32 PMby roguemagnolia

    this is going to sound so brown nosey-but sewing forums turning into full social networking sites like burda have really helped me…i can go to one spot to get inspired, learn techniques, post work for feedback, and list items for sale. as a mom with many other crazy endeavors like photography and roller derby under my umbrella, this saves me soooo much time and effort and helps me feel less crazy. :D

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      Nov 16, 2010, 08.37 PMby nora

      Oh nice, we love hearing that:)

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    Nov 16, 2010, 05.53 PMby etchedinthread

    I have a sewing/embroidery machine that will read html pages loaded onto it or the usb stick. This is so helpful when trying to follow instructions for different techniques or projects.

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    Nov 16, 2010, 12.43 PMby amber0721

    I NEED a surger. I know it’s “basic equipment” for a lot of sewers, but I don’t have one and it would make sewing projects SO much faster.

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    Nov 16, 2010, 05.52 AMby sstran

    I love tumblr. I use my tumblr and have built a small community that always gives me new ideas :)

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    Nov 16, 2010, 03.52 AMby Anna Ironside

    Using PDFs for my knitting patterns and the StitchMinder app to keep track of where I am in a project has saved so much paper in the last 6 months!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 03.36 AMby Erin Morris

    I don’t have one, but an embroidery machine would help me sell some of my products like hotcakes. Everybody wants everything personalized. It’s on my wishlist.

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    Nov 16, 2010, 01.59 AMby codym

    I think the ArduinoLilyPad is one of the coolest technical advances for sewing.

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