Monday, March 19, 2012

Seam Allowance Guide GIVEAWAY!!

I'm sure I am not the only sewist who gets excited by a clever gadget that makes sewing a little easier and faster. The nifty Seam Allowance Guide, which I mentioned back here, is definitely one of those gadgets.

Even more exciting, the makers of the Seam Allowance Guide have given me not one, but three seam allowance guide sets to give to my wonderful readers! Woot woo!


Each set contains two guides, one for flat edge scissors and one for scissors with a slanted blade. You also get an extra couple of black bands, which I guess are handy to have if you ever lose one. These little black bands are the marker that you use to cut your fabric. They can be moved along the guide to change the seam allowance that you want to cut. This is especially helpful if you want to add a greater seam allowance on a highly fitted garment, like a pair of pants, so you have more seam width to play with to get the fit right. Clever, right?

Now, to get your hands on one of these little gems, just leave a comment below telling me which pattern you would use a Seam Allowance Guide for - Ottobre? Japanese? It would also be nice to see you become a follower of my blog - over there in the Google Friend Connect . I love being able to see my readers and look at their blogs.

I'll leave the competition open until 7pm Sydney time on Sunday 25 March.

Good luck!

47 comments:

  1. Would love to get my hands on one of these little gadgets!!! Would use it on the patterns found in the book "Sewing clothes kids love" (Langdon and Pollehn). Been meaning sew up an "Insa skirt" for a while now. Thanks!!!

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    1. also, even though I have been regularly reading your blog for about 2 years now, I am officially signed up as a follower now :)

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  2. I would also love to get my hands on one of these. I would use it mainly for Burda magazine but I also have MyImage, Ottobre and KnipMode magazines and do currently labouriously add the seam allowances onto the tracings, making it such a long process.

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  3. Wow - great giveaway, I saw your post the other day about using it and thought it was such a nifty tool. For me, I would use it to re-make my favourite top, by deconstructing the top and then using the seam allowance tool to guide me to cut around the original fabric.

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  4. Hi- first time visitor here! I just saw your outfit over at the Colette blog.

    I saw this invention a while ago and thought how cool it is. I bought a year's subscription to Ottobre a couple of years ago but I've only made 2 or 3 items as I HATE adding seam allowances! So that's what I'd use it for!

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  5. Untill you mentioned them, I hadn't even heard of those little babies! I would really love to get my hands on one of these! Even though I buy a lot of the sewing magazines available in my countryn I usually don't end up making one of those patterns. Still, I do have plans to make some pieces of burda or knipmode - eventually. But I tend to choose for the vintagy patterns and most of the time, I only find them in Vogue, Butterick, McCall's, Burda, ... 's buying patterns.

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  6. I would definitrly unleash these on an Ottobre. i hav been too scared to attempt one because of the seam allowance thing.

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  7. I would love those, would use it for all kinds of patterns. knipmode, Ottobre, Farbenmix, etc.
    Would make it defo a lot easier to cut ;)

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  8. I would love one of these! I'd use it on my Burda WOF patterns. I'd like to start drafting patterns this year, too, and I think this would be so handy.

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  9. I'd use for both. Ottobre and Japanese patterns... and maybe even Burda like you did.

    Congrats for the write up on Colette Patterns today. Wonderful.

    ... and thanks for the chance to win.

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  10. i have a bunch of burda magazine patterns that would make the guide really handy. thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I've only used Burda so far. Seems like a great tool to have.

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  12. I just checked a book out from the library called Carry Me by Yuka Koshizen. It has patterns that need to be traced and this little device would be INCREDIBLY handy. I've never seen one before. Thanks for the chance to win one! carrie@theoliveblossom.com

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  13. What a fun giveaway! I would use it for a Burda pattern. Adding seam allowances is my least favorite thing ever...I love that they have a tool to make it easier!!

    Thanks!

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  14. i have a japanese sewing book that i haven't used because i'm dreading adding seam allowance so these would be perfect! thanks for the chance:)...trinhthuyvu@yahoo.com

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  15. hi! what an awesome tool! would love to draft patterns from clothes i already own, so this would come in handy for sure!
    i am already a follower of you :)

    emily
    eimile19@gmail.com

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  16. For Burda and Ottobre patterns, and my self-drafted patterns. What a handy gadget!
    -Kristy
    bakkernk at gmail dot com

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  17. I meant to comment on this the other day on how clever it would be. This would come in very handy with my stash of Ottobre magazines. I'm such a lazy sewer some times and get put off by the extra step of adding seam allowances.

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  18. Wow! I just read about these in the latest issue of Threads and I would love to have one! I would use it for BurdaStyle patterns and self-drafted patterns for my clients (I like to do a 1-inch seam allowance the first time I make something for someone, but then reduce the seam allowance to 5/8 inch for future projects). Thanks for offering these!

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  19. Such a clever gadget! I'd use this for patterns I draft myself or trace from books. It looks useful! This is the first time I've visited your blog, and I'm enjoying looking through your posts! I clicked through from the Coletterie.

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  20. Great gadget! I would love to use it on a bow dress that I plan to make from the "Pattern Magic" book and on Burda patterns. Thanks for this cool giveaway! :)

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  21. This gadget looks great. Because I usually sew knits I just guess the seam allowance and add what looks like 1.5cm. This works out ok but I've never attempted a fitted garment so this gadget would be a huge help. I would be sewing either Ottobre or Burda patterns. Already a follower through blogger.

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  22. I would love one of these! One of the reasons that I don't use traced patterns as often as I should (as well as having to trace them) is the adding of the seam allowances. For me I might use some of my plentiful copies of Ottobre much more with one of these gadgets!

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  23. Great gadget. I would use it for my patterns from 'Sewing Clothing Kids Love'.

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  24. Oh I've seen this once before and couldn't find it again! What a great gadget. I recently subsribed to Ottobre magazine and haven't yet sewed anything - adding seam allowances does seem a bit of a drudge. This would be such an awesome help :)

    You can reach me via my blog http://sewyourownpace.blogspot.com.au/ or cjillian(at)ozemail(dot)com(dot)au

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  25. How great is this!!! Would definitely value it when using my Burda Magazine patterns - it certainly would speed up the tracing process...

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  26. I would love to win one of these. My pet hate is adding seam allowances.

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  27. Burda Burda Burda! If they were smart, they'd pimp these out like the end of the world was coming!

    I've been seriously considering these after the tracing I've done of late.... :)

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  28. Fantastic little tool. I would use it for Burda mag patterns - I'm excited just thinking of the time I could save!

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  29. did someone say giveaway! I love ottobre but could never be bothered with the whole adding a seam allowance bizzo. What having one of these would do to what little spare time I currently have....................

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  30. I'd use this for those many burda style patterns without seam allowances.

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  31. I would totally use this for Burda Magazine patterns. Right now I use a rotary cutter with the arm, but it isn't super accurate.

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  32. Oh hmmm, Ottobre fits me. So I'd start there. Then hopefully I could sew up some of the patterns from Burda.

    Added myself to your followers. g

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  33. I'd use the guide for Japanese patterns. I've been putting off buying them because of the lack of seam allowances on the patterns! I'd definitely start buying Burda patterns too.

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  34. This is a great little gadget. I would use it on some patterns I have bought of Etsy that don't have a seam allowance added - very annoying!

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  35. Ever since I saw your original post about this gadget I have been trying to find time to get back to your blog and ask you where you got it from. I am going through a Japanese sewing stage at the moment and so this would speed things up considerably! And I do love a gadget...I would so love to win one of these! Pretty Please!

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  36. The first time I sewed anything from Ottobre I didn't read the directions that said to add your own seam allowances! As a result, my baby top failed:( One of these doodars would be awesome!

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  37. I was definitely use it for burda, I have a big burda backlog of things to make.

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  38. Ooooh I've never seen one of those before - probably because I'm still a newbie sewer!

    I recently got my mitts on the Burda Style Handbook and got stumped when I looked at the patterns and found they didn't have a seam allowance so this would come in oh so handy.

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  39. I would definitely use it on Japanese patterns and the Sew U book where she left out seam allowances! I also think it would be useful for self-drafted patterns. Thanks for the giveaway! (I follow you via Google Reader)

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  40. I'd love one of these to use with my Burda magazines and japanese pattern books, Also just picked up a Patrones magazine. It would definitely get used!

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  41. I would use this clever notion on my burda magazines! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. It is such a clever idea, and what a nice giveaway. I would use it on Burda and Ottobre, and I am sure it would look much better than my current lazy eyeballing habit - although I am sure I have some tailors' chalk somewhere.....

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  43. Wow, this looks so useful! I'd love to try it. I would use it on Burda and other patterns I have. Thanks for the chance. I've been following your blog for quite a while and I love it

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  44. This looks so useful. I just got my first Ottobre magazine so I'd use it for that but I'm sure I will find lots more uses. I've been following you on Google Reader for a while.

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  45. Saw these a while back and thought they were so cool! I'd use them for Japanese patterns (I have so many books that I haven't used because I'm too lazy to add sa) and Burda patterns. Thanks for the great give-away opportunity!

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  46. I'd love one. I'd use it for Ottobre magazines.
    Samantha

    sbjmolloy (at) gmail dot com dot au

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