Monday, February 4, 2013

Sew Grateful Week #1: Tailoring classic giveaway

It's the Sew Grateful week again, readers. And I am so happy that one of my favourite bloggers, Debi of My Happy Sewing Place, is hosting it again.

Sew Grateful Week is all about sharing gratitude with the online sewing community and today I wanted to thank you for participating in this blog and leaving your feedback.

Monday is a Giveaway Day and I am joining other bloggers on Debi's Giveaway Page with a great book on tailoring:

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Published in 2005, "Tailoring is the classic guide to the required techniques. Step-by-step instructions and close-up photographs help hobby sewers get professional results. The book covers all three tailoring methods (custom or hand, machine, and fusible) and the complete process from fabric selection to finishing touches. There are detailed instructions on adjusting the pattern for proper fit, which is critical for good results. Tailoring is all about impeccable details, and shows how to achieve them, from the roll of the collar to a perfect pocket."

To enter the giveaway, please, leave a comment until Sunday, 10 February, sharing who are you grateful to for teaching you sewing. The winner will be drawn and announced on Sunday. Please, don't forget to check the results! Good luck!

91 comments:

  1. What a lovely give-away!

    Mrs. McPhail! She was my high school Home Economics teacher taught me techniques that I use today. My Mom would be my greatest sewing influence but she worked a full-time job while raising four kids. She didn't have a lot of time to sit down and teach me how to sew but I loved watching her work on her treadle sewing machine as she repaired and sewed many of our clothes.

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  2. Hi Marina - I'm grateful for my primary school teacher showing me how to sew from the age of six - and so very grateful to my parents for always encouraging me :)

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  3. I began sewing thanks to my mum... Entire teenage years she helped me in every step of the way - choosing fabrics and patterns, alternations and fittings. Everything. I have to say that all my basic techniques have been taught by my her. I don't know how she had the time and patience, but I am SO grateful for that:)

    Even now, she is the one person to whom I turn to advice.

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  4. I'm grateful for my mom! It all started out with doll clothes

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  5. I am grateful to the entire online sewing community. I am "self-taught", but what that really means is that I leaned heavily on the knowledge of others on sites like s Craftster, as well as tutorials made by lovely bloggers! My mom has always supported all my crafty endeavors, but never sewed clothes, and I went to school after Home Ec was pretty much phased out or made optional, so I couldn't have done it any other way.

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  6. I'm also grateful for my mom teaching me. At first, I was reluctant to learn, because I was still in that mindset that handmade is tacky. But I was bored one summer, so I decided to finally take it up. Through the years, I have learned to appreciate well-fitting clothing (:

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  7. A great giveaway, hope it is open worldwide :) I am grateful to.... internet and bloggers like you, because you are the ones that teach me how to sew. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!
    Mary

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  8. Oh my, so many people have helped me out, whether they knew it or not. There have been so many wonderful bloggers who took the time to make excellent tutorials, and the folks on both Pattern Review and Stitchers Guild who share their knowledge. I'm also especially grateful to Gretchen of Gertie's New Blog, and Cidell of Miss Celie's Pants for demonstrating such fearless sewing. They have really given me the inspiration to forge ahead. What a wonderful giveaway, and thank you for the opportunity to express my gratitude!

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  9. I learned sewing on the internet. So I thank google and all the bloggers, like you!

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  10. I'm grateful to my mother and grandmother for teaching me the basics of sewing. However, the internet and sewing literature has provided me with all my more sophisticated sewing skills so I am truely grateful to all those people who take the time to share their skills and knowledge with others.

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  11. I am thankful that my mom taught me to sew quite young and never talked me out of any project even if she thought it was too difficult. Now, I'm thankful for the wonderful world of sewing bloggers who never fail to inspire me to try new things.

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  12. What a fantastic giveaway. I am thankful to my mom for teaching me to sew and to love all thing creative. She always had a creative hobby and was always learning something new.

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  13. grateful for my aunt who started me off and my lecturers at college who refined me

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  14. What an awesome giveaway! I've had a real thing for making jackets and fitted items lately, so a book on tailoring would probably be a great help! I'm kind of self taught as a sewer, but I'm grateful for the lovely ladies and girls that I work with as they always keep me right and help me out with difficult projects! They are also great at encouraging me to spend more money on fabric! My email is hazel.berryman@hotmail.com

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  15. great giveaway! i've just dipped into tailoring lately and would love to improve my skills.

    my mom sewed a lot when i was little and i seemed to absorb everything she knew. while i sewed a little when i was a teenager, it wasn't until i had my own little ones that i picked it up again. without my mom's example the thought of sewing may have never occurred to me! i'm very grateful that she got me started!

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  16. Fantastic Giveaway, I am grateful to my mom for letting my learn on her machine when the little one my parents bought me for Christmas one year could no longer handle the projects I wanted to do. I am grateful to my fashion design teacher in high school for letting me take career fashion design with the time slots that I had open, even though it wasn’t part of the regularly scheduled class time (I had weird spares that wouldn’t have fit any normal class schedule because I was taking so many core sciences but she agreed to let me work/teach with the first year students, which in hindsight was even better than being lumped with all the final years). Finally I am grateful to my husband who supports my sewing absolutely, he has even been encouraging me to enter fashion week in my city and has started to plan lights and music for it.

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  17. My grandma taught me to sew by hand when I was little, and although I didn't start REALLY sewing til many years later, I'm grateful we have sewing in common. A few years ago when I visited her, I wore a cape I had recently finished. She was pleased to see it, and showed me a few of the capes she had sewn in her younger days. She recently mailed me one of the capes, and I will always aspire to her level of skill and fantastic style.

    This is a great giveaway. I'm currently working on my first tailored jacket!

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  18. HI. It was my grandmother. I liked to walk all the way to her house (it was another time, another place) and watch her sew. Then I would do little projects ion my own, like sew dresses for my doll. She also taught me embroidery.

    Great book. I was planning to try a jacket soon, so this would be perfect! Thanks for the chance.

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  19. Like others have said, I'm self-taught and learned all I know from online communities and books. Nicole of You Sew Girl! and Gertie taught me my most important lessons: Nicole's patterns and tutorials taught me about accuracy and patience, and Gertie stoked my ambition and made me believe nothing is beyond me if I'm willing to do the work. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! kathryn dot lambe at gmail dot com

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  20. Great book. I've owned it for years, and finally used it last fall. Wonderful photos.

    After Marina favorably reviewed the vintage tailoring book, I finally ordered it. But it's on back order at Amazon.

    I've pre-ordered the Claire Shaeffer

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  21. This is just the book I have been wanting to add to my library!
    I am grateful to a lovely older lady for teaching me how to sew when I was 8.

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  22. This looks like a great book! I am grateful for my county 4-H group. A local mom and quilter started a group to teach anyone interested to sew. My mom and I kind of learned together and now my mom is teaching my sister!

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  23. I am thankful for my mum to teach my how to sew and helping me when I'm stuck. She sometimes tells me off when I'm stubborn or when I (almost) give up. Thanks mum!

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  24. I'm grateful to my mom to teaching me embroidery stitches when I was in grade 3/4, letting me play with her treadle when I was in grade 5.. fixing the thread caught up in the bobbin and also fixing the upper thread tensions million times and never making me feel bad...for signing me up for hand embroidery class in grade 7 summer break...and then signing me up for a sewing class in grade 9, when I asked her.. Thank you, mom!

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  25. I guess sewing blogs... they not only inspired me to start sewing, but to keep figuring out the next thing. I'm still learning, and I'm delving more and more into proper techniques.. the problem is that I like reading about everything so much, it takes a long time to finish anything. S

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  26. My mom! She never actually directly taught me to sew, but every day after school, I would sit in her sewing room and talk and watch her sew. To this day, the sound of an industrial sewing machine (she makes window treatments for a living) is comforting for me. I picked up a lot of things from her just by watching, and the rest I learned from all the various sewing blogs and books I've read over the last couple of years.

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  27. Oh I would love that book. My sewing goal for the year is perfection and learning to tailor a jacket is going to be part of it. Thanks!
    I'm grateful to my grandmother. She helped me sew my first pair of pants, tailoring them to fit me nicely, and doing things right. It wasn't a fun experience, as she is quite exacting (and I was young and impatient), but oh boy did I learn a lot!

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  28. I'm grateful for my grandmother who could sew just about anything. She started teaching me to sew with a needle, thread and fabric scraps. I love hand sewing today because of her. I wish she were here to see all the new things the web has to offers for sewers.

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  29. Two years ago, a shop offering sewing classes opened up in my neighborhood. I am so grateful to the shop owner who gave me that very first lesson. I haven't stopped since.

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  30. I'm so grateful to my mother for starting me off and to my high school Home Ec teacher Mrs Harris for being such an inspiration. Sewing is such a part of my life, and what a joy to find such passion from the online community. I continue to learn new things all the time, especially from people such as Marina who are so willing to share tutorials. Thank you.

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  31. I would like to thank my neighbor, Mrs Lavoie. She is the one who taught me how to follow a pattern.

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  32. What a fab giveaway! I'm always scratching my head when tailoring jackets so this would a really big help :)

    I'm grateful to my mother for teaching me how to sew.

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  33. I am so very grateful to my mother. She taught me everything she knew about sewing when I was in my teens. This has enabled me to sew just about anything I ever wanted to make. I wish she was still here. Now I am grateful to people like you on the internet that inspire and teach. Thank you.

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  34. I am grateful to my teacher in school who taught me the basics of sewing. Then, mostly to the sewing community that is willing to share so much knowledge over the internet!
    OlgaS

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  35. Wonderful giveaway!
    I am grateful to my mother, who taught me to sew by hand and with a circa 1900 Singer treadle machine. I don't know when she learned, but I now realize that she was very skilled with the couture techniques we now clamor to learn for ourselves. I didn't appreciate until recently how special her knowledge was. Thanks to her introduction, I have enjoyed a lifetime of sewing, even as I continue to learn new approaches. Last year, I even started designing garments from scratch, and it is engrossing! I thank my mother for launching me on this most fulfilling obsession.

    Rebecca in Menlo Park, CA.

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  36. I'm grateful to my mother, for teaching me the "we can make that at home" attitude. I would have learned to sew anyway, since it was mandatory in grades 3-8 and I was always a good student, but I don't think I would've applied it outside of the school house if it weren't for my mother (especially not given how deterred I was by my sewing teacher in grades 7 and 8; the second I had a choice, in grade 9, I picked wood and metal working instead).

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  37. What a cool giveaway! I hope you ship international (I would pay shipping if needed though)!

    I probably owe the most sewing gratitude to my Mum, who let her 1970's Janome spend its retirement in my home. I remember as a kid itching to use it, and now I get to use it regularly. Thanks Mum!

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  38. I'm thankful to my parents for letting me learn to sew. I was self taught when it comes for sewing. I started in my early youth, by making clothes for my Barbie dolls. I remember a situation when my dad was vacuum cleaning the room where I used to sew. He was on his knees and all of the sudden he screamed in pain as a pin perforated his knee. I was punished for a week, being forbidden to sew. After a while my parents gave me a sewing machine, and that was a beginning of a beautiful friendship that still lasts!

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  39. My mother taught me how to sew when I was about eight. She had always made my Halloween costumes and Christmas and Easter dresses, and I asked her to teach me to make clothes for my dolls. As it so happens, her mother had taught her to sew when she was about my age, and my great-grandma had taught my grandma, so sewing clothes is a tradition that has been passed from mother to daughter for several generations in my family. I will be very happy one day when I have a daughter who I can pass my skills on to and continue the tradition.

    When I was about fifteen or sixteen, I sewed a zipper into a dress I was making; my mom looked it over and said it was better than anything she could have done, so I guess that was the point at which I "surpassed the master" and earned my proverbial stripes. =)

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  40. i taught myself how to sew, and for a whole first two years of my sewing experience i knew no-one who could share my passion with me.. then i discovered online sewing community, first it was burda style site, then i get into following bunch of blogs, and creating my own blog.. without all those fabulous ladies and gents i would probably loose my sewing mojo long time ago, but with them and because of them - it's one huge part of my life

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  41. I'm grateful to my mother. She made all our 'good' clothes when I was young. Kiddie couture, like the fab things Bunnie makes. Hand stitching and a Featherweight. She didn't teach me anything, but I knew from watching her that I could do it.

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  42. I'm grateful to my sister Linda for teaching me to sew. She was self taught. I loved to watch as she took a simple piece of material and turned it into something beautiful. She would let me help her. I remember the first time I "helped" her clip the notches around a curve - I cut right through the stitches. LOL! She just smiled and recut the piece.

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  43. I'm thankful for... the Internet! :D I've learned pretty much everything out here :)

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  44. I am grateful to my grandmother. She taught me how to sew, crochet, knit, embroider, weave, cook, and many other crafts. My first assignment in sewing was to cut out the pattern pieces for clothes she sewed for me and my Barbie. She kept my "little hands" busy and out of trouble! Later, she let me use her Singer to make beautiful clothes including buttonholes. She was my hero!

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  45. Hello, this is a lovely giveaway. Apart from learning myself, my mother had a friend who made all her own clothes. She used to give me the leftover scraps of fabric and my favourite hobby was crafting these into all kinds of things. There was also after school sewing club, though this was limited to hand sewing with felt. Would love to win this as I'd like to improve my tailoring skills! Thanks and fingers crossed!

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  46. I am grateful to my sewing teacher in high school and my mother who let me use her machine - something I am loathe to lend out myself! I'd be fascinated to see the details in this book, thanks for offering it up as a giveaway!

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  47. I am grateful to My Aunt Judy for teaching me to sew. She was very patient and always there to help when i was frustrated. She was a great teacher. Since I have recently started sewing again she has sent me her serger and lots of other fun things like zippers and fabric from her stash! She does not sew anymore because she says it hurts her back. Thank you Aunt Judy!

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  48. Im grateful to had met and made wonderful friends, including yourself... to be able to learn more each day and be part of the amazing community

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  49. I am grateful my mum taught me how to sew when I was young. Otherwise I'd never have know how much fun it is to make your own clothes. Thanks mum, the next project is your birthday project!

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  50. When I was 6, my Mom took me to Home Yardage and we picked out fabric for a shift I would sew. From buying the fabric, to cutting, to sewing, my Mom taught me to sew. I remember sitting on her lap at the the sewing machine as "I" sewed that shift. By 6th grade, I was regularly sewing my own clothes, something I still do today, many MANY years later. Thanks Mom!

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  51. Fantastic giveaway! I need to improve my tailoring skills. ;) I've learned most of my basic sewing skills from my mom. :)
    -Emily

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  52. My Mom gave me a love for sewing and taught me by letting me sew a little stuffed bear. She always took us places where we could see other artist's creations and to this day I am challenged to try to pass on as much creativity!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway... I have so much to learn so a book is wonderful!

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  53. My mother always supported me in my sewing ambitions and taught me how to sew when I was a teenager. I'm no master by far, but I have an understanding and a great appreciation towards this craft, thanks to her.
    And thank you for your lovely giveaway!

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  54. My Mom comes first...then the sewing community for inspiring me to take it on more seriously and plunge into garment making at a time when I was home alone all day...finally my teaching instructor with his enthusiasm and knowledge.

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  55. My grandmothers and my mother gave me the genes of creation, but I'm thankfull of all the bloggers that so willingly share their knowledge and gave me the comfidence to seak for more and then Claire Shauffer and Kenneth King, whose great books made the final touch and a jacket I gave a friend who works in fashion industry NY recognized as tailored!!!

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  56. Great giveaway, thanks! I too want to thank my mom, for trying to teach me sewing when I was a teenager and letting me use her sewing machine even though I ignored almost everything she had said.

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  57. What an amazing book! I've attempted tailoring before, and I always feel like I'm missing a few obvious steps and this book would probably fill me in! I'm sew grateful to a college professor for teaching me to sew. I took costuming class just to fill my the number of elective theatre classes I needed to graduate, and I just loved making costumes for the productions. Now I'm grateful I can still use those skills and make clothing for myself!

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  58. I'd love to really get to grips with tailoring. I'm grateful to my mum for teaching me to sew. She helped me make my first ever top, which included loads of difficult stuff to get to grips with, and she guided me through each stage. in the process giving me really solid grounding in sewing basics. Now i'm beginning to share things i've learnt with her.

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  59. Fabulous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to be in to win it. :-)

    I'm grateful to the lady (whose name I can't remember, much to my shame!) who taught the basic pattern-drafting evening course I took about 14 years ago. She was an inspiration - nothing was too hard to achieve, and she instilled that feeling in us as well. She made stunning lingerie, and started up her own business with it as well.

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  60. I am grateful to 2 different parties. 1 is my mother, who made my wedding dress, and has walked my through my sticky situations over the phone in the past 6 months since I started sewing. And 2 are the sewing bloggers out there. If I have a question, especially about elementary sewing, chances are it has been covered a couple of times, with pictures, and maybe a full tutorial. This has been invaluable.

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  61. what a fantastic giveaway, thanks for hosting it!
    I'm super grateful to sewing bloggers for teaching me to sew, I've never had any sewing lessons and am taught almost exclusively by the amazing selection of blogs and tutorials out there. I Definitely have a lot to be sew grateful for!

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  62. I'm grateful to my first proper sewing teacher. I took a class on how to make clothes out of tshirts and as a result gained confidence in pattern drafting, sewing with knit fabric, and proper machine maintenance!

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  63. I'm grateful for my mom for teaching me and letting me mess around with her sewing machine.

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  64. I am so grateful for my mother, who taught me to sew. She was very skilled and knowledgeable and I am so glad she shared it with me!

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  65. My mom taught me to sew when I was very young. She sewed all our clothes (with 4 kids in 5 years!), and by the time I was 8 or 9 I was sewing doll clothes for my doll, complete with lace edging and appliqués. I still have a few of them, 50 years later! But, I never learned tailoring techniques so I'd love to win this book.

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  66. I am grateful to my instructor Joyce who teaches all crafts at our local family centre for no charge whatsoever!!!!!!!!!!!! She is amazing!!!!

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  67. Oh, a lovely, lovely giveaway! I am grateful to my sewing teacher, Elaine. She has the patience of a saint, is too kind for words (seriously, I have no words), and is willing to hear you out if the littlest thing bothers you in your garment, instead of saying, oh nobody will notice that. And she is willing to help you fix it. She is retired and volunteers her time twice a week at a community centre near where I live.

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  68. I would love to have a copy of this book please. Thanks for a giveaway.

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  69. I'm grateful to my mom for teaching me to sew, and not minding when I went through here stash! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  70. I am grateful for a local sewing teacher, Sheila. Her class was like a thunderbolt to my sewing. All of a sudden things fit well and are finished beautifully!

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  71. I'm grateful for my mom, who made a lot of my clothes growing up. She taught me the ground-rule, so to speak. I'm also grateful for the online sewing community for all the inspiration, advise, tutorials, etc, etc.

    I have ambitions of making a jacket, so the book would be awesome! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  72. I am grateful for the online sewing community and especially to your blog, Marina.

    I am also grateful for Susan Khalje and her online class that opened the couture world for me. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  73. I am ever so grateful to my parents -- my mom for teaching me the basics of using a sewing machine, and my dad for teaching me the can-do attitude that helped me to teach myself the basics of garment sewing. And of course, I'm also grateful for the internet and the online sewing community!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  74. My mom tried to teach me to sew when I was a young teen but we couldn't get along in these situations. I am grateful to her for introducing the idea and now I am grateful to my friend Barbara Scholz for her knowledge and experience.

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  75. I'm super uber grateful to my sewing teacher, Vikki Leigh Martin. Her lessons were the best money I've ever spent on myself and I've never regretted the good habits she instilled in me from day one. I had the benefit of not having sewn before joining her classes, so it way great from the get-go. And the girls I learnt with got me into the online sewing world and blogosphere and I've never been happier! I do so love to sew :)

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  76. I'm grateful to my mum, who made me gorgeous clothes when I was little and let me hand sew Barbie clothes from her fabric scraps. When I later decided I wanted to sew my own clothes she took me browsing through pattern books and fabrics and helped me with the Vogue patterns I wanted to sew (even back then) - so Vogue pattern instructions / diagrams taught me a lot, and my mum helped / explained / took over whenever needed!

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  77. I'm grateful to all the people who share their knowledge of sewing with others: my Mom (who taught me the basics), my Grandma (who taught me to experiment and be patient), my first "real" sewing teacher (back at Home Economics class), to authors who published their books sharing their knowledge (so many of them) and all the sewing community who share, answer, explain, and generally make this hobby of mine so much more fun!

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  78. I'm grateful to my mom for teaching me. She studied clothing design in college, so she taught me a lot of techniques that most home sewists don't learn right off the bat, and gave me an eye for detail.

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  79. Have been wanting this book, what a lovely giveaway. I'm grateful to my school for teaching me to hand sew when I was very young, but in recent times it's been the online sewing community that is my source of sewing info. Thanks to all for the wealth of knowledge you provide!

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  80. Like many others I started learning with my Mum, first by watching her using her singer treadle and then trying it out myself by stitching straight lines. Then at intermediate school, I learned hand sewing and made my first article, a pillowcase with my sewing teacher, Miss Crabb. I was hooked!!! I'd say that I learned most of my techniques withe the 'Big 4'- you can't go wrong with their diagrammes and instructions, it certainly helps as I'm currently using mainly patterns from Burda magazines! So, thanks Mum, Miss Crab and the 'Big 4'

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  81. My mom taught me the basics when I was little, but afree becoming an adult, I've gone back to her many times to learn more! So grateful for my talented mother. :-)

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  82. My mom taught me everything I know; if I were ever half as good at sewing as she is, I'd be very content.

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  83. I'm grateful to my grandmother, who inspired me with her incredible creations and later helped me learn to sew even after losing her eyesight!

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  84. I'm thankful for my mother who tried to teach me how to sew. I say tried because I was NOT interested in learning when it seemed so much easier to just buy my clothes (typical teenage thinking). Years later after I lived on my own and my taste outpaced my budget, I bought a cheap sewing machine and, with her help via phone, I learned how to sew. My first few tries were a disaster, but with her encouragement I continued until I could make clothes that I could wear proudly. We live several states away from each other now, but I still call her with questions. She never sewed from a pattern (a skill I'm working on now) and she is by far the person I'm most grateful for on my sewing journey.

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  85. I am another who must give a big collective thank you to the online sewing community, especially those who go out of their way to not only share beautiful and inspiring garments, but also the details and the secrets of their making. I should also thank my mother for teaching me to thread the machine - I would never have gotten far without that!

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  86. For my sewing knowledge I am grateful to my mother and home economics teacher. They gave the first tips etc. The rest I have learned on my own.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  87. I learned to sew by watching my mother sew. I picked it up fairly quickly. Later, I took classes wherever I could fine them. The online sewing community has been a wonderful resource for me. The ladies and men are so gracious and willing to share their expertise. I am grateful that I can sew clothes that fit me.

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  88. Annabelle alexander, an expert sewist and tailor who generously gave me free weekly sewing lessons throughout high school. Emily in NC

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  89. My mom taught me some basic sewing skills when I was really little, and later taught me how to use the machine. That was enough to get me going, and I've learned a lot from the internet sewing community on techniques and pattern drafting.

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  90. Mt grandmother is my biggest sewing inspiration. She was by no means a master seamstress or a fabulous designer, but she was never afraid to take on a project be it tailoring, adjustments, or sewing a work from beginning to end. My mother picked up on a few of her skills, but never had the drive or interest to invest the time necessary to go very far with them. I am hoping that I can do my Grandmother's memory proud as I set off on my own sewing journey with my current internet guru of Peter Lappin over at http://malepatternboldness.blogspot.com/ I am also finding new inspiration and advice daily from the online sewing community.

    It has literally been two weeks since I decided to begin my journey, and I already feel incredibly inspired. The bloggers and commenters here and elsewhere make this all seem worthwhile and much less intimidating.

    Thank you all and Happy "Sew Grateful Week" everyone!

    Matthew

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  91. Oh thank you for the giveaway. I'm grateful to my mother and my grandmothers for teaching me how to sew and knit.

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