January 05, 2016

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12 Days Of Christmas Day 12 January 5th 2016

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Day 12 of our 12 Days Of Christmas celebration!

[Giveaway Ended - Congrats to Kat B!]

Sewing is definitely a fun and rewarding skill, but sometimes there are parts of the process that can just frustrate me beyond belief! I absolutely love it when I come across a product/tip/or trick that solves some of these frustrations… Fraying fabric, tiny hems, tangled bobbins, and stepping on lost pins in the carpet were some of my top dilemas to solve early on and now I can’t imagine my sewing journey without these fun finds! 

In the past we've given away a few of my favorite supplies, but this year after getting tons of suggestions from the other Pixie Faire designers, I've created  the ultimate list of "Can't Live Without" supplies! Today we are giving away … 12 of our favorite sewing supplies to one lucky winner! All items are brand new and together are valued at over $175!

  • Grabbit – A magnetic pin cushion. This is just so fun to swipe over the floor or table top and quickly pick up all the pins at once! - Cinnamon LJC
  • Wonder Tape – double sided transparent, perfect for tiny folds, hems, and applying velcro! Judy of Sofie Clareese love this for shoe making!
  • Gingher 4" Shears – Tiny sharp scissors, perfect for trimming threads and getting in tiny curves and corners! - Karen of Forever 18 Inches Can't live without these, I have several pairs! - Cinnamon LJC
  • Bobbin Saver – Perfect for keeping bobbins organized! - Cinnamon LJC
  • Petite Press - it's small which is perfect for getting into small spaces and designed to keep your hands away from the heat plate! - Ellen of The Doll Loft
  • The Purple Thang - Purple Thang! Can't live without it! Best turning tool ever! It's the perfect turner. Has just a bit of a curve, a pointy end and a blunt end. Works great! And it's purple! My favorite color! - Chris of Love U bunches. Also for holding things near the presser foot while sewing - Genine of Genniewren Designs
  • Frixion Eraseable Pens - They are awesome! You can make a dark, precise mark on a light-colored fabric, and it will iron out quickly and easily with heat from an iron. I almost never use chalk or other marking tools now. - Marilyn of QTπ Doll Clothing, Karen Forever 18 Inches, and Liese Doll Tag Clothing
  • 2-n-1 Tailor Board ClapperI also love my tailor board for pressing in tight places! Jane of Sweat Pea Fashions
  • 2 Piece Bodkin Set - Great for turning! Jeri of Peppermintsticks. I use this for threading elastic. It's so much better than those silly plastic threader things they give you in the packs of elastic - Genine of Genniewren Designs
  • Clover Ergonomic Crochet Hook Set - One thing I love is a set of crochet hooks with ergonomic handles.  Great for old hands like mine.  I find them much more comfortable to use.  This set from Clover has a very smooth throat to make crocheting easier and a rounded, but not too round, hook to glide easily into stitches without splitting the yarn - Jane of Sweat Pea Fashions
  • Clover Stitch Markers - Gotta have these! Vital to keeping track of where you are on some projects. Jane Sweet Pea Fashions
  • Precision Hemostat Forcep -  The're really like tiny pliers and indispensable when turning things right side out! Bonnie of Crabapples and Karen of F18

To enter simply respond to this post and complete one of these sentences ( depending on if you are an experienced seamstress or new to sewing and looking for some time saving tips and tricks):

“My favorite sewing supply or trick is [insert name] because [tell us why] … “

Comments must be left (on this blog post) by midnight (pacific), today, 1/5/2016.

One entry per person.

No purchase necessary, void where prohibited.

The winner will be chosen randomly from the comments received and contacted through the email provided in the comment.

We will choose a winner and modify this post tomorrow to let everyone know who won.

Okay, good luck, and if we’ve forgotten anything we will modify and/or update this post as needed.

Happy New Year!

Cinnamon & The Liberty Jane / Pixie Faire Team


100 Comments

Aime
Aime

December 06, 2016

Chischkabob stick

Jodi
Jodi

February 08, 2016

Knocked my socks off with knlowedge!

Brenda
Brenda

January 11, 2016

My favorite supply from this list is the wonder tape. My best tip for sewing small doll clothing is to set sleeves in while flat as well as add any trims or snaps you can.

Dianne
Dianne

January 08, 2016

I would love to try all of these supplies because I have never had the opportunity to do so.

penny
penny

January 07, 2016

my favorite tool are the long stickpins with the colored ball on top.

Kris Miller
Kris Miller

January 07, 2016

My favorite sewing supply or trick is Hugo’s amazing tape because it is a clear plastic tape that clings to itself but not other things. I use it to organize and straighten elastic, velcro, thread and even fabric. It is a very useful item to have in your tool bag.

Frances
Frances

January 07, 2016

my favorite tool is the color cards at the paint store for matching colors because it gives me a variety of colors that go together. my 6inch ruler is always at my side. there are so many that it is hard to nail to one item

Shirley Graham
Shirley Graham

January 07, 2016

My favorite sewing supply store is Len’s Mill in Guelph, Ontario. …

miriam holtan
miriam holtan

January 07, 2016

love to add all of there to my collection

Vicky G
Vicky G

January 06, 2016

Wow! So many great tips! I’ve tried to skim through them and only on page 13 out of 21. It’s amazing how many followers Pixie Faire has.

Recently purchased a Clover Press Perfect. Heat resistant ruler 2 1/2" × 10". It will be fantastic for turning hems with an iron. I also discovered the silicone finger protectors that have saved me from burns when pressing with a sream iron.

Another product looks like a yellow tape measure, but it’s actually an adhesive paper tape with marks 1" to 12". I have a 24" strip attached to the front edge of my sewing table. I can’t tell you how often I use it for a quick measurement for elastic, etc. So handy not to have to grab a ruler.

A tip which has been shared that I’ve found enormously helpful is using strips of pattern tissue under the two layers of knit fabric. It keeps the fabric from stretching out and looking wonky. I find I can even use a straight stitch. Easy to tear the tissue off the back after sewing the seam.

Barbara Cheney
Barbara Cheney

January 06, 2016

My favorite is my Serger that I am just learning to use. I also could not be without all of my pattern books. I have learned so much from them.

Jean Sollars
Jean Sollars

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing tool is my sewing machine. Also, watching how-to videos to learn new techniques for sewing.

Debbie clevenger
Debbie clevenger

January 06, 2016

My faveriot sewing supply is: straight pins. because they keep every thing in place while I’m sewing my items together, I would not won’t to see what my projects would look with out them when I was done.

Perri
Perri

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supplies are my scissors and my iron. And of course my sewing machines are keyl

Rae Wolfe
Rae Wolfe

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing tool is my Janome Sewing Machine. I still have my old Kenmore and do use it for materials that are not recommended for the Janome. I have so much fun I decided to made a job for myself making Doll Clothes. Having fun.

Doris
Doris

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply for now is my new exercise ball I am using to sew!! Keeps my back straight and my leg muscles moving :)

Patsy
Patsy

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing item are my Gingher scissors and my Bernina sewing machine.

Guida Anjos
Guida Anjos

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is my presser ham, because it helps me a lot when i’m pressing seams.

Anne
Anne

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is Frixion Eraseable Pens; They help me to report my patterns.

Michelle S
Michelle S

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply are my Gingher scissors. I have a larger pair for cutting out patterns and smaller snips for clipping threads. It’s like cutting through butter when I use them.

Joanne
Joanne

January 06, 2016

A Taylor Tack!!!

Diane Pretak
Diane Pretak

January 06, 2016

I love the day lamp and the seam ripper. I couldn’t imagine sewing without them.

Vera
Vera

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is a seem ripper.
Thank you so much Cinnamon for all the patterns and wonderful advice.

Donna
Donna

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing tool is my steam iron. It helps to make my seams crisp and the doll outfit looks great when I put in the last stitch.

Helen Baunhuber
Helen Baunhuber

January 06, 2016

My favorite supply or trick is different inches of masking tapes (1/4 — 2") making my quilts having perfect lines. It’s easy without making line; use the tapes over and over again; wasting no time and then later trying to remove the lines.

Connie
Connie

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supplies are the seam ripper and erasable pen.I could not be without them.Although i could not sew without my scissors and iron and ironing board.

Janice Goen
Janice Goen

January 06, 2016

I have several. The quilting ruller, stork scissors, travel iron, seam ripper, name tags, day-light table lamp.

Eveline Doiron
Eveline Doiron

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is the seam ripper. But if I would win this prize all those supplies sure would come in handy specially the little iron. Thanks for the chance to participate!

peg
peg

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing tool is my antique seam ripper. It is all metal. like a scalpel. If I had to, I think I could perform surgery with it.

Mary Ann Barrett
Mary Ann Barrett

January 06, 2016

Wow! To have a complete set! I am moving and this would help get me organized into sewing again! Thank You!

pam
pam

January 06, 2016

seam ripper

susan
susan

January 06, 2016

my favorite sewing tool is a magnetic pin cushion.

Alley
Alley

January 06, 2016

“My favorite sewing supply or trick is, Reynolds Plastic Coated Freezer Paper, because when it comes to making doll clothes – Precision is a must!" I simply put both (my pattern and a cut sheet of Reynolds) over a sheet of glass with a light under it and trace my pattern.

Roberta Matos
Roberta Matos

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing tool is my see through rulers.Helping to keep things straight!

Connie Jones
Connie Jones

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply or trick is an old elastic puller and an old leather needle that were my Grandmother’s because I use them for so many things—pulling elastic through, running cords, turning small items, etc.

Pam Redinger
Pam Redinger

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supplies are wonder tape and a magnetic pin plate. These items make sewing a lot easier.

Sally
Sally

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply are the Wonder Clips.

Renee
Renee

January 06, 2016

One of my favorite sewing supplies are long thin quilting pins with a ball head. Easier to use because of the length, and easy to see. The rotary cutting mat has also become very valuable to me because it protects my table and I love the speed of rotary cutting. Also, tall 4 drawer metal file cabinets help keep my patterns organized, much better than digging through boxes. Just pull open the drawer!

Karen G.
Karen G.

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supplies are the little packets of cotton cloth (about 18″ × 22″) that I buy in craft stores like JoAnns because, although they are meant for quilters, their size is perfect for many doll sewing projects. They are usually organized by color so you can buy several of the same pattern and color, if needed. The small scale of the patterns work well for doll clothes.

Pegeth
Pegeth

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing tool is the seams ripper called seams-fixt. Because I sometimes need to unsew a seam, this handy little number rips and the erases the thread along with the stitching holes. Just perfect for that tiny little fold that crept in my stitching. If you never have eto unsew, you would not be interested in this device, But, if like me you do go grab yourself one (or 6) and keep handy.
Love what you have done this time.

Joy
Joy

January 06, 2016

My favorite supplies are a chopstick and a bodkin. The chopstick works great for turning corners and the bodkin for turning out a tube of material.

Darlene
Darlene

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing item is a turntable with a cutting mat fixed to the top. These can be purchased but I made my own with a purchased turntable (like one for holding small items in your kitchen cupboard) and a piece of cutting mat. Very handy for cutting out bodices, t-shirts, etc. anything with curves and notches.

Gwen
Gwen

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply or trick is my old Singer Golden Touch & Sew machine I have been using for 43 years because it has so many built-in stitches and is so easy to use. When my children were young I made most of their clothing, costumes and many toys and dolls and doll clothes. I made many square dance dresses and petticoats when my husband and I were square dancing. I made monogrammed bathrobes for Christmas gifts that were a huge hit. That machine serves me with so many memories of loved ones who are no longer around for me to sew for.

Mary
Mary

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is the seam ripper.

mary ann
mary ann

January 06, 2016

I have sewn for decades, taught by my mother. All of the modern equipment is wonderful. She stated she was in heaven with an open arm and zigzag stitching. I believe my favorite tool is the seam ripper as it can be used also for a pusher when dealing with small items under the foot. Thank you for all you do and the creative patterns.

Gwen
Gwen

January 06, 2016

My current Favorite sewing trick is to trace doll clothes pattern pieces onto lightweight fusible interfacing, fuse to cotton fabric, cut and sew. I like working with cotton and this way it’s less liable to crease with use.

Laura
Laura

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing trick is to use my seamripper as a stiletto. It is always handy, the point help guide that tiny, difficult point under the needle, and I don’t have to keep up with an extra tool.

Marika
Marika

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing notion is my sewing machine who I enharited from my grandma, it is va wonderful Husqvarna

Linda
Linda

January 06, 2016

My favourite sewing supply is my binder with all my doll patterns filed under different headings. So easy to find and get started sewing.

Marissa
Marissa

January 06, 2016

I love the clover wonder clips. I find them a lot easier to use and less fussy than sewing pins.

Sandy
Sandy

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply or trick is my pressing hams made for 18" dolls because everyone knows that pressing is the most important step to keep your items looking professionally done

Annette
Annette

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is my rotary cutter and mat…they make quick work of straight lines!!!

mary
mary

January 06, 2016

My favorite tool is my amazing Pfaff Quiltstyle sewing machine that is 14 years old.It is used constantly for kids clothes,wallhangings,quilts and now doll clothes.My other favorite tool is the clover seam ripper which is so comfy to use and I seem to need it all the time.I’ll have to try the wondertape as my biggest challenge right now is sewing on the velcro and I could use any help available.

Elizabeth Sloan
Elizabeth Sloan

January 06, 2016

My favorite seeing tool is one of my mother’s pointy tipped chopsticks. I have used it to push out corners on so many sewing projects over the years since first learning to sew as a teen. It always brings back memories of different times in my life sewing for family and friends , and especially of my mother who first inspired me to love sewing.

sandra dozier
sandra dozier

January 06, 2016

My favorite tool is my sewing machine and my serger. I have just started using the serger since making dolls clothes. It is so useful finishing off seams and makes things go smoothly.
The other tool is the 1/4" ruler. So many to choose from.

sue
sue

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing tool is a thread catcher a friend made for me. It has a pin cushion on top with a special section for needles. Now I can always find my needles and along with it she made a pin cushion that fits on your finger like a ring. No more excuses for loose pins.

KIMBERLE
KIMBERLE

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing tool is my sewing machine (my first) given to me by my husband. It’s my favorite because I have been able to create many summer camp and Halloween costumes to my daughters delight and many outfits for her AG dolls. My creativity has really opened up with it.

Granny B
Granny B

January 06, 2016

My newest favorite is 505 spray adhesive to layer quilts and then quilt on my Janome MC6600. One hint is that I bought a 25’ steel measuring tape that is so handy measuring quilts, backings, etc. Another is holding a button in place with scotch tape to sew it on by machine, very handy when I used to make 4-6 work shirts at a time for a neighbor.

faith
faith

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing tool is my seam ripper which I use often since I make many mistakes.

Janet Oravetz
Janet Oravetz

January 06, 2016

I have two favourite sewing supplies. The first is a pair of fine embroidery scissors that I bought many, many years ago. They works great for snipping threads close and in a pinch, it works as a seam ripper! The other tip that I have is to use those small plastic fishing tackle cases to hold my small bits and pieces such as bobbins, buttons, etc. They keep everything separate and organized and when you need something, it is easy to find. They also work great for storing your jewelry as well!

Heidi Goebel
Heidi Goebel

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing notion is my Fast Turn tube turner.

Elizabeth P
Elizabeth P

January 06, 2016

My favorite? So many to choose…but…I will have to lead with the turning tubes for dress straps, tote/purse handles….so much easier to turn with the tube.

Sarah Lindmeier
Sarah Lindmeier

January 06, 2016

The most helpful tool I use is a safety pin. I use it to pull elastic through the small band of fabric for the waist of skirts and pants.

Darlene
Darlene

January 06, 2016

My favorite tool is the hemostat. It makes turning craft projects inside out so easy.

Dellory Matthews
Dellory Matthews

January 06, 2016

“My favorite sewing supply is a School Glue Stick because it’s easy to use and washes out. I use it to stick on buttons and velcro before sewing them on.

Margaret
Margaret

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing tool or trick is my awesome Viking Husqvarna sewing machine. It’s tough and versatile.

Mardelle
Mardelle

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is the mini clapper my husband made for me.

Debbie
Debbie

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing tool is my sewing machine with it I can make so many people happy and that brings me so much joy. Wow, what a great array of supplies. If you are a sewer you will use each of those products. I know I will use them whenever at the sewing machine.

Christie
Christie

January 06, 2016

My favourite sewing supply is my pin cushion, because my Mama helped me sew it on her machine when I was a kid and it is made from two simple embroidered panels that she had made. I use my magnetic pin tray more often now, but that pin cushion is special :)

Kate W.
Kate W.

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is. . . that is REALLY difficult. I seem to buy pins and machine bobbins in bulk. But really, my favorite supply is (I know we’ll all be shocked. . . ) fabric! There is nothing like going through the store and touching all the different textures, admiring the fabrics and imagining what fantastic projects that fabric will produce. mmmm. Wish I were at the fabric store now. (I do love notions shopping, though. And I LOVE buying new notions. . . you never know when you might need it!)

bonny
bonny

January 06, 2016

“My favorite sewing supply are my duck bill scissors. I do a lot of applique and it makes removing the excess material a breeze.

bonny
bonny

January 06, 2016

“My favorite sewing supply are my duck bill scissors. I do a lot of applique and it makes removing the excess material a breeze.

Edith Dallinger
Edith Dallinger

January 06, 2016

My favorite gadget is my pair of needle nose (beak) stork scissors. I bought them 40 years ago and they have been at hand for so many projects. The blade can slip under that wrong stitch and out it comes. They fit in my travel bag, so I can always snip a thread, or trim a tight corner. Old friends are the best.

Linda
Linda

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing items are the chopsticks I use for stuffing and the wire I use to insert my elastic. Not all chopsticks are the same which makes for a variety of stuffing tools. My husband always makes sure to ask for a few extras for me. The other works if you don’t have a bodkin. If you take a long piece of wire and fold it in half. Leave a small loop and twist is the remaining way down. The wire is thin enough to go through just about any casing. Insert your elastic or ribbon in the small loop. Because you are working with wire, if you pinch the loop a bit flat, it helps to hold the elastic/ribbon in place as you pull it through your casing.

Charlene Underhill
Charlene Underhill

January 06, 2016

You know that little tool that helps you thread the needle, use it constantly!

genoveva jensen
genoveva jensen

January 06, 2016

My most favorite sewing supplies are the purple thang, a great time saver for turning, the bodkins and the magnetic pin cushion (I am always dropping my pins) These are all time savers and I love them. Thank you for all your wonderful giveaways

Deanna
Deanna

January 06, 2016

My favorite trick is the pizza box because it keeps items flat but is small enough to fit in the sewing bag with the machine.

Mary Lee
Mary Lee

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supplies are my 40+ year old Elna sewing machine and my Gingher scissors. They are both great pieces of equipment!

Pam R.
Pam R.

January 06, 2016

Being a lefty, my favorite sewing supply is my left handed scissors. When I was learning to sew I had to use my mom’s right handed scissors and by the time I had the pattern cut out my thumb was imprinted with a deep groove and was pretty sore.

Hettie Lynn
Hettie Lynn

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is the assortment of feet I have for my Janome sewing machine. They perform so many different functions to make my sewing look more professional.

inês
inês

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply or trick is my seam reaper because sometimes all you really need to do is to start over and this is like an undo button for sewing

Margaret
Margaret

January 06, 2016

I cannot believe the tools etc you have in the States.I would love to have more confidence to try more of this sewing.I know living so far away that I will never win ,but i keep trying

Sharon McMillan
Sharon McMillan

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is my seam ripper, can’t live without that!!

Bethany
Bethany

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing trick is putting a safety pin through the elastic before I drag it through the waistband of my project because it saves me the trouble of buying a fancy tool.

Lana Lester
Lana Lester

January 06, 2016

Love, Love, Love these gadgets that help my sewing experience go smoothly. Enjoy making AG clothes for my granddaughters and their friends.

Donna
Donna

January 06, 2016

My favorite (or at least necessary) sewing supply is my seam ripper – I have five or six of the things, because it seems like I’m forever needing to rip something out (and it’s handing for fixing hand sewing on my crochet projects, too!)

Kathleen
Kathleen

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is my seam ripper. I use it way too often.

Sandra
Sandra

January 06, 2016

I love the bobbinsaver. No more rattling bobbins with trailing threads getting tangled together.

cathy
cathy

January 06, 2016

my favorite sewing trick is the French seams. Not sure if its a trick but I love it! Was thrilled when I learned that. Makes your garments very professionally done!!!

Cath
Cath

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is fusible stabilizers, wonder tapes, and glue basting. We never had these things when I started sewing and I love how they simplify things.

Deb Fischer
Deb Fischer

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply or trick is a small, sharp, curved scissors because they fit beautifully into the curves and corners of all your beautiful doll clothes patterns! Thank you

Anne
Anne

January 06, 2016

Your patterns are wonderful and I have adapted some of them!

Thelma Lockhart
Thelma Lockhart

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is the Purple thang. Before I realize there was such a thing, I tried to use scissors, wires, etc to turn my very small things. It is so much easier with the Purple Thang.

Sherry guitars
Sherry guitars

January 06, 2016

My favourite sewing tool is my clover seam ripper. It makes having to undo those “mistakes” just a wee bit easier.

Susan
Susan

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is the wooden stick found in bags of poly stuffing. It is great for pushing tight corners when turning collars, place mats etc… The dull point does not poke through the fabric but allows tight corners.

Eveline
Eveline

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is the 2-n-1 Tailor Board Clapper because of tiny crisp pressing seams.

Lisa
Lisa

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing tool is my iron, can’t live without it especially when sewing doll clothing!

Gina C.
Gina C.

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply is a Purple Thang. It helps hold little pieces down close to the pressed foot without getting your fingers in the way.

Denise B
Denise B

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply or trick is holding the bobbin thread and upper thread together and pulling gently as I begin a seam on stretch fabric. This prevents the fabric from being caught in the presser foot. This little method has saved me endless irritation. I love sewing knits, so this is a much used ’technique".

Kathy
Kathy

January 06, 2016

My favorite sewing supply or trick is wonder clips because i make a lot of purses and they are great for holding bulk. thank you!

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