Friday, February 24, 2012

Giveaway: The Fanciest Sewing Kit Ever!

Readers, I have such a lovely giveaway for you today! I was contacted by the folks at Kaufmann Mercantile, a purveyor of "carefully selected, high-quality products, and a blog about product design, art, manufacturing and materials." Well, they have selected a high-quality product that I think will interest you very much, readers. It's the Merchant & Mills Sewing Notions Set, a high-end, beautifully-designed box of fine sewing tools.

The $75 kit includes the following (I've included almost the whole description, because it's quite titillating):
25 finest handsewing needles, all sharps, but with assorted lengths and gauges for different types of cloth.

Black metal,
wide bow scissors that are sharp from joint to tip.

The beautiful black and white
tape measure is made in Germany, and measures out 60 inches on one side and 152 centimeters on the other. Soft and pliable, but stiff enough not to get tangled.

This waxy
tailor’s chalk is the same one used on London’s famed Saville Row — where absolutely every seam and cut is taken seriously. It’s beige for visibility, brushes off easily and won’t stain your fabric. Use this to mark out patterns or draw lines for sewing and cutting guides.

Tailor’s beeswax
is the unsung hero of sewing. Run your thread through this pure, 100% beeswax to make it stronger and last longer. Use it for the hard-working thread on buttons and it’ll be a much longer time before it needs replacing. Rub the end of a thread on it to make it much easier to put through the eye of needle. Made by the same manufacturers who supply Saville Row.

This
steel tailor’s thimble is the sturdiest you’ll find. It’s open at the top so you can feel the fabric with your finger. These are vintage deadstock thimbles — among the last to be made in Britain.

A box of versatile, all-important
dressmaking pins to make sure your sewing and cutting is accurate. You can’t see the difference with the naked eye between a high quality, sharply-pointed, smoothly polished pin, and a cheap one — but it will show in snags and runs in your fabric. The most avid sewers know that pins aren’t something to skimp on.

This is
seam ripper gets the job done when you need to open up a seam for alterations or mend a mistake (it happens to the best of us). It’s sharpened only at the bottom of the curve so you won’t accidentally nick the fabric as you tear out the thread.

The
pressed metal threader is made of sturdy steel with a good, stiff loop that will find its way quickly through the eye of a needle. It’s the last one you’ll ever own.

Deadstock vintage thimbles? The tailor's chalk used on Saville Row? If you try to tell me you don't feel lustful reading those descriptions, I'll know you're lying.

Kaufmann Mercantile is providing one kit to a lucky reader! All you have to do is comment here by the end of the day Monday, 2/27. All countries eligible. The only thing I ask is that you either include our email address in your comment, or make sure that your profile links back to some way I can contact you.

Good luck, and a big thanks to Kaufmann Mercantile!

1,195 comments:

  1. First one! First one!

    Patricia Gomes
    patuxxa[at]gmail.com

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  2. Hooray! All of that looks wonderful!

    welshbecci(at)yahoo.co.uk

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  3. that box looks fantastic! Thanks Gertie for posting this and Thanks to Kaufmann for offering it.

    Jessie
    saffirejewl(at)gmail.com

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  4. What an elegant sewing kit!

    Dani Boulay
    dboulay@gmail.com

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  5. Want, Want, Want!!!

    Nisha K.
    thefussyrabbit@gmail.com

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  6. Wow, this looks really great! I would love to win the kit!
    Thanks for the chance to win it and greetings from germany.
    kontakt@best-made.de

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  7. Looks great!

    revkarenfay@gmail.com

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  8. Oh my! That would totally make my month. corvus.mellori@gmail.com

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  9. Wow, that's really nice! Great giveaway.

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  10. Oh wouldn't O'Brien be jealous of me!
    Bmoviemouse@Hotmail.com

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  11. Me me me! Oh pretty pleeeeeease! I didn't know that I needed one and it is 10 months until Christmas and my birthday...

    kaja_design[at]hotmail.com

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  12. Wow! I don't know that could bring myself to actually use any of it!

    jacquelinederuyter(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Wauuu such a nice sewing kit, I'll really like to win this <3

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  14. Saville Row! Awe-inspiring!

    sinophie[at]hotmail.com

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  15. Yes, please! Bimbleandpimble at gmail dot com :)

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  16. how luxurious, I need to be enlightened on the joys of high quality pins and beeswax!

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  17. It all looks lovely!

    -Courtney
    maxebook29 at yahoo dot com

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  18. What a fabulous giveaway - have lusted after Merchant & Mills for some time! I'm in!

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  19. How wonderful to own the fanciest sewing kit ever!!

    patricia_chaney@hotmail.com

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  20. Oh wow! I have eyed up some of those products before and thought how lovely they must be.
    My email is kestrelmail [at] gmail [dot] com.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway (I'm in the UK btw, hope I am eligible)

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  21. Yeah for the giveaway. I love it!

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  22. Who wouldn't love to win a sewing kit like this? missysaprons@yahoo.com

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  23. Wow! What a gorgeous sewing kit!!!

    ammullins AT hotmail DOT com

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  24. How wonderful! Thanks so much, Karen

    giveaway8083[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  25. Oh my, this is amazing!
    lilaorchidee[at]gmail.com

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  26. Hi, I'd really love to win this fantastic sewing box.
    Best wishes,
    Simone
    blendenull[at]web[dot]de

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  27. Yes, I feel lustful . . .
    ann[dot]m[dot]mcgrath[at]gmail[dot]com

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  28. i'll feel like a real seamstress using these tools, thanks for the great giveaway!

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  29. Looks so aweomse! Dana dot m dot hensley at gmail.com

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  30. Oh, that would be a great addition to my sewing room.

    CarlasInspirations(at)yahoo (dot) com

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  31. Thanks to gertie [at] blogforbettersewing [dot] com for moderating such a great giveaway. The sewing kit looks wonderful. Quality makes a difference!

    weaverbec (at} yahoo [dot} com

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  32. oh. my. goodness...
    If you only knew how many hours I have spent drooling over Merchant & Mills...
    Lust wouldn't even begin to cover it.

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  33. Ooh, I've been lusting after these for ages! Thanks for this awesome giveaway.

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  34. even the style of the box is beautiful. i hope i win!!

    justd629@gmail.com

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  35. wow that looks wonderful!
    queenmariec (at) hotmail.com

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  36. it looks absolutely amazing :-)
    eline.woutersatgmail.com

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  37. awesome stuff! i'd really like to win it!:D

    kot.killer@wp.pl

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  38. That defiantly had me 'Ohhhh'ing!

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  39. want. just want.
    ydechance [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  40. Oh,please, need this love this.
    vintagegina@yahoo.com

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  41. Oh how lovely!

    marshalees(at)aol(dot)com

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  42. Goodness! How fabulous! I so agree about the pins. I bought a pack of cheap ones once and it was a bad idea. I'm still finding them among my good pins.

    girlwiththestarspangledheart[at]gmail[dot]com

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  43. Fabulous, fingers crossed!

    Rad.k.a@seznam.cz

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  44. Love it, and I'm lusting after one of those thimbles!

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  45. Oh, it's beautiful! Thanks so much!
    (anniehuddleston at gmail.com)

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  46. YES PLEASE! jillsinatra(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. That is gorgeous.

    pammietaj gmail

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  49. Wow that is an awesome giveaway. slhorman at g mail dot com

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  50. So classy! I love it!

    eewingo (at) gmail (dot) com

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  51. what a deliciously professional little kit! kbroadd1 -at- gmail -dot- com

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  52. Wow, fanciest kit ever, indeed. I have a nice length of English wool that will be a coat someday ... how cool would it be to tailor it with the same stuff they use on Savile Row? lol janenger at yahoo dot com.

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  53. Wow, that is A very fancy box of sewing goodies, love it.

    emilyibis[at]gmail.com

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  54. Wow that set looks amazing! And I'm feeling lucky!

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  55. Beautifully packaged - I love black and white. misscoleen@hvc.rr.com

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  56. Gorgeous!

    breakinglight11@gmail.com

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  57. Looks wonderful! Thanks for a giveaway ;)

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  58. oh it's womderful!
    charlottepowellbrooks@gmail.com

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  59. I could sure use some good pins and handsewing needles...all the rest is uber fabulous goodies! I am so jealous that it is so expensive to buy normally...maybe I will ask for it as a Christmas present if I don't win.

    Thanks!
    Erin

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  60. Wow, soudns great! Fingers crossed!

    coralie.pring@gmail.com

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  61. Gertie, this looks AMAZING. I am just about drooling on the keyboard here.

    I'm at: sewinsteady(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks!

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  62. lusting? definitely!!!
    Actualyl, there's drool on my keyboard ;)
    tinabearhouse at gmail.com

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  63. Yes, there is some lust going on here. I'm finally recognizing that pins do, indeed, come in many levels of quality. I'd love to just be able to try these. Not that I wouldn't take the rest, too!

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  64. I would love to have this sewing kit. Looks beautiful and I would love to have this!!!!

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  65. Thinking of all the ways I will be able to incorporate these nifty items into my sewing world. Enjoy your blog immensely!

    taram@woh.rr.com

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  66. Wow that kit looks amazing. I would love to win!

    lindsay.snyder[at]gmail.com

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  67. Definitely lusting over it, no doubt about it!

    aliciamarie14[at]gmail[dot]com

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  68. Such a lovely giveaway and product!
    http://manyadventuresofbran.blogspot.com/

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  69. Just reading the description makes me want to dig out the beeswax that came with my first childhood sewing kit...which I have never used
    g-mail user name: hgholcomb

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  70. Ooohh, lusting after all of these! Thanks!

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  71. I can´t stop drooling over the images! Pls, count me in! p.s. I love your blog! xoxo Carina(at)twt.com.br

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  72. I lust for this kit!
    chocolatesquirrel(at)sbcglobal.net

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  73. Would love to own this! You should try their Entomolgy pins.

    Lesley

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  74. Oh, it looks so cool. Very professional. Fingers crosses and thanks!

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  75. A lovely sewing kit!

    I enjoy reading your blog and I've always wanted to tell you that I have 2 grey kitties that look just like Henry. One of my kitties is named Gertie. We named her way before I started to read your blog, but I still find it a funny coincidence.

    Erin
    erinathey(a)verizon.net

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  76. Count me in!

    midwestdarling@gmail.com

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  77. I am lusting over this beautiful sewing kit. I am wishing myself luck.
    Thanks
    buttonhole at charter dot net

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  78. Oh my, lust is definitely the only way to describe how I feel about this kit! What a fabulous giveaway. The fact that the thimble is deadstock makes me want it even more... jillboruff [at] gmail [dot] com

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  79. how lovely! thanks for the chance

    mouellette80(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  80. Wow, beautiful!

    Knittymama AT Yahoo DOTcom

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  81. Wow! What a neat set! They're definitely going on my supplier list. :)

    tonya@aflightoffancy.com

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  82. Wonderful Giveaway!
    (profile has contact info)

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  83. Oh-my-gawd! This box set is just perfect! Thank you for the giveaway!

    aure_[at]luukku.com

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  84. Oh i hope beeing from germany wont be a shiping problem!

    :) elfchen@feynsinn.de

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  85. Wow how lovely! A sewing kit that virtually guarantees that you will sew better. Love it!

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  86. That looks wonderful !
    agnessands(at)gmail(dot)com

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  87. Good luck everyone! 2kellymike (at) earthlink (dot) net :)

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  88. Oh my that is divine!!! Please let me win!!

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  89. That is looking luscious! Yes, please. :)

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  90. Wow, I love the descriptions, I'm practically drooling!!

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  91. Me that want! Jerrycct or jerry@columbiachildrenstheatre.com

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  92. Ooh, so pretty.

    acerbicmuffin[at]gmail.com

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  93. I always say, if you have good tools, you'll do good work !!! Would so enjoy this kit.

    Kats50@aol.com

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  94. Love this kit, and i do need the beeswax and the scissor :) Purrfect
    lucianagiveaway@gmail.com

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  95. Very pretty, love the packaging!

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  96. That is just wonderful!

    tagsurf@comcast.net

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  97. What a great giveaway!
    carriemak@aol.com

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  98. Wonderful! Looks really lovely!
    mfast@welho.com

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  99. Gorgeous stuff! Thank you for organizing this giveaway, and good luck to everyone!

    Andree Lachapelle
    MissAndree (at) hotmail.com

    (http://andreelachapelle.blogspot.com/)

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  100. This is amazing! I kinda want it very badly ;)

    eimearmolloy[at]gmail[dot]com

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  101. Whew! There are over 5,00 potential entries - but, hey, I'm in. What a lovely gift. Thak you for offering it.
    Blessings,
    Patti
    fourkid@mindspring.com

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  102. You're right, Gertie. That kit is so charming and wonderful. I feel like I would have to spruce up my sewing space in order for it to have a proper home with me!

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  103. That is a wonderfule giveaway!

    inetnancy(at)aol.com

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  104. You're right - I'm lusting!

    cindy [at] craftybroads [dot] com

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  105. Good heavens, I didn't know I needed these things until I read the descriptions...

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  106. Wow! Lustful indeed, that looks like so much fun!

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  107. I've been sewing since I was a little girl and have just recently taken a much more serious turn. This set would be a great addition to my efforts!
    Amy
    amycutshall(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  108. What a fabulous give away! I saw this kit featured on another blog and I added to my wish list right away - I'm thrilled you're giving us a chance to actually own it!
    eileen[dot]denz[at]gmail

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  109. Wow, that is a beautiful kit!

    cara[at]cararowlands[dot]com

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  110. Gosh, who knew scissors and pins could sound so amazing? What a great giveaway!

    sandysewin(at)gmail(dot)com

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  111. this is gorgeous - I think I have seen it in a store, and was very impressed!

    claireyclaireclaire@hotmail.com

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  112. Here's hoping-it looks like such a great kit to own!

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  113. Kez

    Wowzers, that is a very swanky sewing kit! I didn't know such things we out there, I maby be in trouble now I do! Lol

    Kldyson72@hotmail.co.uk

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  114. That. Is. Amazing. I want to save up to get one now. sneakfuzz at hotmail

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  115. Ooooh lala. That's a pretty fancy kit. Thanks for the chance!

    catherineh_78 (at) yahoo.com

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  116. Oh, I have been trolling that website, lusting for this. Thanks for the opportunity

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  117. How beautiful! lynnmlantz[at]gmail.com

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  118. Wow such a great giveaway, would love to win this it looks amazing! I love the deco and all the fab products! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.com/

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  119. Wow, this kit looks so beautiful -- I love the vintage, minimalist look that it has.

    nicole.kessler[at]gmail.com

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  120. This is truly a remarkable sewing kit. I have to admit its that thimble that really gets me, amazing! (I'd feel so posh mending my husband's clerics with a Saville Row thimble.) Thanks for the great offering and thanks again for your wonderful blog!

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  121. What a terrific giveaway! Thanks Gertie and Kaufmann!!

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  122. Wow very cool! I don't usually enter many giveaways because I'm not totally interested in them, but this is way too good to pass up. If you go to my blog, my email is at the top right (but I'll put it here too, molly.toferet@gmail.com)

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  123. Wow, I just love sewing notions!!

    Tanyah1234@gmail.com

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  124. pick me! Pick me!

    dewreb(at)bethel(dot)edu

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  125. I've just started a tailoring course, and this is the perfect kit to get me going! A great giveaway - thanks x

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  126. Beautiful! Would love to win that little box!

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  127. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful sewing kit! Thanks for hosting the give-away and Kaufmann for offering it.

    Graca
    grrracar@gmail.com

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  128. Fancy! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ejatackatyahoodotcom

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  129. LOVE!!!
    Thmpgarr@aol.com

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  130. Oohh, beautiful! though if I win it may put all my other equipment to shame!

    katie(dot)nicolson(at)googlemail(dot)com

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  131. Gertie, you are sending me into fits of covetousness. It's so useful + pretty! I imagine just opening it would be an event.

    lisa at lisa harrison dot ca

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  132. AHH love eveything! jmncelly[at]southernco.com

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  133. fancy! thisnovicesewist@iinet.net.au

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  134. wow!! what a nice kit!!

    golcondee(at)hotmail.com

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  135. This looks just amazing. *love* RobinJanae(at)sbcglobal(dot)com

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  136. OOOOOOOOOOOOOH, it's so FANCY! I would make only the loveliest things with it.

    caroline.doreen(at)gmail.com

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  137. Oh, meh. I never win anyway. :-( But maybe THIS time?!

    Caroline
    spam.eater@gmx.net

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  138. That truly is a fantastic set. Always wanted a good thimble, some beeswax or good tailor's chalk. Great giveaway!

    thenakedseamstress At gmail DOT com

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  139. Yes please, may I have some pretty and nice sewing supplies?

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  140. me please! fattyunbound@gmail.com

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  141. Oh my! I'll be dreaming of this kit in ways my husband won't understand!

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  142. What a wonderful kit! I'm in! Thanks Gertie!
    sallie.forrer@gmail.com

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  143. Gorgeous! A girl can dream...

    marian.norris(at)gmail.com

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  144. I have a merchant & mills thimble (purchased from liberty's of London no less!!) and can confirm it is the most wonderful thimble. I would love to have the rest of the gorgeousness that is this kit.

    A friend of mine was given their duffel bag kit and loves it (http://merchantandmills.com/products-page/products/oilskin-duffel-bag-kit/). Their attention to presentation is so lovely.

    penny

    (ladypenelopejane[at]gmail.com)

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  145. So pretty!

    kdianehodges at gmail dot com

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  146. Wonderful giveaway! I love the word "mercantile".

    territorymom@gmail.com

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  147. this i think the first time commenting so gotta say i love your blog and outfits! i love the classes you choose

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  148. Positively salivating over it!
    sbsford(at)gmail(dot)com

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  149. omg omg omg, i'm in love! my notions are such a hodgepodge of things - it would be so nice to be so organized!!!

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  150. Beautiful set! I have a huge passion for sewing notions, so of course I'm in =)
    My email is b_akire(at)yahoo.se

    Keeping my fingers crossed! =)

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  151. What a beautiful kit!
    c.ing.world@gmail.com

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  152. Such a cool set! Very posh....:)
    Heather L
    Heather dot luchkow at gmail dot com

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  153. That kit looks great and my birthday is monday so it would be a wonderful present!
    Karen S
    sasinowskik@macomb.edu

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  154. oh...my...That is lovely! I will be putting it on my Christmas wish list if i do not win.
    lewaletzko[at]gmail[dot]com

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  155. Wow! What an amazing kit. I agree, the descriptions are titillating!
    nmbrumfield @ yahoo.com

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  156. How awesome is this!!! divinedime(at)gmail(dot)com

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  157. It's...lovely! Wow, everything you listed is devine.

    Even if I'm not the winner I'm putting this on my wishlist for next Christmas!

    steph.anderton[at]yahoo.ca

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  158. What a wonderful kit!

    Thanks!

    ctaylor@wowway.com

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  159. wow!! even the layout is beautiful!! serious lusting/envy over here! :)

    eskimochick@hotmail.co.uk

    Naomi

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  160. Oh my! I'm in !

    rosefromthule [at] gmail [dot] com

    (Who am I kidding ? If I don't win, i'll probably buy it myself).

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  161. Oh my, what a beautiful giveaway! Thank you so much!

    jamieharrisevans(at)gmail.com

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  162. What a lovely giveaway! :)

    farsland1979 at gmail dot com

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  163. That is seriously cool. I'd love to own it, but I'm also probably okay just knowing it exists. How nerdy is that?

    circetwo@gmail.com

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  164. Thank you for this opportunity. I've been enjoying your blogging style and information very much!

    ddweaver@frontier.com

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  165. What a beautiful little kit!

    kateward[at]quitecommon.com

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  166. Wow, it would be great to win something like that. Hope I'm the lucky one.

    cerrk@hotmail.com

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  167. That is gorgeous!

    jen.hoga[at]gmail[dot]com

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  168. Neato! I think the thimble is the coolest piece - it's so hard to find a good thimble.

    Beth
    craftmatic.beth@gmail.com

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  169. Wow. (It probably says something about me that the thing I'd want most of all is that seam ripper. ;) )

    (ajetton @ gmail dot com)

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  170. Aaaaaand I meant to leave my name on that comment about the seam ripper. ;)

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  171. How incredibly generous! I was just thinking about needing new hand-sewing needles yesterday. :)

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  172. That looks truly drool-worthy.

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  173. this does look super swanky and gorgeous. I always tend to use the affordable materials, I don't even have really great sewing shears. I wonder if it REALLY makes all the difference?

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  174. Oh my goodness. Please let it be me!!! That is all so gorgeous and would go deliciously with my vintage sewing machine! (because, of course, your accessories should "go" with your sewing machine) :)

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  175. ooo that is fantastic!

    stmedeiros2(at)yahoo.com

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