Friday, June 22, 2012

Sewing Book Giveaway from STC Craft!


Happy Friday, readers! It's a beautiful day for a giveaway, don't you think? My publisher, STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books has generously offered two sewing books to one reader. I'm thinking of it as a basics bundle: Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know about Hand and Machine Sewing by Sandra Bardwell and Fabrics A to Z: the Essential Guide to Choosing and Using Fabric for Sewing by Dana Williard.

Some info on Sewing Basics:
Sewing Basics is the ultimate encyclopedia for sewing at home. This thorough guide covers everything from choosing fabrics to operating a sewing machine to hand sewing, fitting, fine-finishing, trouble-shooting, and more. Whether the sewer is trying to decipher the symbols on a printed pattern, line a pocket, work French seams, or fit a muslin, she’ll find what she’s looking for here, all precisely explained and illustrated with hundreds of step-by-step photos. Both for beginners learning how to hem and for more experienced sewers who need help mastering advanced techniques, Sewing Basics is an invaluable reference tool sewers will want to keep within easy reach for many years to come.
And Fabrics A to Z:

Fabrics A to Z is the essential guide for sewists and fabric enthusiasts of all levels. This thorough resource explains the unique characteristics, strengths, and limitations of more than 100 fabrics in easy-to-understand terms, so any sewist can enter a fabric shop with confidence. From dotted swiss to silk charmeuse to faux fur, each entry includes a close-up photo of the fabric as well as an overview of its characteristics, ideal uses, and special considerations when sewing. As a bonus, the book concludes with a section on the best tools and notions to use when working with particular fibers, as well as tips on how to read patterns. The small size and flexibind format of Fabrics A to Z make it perfect for tossing into a bag when headed to the fabric store. 
To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post by the end of the day on Monday, June 25th. Please make sure that I have a way to get in touch with you, i.e leaving your email/Twitter handle or making sure your comment is linked to your profile or blog. 

A big thanks to Melanie and STC Craft for providing these books. Good luck, readers!

520 comments:

  1. Those look like very useful books! I am very new to sewing, but I love it and am excited to expand my skill and knowledge base.

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  2. I love looking through all the sewing books I can! Each time I seem to get new ideas. Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

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  3. What great books! Both are topics that I sure could use help on. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  4. You have awesome discussions, projects and giveaways Gertie! I always look forward to your posts. D

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  5. What a great reference this would be!

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  6. Always love a new sewing book! Your dresses are looking good Gretchen!
    Tracey
    http://traceytoole.blogspot.com/
    www.traceytoole.com

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  7. These look fantastic and so useful, just what I need to kickstart my sewing career! x

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  8. Oh I really like the fabric book! And I really need the sewing book!

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  9. Those look great! I am a new sewist (I am finishing up the craftsy bombshell dress class and learned so much!) I definitely need to learn more about fabric and about hand sewing.

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  10. what a great choice of books, they would be so useful to anybody with an interest in sewing

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  11. One of the greatest ways to promote sewing in the community is through education. Unfortunately, this asset is very limited or absent for many and books provide the essentials. These look very comprehensive in their approach and would be a great addition to any sewing library.

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  12. I love collecting sewing books. They are a source of both9 inspiration and education.

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  13. Goodness I could use that fabric book, plus basic sewing tips are always appreciated! Count me in!!!

    Thanks so much!

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  14. Looks great! I'm getting back into sewing after a 15 year break, and it is amazing how much I have forgotten of the little I once knew.

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  15. These would be so awesome to have!

    strwbrymay.at.yahoo.com

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  16. Great books :) Thank you for the lovely giveaway, Gertie!

    gergana.j.kostadinova at gmail dot com

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  17. I have been eyeing these books in the bookstore! Great giveaway! mjganjoo@gmail.com

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  18. Both of those look like fantastic books! Especially the fabric reference.

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  19. I've just finished tuning up my grandma's Singer 201-2 and could use these books to get me started. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration gleaned from your blog!

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  20. These books look like they contain a lot of useful information, especially the Fabrics A to Z!

    rhalaney.at.gmail.com

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  21. Oooo! I do love a nice new glossy book...and these look brilliant for starting me off making my own clothes!

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  22. These two look like wonderful resource books. I love reading new sewing books.

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  23. wow, I would love to win one of these! :)

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  24. Wow, I would love to win these books! I am a newbie sewer, and desperate to know everything all at once so these would be VERY useful!! Thank you, Hayley

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  25. After 20 years, I am just getting back into sewing. These look like great resources to help me.

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  26. Oh my gosh! These books look wonderful. Pick me! Pick me! :)

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  27. I would love these books! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to have theese books.

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  29. Wow! What a terrific and generous offer! I'd love to win one of the books. I just started sewing about a month ago, and need some serious help! :) I've even taken a class - maybe I just need more practice!

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  30. I would love these. I have such a basic knowledge and would like to get better.

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  31. Those books look fabulous and I'd love to have them.

    And, speaking of books, I pre-ordered yours as soon as you told us about it...now I'm (im)patiently waiting for it to arrive! :-)

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  32. I've been teaching myself how to sew, and these books seem like great resources for me- the books I have don't quite cut the mustard:-/

    Twitter: @killerteeth

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  33. oh! i've been looking out for a fabric-reference book and some more well-writen sewing advice!

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  34. Thanks for a fab giveaway! They both look very useful books to have.

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  35. Great books! Thanks for the opportunity to win them!!

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  36. What a great addition to a sewing library. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  37. Can always use a good sewing book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. Since I'm a semi-newbie, I could sure use those books! How nice of you & STC to do this!

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  39. I would really love to own those books. I am in need of a basic sewing book and I definitely have a lot to learn about fabric types and uses. Thanks! kristie_keely(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  40. This is a fabulous prize, thank you for a great giveaway. I began sewing only earlier this year after decades of cross stitching. These books would be perfect as I am still very basic.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  41. Oh what a great prize! I would love to be entered!

    Thanks!
    ~McKenna
    mckmuff@gmail.com

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  42. Those look like great books!!

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  43. Those both look like great resources!

    Paintedtreasures@mac.com

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  44. I am enjoying reading your blog, so many great tips and I love your dresses and hats!

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  45. I stumbled across your blog and have been reading it to pick up tips. I am a terrible sewer, but I LOVE your style.

    Hoping some day to be your mini me.
    :)

    Kim

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  46. I need a good sewing basics book, so this would be an awesome win. Thanks for the chance!

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  47. Great giveaway! I hope I win!

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  48. Wow, these are awesome books. Would love to win them!

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  49. These are great for a beginning sewist like myself! I would love using the books to better my sewing prowess.

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  50. Oh yes love sewing books, but would especially enjoy the fabric book, thanks!

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  51. What excellent books! I would love to win them :)

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  52. OMG! Want this books so much!

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  53. yes please (if yhe competition is open in the UK!)

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  54. The fabric book sounds amazing!

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  55. Those would make a nice addition to the bookshelf:)

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  56. Both those books look fabulous!

    breakinglight11@gmail.com

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  57. Yay! Those two books look lovely.
    Thank you,
    Rachel L

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  58. This would be so great! I can use all the help I can get with sewing.

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  59. I could definitely use some sewing books. I'm just learning and I haven't found any yet that I really like.

    mhedges at ymail dot com

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  60. Such and exciting giveaway! Thank you both!

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  61. Ooh, I've always wanted to learn more about different fabrics, and of course I love reading any kind of sewing book ^^

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  62. Yey, very excited!

    Eilidhbelle

    sittingonherbumbaleerie.blogspot.com

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  63. That book looks amazing! Great giveaway!

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  64. Great books - Would love them.

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  65. Oooh . . . those both look like excellent resources.

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  67. As a relatively poor recent college grad, I would love to win these books! Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway!

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  68. Those books look great. I've been building my sewing library and I think these would compliment it beautifully! Thanks for the giveaway...and please make it September already, I can't wait to get YOUR book!

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  69. Always looking to expand my sewing library! As a poor law student I can usually only splurge on my bar prep :/

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  70. Both books look like great references to have in anyone's sewing library. Thanks for sharing!
    adriprints(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  71. Ooooo! Looks awesome! I'd love to have these.

    kate (at) indiekate (dot) com

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  72. These would be wonderful additions to my growing sewing library :)

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  73. I would love to have the books to share with my daughter who likes to sew.

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  74. This looks like a fun giveaway! I really struggle with fabric selection, so that one in particular would be super to have.

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  75. You can never have too many sewing books! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  76. These look great. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  77. I would love to have these books! I have been wanting to expand my 'limited' knowledge as I am quite new to sewing and always have bigger plans than my skills allow! :)

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  78. forgot:
    rrregena. at. aol dot com

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  79. Gertie! I would love to get my hand on these books! Your craftsy classes were amazing!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    twitter (at)dstructvcupcake

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  80. Yay!! How exciting!! I love a good giveaway!! :)

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  81. I am for sure interested! I alway shave to touch fabrics to know which one I want but the more custom orders I do and the more online purchases the more I realize I need the idiots guide!
    sweetydarlindesigns{at}gmail.com

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  82. those look so interesting!

    my e-mail can be found on my blog: http://annetsplayground.blogspot.com

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  83. Yay! Books! Hand 'em over!

    radomile - at - yahoo - dot - com

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  84. Those sound like useful references!

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  85. Gertie! You always have the best giveaways! I am a huge collector of all sewing books, I love looking at all the beautiful pictures!

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  86. OOOHHH!! Nice! Something to read while waiting for Gertie's book to come!

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  87. I would love to own one of those books.

    vicky@kanesherman.com

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  88. Yay books! We're getting ready to move and already have 23!!! boxes of books, what are 2 more to add? I would like to point out that only 3 of the boxes are sewing books, I need to catch up!

    You can find me on twitter @ Stacey Mc Wilson

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  89. Excellent books for the reference shelf.

    rebecca zicarelli at gmail dot com.

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  90. My daughter-in-law has just begun sewing and would LOVE these! Thank you for hosting the offer. Stephanie

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  91. Those books look really interesting and useful. I particularly fancy the one about fabric as it makes such a difference to a garment.

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  92. Wow great giveaway! I would love to win these book to add to my sewing library!!

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  93. Since I'm truly at my start at sewing. I've only made two quilts and am just starting with garment sewing... these would be great for my library!

    So I'm tossing my brass ring into the giveaway bin and hope it gets picked.

    My email: selkie75@yahoo.com

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  94. I especially like the look of the Fabric A-Z book!

    My email is caroang at gmail dot com.

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  95. Thank you for the giveaway! Those books are super, but can't wait for yours to come out! :D

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  96. Aargh, my email is caroang75 at gmail dot com

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  97. Sounds like fun reading and very useful. Finckart1@gmail.com

    Thanks Gertie, all the Best, Krista

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  98. Oooh looks like fun books! I'm relatively new to the sewing thing and would love to expand/create my sewing library. :)

    marcie.spam@gmail.com (it's my spam account I know, but I don't leave email addresses running around the wild that aren't, I check it I promise).

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  99. I need some good sewing books!

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  100. Oh my goodness! I just look at this book at B&N and almost bought it! I am new to sewing and it looks fantastic for a beginner. :-)

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  101. I would love to enter the drawing! They look useful, helpful, and beautifully illustrated!

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  102. Great books ! Just getting back into fashion sewing and they would provide a wonderful resource!

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  103. Great books! Just getting back into fashion sewing after many years, these would be a great resource!

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  104. Thanks for the giveaway! These both sounds like excellent resources.

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  105. Im a beginning sewist and I would love, love, love these books!!

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  106. Wow, what an awesome giveaway, thank you so much for doing this.

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  107. the book look just great, thanks so much for the giveaway!!

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  108. This is a super exciting giveaway! Having these books in my sewing library would be so helpful.

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  109. I am envisioning sitting and reading these. Thanks for the info!

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  110. Awesome giveaway. Love your blog.

    mpike818 at gmail dot com

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  111. Gertie love your blog, I would really enjoy adding theses books to my library !!Kats50@aol.com

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  112. I'd love to have such good resources close at hand. I do a lot of sewing for others, but there's always more to learn! ybdull@msn.com

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  113. I would love to be entered for this! I am slowly adding to my resource shelf.

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  114. love your stuff, thank you for all your excellent shares

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  115. I just started sewing. Looking forward to your blog!

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  117. Yay! I could do with a good book on different fabrics!

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  118. Cool, thanks for the chance to win! I've been wishing for this fabric book!

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  119. Well here's as good a reason to delurk!

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  120. thanks for the great giveaway

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  121. Im new to sewing and finished My first dress today! I would love to win a book to help me master sewing ;)

    //Ellen
    Kornefalk@gmail.com

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  122. Great sewing reference material!

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  123. About to cut out a skirt pattern, and had a quick sewing question. Googled it and found your site. So happy I did, thanks for showing photos of your construction. I love vintage clothing! These books look very handy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  124. I'd love to win one of these books!! emmillee(AT)Gmail(dot)com

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  125. oh, these would be very useful to have! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  126. sweet! I don't have any book references--I'm always prowling the web for help. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  127. Wow, what a great giveaway. I'd love to be considered.

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  128. What a great giveaway!
    mysteryrobin @gmail. com

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  129. Oh wow! what a treat!
    pelemil (at) gmail (dot) com

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  130. Hi Gertie!

    I am VERY new to sewing I really don't know anything and I am completely lost I just bought a sewing machine because times are hard =( . So to stay fashionable, I thought it would be a good idea to sew anyway, here is my email camilla.rasul@me.com

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  131. You know, I don't have a single sewing book. Until know I've pretty much used pattern instructions and the internet to get all my sewing answers. But both of these books could be very useful, and it sure would be wonderful to win one!

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  132. New sewing books cannot be bettered! You always get something out of them!

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  133. These two books would be awesome to have! I have some experience in sewing and I love it to bits. These would help me out a lot.

    mishy7 dot 87 at gmail dot com

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  134. These books look like they would be fundamentals to have to start your sewing library. Handy as well.

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  135. These books would be awesome!! I've taught myself how to sew solely from videos and tutorials online and I'd love to have another resource.

    Thanks!!

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  136. Those sound like great books to have!

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  137. Too fun! These look like helpful books.

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  138. Wow. Thanks so much for this great giveaway. Either of these would help so much.

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  139. What a great giveaway. Sounds like they should be staples in any sewist library!

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  140. mmm almost bought fabrics a to z because i was so excited to see it in barnes and noble last week!! maybe i'll win and save some $$

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  141. Thanks for the giveaway! http://elishaetc.blogspot.com/

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  142. Both books sound great! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    Heather
    ninypants1@hotmail.com

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  143. These books would make a great sddition to any library. Please be sure to enter me.

    Marielas007@gmail.com

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  144. Who couldn't use another sewing book? Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  145. Ahhhh my birthday is June 25th! This would be an awesome birthday surprise!

    isadora.the.elf@gmail.com

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  146. I just got a new sewing machine, and started learning how to sew! I'm a performer and am hoping to start making my own costumes soon! These books would really come in handy for me.
    my twitter handle is @sahara_jane

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  147. can sew by hand but it's my dream to be a real sewing gal some day...I love DIY - studding, beading, braiding - the one thing I can't do is sew! Thanks for the giveaway - hopefully one day I'll manage to not just read your blog but try things out myself :)
    erinlchu@gmail.com

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  148. What a wonderfull give away! One of these sewing books would be great because I'm going to learn how to sew this summer!

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  149. I'm super new to sewing & this would be a great start to a sewing library.

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  150. What a great giveaway. Thanks to you and your publisher. I just finished my very first dress, vogue 2960. I still have a lot to learn though.
    Lexissarah (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  151. I'd love to have these books!

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  152. I would love to own these books!
    Thanks for such a great giveaway.

    Angela W
    girliefrank@hotmail.com

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  153. Both of those look neat, especially the fabric book!

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  154. Thanks for the giveaway! The books look to be very helpful especally since I am new to sewing and am trying to get prepped to be able to take your classes.

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  155. OMG I totally need that fabrics book! This is such an awesome giveaway! You rock!


    kvfog at hotmail dot com

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  156. Awesome books--I would love to win them...I am back trying to sew clothes after many years of not...

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  157. These both sound like they would be fantastic additions to my collection and I may add them to my bookshelf after the giveaway anyway. :D

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  160. These books look lovely!

    girlwiththestarspangedheart@gmail.com

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  161. What a lovely giveaway!

    arenee dot d at gmail dot com

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  162. Would love the fabric book, I'm really bad about that sort of stuff! I tend to just grab whatever looks/feels good and is relatively cheap but it'd be nice to know a bit more about different fabric types :)

    http://stitcherhi.blogspot.co.uk/

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  163. Oh, the books look like a must have resource!

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  164. I have had my eye on the sewing book for quite some time- it has really wonderful pics! Looking forward to seeing your book too Gertie!
    jaimejo@gmail.com

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  165. OOOHHH!!! What fun!

    solocristo04@gmail.com

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  168. Oooh, those look brilliant. Good luck to all who enter!

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  169. I love knitting, crafting, and making my own green cleaners. What I don't know how to do that I would love to do .... Sew! I'll admit it, I'm intimidated. I have 3 young children that I think would be pretty cool to make clothes or even (gasp) a quilt?!? Winning your books would rock. Sargar2107@yahoo.com

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  170. Yes Please! I love books and of course sewing books are my weakness.They look look great books, a fabulous reference to have.

    sewlikechanel@gmail.com

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  171. What a wonderful treat for home sewists!

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  172. What an awesome giveaway! I'm still kind of new to sewing, so these would definitely be helpful.

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  173. Oh what a great giveaway! These two have been on my wish list.

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  174. My projects and I am sure we could use the tips and wisdom each title could impart, great job on the giveaway!

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  175. Thanks for the giveaway- great books

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  176. This looks like exactly what I need, i am clueless about fabrics!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  177. I might have to inter-library loan the fabric book! :) Sometimes I really feel stupid when comes to understanding what is what.

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  178. Gertie I found your blog after I took your Bombshell Dress class on Craftsy. I am sooo excited for your book to come out! I have already pre-ordered it. These books sound amazing! So excited.

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  179. Awesome giveaway! I hope I win!
    thespinartiste@gmail.com

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  180. I would LOVE these! I'm a newbie sewer and could definitely use the reference. :) Thanks for a great giveaway

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  181. Both of these books look awesome for a new sewer like me to learn more and expand my skills! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    lisa.suit@yahoo.com

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  182. Cool! I always find little treasures in these books :)
    twitter @microbionoar

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  183. I'm just getting back to sewing after a long time of being away, and I was just a beginner back then! I need this book! I'd really love to win it.
    Christine

    pyronymph1002 at yahoo.com

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  184. Thanks for the opportunity....

    pam0857@verizon.net

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  185. Would love to see both of those books. I'm still fairly new to the whole sewing world and attempting to drink in new knowledge like its coming from a fire hydrant! Thanks for this opportunity and all your amazing posts!

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  186. Put my namein the hat, please!
    Ghainskom at yahoo dot com

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  187. Thanks for the giveaway. I love Melanie and STC.

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  188. Very cool offer!

    Email: kudobudo@earthlink.net

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