Giveaway: Seam Allowance Guide – CLOSED

P1200128.JPG As someone who often uses Japanese pattern and draft my own pattern, the last step after drafting and tracing is something that I like the least: adding seam allowances. Sometimes I forget to add spaces between pattern pieces, so I had to tape new piece of paper or trace the whole pattern piece altogether, which taking so much of oh my precioussss sewing time.

I’m sure you know what I’m talking about as only fellow seamstresses share the same thing, and I wonder why I never came across any tool that address this problem. Until one day  Hollie offered me to try her new sewing tool invention, which is simply called ‘Seam Allowance Guide’, of course I immediately agreed!

The tool looks very simple, it is shaped somewhat like a thick, blunt, screw, made from plastic with a black rubber rubber band on it and a strong magnet on one side. There are two tools included in the package, green for scissors with no slope and yellow for scissors with slope. It is attached to the side of scissor on the magnet side and the black rubber band can be moved around to the desirable width of seam allowance. So simple and so neat, isn’t it?

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I made a simple black shorts today and used the seam allowance guide for the first time. Instead of cutting my pattern pieces on the lines, I just give some room around the pattern pieces and put them over the fabric. Since I was using pattern paper, I can use my fabric scissor to cut the pattern and the fabric at the same time. At the end, I have my pattern pieces with seam allowance already added and ready to be re-used! Saved so much time! Thank you, Hollie!

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You can go to the Seam Allowance Guide site to check out this neat tool. Hollie also generously sent me some extras, which I put up here for a giveaway so you can also have a try! If you’d like to have the seam allowance guide, please leave a comment on this post and I will send it to anywhere you are. I will draw the winners randomly if there are more than four people who are interested. The winners will be announced this Friday, May 6, 2011. Happy sewing!


This giveaway is now closed. Thank you!

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  • Delphine Durand

    Une très bonne idée cet outil qui me semble simple (pourquoi n’y a t’on pas pensé avant ?) et à priori efficace. Ça me tente bien de l’essayer!

    A very good idea this tool which seems simple to me and in effective. That tempts me to try it!

  • Olá, vi esta ferramenta que facilita cortar a margem de costura e fiquei encantada. Nunca vi aqui no Brasil. Gostaria de saber como ela fixa à tesoura. Por acaso tem algum ímã? Será que eu conseguiria fabricar algum em casa mesmo usando essa ideia? Gostaria de saber o nome para procurar aqui no meu país. Um grande abraço. LOURDES

    • Ruth Piza

      Ola Maria de Lourdes. Infelizmente, também nunca vi esta ferramenta por aqui. Colocando no link a seguir voce verá que é uma peça com imã que gruda na tesoura e é vendido por U$ 15,00 e é enviado sem cobrança de frete. Veja no site que a pessoa está inventando uma ferramenta que faz viés mais rápido e outra que marca os dois lados do tecido também super rápido.

  • Thank you so much for this, I HATE the seam allowance part of drafting and this has just revolutionised the process for me. THANK YOU!

  • Aya

    hai novi….lucu banget itu seam allowance guidenya…beli dmana ya? bisa dkirim ke jakarta ga?

    • verypurpleperson

      Please check the link mentioned in the post above to buy or more info. Thank you!

  • TiTi

    So cool! I’d love to win!

  • Pam

    I think this thing is a wonderful idea. The designer is brilliant. I would love to be able to get one of these.

    Thanks for your blog give-away, and please consider me for a winner!

    Thnaks again, Pam

  • OMG….this is wonderful, fabulous and sew smart!! I would love to win won! Pamie G.

    Thank you for the opportunity!!!

  • Donna C

    What a great idea!

  • What a great tool! I’d love to win one of these!

    With friendship,

  • Lyndal

    What a brilliant idea! It looks so easy to use, even for a total beginner such as myself. I would love to try it out on a few clothing projects that I have in mind for my two girls..

  • nuria

    i love that tool!!! amazing!!

  • that is so clever, I would be so happy to have it.

  • Beth

    What a neat tool!