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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  • Erin Thornton

    Oh friday is my birthday! I hope I win! I would love to have one of these for the many costumes I make.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Dalya

    Very cool tool! Would be neat to own one ;D

  • Maite

    This is a nice tool to have for a beginner in sewing like me. Thank you for sharing !

  • this looks handy!

  • Monica

    it looks amazing!!! i’d love to have them!!! Will check her website just in case…Thanx

  • ooh pick me!

  • Ane

    Wow I have never seen these, they are so smart! My least favourite part of pattern tracing is adding the seam allowance as well…

  • Perrine

    I’m interested 😉

  • Joyce in NC

    Please enter me in the give away.

  • gonca

    looks super cool, i would use that a lot. thanx

  • Super cool 😀

  • bettina

    That tool looks great!

  • Sarah

    Wow wow wow so very clever.

  • Annie

    Wow this is a great idea! I too make items from the Japanese books and I am only so slow because I cringe at the long pattern copy process and THEN adding the seam allowance. This will definitely motivate me:)

  • Mary

    Wow, that is a fantastic invention! Would love to win one as well!

  • anita foldvari

    Oh my God! How cool is that!!!! I hate to add seam allowance is really a time consuming process. I hope I will win one because I’m sewing all the time.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Whoa that’s cool! I hope I win xD Because this tool might just give me more reason to back into sewing more often 😛

  • WOW! what a nifty tool. This would be a great addition to any pattern makers tool belt.

  • michal

    what a smart and simple idea! I hope to win

  • Diana Lana

    What a brilliant idea! I’d love to win one. I’ll certainly be buying one otherwise!

  • jamie b

    wow – this would be a great help to my sewing process!

  • wow, what a very neat tool. Very nice of you to do this giveaway. 🙂

  • kam

    This is so cool! I want it too!! 🙂

  • Wow, this is so clever! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • novemberfoxtrot

    these are so cool!