Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways – Day 12

Hello readers! Thank you for all your answers to the Day 11 question, “Where do you get your Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew It All magazines?”

Check bookstores, JoAnn fabrics, Hancock Fabrics, local sewing shops, WalMart, and they are always available at in either print or digital form. Subscribe to Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery for the convenience of getting great projects and technique articles delivered right to your door! Sew it All does not offer a subscription, however, as it is a twice-yearly (Yes, TWICE!) newsstand only special. Check the above retailers and QuiltandSewShop for Sew It All too!

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Congratulations to yesterday’s winners, Judith Stuart and Rebecca Mary! Email with your mailing address to get your free copy of Sew it All Volume 2!

Make sure to check out the zipper application tips article on page 22 and have fun making some of the 50 easy projects for all seasons. (Get even more zipper tips from Colbey Decker in her episode “Zip to it.”)

Our Day 12 prize is a copy of Sew it All Volume 3 we’re giving away to THREE lucky winners! In addition to 50 fun projects and 19 free patterns, you’ll learn useful skills like mending, fitting and ruffling. Use these skills to alter a secondhand garment into a fabulous fashion find–For more on transforming ready-made garments, see Marisa Lynch’s episode, “Thrifty Couture.”

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All you have to do to enter to win this great prize is answer the following question in the comments section below. (Entering each day’s giveaway also enters you to win the GRAND PRIZESew it All season 2 on DVD!)

“Do you alter thrifted garments?”

The winner will be announced tomorrow along with our LAST 13 Days of Giveaways prize!! Good luck!

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92 Responses to Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways – Day 12

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  2. carol womack says:

    Fabric is fabric. It’s just cheaper at a thrift store.

  3. Sharron Smothermon says:

    This is one of my newest passions. I’m actually gettin pretty good at revamping old clothes!!

  4. Maria Kievit says:

    Don’t often go to thrift stores to buy clothes. Been mocked too often when I was younger, but will alter clothes bought for or given to my children if they wish to have it altered.

  5. S Thompson says:

    Yes! Want to do more!

  6. Evelyn says:

    I have purchased items for the fabric and/or the buttons.

  7. I always look for neat buttons, etc on thrift store items, and hand me downs.

  8. Debra Lee says:

    I I see something I love I dont usally alter it I repurpose though!

  9. Heather says:

    I don’t, in fact I haven’t done any fashion sewing before at all.

  10. Patricia Lenhart says:

    No, I don’t like to alter anything.

  11. karen iozzia says:

    Cant say i have. Hmmm…….

  12. Shirley says:

    When I am searching for a certain type of fabric to make clothes for antique dolls or some really fun bags I go to thrift stores and usually find what I am looking for !! It is amazing what you can make out of outdated clothing. And I love to recycle fabric!

  13. Stephanie says:

    I’ve altered a few thrifted garments. I would like to learn how to improve my skills though.

  14. Karen A says:

    Yes I do!

  15. Lori Kay says:

    I have bought clothing items at the thrift store but haven’t refashioned anything for myself yet. I did buy a dress that was very flattering in style but the color was anything but flattering. I cut the dress apart and used it as a pattern for a new dress. I love that dress and wish I had time to make a few more of them! Thanks for this fun series of giveaways.

  16. Kate says:

    Well, I don’t like to do that. It might be because I don’t know how to make it.

  17. Chris says:

    Depends, having a 32″ inseam and not a tall in all body parts, alterations on good finds is always a possibility.

  18. Rosemary Griffis says:

    When I can find anything close to my size, yes. However, sometimes, great findings are found — zippers, buttons, trim, etc., and I always check the curtains and drapes for . . . whatever.

  19. Nancy Eidsmoe says:

    It is so much easier to justify altering something that wasn’t hugely expensive. If it cost a fortune, it should be RIGHT when I get it home.

  20. Tamara Kemp says:

    Yes, I have altered thrifted garments. Sometimes it’s for sizing and sometimes it’s to add embellishment to really make an item pop! I like something unique and fun.

  21. Cheryl Flanagan says:

    Of course…hate to see things go to waste.

  22. Carolyn H says:

    I just don’t do alterations of any kind!!! Don’t have the patience for that. Easier to start from scratch.

  23. Mary M says:

    Oh yes! When I’m looking at clothes at thrift stores I see fabric. Most clothes items I buy at thrift stores are either revised in some way or the fabric is used for something completely different.

  24. Kelli Marshall says:

    I bought a men’s wool blazer to make a purse.

  25. Cheryl says:

    I don’t alter them, but sometimes I make them into something else entirely, like a purse.

  26. Shirley says:

    I have. When I started sewing as child, my Dad thought that was the only way to go, reconstruct old clothes and give them a new spin. But starting from a piece of fabric is still my favorite.

  27. Judypr says:

    The only thing I have ‘thrifted’ is felting wool sweaters for crafts – that is so amazing to remove the felted wool from the dryer!

  28. Holly Kerksiek says:

    If they don’t fit then I fix them but that’s about it.

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  30. Mary Mac says:

    I alter my adding trims and lace but thats about all.

  31. Roxy says:

    Sure do!

  32. Kathy Hulsmann says:

    I alter thrift stuff all the time. Making party costumes or recycling the lace.

  33. J. Carolyn says:

    Occasionally, when I find just the right things. Like a leather jacket or a fancy dress.

  34. Sheila Harris says:

    only blue jeans which i make into vests and blankets.

  35. Carol Gerlach says:

    Wish I knew how!

  36. patty says:

    Yes, I love thrift stores. The vintage fabrics and designs are amazing. I like recontructing and reinventing the found special items!!!

  37. valerie crawford says:

    Yes, I have altered several clothing items that have come from thrift shops. Mostly tops and pants. Some even for my grandaughter.

  38. Jamie says:

    Of course, I have a 10 year old (11 in a month) an 8 year old, both with very distinct and expensive style personalities. Thrifting and reconstruction is the only way we survive ;)

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  40. Pat Hersl says:

    Can’t do it. I only had hand-me-downs when I was little. Since times got better, I can’t go back there. But I love thrift shops for household gems.

  41. Vickie T says:

    I do alter some clothes but never completely remade anything, have wanted to try it need to get out and do some scouting around for a project.