Saturday, July 17, 2010

A cool book and a giveaway

When I'm having a bad day at work, I either head for the fabric store or the bookstore.  Believe it or not, I can do less damage in the bookstore than I can at the fabric store, so that's where I went Thursday lunchtime.

I have a pretty large Borders near me (Time Warner Centre/Columbus Circle) which has a very decent craft section.  So this time while I looking at the new titles, I spot this one:


The Sewing Answer Book (Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face - Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask).  I flipped through it and thought that this was a marvelous little book for sewists.  The author is Barbara Weiland Talbert ~ I have a few of her earlier books ~ and it has great chapters like, "Needles and Thead", "Stitching Basics", "Working with Patterns" etc. 

What really drew my eye to this book were the questions on the back of the book.  "How do I select the best needle size for my project?"  "How do I use my body measurements to choose a pattern?"  "How do I finish the facing around the zipper on the inside of the garment?"  And it gives the page numbers underneath the question, so you can flip right there.  Kewl, right?  So I bought two of them...one for a special friend...and one to give away!  

Here's the rules...there are none!  *LOL*  Just leave a comment on this post ONLY by Friday, July 23rd and I will pick the winner on Saturday, July 24th using the random generator.  This giveaway is open to everyone - International readers, as well as, North American ones.  So leave a comment and good luck!

...more later!

163 comments:

  1. Ooh, I would love to be entered into this drawing. I already have stacks of books on my floor, as another bookcase won't fit in my bedroom, so what difference can one more book make, right? lol

    Sophie
    smgjic [at] hotmail [dot] com
    filasewphie.blogspot.com

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  2. Thank you! What a thoughtful giveaway! Count me in! mdeeter@hotmail.com

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  3. That's so nice of you! Looks like a great book. I'm in! Thank you!

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  4. I NEED this book for so many reasons.

    pitchinwoo at gmail dot com

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  5. Wow..that is a great little book! I would love to win one! Thanks so much for the opportunity! (I am re-teaching myself to sew after 22 years so I think I really could use this one!)

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  6. That looks like a great book... I love books although I already have enough to start a library.....

    Have you started your dress for the Butterick 5147 sew a long?

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  7. please enter me into the drawing. i could use this book so well, especially as there is nowhere near the choice of books over here that you have in america.
    barbara
    barbarawidmerathotmaildotcom

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  8. I don't want to enter the giveaway because I just bought this book yesterday! I already had the one on crochet and was really impressed with the franchise. They always find questions that no other craft book seem to answer!
    And as a Borders employee, thanks for stopping in!

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  9. Carolyn...I haven't been reading blogs lately, and am just stopping by to catch up with one of my favorites...yours!

    No need to enter me in the contest..I here because I admire your sewing :)

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  10. How generous of you! This sounds like just what I need - someone to answer all the little questions I have after I leave the store

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  11. Thank you, Carolyn. I would love to be entered in this giveaway. I am in need of a cheerer upper at the moment and this would be perfect. ;-)

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  12. Thanks for the great giveaway! I would love to be entered.

    strasfamily at cox dot net

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  13. Oh wow, what a cool giveaway and also so cool of you to extend it to your international readers...I'm in uae and would love to win that book lol.

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  14. I love your blog even though I've quit sewing for myself and have switched to quilting. Not much need for new clothes when you retire and move to a farm!

    Claire C

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  15. Not only do I sewing and shopping, I love entering contests. Count me in, please.

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  16. What a lovely giveaway. Throw my name into the random number generator hat!

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  17. This is not a comment. Rather, it's a shameless bid to get that book, LOL!

    Like fabric (and patterns, and notions), there's no such thing as too many books, right?

    PS I have a US mailing address!

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  18. I would to throw my hat into the ring. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  19. Please include me -- that sounds like a wonderful book!

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  20. Please enter me in the giveaway, thanks.

    Angie R

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  21. I think my mom would really like me to have this book. Some parents complain they never hear from their grown-up-children but my mom never seems to have that problem. "hey mom I'm sewing taffeta, how do I keep it from crawling"... "mom, how do I keep curved seams from puckering" ... "mom, what can I use in place of interfacing?" great giveaway!

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  22. Seems like a pretty nifty book - I may have to buy it if I don't win it! :)

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  23. What a wonderful giveaway. As always, I love all of your postings on your blog.

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  24. Thank you Carolyn. Not only for the book giveaway but also for the sewing inspiration you provide. I have recently come back to garment sewing and love reading your blog.

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  25. Please count me in, I would love to have this book:)

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  26. Please enter me in your book giveaway.

    Love your blog.

    pjpetrone@comcast.net

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  27. How could I have missed this book! It's so generous of you!

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  28. I've only just started sewing, so far I've made few skirts & I don't have any sewing books! I really must invest in some since it is always nice to hold instructions in your hand than trying to read everything off my laptop screen lol.

    I would love to be entered :) Thank you for your time
    Dannii x

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  29. I just wish I had more time to sew. Between Girl Scouts and working it doesn't leave much time. But as the kids get older I keep hoping.

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  30. How awesome! I'd love to enter.

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  31. That DOES look like a cool book! Count me in Too!!!

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  32. It looks like a wonderful book! Please enter me. I never win anything, although I'd love to, so after you select the lucky winner, I'll likely have to go buy it myself. Very generous of you to buy a second book for one of your loyal readers.

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  33. I would love to win this book. I read tutorials on the web,but I can't keep track of where they are. It would be wonderful to have everything in one place. I wish I could be like you and have TNT patterns. I just have not gotten anything to fit just right to call it TNT.

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  34. That sounds like a fabulous book. I'm hoping to make a trip by Borders soon - more retail therapy is in order. g

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  35. That is so generous of you. Sewers are the best

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  36. I would LOVE to win! Thanks for your thoughtful giveaway!
    maestralangford@att.net

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  37. Thanks for thinking of us.

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  38. It sounds fabulous! Thanks for such a generous opportunity.

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  39. What a "kewl" book indeed! Please enter me into to the giveaway!

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  40. Oh my goodness Carolyn - one of the most inspirational blogs AND a giveaway too - what could be better. So glad you are generous enough to share your projects with us.
    Elaine

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  41. You are such a great blogger. This post reminds me that when things get tough, the smart people (like you) are generous to others. Thanks a lot. Please enter me.
    ponybalony@yahoo.com

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  42. I'm totally in the learning how to sew mode and this book sounds like it could be a godsend.

    You are so generous to offer this as a giveaway - thank you!

    Yvonne

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  43. What a sweet thing to do! Count me in. arenee [dot] d [at] gmail [dot] com

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  44. Carolyn, What a generous offer you've made. Thank you.

    I love reading your blog. As a plus-size sewist myself, you certainly inspire me to lift my game in the fashion stakes.

    Kelley

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  45. I'm just like you, my love for books is almost as big as my love for fabrics. Especially when it comes to crafty books. So I would love to join in this generous giveaway. How sweet of you!

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  46. I would love to win the book. I read your blog faithfully and love it!

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  47. Would love to be in on the drawing. I enjoy checking out your blog every day. :-)

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  48. What a great giveaway :)
    Please throw my name in the hat.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win a great book!

    Eliana
    fun2knit@gmail.com

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  49. Oh, such a fabulous giveaway! And if I don't win it, I'm running off to the bookstore!

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  50. You are terribly generous, Carolyn! And kind to include international types. :)
    ~Sarah B (souriceau hotmail)

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  51. Oh ok, pull my arm! I'm jumping in here. But don't you have to actually read these books too? Not just own them? hahaha!

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  52. Oh yes, I would like to win that book. I also do enjoy your blog very much.

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  53. That sounds like a great book. Thanks for thinking of us.

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  54. Please enter me in your giveaway contest
    Thanks!
    mae[dot]wilson[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au

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  55. I'd love to have this book. Thanks for the generous offer!

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  56. That looks like a great book. I added it to my amazon.com, just in case I am NOT the winner. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Beth

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  57. It looks as if the book will be informative. I'd love for my grand-daughter who is a new sewer to have one.

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  58. That's a great looking book. Count me in please!

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  59. Hi there. Thanks for opening up this competition to international entries. And thanks for your generosity and continuing inspiration!

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  60. Another sewing book? Goody, there's always something new to learn. Thanks for the mini-review.

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  61. This is a drawing I'd like to win. There's always something new to learn. BTW, if this is a duplicate, it's because my computer is giving me fits.

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  62. This would surely make a nice addition to the sewing library. Thanks for the oppertunity.

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  63. I read "The Beading Answer Book" which is part of the same series. It is terrific.

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Thank you.

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  64. Even without the great giveaway item its always great to read your blog and see the great things you have been making. You help inspire the rest of us

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  65. Well, hey, if you recommend it, I am convinced I need it! Thanks for your generosity!

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  66. Oh please let me win it. I only have around 50 sewing books and we all know that isn't nearly enough. 8-)

    lcobbett(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. Ooo, how generous! I'd love a copy, please count me in.

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  68. If you are using a random generator to pick the winner, I want to tell you I'm as random as anyone. ckeirns100@yahoo.com

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  69. Sounds like an informative book. I'll enter the give away.

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  70. OOh.This sounds like a marvelous book. Can my name go in the draw please?Thank you carolyn. This is so nice of you!

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  71. Please enter me in the drawing. I'd love a copy of the book.
    Thanks,
    Joyce in NC

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  72. Looks like a great book, please enter me in the give away and thanks for doint it.

    vavra_bonnie@yahoo.com

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  73. Please count me in. Your inspiration has stretched all the way to me here in Australia, and I read your every blog entry. Thankyou! Elizabeth. sewmore@optusnet.com.au

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  74. I love your blog and am excited to be entered into your drawing. I don't do as much garment sewing as I would like, I do mostly quilting, but I do love to read about your adventures.

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  75. Count me in! Thanks.

    Brenda

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  76. What a great book to add to any sewist's collection.

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  77. What a great idea! Count me in!

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  78. what a great give away Carolyn

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  79. Thanks Carolyn. I love your blog and you inspire me. I am slowly collecting sewing books so would love this one. Kathy

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  80. This sounds like an incredible book. It would be kinda like having my mom (a seamstress) in my sewing room, answering all my questions for me!

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  81. I would love one! it sounds fantastic!! Fingers crossed (:

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  82. That looks like a great book. I'd love to enter your giveaway please.

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  83. Carolyn, I would love to add this book to my sewing library!!

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  84. That looks like a great book! What a generous giveaway!

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  85. I always love a book, and if you'll check out my Marfy Coat #5 post on the Trench Sew Along, you'll see I could use some tips! (Sure could use some help with these sleeves)... SanAntonioSue@gmail.com

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  86. Sounds like a great book. I hope I win, I hope I win.
    buttonhole at charter dot net

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  87. Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a great book to have on hand!

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  88. Please count me in for this awesome book - it's something that would be very helpful (maybe I'll avoid making silly mistakes!!) Thank you for your generosity. By the way I live in Canada.

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  89. You are so generous. Thanks for counting me in.
    Dru

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  90. I love reading you every day, if you've updated. You lift my spirits. Your book seems like it has a lot of helpful tidbits.
    thanks for the giveaway and your blog.

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  91. This looks excellent! Thank you!

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  92. I've met Barbara and she's a wonderful lady, very talented. I hadn't heard of the book. Wish we had a section like that in a bookstore near by.

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  93. This is on my Amazon wishlist! I had the good fortune to meet Barbara when I was at Palmer Pletsch a few years back. She is such a lovely lady and a wonderful sewer.

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  94. You are so thoughtful, Carolyn! Thanks :)

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  95. eventhough my workspace is loaded... the book looks great! So I'm taking a shot and try to enter...

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  96. Great giveaway -- thanks! (realbeal-at-gmail-dot-com)

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  97. Great book! Enter me, please!
    Gina, Portugal
    macadentada@gmail.com
    macadentada.blogspot.com

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  98. Thank you! I need all the help I can get and your recommendation means a lot.

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  99. This looks like a great book - hope I win!!!!

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  100. I really would love to have this book. I started sewing 30 years ago as a pre-teen, and stopped sewing after leaving college. I have started up again. My love for sewing never died and you are such an inspiration. I hope I am the lucky one. Thanks for the drawing!

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  101. I would love this book! And I love your blog!

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  102. Please enter me into your drawing! It was so awesomely nice of you to pick up an extra to share with who ever wins...which...I hope it's fortunate me!!!

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  103. How kewl is this? I love give aways and have not won anything in a long time. So maybe my turn is coming up again. Please enter me in the giveaway drawing.

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  104. As if all I'm learning from your blog is not enough, now you are giving books away? So generous!

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  105. OOH! OOH! PICK ME, Thank You for your genorosity and willingness to share your blog and talent

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  106. I hope this week goes better than last week... but then again... it's so nice of you to share! You make sewing look sooo easy! My biggest problem is making my way to or should I say through to the sewing room... I had a tendency to get projects piled up!
    So far I have a few of the books you have recommended... here's crossed fingers that I may end up with another! If not... I may just have to visit Barnes/Knoble! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  107. Looks like a good book to have. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Please include me in the drawing.

    JB

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  108. Sounds like a pretty great little book. Throw my name in the hat, please. :)

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  109. What a cool book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  110. This is seems like an awesome book. I think I discover some of the best sewing books on this blog. Maybe I'll get lucky and win this copy.

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  111. Would love to have such a great resource!

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  112. Books and fabric make the world a nicer place.

    As do kind souls.

    Thank you for a lovely giveaway...please count me in.
    pendlestitches[at]jonesmail[dot]eu

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  113. What a wonderful, thoughtful idea. Count me in!

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  114. Thanks for letting us know about this great little book. I will go in search of it myself [after Saturday ;)]

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  115. Loving your blog and sewing adventures! Count me in on your lovely giveaway!

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  116. oooh... this is fabulous! what a thoughtful giveaway. thank you!

    Laurel
    legroh at comcast(dot)net

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  117. Thanks for sharing - you blog is one of my favorites.

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  118. Love you blog. please enter me as I need all the help I can get.

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  119. I've never made the plunge on investing in a general sewing book.

    It would be great to look up answers without having to run down to the computer to google them.

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  120. How sweet of you to buy a second copy as a giveaway for your followers! As a beginner in garment sewing this book would be a great resource for me. Please enter me in the giveaway!

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  121. You Generous Sewing Fanatic...
    I can always use some reference for my developing art wear.

    SewN2it
    joanne_bravo@yahoo.com

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  122. You are Too Generous. I look forward receiving your opportunity to a greater sewing experience.

    Thanks in advance.

    /SEWN2IT

    joanne_bravo@yahoo.com

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  123. I love your blog. You inspired me to make my own tank dresses this year. They are fabulous for work! Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you for writing such an inspirational blog!

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  124. Hey Carolyn, what a great giveaway!! Please enter me.

    Stephanie
    jazzme13@gmail.com

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  125. Looks like a great book...thanks for the chance to win it
    Inca
    incahgneetoh (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  126. looks like a good book, and I need it as generally I use whatever needle I have to hand.

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  127. Fascinating! I have this same book on my Amazon Wish List. It's nice to know that the wait will worth while. Of course it would be even better to get it as a gift.

    Grandma Jeannie

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  128. I'd love to be entered! My email is sayhellojana@yahoo.com - looks like a great book!

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  129. What a lovely thing to do, Carolyn. Hope I win :)

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  130. I saw this book, but didn't have time to look thru it.

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  131. Hey, its Friday and that bad day hopefully seems like it was a long time ago. Have a great weekend with plenty of time for productive sewing!

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  132. I need another sewing book like I need another ache & pain, but I can't resist putting in for a chance. What I *really* need is to win a housecleaning/cooking service for the rest of my life!

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  133. I LOVE sewing books, but alas, I usually borrow them from the library due to lack of funds. I really appreciate getting the chance to win this book!!
    Deb

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  134. I would love this book. I'm always looking for ways to improve my sewing.

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  135. Carolyn, you inspire me so much with the way you take an idea and work it into another fabulous dress. Hope this book can help me do the same thing. Thanks!

    Sandra macstnc at comcast dot net

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  136. What an incredibly generous offer! This looks like quite a useful book.

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  137. I'm kind of ashamed that it took a contest to get me to post, but in my defense I did discover your blog in the middle of wedding planning. Today's my one week anniversary :)
    Good luck to everyone else!

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  138. love that you are sharing the knowledge with such a great giveaway! Thanks so much!

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  139. How wonderful! Thanks a bunches for the chance! Oh, and I watched the 2009 version of 'The Women', which I didn't know they made until I read your post, thanks again. I loved the movie, especially the style of clothing she went to towards the end, also, I have now started my own 'What do I want?' board, ha!

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  140. I've gone beyond my Grandma's abilities to help me... I'd love a book that could help me with my sewing! =)

    becabuckle@gmail.com

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  141. I have plenty of sewing questions that could use answers!

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  142. Oh pick me, pick me!! Waiving my hand crazily.

    I'd love to have the sewing book.

    Sally

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  143. This looks like a great book. I'm going to have to find the crochet one someone mentioned too.

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  144. Oh, I'd love it! Hopefully you'll write a little note in it. :-)

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  145. Please count me in.
    Bev V.

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  146. oh please please count me in...sounds very informative!! Thank you, very thoughtful of you.

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  147. I would LOVE to have this book. Wow, I'm drawn to the comments in the back, too!

    Thanks for offering such a cool giveaway!

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  148. How generous of you! Thank you! I would love to be entered!

    diaryofasouthernbelle@yahoo.com

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  149. How generous, I would love to have this little gem on my bookshelf.

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  150. Nice of you to buy an extra book - I can use the help!!! Look forward to your blog always.

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  151. Thanks for the opportunity to have another book in my library!!!!
    Jo Ann

    http://fitforaqueen.wordpress.com/

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  152. How do you do? It's nice to meet you. Yes, thank you. I 'd love to enter your drawing for answers to some sewing 'how do you do?' questions.
    Thanks again, Taryn Monroe
    tarynitupndown@yahoo.com

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  153. It's a long time since I have sewn garments and would love to get back into it which is how I ended up on your blog.
    I'd like to enter the drawing if I'm not too late.
    Thank you :)
    Margaret
    solstitches@gmail.com
    asamplerofstitches.blogspot.com

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  154. Just doing my weekend blog reading and saw this giveaway. Looks like a great book. Tyna

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