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Oliso Pro Smart Iron Contest – Official Rules

The official rules for Sew Stylish's Oliso® Pro Smart Iron TG1600 giveaway.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Iron giveaway begins at 12:01 a.m. ET on July 25, 2013 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on August 23, 2013. Giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States, who are at least 18 years old, and to legal residents of Canada (except Quebec), who are at least 18 years old. Giveaway void where prohibited.


Leave 1. Your best ironing tip(s) and 2. What you would make with your new iron in the comments section of the official giveaway post. Respond by Friday, August 23, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


There will be one (1) winner for the duration of the giveaway. The prize is as follows.
• Prize – 1 Oliso® Pro™ Smart Iron TG1600 – retail value $199.99


Giveaway will end at 11:59pm on August 23, 2013. On or about August 26, 2013, 1 winner will be randomly selected from among all eligible entries received. The winner will be notified by email within 10 days of the selection. Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. One prize per person, household, or family.


Except where prohibited, all federal, state, provincial, local or other tax liabilities, including sales, use, income, VAT, GST, and PST tax, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  In the event of a Canadian winner, Sponsor will deduct any applicable withholding taxes imposed by the U.S. and applicable state governments from value of prize award and the prize award value will be adjusted accordingly.


No prize or any portion thereof is transferable or redeemable for cash.  Any portion of the prize that is not used is forfeited.  No substitutions for prize except by Sponsor, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be substituted.


Employees, officers, and contractors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of Sponsors, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, dealers, retailers, vendors of Sponsors, and all other entities associated with this promotion, are not eligible.  By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Sweepstakes entities and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against any claims made by winners, entrants, or any other third parties, related in any way to the operation of this Giveaway as well as any other claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Giveaway-related activity or participation in this Giveaway.

Sponsor not responsible for unavailable network, failed server or other connections, miscommunications, interrupted, misrouted or scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise.  The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the contest period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, of any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing  or downloading any material related to the contest.  The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor corrupt the security or proper administration of the contest.  Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.  Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, mechanically reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way.  Entrants to abide by the Contest Rules and decisions of the judging panel which are final.


Winners must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (or in Canada a Declaration of Compliance) within 10 days of notification, or prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected. Winners will also be required to provide proof of age. (Tennessee residents will not be required to sign Publicity Release as a condition of winning a prize.) Residents of Canada, in order to win, must first correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question administered by mail or e-mail at Sponsor’s sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded.


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  1. manella | | #1

    Have you ever completed your project, and press or ironed it only to see it still have wrinkles, or it looked like it still needs another press? Well, you can sprinkle or spray mist your project entirely ( not wringing wet or drenched )with water, roll it up, then put it in a plastic bag, and put the bag in the refrigerator overnight. Take your project out of the refrigerator, and iron/press it, and be amazed.

    I make interior wears for the home, and garments. If I were to own the Oliso Pro Smart Iron, I think I'd iron everything in site... well almost everything. I may even iron thread. But I would love to own this iron. I never bought a $200.00 iron before, and I would like to know if there's a real difference between the irons I can afford and the Oliso.

  2. mgwenzel | | #2

    1. If the fabric allows it I always spray starch my fabric.
    2. I have so many ufo's (unfinished objects) that this great iron will help me get some of them finished before I start new ones.

  3. SUZAG | | #3

    I guess I am old fashioned but I love to iron! The hot iron melting those wrinkles is like a hot knife to butter. Even though your clothing says "Permanent Press", things look so much better when given a light touch up! If you are a single woman and looking for a man, you can usually spot them because they are the "unkept" looking ones with the non ironed clothing! LOL

    My best tip on using the iron is to always pre-shrink your fabric AND iron it and your pattern! How can pieces fit together properly when they are cut out of a wrinkled fabric/pattern? When sewing your seams, always set the stitches first by pressing the seam the way it is sewn and then open it or turn it to the dark side if you have a light and dark fabric.

    If I won this iron, I would use it for all of my ironing but I think it would be especially helpful for my quilting!

  4. Donna_R | | #4

    One of the best tips I have is if you get fusible or something of the same nature on the sole plate of your iron, just rub with a new piece of fabric softener and WA-la. No more gunk on your iron. Make sure the iron is hot but don't burn your fingers.

  5. greeneyes21 | | #5

    When I was in fashion design school, our teachers were sticklers for pressing. We would have to get approval on each project and the first question asked was always "Did you press it?" I have been sewing since I was 12 years old, worked at a bridal shop, and had a dressmaking business. Project Runway inspired me to begin sewing again. Now I'm making lovely clothes for myself and others. I press constantly and all my clothes are ironed! I very much like the "just pressed" look.

  6. whoneedlesthis | | #6

    My best pressing tip was aquired when I ran my sewing business in a dry cleaners establishment.
    Having the work turn out looking like a professionally pressed piece requires removing the steam as quickly as possible.
    Since we don't all have access to a cleaners "buck" I have found that a real wool blanket on my ironing board is a big help in letting the steam dry quickly through the mesh of the board. That, and don't be in a rush to move the piece too quickly!
    I do custom sewing for clients, including making anything that can be made with fabric, as well as alterations to RTW so that it will fit perfectly.
    The lovely Oliso iron will be an invaluable aid in producing the "professional" look that is so desirable, and with no worries about spitting spots onto a customers wedding or formal gown!!

  7. margaretinma | | #7

    I've had my steam iron since 1970. I do think it's time for a new one.

  8. Berninawoman | | #8

    What about the rest of us who are not in the USA or Canada ???
    I just signed up for a subscription, this competition was the first thing I saw when I opened the page and now find that I am excluded being as I reside in the UK..... Why then did I have to pay the full price $38 for an International subscription yet not get the same benefits. The US subscription was 20% off at $32 and they have the option to enter the competitions.... Not a great start.

  9. user-884697 | | #9

    I would enjoy teaching my Grandchildren on how to iron clothing and how to press while sewing. Passing on the love of owning a great Oliso Iron. I do not currently own a nice iron such as this one. I have been watching this iron for a couple years now, wishing I had the opportunity of owning one. Happy sewing/ironing:)

  10. simplypat | | #10

    When quilting or sewing with a fabric that can be starched, overspray starch on the wrong side of the fabric is a tip. The starch is absorbed into the fabric. The print ink on the front can compromise starch absorption.

    Put a dollar store vinyl table cloth on surface. Spray (over spray)wrong size of fabric. Put next fabric on top of the first, then spray. I have sprayed and layer up to 20 fabrics. your some time...Allow this fabric to dry over night. When you iron, with steam, the next day, all wrinkles will disappear, including the seam fold.

    With the Oliso Pro Smart Iron, I would watch wool sleeve caps mold into shape. Have lapels properly mold to your body without a gap in sight. Steam bias crepe to revile the vixen beneath.

  11. Bustsize14 | | #11

    1. Let me count the tips to ironing. Most important is the fact that the fit will not be there if the fabric is not pressed. No pressing can distort or create an erroneous fit. A bad fit is the purpose we sewers sew!

    2. I cannot live without a good iron!! I take pride in my projects and flaunt them when I wear them. I will use the iron to make a corset top I've had my eye on.

  12. Tan88 | | #12

    1) The best tip for ironing while sewing us to actually iron and take your time and press the seams open.

    2.) I've been sewing since elementary school. I've made my prom dress and my wedding dress. My iron that I've had for years finally broke and I recently started a etsy shop and I haven't been able to finish my orders because I don't have a iron. With this oliso iron, I would be able to reopen my etsy shop and also feel safe ironing around my toddlers. I've been searching for a giveaway like this all week and would be overjoyed if I won even though my entry may be a little late. The entry said it was over on "Friday the 23rd" but since today is Friday I'm hoping the 23rd was a typo.

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