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Teach Yourself to Sew

Teach Yourself to Sew Giveaway – Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Entries for this Giveaway (the “Teach Yourself to Sew Giveaway Sponsored by Janome“) will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on September 30, 2013 and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on October 29, 2013 (the “Submission Period”). All entries must be received during the Submission Period. The Giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada (except Quebec), who are at least 18 years old. Contest void in Quebec, Puerto Rico, and anywhere else where prohibited.

HOW TO ENTER: To participate in the giveaway, visit the official entry post, and leave a comment detailing why you want to learn how to sew in 20 words or less, by 11:59 p.m. ET on October 29, 2013.

Submission Requirements: Each answer submission that is entered into the Giveaway must meet ALL of the “Submission Requirements” set forth below (any Submission that, in Sponsor’s good faith judgment, violates the following criteria will be disqualified): 

Submissions must be received by the end of the Submission Period. The Website’s database clock will be the official timekeeper for the Giveaway. Submissions become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged. Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery or receipt of such Submission to Sponsor. Sponsor shall have no liability for any Submission that is lost, intercepted or not received by Sponsor, for any reason.

All Participants must comply with these Official Rules. The Website is governed by the Taunton Press Privacy Policy, which is available at the Website. Sponsors are not responsible for unavailable networks, 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 Sponsors assume 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 Sponsors due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, of any combination thereof including any injury or damage to a participant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material related to the contest. Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the Giveaway should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsors corrupt the security or proper administration of the Giveaway. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of the Giveaway may be a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve 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, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. The Giveaway Rules are subject to the interpretation of the Sponsors, and all decisions related thereto are final.

 PRIZES/VALUES: Five (5) prizes in total will be awarded.

Grand Prize: One (1) Janome 4120QDC Sewing Machine. $1,199 (MSRP, USD$).

First Prize: One (1) winner will receive a DVD Bundle package of our popular beginner sewing video series, Teach Yourself to Sew, Seasons 1 to 4. $99.96 (MSRP, USD$).
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4

Second Prize: Three (3) winners will receive one (1) copy of the Teach Youself to Sew Winter 2013 issue, which includes a one-hour sampler of all four seasons. $12.99 each (MSRP, USD$).

NO PRIZE TRANSFER OR SUBSTITUTION. 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.

TAXES. Except where prohibited, all federal, state, provincial, local or other tax liabilities, including but not limited to luxury, 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 thd the prize award value will be adjusted accordingly.

TERMS/CONDITIONS: Sponsors shall not be responsible for any unsuccessful attempts to notify the winners. 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.

Each participant agrees to release and hold the Sponsors, their employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, and their subsidiaries, parent companies, or other affiliated companies harmless from any and all damages, losses, claims and/or liabilities arising out of his or her participation in the Giveaway or resulting from accepting or claiming any prize awarded hereunder. Unless indicated otherwise by checking the opt-out box on the Website, participants acknowledge and agree that Sponsors may use personal information collected through the Giveaway from time to time to contact participants for advertising and promotional purposes.

Notwithstanding the foregoing paragraph, participation in the Giveaway constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) for the Sponsors to use any winner’s name, likeness, biographical information, photographs and any statements or remarks made about winning or participating in the Giveaway for advertising and promotional purposes (in any medium) without additional compensation.

WINNING: Giveaway will end at 11:59pm on October 29, 2013. Five (5) winners will be randomly selected from among all eligible entries received. Winners will be notified the week of November 11, 2013 by email. Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. One prize per person, household, or family.

CLAIMING PRIZES: The winner must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (or in Canada a Declaration of Compliance) within ten (10) days of notification, or his or her prize may be forfeited. Publicity Release not required where prohibited by law. Prizes will be delivered to each winner’s residence within thirty (30) days of receiving the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release. Winners will also be required to provide proof of age.

WINNER’S LIST: Send self-addressed, stamped envelope by January 1, 2014 to: “Threads Teach Yourself to Sew” Giveaway Winners List Request, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470.

SPONSORS: Janome America, Inc.; The Taunton Press Inc., Threads Magazine 63 S. Main Street, PO Box 5507, Newtown, CT 06470-5506


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  1. DorisVP | | #1

    To be able to create one of a kind garment which would fit my older body.

  2. itssewyou | | #2

    I want to learn everything about sewing and how to improve my current skills. Use of all the tools, special feet and shortcuts, techniques while producing a professional outcome would be tremendous. I scour each and every Threads Magazine and keep them on hand for research and refer to them time and again.

  3. Micky1 | | #3

    To create stylish clothing with proper fit with outcome that matches the investment; knowledge of tools and process is key.

  4. jackie18 | | #4

    My teenage daughter and myself enjoy sewing and designing our clothes. BUT we create FAILURES! Would love some professional advice!

  5. user-2836714 | | #5

    I am a visual learner. Would love to call my sister in Seattle not always for sewing help.

  6. simplydivine | | #6

    Learning to sew will inspire my creativity to look my best, be my best, and share my fashion with others.

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    Knitnut | | #7

    My daughter is just learning to sew. She is a police officer and sewing is a good release for her in her off time. She is teaching herself with free on-line videos and a very old sewing machine. I'd love to win this for her! She doesn't have time to take classes or even spend time with me to help her. She works the evening and night shift (not a pretty job) and will sew at very odd hours. She is learning to make window blinds, she made a dress, and helped me with her bridesmaids dresses. She asked for a "good iron" for Christmas! Can you imagine how thrilled she would be to get a new sewing machine and the DVDs! Thank you Threads! Your giveaways are amazing and inspiring!

  8. HOLYCOWS | | #8

    I want to learn how to sew using proper techniques and for my garments to look custom made not homemade.

  9. Anchi | | #9

    These great tools will help offset my dyslexic and will assist me making a better garment for handicap children.

  10. Cat08 | | #10

    To learn how to better insert lining - I always bung it up. Thank you

  11. EESewer | | #11

    Sewing has been self-expression as engineering for me that I have loved learning and wish to do more.

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    angelap | | #12

    I would love to learn to sew heirloom dresses for my granddaughters. Thank you for this giveaway!

  13. Pollyazco | | #13

    I do some sewing, but you can always learn more and I'd love to win a prize.

  14. pamster629 | | #14

    Want to learn to sew and understand pattern instructions, so I can make clothes for my grandaughters. My choice of machine would be a Janome

  15. user-2945838 | | #15

    I want to learn to sew for the joy of the hobby and practicality of making my own clothes.

  16. lindamj | | #16

    I would like to learn and sew with new material.

  17. WrathofAshlee | | #17

    I have been teaching myself how to sew at home for the past 2 years. I have always used hand me down machines and would love to experience what using a new machine would feel like. My mission is to create conservative one of a kind clothing for young women and spread the love of God to his people. You can check out the designs at

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