Monday, July 15, 2013

I'm a Winner! Schmetz Needle Prize

Schmetz Needles

I have entered many, many PR contests over the years and have been flattered by the many votes I've received, but I've never actually won.  They're more for fun motivation and a way to decide what project to sew next.

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I entered my Downton Abbey silk dress in the Natural Fibers Contest at Pattern Review.  Well, I got 2nd place!  I was very surprised because there were tons of great entries in that contest.  Thank you to all who voted for me!

The prize was a $75 gift certificate to Schmetz Needles, which is a really great prize.  I sew with Schmetz needles anyway, and remembering to buy needles tends to slip my mind and if you don't have the right needle--you can't sew.  Not to mention it's sewing money that could be used for fabric, lol.

They had me send them my list of needles and supplies and they shipped it to me super quick in a nice little box.

I got a whole bunch of universal needles (love the multi-size packs) and my favorite specialty needles.  I go through Microtex needles like they're potato chips, and I prefer stretch needles to ballpoint needles for most knit projects.  I also go through twin needles like potato chips so I got a few of those.  They also stock 45 mm rotary cutter blades.  I got a rotary cutter fairly recently and love it for whizzing through straight line cutting.  They even included a guide to the different types of needles and their uses.

Now I am set for a couple of years at least.  Bring on the fabric!  (Which I, um, have.)

28 comments:

Sewfast said...

Congratulations! That's a great dress BTW!

countrygirlcouture said...

Congrats! It was a beautiful dress, so I'm glad it got some recognition! :-) And holy cow! That's a super awesome prize! Now you've got more money for fabric. ;-)

Lynneb said...

Yay! Congratulations on the win! Fabulous dress, very deserving!

kathy said...

Great prize.
You deserve it.

Rosie said...

Congratulations!

Sigrid said...

Congratulations. Well deserved.

cidell said...

Congrats!! I'd love to hear more (or get my own) guide.

Mary said...

Congratulations on your well deserved prize!!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Congrats on winning such a wonderful prize!

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

congrats and what a great prize

soisewedthis said...

Oh yay! Congrats on your win!!

twotoast said...

Such a lovely dress - and a well deserved prize! So, does that mean that the money you would have had to spend on needles, can now be spent on fabric. Rightawayquick?!

Trumbelina said...

Congrats Trena!! You deserve it. Your dress is awesome.

June said...

Congratulations! A well-earned prize, no question!

Mikhaela Reid said...

Congratulations! A wonderful prize and so well-deserved... I go through twin needles and stretch needles like crazy too! But what is a Microtex needle?

Susan said...

Congratulations!

Just wondering - my fabric shop can't seem to tell me the difference between a stretch needle and a ballpoint one (and the one marked jersey). It would be interesting to hear why you prefer one over the other for different kinds of fabrics, one of these days, if you have time!

katherine h said...

I won a similar Schmetz prize last year, and those roll-the-gold rotary lades are awesome. Up until them, I wondered why people used rotary cutters, because mine never worked that well. Now I love them.

Congrats on winning!

Kristy said...

Congratulations! It's a beautiful dress so it definitely deserved a prize. How handy to have so many needles on hand - I always stock up at 2 for 1 sales and yet I still seem not to have the one I need mid project!

badmomgoodmom said...

Congratulations!

Should I send you some more fabric? Or just take you shopping when you visit LA?

Rose said...

Congratulations! What a lovely collection of needles.

If you have time, I would also like to know what differences you have experienced between the stretch needles and ballpoint needles. I'm guessing that the stretch needles work also for stretch wovens, but I've never used the stretch needles (using universals on wovens (mostly cottons) and ballpoints/jerseys on knits/itys, etc). I'm surprised that you didn't get some stretch twin needle. I bought some from a coop purchase several years ago (and alas, I have not used them yet).

Rose in SV

Adelaide B said...

Jealous!

Sue said...

Congratulations! Gorgeous dress - well deserving of such a great prize!

Linda said...

Congratulations!!! That is a nice prize and so very useful.

Ripple Dandelion said...

That is a great prize and I agree with other commenters that you more than deserve it. I'm sure you'll put those needles to great use--congratulations!

Sewing Princess said...

Congratulations! it's great you won. I use those needles too.

Jilly Be said...

It's hard to believe you haven't won before this - I've seen so many great entries from you! You deserved this win - gorgeous dress; congratulations! :)

Vicki said...

Congratulations. Those needles will be very useful

Chelsey said...

Gorgeous!