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Giveaway: The Way Sewing Used to Be

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“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth,” wrote William W. Purkey.

Writing is either something you hate or you love. I definitely fall into the latter category. For me, the process of finding catchy yet real-world words is a halcyon time of creativity and peace. And when sentences just spill out like I’ve connected my mind to the computer via USB cable, I feel energized mentality. Refreshed. Both can be a good thing and a bad thing. Good because I do exactly as Purkey asserts – I pursue my passion of writing void of trends and neglect what everyone else is doing or saying. Bad because when I advocate people to do something, I forget they actually might do it!

Ten weeks ago, I started an Instagram series with the hashtag #thewaysewingusedtobe. Meant as a way to document the impeccable design, color and packaging of vintage sewing notions, I initially thought I would be the only participant. Two weeks later, I checked the album and what’d ya know, other people were posting! I was moved as well as touched. Moved because people actually became involved and touched because I now knew that I’m not the only one who gets the munchies for great design, vintage notions and pretty little doodads.

Can you believe it, but the album has almost 80 images! No, that’s not triple digits, but anything more that 1 is a towering number. So, as a thank you, I’m giving away a lot of vintage sewing notions. Just some sewing gismos, thingamabobs and whatchamacallit a that I picked up on Ebay and compiled into diverse assortment. It’s not worth a lot in dollars, but it’s worth a lot in value.

To enter, like Madalynne on Facebook and follow Madalynne on Bloglovin. Then, in the comments below, specify your method of entry and where I can contact you (email, Facebook). If you’re already a follower, don’t worry, just tell me so. Contest opens immediately and closes Wednesday, September 10th, when a winner will be chosen, notified and featured on this blog. Last, contest is open internationally. Good luck!

And in the meantime, check out all the photos below and don’t forget to add your own images – #thewaysewingusedtobe

vintage sewing notions


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    Dude! So cool that the vintage notion trend has continued. I follow on both bloglovin and facbook.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I love your images 🙂

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    I own a few vintage sewing tools and patterns that were given to me by a supervisor at work and I love them. This sounds great! I follow on both 🙂

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    Amanda Renea

    I follow on facebook and bloglovin! I have some vintage sewing stuff that I received from my grandma, I really should add them to your album!

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      Maddie Flanigan


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    I love vintage sewing tools. I follow you on Facebook and bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Love vintage everything sewing! Following you on bloglovin and facebook

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    Love vintage tools and clothes. I folllow you on blogloving and Facebook. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    I love everything vintage sewing 🙂 I follow you on bloglovin! Thanks for the giveaway,

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    Deborah Manser

    I follow you on bloglovin and facebook. I love the vintage sewing notions. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Canal Couture

    I have a funny picture to add to that collection!
    Would love a chance to win (already follow you both on b&f)

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    Helen // Grosgrain Green

    I am super pleased that you have included my photo above! I already follow you on both. You can contact me on grosgraingreen[at]hotmail.co.uk, should I be lucky enough to win!!

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    I’m following you on Bloglovin and following on Facebook–I can be contacted at lynnpoulin AT gmail.com. Thanks for your blog–love the vintage sewing stuff–it reminds me of visiting my grandmother and her sister when they would sew together!

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    Words really are fantastic! Could you please increase your font size, so that I might reader yours with greater ease?

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    Audra Deemer

    already a follower and you can reach me via email audramelissa AT gmail.com, thanks!

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    Beth Byrge

    I follow on FB and BL. How fun to see my images here, I love looking at all these photos!

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    Cyndi Johnson

    I follow on FB. I need to add some of my collection to your group. I love the vintage packages on old sewing notions & patterns!

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    I follow on both Facebook and bloglovin. You can contact me at brigid(dot)boyer(at)mac(dot)com. So fun!

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    I follow on FB and via WordPress. Cool pix – just got some of my own heirloom notions… suzanne dot mcdonald at yahoo dot com

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    I already follow you on bloglovin and IG. I have some vintage sewing notions I’ve picked up at thrift shoppes and church sales. Love a good find! You can contact me on my blog Gjeometry.com or my Facebook page facebook com/gjeometry.

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    Sueann walter

    I will look through my mother’s items and try to post something soon. I enjoy your blog, thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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    I follow on both Facebook and bloglovin. You can contact me at larkandwren(dot)us(dot)gmail(dot)com


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    I just entered! i added you on fb (Wendy Herbert) and blogloving (fairytales) my contact email is wendyherrera AT mail DOT com

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    Nicole Martinez-Anderson

    i follow you on bloglovin and faceboook. Love vintage notions the best part about estate and yard sales

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    Dana Rivera

    Thanks for the chance ♡ I was already following on fb and email but now also on Bloglovin!! You may contact me at danarivera84@gmail.com

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    Oh, I love vintage sewing notions, the packaging is already worth it, so pretty! 🙂 I’m already a FB and Feedly follower, but added it to bloglovin as well… Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Christianne McCall

    What a cool giveaway. Thank you! You can email me cmccall522@gmail.com or fb. I follow you!

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    Joanna Gustafson

    Following you on FB and bloglovin. Love love looking at sewing vintage supplies. You may contact me at joannarose1@hotmail.com

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    Been following on Bloglovin’ some time, am now following on FB. I have some nice older stuff, I love just looking at the oldsewing notions. I’m at helene@hellmanvatten.se

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    I follow on Bloglovin and I like your page on Facebook. baskin.stacia @ gmail . com

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    Carlee McTavish

    I already follow on both! I can be reached at carleeandrea dot smith at gmail dot com 🙂

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    I’m gonna add some of the thread spools I inherited from my great-grandmother, and some things I found around my grandmas!

    I follow on both bloglovin and facebook, and can be reached by email okamishoujo at gmail dot com

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    Ooh lovely! My mum bought a sewing box at an auction recently, which happened to be full of loads of vintage goodies! She gave me one or two and they are so lovely. I’ve framed some of the wrappers.
    I follow you on both bloglovin and facebook. Email is catherine @ redkitecommunications.com

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    juliana gago

    we’ll, again, I don’t have facebook. I follow you on Bloglovin, and I ADORE your posts.
    This series, the way sewing used to be, is just wonderful! I showed my granny and she had a long chat with me about how much the world changed and how indeed it was back when.

    much love to you maddie <3

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