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Welcome to Day 6 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win the BERNINA Holiday Gift Basket from BERNINA! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Wednesday, December 7th to be entered to win!

The holidays are upon us and that means handmade gift giving galore! We know members of the sewing and craft community love to give, and as our holiday present to you we’d like to give back. Comment to win the BERNINA Holiday Gift Basket and keep it all to yourself! The gift basket includes a machine tote, travel mug, laptop sleeve, and super cool “Lady’s Knife”, a complete sewing tool in smart pocketknife form.

Haven’t started sewing for the holidays yet? Need some inspiration? Or don’t have enough time? Check out the “Sew Easy Gifts” series on www.WeAllSew.com, the “Sew Easy Gifts” for all kinds of giftable projects. Our favorite is homemade stockings, or the very simple-to-sew circle scarf.

Learn more about BERNINA or find a store near you here. Happy Holidays!

Comment to Win: If you have attended a sewing class recently, what was it for? If you don’t take sewing classes, why not?


This giveaway is sponsored by BERNINA

Please note: If selected as a winner, any personal information you provide to receive your prize in this giveaway is subject to the sponsor’s privacy rules. These may differ from BurdaStyle’s rules, so please review the rules before entering your information. BurdaStyle is not responsible for the handling of your data in connection with this giveaway.

[Update 12/12/11] – Congratulations to member lrm for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 6!


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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.31 PMby sherryberrybim

    Last class I took was the free class that came with my machine at my dealers. I like taking classes although sometimes they fill up very quickly.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.30 PMby stefanika

    My mother teached me to sew. First she sew dress for barbie, and after I start to crochet, to sew…

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.29 PMby puffling

    I haven’t taken a sewing class since my teens, mostly because as a mother of two little kids and a research scientist, I have about 5 minutes to myself each day! (well, that may be a slight exagerration, but you get my drift.)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.26 PMby verypurpleperson

    I wish I could take sewing class, but I live in Japan and there is not much English-speaking classes here. Recently I took Craftsy online sewing course for making bombshell dress by Gertie. I love it and want more classes like this!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.26 PMby agladewe

    As an owner of a couple of Bernina machines, I enjoy going to the All About ME and the Bernina clubs. At these events, our dealer shares Bernina’s tips on sewing and doing machine embroidery. I also took a class to learn how to better use and understand my Bernina My Label software. (This personal pattern-making software is great! ) I really enjoy these clubs and classes. Since there are those of us who try to regularly attend, we look forward to seeing each other each month and also miss someone, when, for some reason they can’t attend. As a bonus, we get free project instructions, special sale prices, and even free embroidery designs sometimes! ( By the way, you don’t have to be a Bernina owner to attend. )

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.26 PMby lesthor

    I haven’t because I don’t have time! Also, I’m pretty unaware of any nearby class that don’t involve quilting (nothing against quilting, but it’s not my thing). I probably will do lots of online classes once I get some time again!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.25 PMby tanyah

    I wanted so badly to take a instruction class on becoming a sewing teacher. It doesn’t seen to be the right time. My youngest children are still too young for me to take off and go out of town during the school year. Perhaps my lack of order is an indication that it’s not the right time too. But I really want to take some classes. 2012? who knows.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.24 PMby bettyb53

    My last class was a dressmaking class that runs twice a year. Its very relaxed, we take along the pattern of our choice and shout if we need help. My last project was a top made with jersey, it was a bit tricky so thank goodness for the class!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.23 PMby gauss

    I don’t take sewing classes because I learn a lot faster and better on my own!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.23 PMby loveleylaura2

    I’m at a school for sewing lessons for a diploma
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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.22 PMby JolJol

    I have not attended a class since 1979, but have just organised to take my long service leave and attend classes for pattern making for 6 months, can’t wait.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.21 PMby erikaj

    I have never taken any classes. The fabric store near me has boring classes

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.20 PMby tuscadero

    Sweet! I need a rolling tote and multi-tool! Maybe I’ll be the winner! :)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.19 PMby stephaniecake

    It’s been some time since I’ve taken any face-to-face classes of any kind. However, I have taken a few of the Craftsy classes (Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dress, Pictorial Quilting and Machine Quilting) and they are a wonderful option for sewists/crafters who have little flexibility and/or nothing available in their geographic region. My mother recently took the Sulky Certification seminar and I’m hoping to be able to take it in 2012 – it seemed like a blast! :-)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.19 PMby ahkisha

    I would love to take lessons since i’m ‘self taught’ and could really benefit from lessons, but alas, theres the problem with time and money… If i have time, no lessons are offered. Or, i just don’t have the money to pay for the lessons!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.18 PMby sewmyway

    I haven’t taking any sewing classes but would love to take one for pattern drafting and grading. Unfortunately there aren’t many where I live unless I want to do a full-time degree or diploma.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.15 PMby kailung256

    I haven’t taken a sewing class for a few years. The last ‘sewing’ class was for my Bernina embroidery machine. I’ve been sewing for 50 years. I’d take a class if there was a new technique that I could learn and anyone had a class in it! LOVE to sew and quilt!!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.14 PMby coppergonzo

    I haven’t taken a class simply because I have no time or money to do so- but my family is filled with knowledgeable stitchers so it’s never been a problem:)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.14 PMby Cassandraj16

    I havn’t taken sewing classes yet but I would love to! I’m a student right now in grad school and miss out on a lot of things to save money…like taking a sewing class. I think taking some would increase my abilities and also get to know some other great people who sew!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.13 PMby lindac

    I took a great class last summer – a sort of refresher for those who knew a little bit but had not sewn for ages and those who were just beginning. The teacher is a fabric artist and has offered other classes at this arts center on free stitch embroidery and quilting recently. There is another sewing class in March I plan to take but, probably for me, the best class would be one that lasted several weeks and was involved with making something and finishing it. The instructor would be available to help us each week if we had a problem.


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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.11 PMby sherlyk

    I recently took an alterations class and it was great! The focus was on making store bought items fit your own body. Aside from hemming, I was taught that a dart would be a great way for me to make adjustments on a few dresses that I owned so that the top/shoulders/chest area fit better.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.11 PMby ahearta

    I take a sewing class once a month at a local quilting and fabric store. The class always focuses on a craft-type project with a focus on a certain technique, like zippers or piping or using a fancy machine foot. I’d love to take a garment sewing class… one day.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.06 PMby vvikushka

    i have never taken a sewing class as I am a self-taught sewer (is that the right word? :) ) I would love to take some classes but it is very difficult find good ones which are not expensive! And if you work in hospitality as I do, it is even very difficult to find time to even attend any classes. x

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.59 PMby shishie

    I recently took a class online from Quilt University, It is a fabric portrait class from Marilyn Belford. I am still not quite finished, but have learned alot.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.58 PMby Elizabeth Biro

    Just finished Sulky Teacher Certifccation in Kennesaw Ga. Had a superb time. I always learn something new even though I have sewn almost my whole life. I live to sew, create, share & care. Sunshine and Smiles, Ellen

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.56 PMby blulagoo

    I am a self taught quilter but have signed up for a quilting course that starts in the New Year, one Saturday a month for 2 hours making a ‘block of the month’. I can’t wait as I will then make the same block another couple of times so that my children have a quilt to hand down in their families when they are older (10 and 13 at the moment). Also it gives me a bit of ‘me’ time. The only other sewing course I have taken is a pattern cutting course – well worth the money and great fun!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.55 PMby leahfranqui

    I took a class back when I first started sewing, but not since. All of the classes at my local fabric store are for beginners, and I’m not really one, anymore. I would love to take an intermediate class, but they don’t offer those…

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.54 PMby blueeyedgenius13

    self-taught sewer, but absolutely love it. i did have a friend teach me to quilt though and that simplicity helped me love it and want to get better to do more complex projects.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.53 PMby Dolly Traicoff

    Well, I actually teach sewing classes. The last one I taught was an apron class where we gather inspiration from vintage and modern aprons and then design a pattern. It’s really fun!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.51 PMby catran

    I have never taken a sewing class because I don’t have time to. I would love to take a class though.

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