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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?


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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, 09.48 PMby Anabel Irma Suárez García

    I recently completed a bag making-sewing class. I loved it! http://mientrasduermemimonstruito.blogspot.com/

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.47 PMby dameventh

    I don’t take sewing classes because most of my family sew. They have taught me how to sew and are always there if I’m having a problem with something. My family has been great teachers. =]

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.46 PMby engrbyday

    I haven’t taken any sewing courses. I learned a lot from my mom when I was young and now I have the internet and public library at my disposal for just about anything I want to learn how to do. I would like to take a pattern-making class but there aren’t any available near me.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.28 PMby raving

    No sewing classes for me, I’m a poor student. I tend to use the internet to find resources to teach myself how to sew, using websites such as burdastyle are super helpful. I also learn from a friend who has more sewing experience than me and can give me advice. I’d love to take a class to really get to know fabrics and how to treat them in sewing.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.26 PMby kallers

    I took a craftsy course. Does that count? Otherwise I’m self (with the help of many internet resources) taught

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.22 PMby foursquarewalls

    I wish I took sewing lessons, but the only classes I’ve found available in my city are for children/teens. It’d be too expensive anyway, I think, and I’ve gotten used to stumbling my way through patterns and learning from my own mistakes.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.17 PMby sammyk

    I absolutely should take classes because I need that extra prodding to tackle big projects (that seem otherwise scary)….and why don’t I? The (currently crying while I type this) 6-month old on my lap along with his 3-year old cohort are my current Social Directors. And they haven’t signed me up for any classes by the looks of my current schedule. But soon, I hope!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.07 PMby infinite-plus-one

    All the courses in my area are way to expensive! But if I could, I would definitely attend pattern making! But for now, i’m happy with learning online, that is why I became a burda member, so that I could keep track of all the tecniques I could learn!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.07 PMby amberelayne

    I’ve only ever taken sewing lessons in school but the main reason is the phlethora of internet resources available for free. However in saying that, as I am growing in skill, I am considering taking lessons because of the details in techniques that I feel are missing. But it will have to wait for the money to be saved :)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.06 PMby makroma

    I’m just back from my weekly sewing class. It is with an Italian “sarta” and we learn to make our own patterns and garments using traditional techniques – lots of thread tracing and handwork. Slow but well worth the effort!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.06 PMby spearle

    no classes offered in my area! I am in the boonies. But I’d love to try an online class eventually if my kids ever grow up!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.06 PMby balduffington

    I took a couple of classes in the past two years— one on how to make slopers and then one on how to use them. Both were packed with good ideas and if I wasn’t so pregnant when I was taking the second class I would have made more. I still use the tips I learned and met a bunch of great people…

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.03 PMby lakangbini

    I honestly didn’t even think about taking a class until reading this. I grew up watching my mom self-teach herself to sew, so that’s how I’ve always thought about sewing. Just figuring it out on your own. Take a class – what a concept! I’ve just looked online for some classes in my area. They look great, and fun. Will definitely sign up for the winter series.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.02 PMby atrinka

    I’m planning to attend a pattern making class at my local community college .

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.00 PMby brunettetruth

    I’m taking an intro sewing class right now. We’re sewing a pencil skirt, mostly by hand. Hard work, but super rewarding.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.58 PMby busybunch

    I haven’t attended a sewing class lately, simply because it’s hard to find the time and extra money with being an at-home Mom to my little ones right now. But I would LOVE to take some in a couple years when they’re all in school! ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.51 PMby sparkledonkey

    I learned to sew by taking classes in high school, but it’s been quite a while. I get by with information and tutorials from books, blogs and BurdaStyle, but would absolutely love to take some classes at the new sewing studio that just opened in Seattle.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.47 PMby rstott82

    I haven’t taken a sewing class mostly due to cost and distance. I would LOVE to be able to though.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.46 PMby nodoubtrxs

    I’ve never attended a sewing class, but it would definitely help me. My finishing techniques are less than perfect.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.45 PMby Dibii

    I had taken the sewing calsses while I have’nt big need to do this instead of pattern making classes, but however the classes add to me more courage to sew complicated projects. And now I’am taking the pattern making classes.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.45 PMby kate1313

    I recently completed an introduction to pattern drafting the the local WEA (workers education association). It’s helped a lot with altering patterns as well as starting to draft my own patterns.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.39 PMby escorpio

    I’ve been looking at a pattern making class, but at the moment it was too pricey. I hope to take a sewing class in the future.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.36 PMby Sippe

    I haven’t been taking classes recently, but that’s only due to logostic. After new year i’ll start up again.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.32 PMby taiwo .

    I couldn’t find any classes around me that were offered at a convenient time (and price) so I delved into learning on my own project by project. The free patterns on the burdastyle website were my first “tutors” and of course a lot of videos on you tube come in handy. I’m still learning as I go and I love it!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.29 PMby hayleyroper

    a pattern making class at my local community college.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.27 PMby hpennie

    I have only ever taken a serging course, and it was introductory. However, I am hoping for a brand-new Bernina serger under the Christmas tree with many bells and whistles. The local dealer gives amazing classes, so if I receive my new toy, I am definitely planning to take a class to learn what it can do!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.26 PMby psychorat

    I would like to attend a course but never have. I am totally self taught. I think in courses you can learn a lot of tricks and meet new people.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.21 PMby flashabou

    I haven’t taken a class in a long time but would like to if I had more time! I do LOVE MY BERNINA 440QE though. The best machine EVER!!! A real dream to sew on for everything!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.19 PMby macoskrm

    I’ve never taken a sewing class because I can’t find the kind that I’m looking for! I’d love to take a pattern-drafting class but there isn’t anything at my university and there’s nothing in the area. Maybe someday!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.16 PMby ionuin

    I used to regularly take sewing classes at my local community college, taught by an amazing women who had been working at the school for over 30 years! Unfortunately the whole ALA department, which included interior design, clothing design, and tailoring, was closed down due to budget cuts. Although there are other sewing classes in the area, for a starving student they are out of my budget. I write letters to the school board of directors, but they have responded by telling me that this department is not a priority. The community college classes were incredible, the department owned 30 Bernina sewing machines, 3 sergers, 5 ironing boards, and 4 fabric cutting tables: which are all now sitting in storage, collecting dust. The skills taught by this class to me were indispensable, and I hope one day they are reinstated so others might benefit as much as I have. <3

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