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


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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.02 PMby anneeza

    I would love to join sewing class but my time is too limited (such lame excuse). However all there while I’ve been learning from books and I an happy to say that it works! Been making a lot of stuff for the house and apparels for kids and me. Hooray!

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      Dec 7, 2011, 02.10 PMby ellesassypants

      i totally get limited time. . . try a private tutor. someone who is semi retired or retired and has free time. i have 2 jobs and 2 kids. . . so i can’t devote a lot of time. Maryalice is great about fitting me in an hour or two at a time once every week or two.

      i happened upon her online, but i’m sure you could find someone. . . church, senior centers, friends mothers and grandmothers. . . start asking around!

      happy sewing!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.02 PMby squarebob

    does an on line sewing class count? it was on fitting an invisible zip as i had forgotten since my 2 years at collage 2002-2004

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.01 PMby steffiii87

    i was tought by my mum and try by myself.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.00 PMby dobleufa

    I take quilting lessons twice a month but never took sewing lessons. I started sewing as a child, learnt the basics from grandma and then by trial and error.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.55 PMby mashka

    The last time I took a “sewing class” was in Home Ec. in highschool. I know my local fabric store has classes, but I have never attended one. I really do not have a good reason of why I have not gone to a class, so maybe I should look into it more. I bet I would have a fun time.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.48 PMby lecsmiscellany

    I have not taken sewing classes in a while, and one of the reasons is time. I am a mother to two young girls and it’s hard to find the time, but this post has encouraged me to try!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.46 PMby Clari Feuerbacher

    I have not taken a class. I grew up having my great Aunt teach me how to sew and I am also self taught. An intermediate class, focusing on altering patterns and fitting would be great to take though.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.41 PMby angelical

    I have never taken “classes” in sewing since 4th grade obligatory sewing classes at school. I dreaded it! The machines were crap, the noice unbearable and we never really made anything as it was just TOO SLOW. First 20 min was used for treading the machines. After every seam we should consult the teacher (a 15 min queue) to have it inspected and approved and be instructed in the next step. If good, you could sew 2 or 3 seams every week. Nothing fun at all. Since then, I have learned bits and pieces from my mom and grandmother, who both sews. And the rest is self taught. I have consideres Gerties online course and put it on my wishlist for christmas, though. At least there won’t be any much noice in that :)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.38 PMby missb-1

    I really wish I could take a sewing class or anything about fashion, design and such, but there are none where I live. :( That’s why BurdaStyle rocks as I can connect with other crafters online and learn from them.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.37 PMby Julie Fisher

    Brazilian Hand Embroidery. So beautiful & fun!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.36 PMby fatandy

    I never took any classes, but was taught by my grandma and my great grandma. Best lessons one can wish for…

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.36 PMby cheryllholmberg

    I was lucky to grow up in a sewing environment. My mother, a talented seamstress taught me to sew at a young age. Thanks to her mentoring, I was making most of my own clothes in high school, my first desigm project was a prom dress. Teaching sewing classes is a way I feel I can pass on the gift my mother gave me by teaching me to sew. It’s very excieting to see the new interest in young people to learn to sew.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.35 PMby Martina Soncica

    I just finnished one today :) It was a general sewing one and we all sew what we wanted. It was great because we got along really well and was part work part fun ;)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.29 PMby sunbeachsurf

    I haven’t taken a class recently, because there are none in close proximity. But, I’m moving soon (husband is in the military) and I’m hoping to be able to take a quilting class in our new home (we don’t know where we’re going yet!)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.25 PMby nettie

    I haven’t attending a sewing class partially due to time (and timing, the classes don’t usually fit in with my mom schedule) but mostly due to cost. I am considering ponying up the dough for a pattern drafting class either at 3rd Ward or FIT in the new year.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.24 PMby flutefish

    I took a quilting class a while back; it was about making landscape quilts. I’d like to take more classes, but (a) they’re too expensive and (b) there aren’t any in the area (especially now that the local quilt shop has closed!).

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.23 PMby Mariah Williams

    unfortunately, I haven’t taken any classes lately because I’m still unpacking from a recent move and my machine is still in a box. :( I do hope to get back into sewing as soon as I have a place to put my machine. I’m getting there slowly, but surely! Some new tools would probably inspire me to get there faster. hint, hint. ;)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.21 PMby Michalgsaw

    I took a basic sewing class over the summer. I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew and the class was a lot of fun. Although I am only at the beginning and there is so much more to learn.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.15 PMby nani

    I’m doing fashion studies so I get sewing lessons but it’s very basic, the last thing we learned was ho to put a zipper into a pair of trousers..

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.10 PMby cam557

    I haven’t attended a sewing class recently. I already know the basics, and there’s a lot of information and tutorials on the internet.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.10 PMby sunnyb64

    I’ve taken a couple of online sewing classes via Pattern Review, but never any in person. The only option for taking one around here is at Joann Fabrics, and those are way more basic than what I would want. The last one I took at PR was a couture “little black dress” class back in January. Aside from those, everything I know comes from my mom, self-teaching, here, and other books and websites.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.09 PMby lhartup

    I haven’t taken a sewing class since college, mostly because of a too busy schedule!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.08 PMby v3g4n

    I’ve only ever taken one class and that was a very basic sewing machine essentials class. I’d be interested in taking more, but they’re pretty expensive.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.05 PMby Clare Bartlett

    Unfortunately I live in a pretty rural area and there aren’t any classes local to me, but if I get good enough, there’ll be a whole niche market ready and waiting for me! Therefore the last sewing class I attended would have been at secondary school about 20 years ago!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.04 PMby pink-cornelia

    I’m self taught because they don’t give any sewing classes anywhere near where I live. The closest thing that I have taken to a sewing class were the free lessons that came with my serger, but I only saw how to use my machine.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.04 PMby pink-cornelia

    I’m self taught because they don’t give any sewing classes anywhere near where I live. The closest thing that I have taken to a sewing class were the free lessons that came with my serger, but I only saw how to use my machine.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.02 PMby cedarskye

    The last sewing class I took was for basic instruction on sewing a lunch bag. I’m a beginner, but it was fun to pick a project that I could complete quickly and actually use often!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.59 PMby theDuck

    I have never attended a sewing class which you have to pay for, since they all seem so expensive. But on the other hand we have a lot of sewing classes in elementary school in my country, so I have already had enough classes to cover the basics (once a week for about six years). The rest I try to learn through internet tutorials, and trial and error!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.59 PMby primandpropah

    I have taken sewing classes recently not just to learn but because it is nice to be around likeminded people. We can all take joy in one another and finishing a project is a blast!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.57 PMby lejn

    Sewing classes are expensive in Croatia and it is better to buy a few good sewing instruction books and learn from there, plus there is so much great tutorials on the web that your money is better spent on something else,like saving for a overlock or embroidery machine.

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