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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 27, 2011, 05.17 PMby maria adada zoubeir

    i took a sewing class all last year because i wanted to know how to sew dresses so i can launch my own line HARMONIA BY MARIA…

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    Dec 22, 2011, 05.08 AMby 1diane

    I took a class called. Never sewed before

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    Dec 19, 2011, 09.33 PMby Jessicagoette

    I wish there were actually 48 hours in a day so I could have enough time to earn more money so I could take more classes and buy more fabric! Of course there would be more sewing time in a day as well! One can always wish…

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    Dec 14, 2011, 11.26 AMby Jazmijntje

    I recently started sewing classes. First I was only sewing bags and small items, now I am into sewing clothing and I will need some help with this ;-)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 11.23 AMby Jazmijntje

    LOVE the lady’s knife!!!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 09.40 PMby Twyla Miller

    My last sewing class was learning to use my Serger. I am excited to get started on using it now that I am able to thread and understand how to change uses.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.20 PMby MWags8

    I now own the Bernina 730 and 830. I am addicted to machine embroidery. I participate in online webinars through Bernina. I as many others live pretty far to take any classes. It’s an hour drive for me, one way. But I have chosen classes at my local Bernina dealer to sign up for. When I am at the Bernina Dealer, their store is adorned with such beautiful things. I feel I am a seasoned sewer, but I want to learn some of the newest techniques. And searching for ideas t has to what to make from my beautiful embroidered designs. Winter plans include just that, taking classes and learning online, and sewing, sewing, sewing!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.02 PMby ifangoch

    I would like to go to a roman blind sewing class but I live in the country and its just too far to travel.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 10.06 PMby mad14kt

    I live too far from the next city to take sewing classes.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.46 AMby KathfromOz

    My most recent class was for a cloth art doll. Our teacher was superb and I’m excited about my finished effort. I’ve taken many dressmaking lessons over the years and am confident now to do my own thing.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 11.41 PMby susan294

    I am currently taking a trench coat sewing class at a local continuing education school. It is an entire semester long for 3.5 hours each week. While I am pretty confident sewing by myself, classes help improve my technique and to learn new skills. I am also taking an online sewing class with Gertie to make the burda bombshell dress. This will allow me to learn a few couture hand-sewing techniques in addition to getting a dress that will fit like it was custom-made just for me.

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    Dec 9, 2011, 08.11 PMby lubica

    When I was approx. 10 years old, I started to learn sewing with my grandma on very old LUCZNIK, without electricity, powered by a wheel ;) it was very funny, I was sewing only pillows and sheets for some time. Then my mum managed to buy me some russian BURDAs, it was very difficult during communism to get such magazine in former Czechoslovakia. Later on, my mum took a sewing course and she learnt me some hints in sewing. And based on all these and my russian beginners knowledge I started to sew some simple skirts, shirts and then when I improved myself I sewed several very nice cloths. When I was about 18 years old I took one sewing course however it was not very useful as I was already advanced at that time. At the moment I don’t take the sewing classes due to often travelling for my job but I still continue sewing, which is the best kind of relax for me :)

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    Dec 9, 2011, 01.20 AMby izziejane

    Haven’t taken a class in years, don’t remember what it was about. I would like to take one but I work nights so would have to search hard for one on my nights off that I would like to take that is close enough to me (I have to take public transit and the last bus near my home on my nights off is at 8:35pm.) Should look for one in the new year, after I get my machine serviced, have to go back to work first (have been off sick for the last three months).

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    Dec 8, 2011, 04.30 PMby Natalshok

    Oh! I’d like to take sewing classes, but it’s too expensive for pensioneer in Russia, so I am learning with Internet now!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 02.38 PMby shortts

    I’d love to take classes to update my skills, but the closest ones are 30+ minutes away and I can’t fit them into my schedule. So, I learn now from magazines like Threads, and from websites like this! I learned to sew long ago from a friend’s mom who had a little class in her home, as well as from required home ec courses.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 02.19 PMby krystleskloset

    I wanted to take a class at JoAnns for knitting…but then my cousin reminded me of youtube. :) Thats why i havent attended a class. Although, I would still like to go to one for the one on one interaction and clarification in case I have questions.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 11.28 AMby anthi

    Taught 10 years ago in fashion school now in a designer competion learned even more in 6 weeks that I had in 2 years push your limits and take up on every experience as a lesson even the winning ones

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    Dec 8, 2011, 09.45 AMby Theatreclare31

    Well I have just taken delivery of my first sewing machine at aged… (over 37 lets say) and am very excited. However my local College has no space left on its novice sewing course – bad times. Therefore I am having an hours lesson with the shop that sold me the machine and after that it is all trial and error til the next night school course starts – oh and all my friends who are great seamstresses have volunteered to impart knowledge too so am very excited about Christmas Day when i can start sewing everything in sight :-)

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.20 AMby ronnielee

    I am self taught and am always learning something new (the Internet is endless and of course Burdastyle is there for all of the help you could possibly need) I recently took a community classes advertised for patternmaking, little did I know until I arrived for the first session that they had included sewing for beginners. I would not normally be grudging this but the sewers outnumbered the patternmakers and subsequently they got more of the attention from the teacher. (Not the sewers fault but the community college that had organised it)! I found myself during the classes helping many of the beginners with basic questions because it took so long to wait for your turn. If you were thinking of doing a sewing class I would check what the capacity numbers are first, otherwise, you will not be coming home with a new skirt!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 03.42 AMby jamierhitt

    I’ve basically taught myself everything I know first from eyeing store bought apparel or imagining original costumes and recently I found burda style and decided to take up patterns and learn professional techniques… I’m sure classes would be helpfull but I enjoy the self discovery and problem solving elements that come with sewing not to mention I wouldn’t even know where to start for classes… Going to design school is about the only thing that would interest me and that’s a far leap from my insurance career

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    Dec 8, 2011, 03.07 AMby representativekelly

    Yes, I think I’m in need of a boost :) I would love to take some sewing classes for meeting new friends and developing new techniques if I have a chance. I learned most of my sewing skills, and developed hobby (many hobbies) for making things (knitting, crocheting, papercrafting, painting/drawing, cooking, etc.) when I was a child. My grandpa was a tailor who made custom menswear-style jackets and trousers, as well as women’s custom apparel. Therefore, every day is a “learning lesson” for me :)

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    Dec 8, 2011, 03.06 AMby jmelsha

    Have not taken any classes recently because I was tutoring my daughter on some sewing techniques. We worked on some great upcycling projects to turn men’s shirts into tunics and t-shirts into shopping bags.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 02.16 AMby Anja Hietanen

    i took sewing class in highschool.

    i love the feeling of having the pattern, choosing your own style and making it yourself to have a decent finished garment you can be proud to wear.

    i no longer take classes because i like to learn myself through my mistakes and through friends i meet online and over forums.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 01.57 AMby gracerose

    Finding a teacher that is accessable and I am confident and comfortable with learning from is probably why I haven’t taken a class in the flesh. I’ve spent time following lots of tutorials over the net and found some of them very satisfying and helpful. I have also purchased a dvd series from a teacher I felt confidence in and this was a real springboard to my learning. The beauty of the dvd was the one time cost and I was able to go over and over difficult areas until I could accomplish the task. The downside perhaps is that you miss the direct input specific to you. However, the method was effective and I was able to accomplish what I wanted to do.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 01.38 AMby needsroots

    no classes… i usually are the one that is teaching them!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 12.30 AMby Christi Woglemuth

    I don’t take classes because I don’t have money and time.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 12.25 AMby conniereed

    I don’t take sewing classes. I usually figure things out on my own, or use the amazing free tutorials on the internet.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 09.42 PMby lucasfrost

    i probably could do with some extra sewing classes as i study costume design. However i just try and improve and learn for myself.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 09.07 PMby pgf

    Have not taken a class since junior high school- there are no classes given close by , or they are too expensive.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 08.42 PMby BeckyAW

    Never been; firstly, there aren’t any in my area (a pretty big reason really!) and secondly, telling people that i not only made something, but did it from scratch from and idea in my head, not a pattern, is really amazing :D I think that sewing is so easily self taught once someone tells you to thread a needle and it’s just a case of picking up techniques from trial and error (ALWAYS switch feet… I’ve sewn through my finger…) and from amazing sights like Burdastyle.

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