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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, 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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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.16 PMby capncornbread

    I’ve never taken a formal sewing class, my mom has taught me up until this point, however in January I’m taking two sewing classes at my university.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.13 PMby lrm

    I haven’t taken a sewing class, but I would definitely like to… Cost is the main reason I haven’t yet, but online classes might be a possibility!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.10 PMby madyb

    I’d love to take sewing classes,but my time and my budget are very limited these days!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.10 PMby aluckmann

    I would love to take a sewing class that coveres some of the more intimidating garments like lingerie, outerwear and tailored suits – I just haven’t seen any offerings in my area. Perhaps it’s that I don’t know where to look, because I do live in a densely populated area.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.09 PMby indigoeve

    I would LOVE to take classes but I haven’t been able to find any in my area beyond the basic “make a pair of shorts or a laptop sleeve” type of classes. I’m so thankful for the wealth of information available on your website and all the users that contribute!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.00 PMby jocel

    I have been learning how to sew from things I find on the internet, my grandmothers, and from experience. I’ve never attended a sewing class because the ones I find are either too expensive or they teach something I already know.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 08.00 PMby patalie

    I have never taken one mainly because I am too intimidated. But my sewing is the one that’s suffering and it really, really shows.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.58 PMby gibbylet

    I don’t take classes because I’m shy. Hmm written down that seems like a stupid reason to not take a class. I will procrastinate until the weather is warmer but I suppose it’s time to bite the bullet.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.51 PMby Romanssi

    havent take any sewin class after school at 6th grade. my granny and my mom teatched me a bit sewing but other than that i have learned all myself with testing, undoing sewing it again and undoing again till it gobe right :)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.47 PMby LeYonnick Boreland

    I took one for zipper pouches for the sake of learning the skill. :)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.44 PMby thecraftyone

    For me time, location, and cost are all reasons that I have yet to take a sewing class.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.40 PMby scavengerannie

    I attended an excellent sewing course this year to brush up on my machine skills & I made a fab autumn jacket. Unfortunately there are none near me anymore so my big dream is to own a crafting studio/cafe in my town as tea + cakes + crafting = happy stitchers!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.32 PMby vindaviper

    I would take classes, but there is NOTHING nearby! It’s a good 45 minutes to the nearest Joann’s. Sad really, sewing is a dying art in so many places! We had to fight Walmart to get fabric back in our local store!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.29 PMby makurochan

    i did a year long certificate in fashion manufacturing a few years ago, and since then i’ve felt confident enough in my skills to try just about anything on my own.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.28 PMby Sue2040

    I can’t remember the last class I took, but I am signed up for Marcy Tilton’s Design Outside the Lines class in September of next year. It will be in Taos New Mexico. Can’t Wait!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.26 PMby ealis

    I’ve never been to a professional sewing class, although I’d love to go to one. What’s my excuse……. time, money, location and technology. Most in-class instructional sewing is taught in the big city, which involves time, money, and travel. And most web classes, which would involve time and money, are too much for my ten-year-old computer to handle. If I could find someone local and inexpensive, I’d be their star student. Or as Clare wrote, maybe I’d become an instructor myself once my skill set improves.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.25 PMby AnnaStevenson

    I also don’t take sewing classes, mainly because I had the best sewing education you could ask for from my great-grandmother, her daughter (my grandmother), and her granddaughter (my mother). They taught me the basics so thoroughly that the only courses that would interest me, would be in higher-end couture – I’m able to do pretty much everything I want and need, or figure it out on my own. And I grew up using my mother’s and grandmother’s Bernina 830 sewing machines, the model with the knee-activated presser foot lifter :)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.24 PMby nellyvdb

    I took a beginner’s course last year. I love a classroom environment, but recently I don’t have time to learn. I struggle to find time to sew, even though it is my passion.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.24 PMby t4n14

    I’ve not attended any sewing classes, though I’d love to only if schedule- and budget-permitting. Someday… someday :)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.24 PMby mcgjean

    The last class I took was sewing invisible bindings. I don’t quilt but hope to use the technique with apparel. There is always something to learn in sewing. I have been sewing for almost 40 years and take classes at least once a year.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.23 PMby elisabetsy

    Haven’t taken a class because some of what I enjoy about sewing is figuring things out on my own. I have numerous reference books and of course, the internet to fall back on. However, I have been thinking lately that a class would be fun too!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.20 PMby mcgjean

    the last class I took was sewing invisible bindings by machine. I don’t quilt, but hope to use the technique in apparel.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.19 PMby SewSunshine

    The last class I attended was for quilting techniques applied to fashion garment making. The previous class I attended was for free motion stitching and embellishment

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.19 PMby isabelbk

    Dress making. It was a wonderful class!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.19 PMby sigridjakob

    I’ve actually attended a patternmaking class recently, but we still also had to sew up our patterns to make sure they worked. I love designing my own clothes. A draping class is next.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.10 PMby hovis1971

    My grandmother started show me how to sew many moons ago..the last time I took a “sewing class” was in Home Ec. in highschool LOL!! Would love to if time permitted.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.06 PMby Amanda Cox

    Never have taken a sewing class! just learned from my mom!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.04 PMby lolliepeeps

    I love Bernina! I’m ready to take classes on fitting.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.03 PMby karmologyclinic

    I’ve never attended sewing classes. First, because I can self teach myself almost everything, I like concentrating on books and going with my own pace on learning. Then if you have questions there is the internet where you can find most answers. Second, where I live, Greece, there aren’t any sewing classes that I’d be interested in, most are for beginners and expensive. I’d like to be able to ask and consult someone more experienced than me, or attending very special classes on couture sewing, but that is not an option where I live.

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