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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

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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, 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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    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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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.57 PMby turtlegirl00

    most of the classes in my area are for quilting projects… i wish we had more for apparel. I did, however, take a braided rug class. it was interesting—not really sewing though. I read a TON online and have quite the library of books and am a burda junkie :)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.54 PMby tsedai

    I don’t take any sewing classes because there aren’t any in my area offered at times I can attend, or they are very basic beginner intro to sewing classes and I don’t have much interest in learning to make a tiny little pillow. I do read lots of sewing blogs and sewing books to try and expand my skills and techniques. If I could find a good sewing class for the intermediate seamstress I would really enjoy taking one though.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.51 PMby morkin13

    I’ve never taken a sewing class. I really enjoy teaching myself and it’s pretty easy to find any information, tutorials, etc. online.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.49 PMby lindsay614

    I have never taken sewing classes, and it’s mostly for a lack of time in the evenings. Would love to increase my knowledge!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.45 PMby Podbod18

    I recently took a begginners dressmaking class at our local community college. I loved it so much I’m giving up a day per week at work to enable me to attend an intermediate class in London.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.37 PMby bekabug8

    I’m a Fashion Design student so sewing classes are kind of mandatory! :)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.31 PMby mixtlii

    I took sewing class 5 years ago, and that’s how I learnt the basics of sewing! Now, I don’t take any class because I consider I know enough to make everything by myself… And with my friend the internet! Also, it would be difficult to find time to take class, at home I can sew from 9 to 12pm…

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.29 PMby palindroom

    I take classes at a tailer where I live in Groningen. Since I just got out of school I can only afford to go 2 times a month but I don’t really mind. She teaches me the basics of the garments I choose to make. Last time I learned to make the button part at the end of the sleeves of a blouse. I really enjoy it because when I’m in class I can sit down and enjoy sewing and I don’t have to feel guilty because I’m supposed to do something else!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.29 PMby blossomgirl

    I asked Santa for a new machine for Christmas, and this will help me get my machine to class.
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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.28 PMby mlssfshn

    I teach sewing, I grew up sewing and pretty much self taught and took 4 semesters in college basic,advanced,man tailoring and flat pattern. My day job is in a drapery workroom and I pretty much learn on the job. Today for example,I made my first button tufted pillow.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.26 PMby Shannon Kramp

    I take sewing lessons every week with a local designer in Austin. I learn a variety of things from flat pattern to working on my designs. Trying to practice my rolled hem at the moment.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.23 PMby Erica Larsen

    I don’t think anyone around here offers sewing classes in person, and I’m not really an online class type of person.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.15 PMby Mauricia Bento

    i never attended to sewing classes. i recently met a lady from a store and she teaches in another town nearby. but i work very far and i can´t get in time for those classes.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.13 PMby Redsonia

    I’d love to go to the next level, so I am starting January 13th, 2012 a sewing class. There are only 4 students and I can choose any project to work on. I would love to sew a jacket or a coat, and I need a professional guide.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.12 PMby mcglen8

    I have not taken a sewing class—unless you count 4-H about 35 years ago. :-) If I can work it into my schedule, I plan on taking a quilt class in the spring.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.12 PMby ichigogirl

    I attended a draping-class earlier this autumn. I really wanted to learn how to make draped designs, and it turned out not only to teach me that but also to simply teach me how to be a bit more “hands on” when I sew using patterns too. Quite liberating. I’ve never actually taken any proper sewing-classes (only pattern construction), but I’d love to learn how to sew for real. I just haven’t found the time yet, maybe in the future!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.11 PMby nouvellegamine

    i haven’t taken any sewing classes bc i’m not really able to sew in a group environment. i do watch youtube videos from time to time that show techniques i don’t know ’)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.09 PMby sarahsews

    I’d love to attend a class, but I have little kids… it’s just to hard logistically!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.06 PMby chocolatecake

    I took a sewing class to help jumpstart my interest in sewing again, after leaving my machine fallow for about six months! I made a tote bag in some pretty fabric and it totally rekindled the magic :)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.01 PMby easbrooke

    The last time I took a sewing class was a couple years ago. The main reason I took it was to take a class with my mom — some great quality time! We attended the course at a local community college near where my mom lives.

    We both had a few basic skills of sewing, but it was great to brush up on some skills, learn how to fit patterns to our bodies and learn tricks from someone who has sewn and taught sewing for years.

    I haven’t taken any sewing classes recently because I live too far away from where courses are held and am not in the area often where my mom lives to attend a course there. (Plus, right now, I’m back in school and I don’t have time for another class!)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 04.58 PMby myleeann

    Location. Schedule. Intimidated as I am a beginner. My mom offers to teach me, but she doesn’t always verbalize important steps of what she is doing or showing me.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 04.57 PMby stefilu

    I’m self taught and have never attented a class because there is so much information out there: online or in books…

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    Dec 6, 2011, 04.53 PMby Elizabeth Cowin

    I’ve never taken a class – it’s all about trial and error with me. Although I am tempted to try a class at Modern Domestic in Portland – so cute and cool.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 04.53 PMby Courtney Lewis

    It’s a matter of timing – I take classes at a quilting store about a half hour away in the summer (the instructors are WONDERFUL) because I’m an educator so I have more time then. During the school year, I work days, evenings and the occasional weekend so it’s practically impossible to find the necessary time unless it’s a one day thing.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 04.52 PMby Heather McDonough

    I haven’t yet taken a sewing class, but I would like to.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 04.44 PMby miip

    I’m self taught, and quite advanced in my skills by now, so I don’t take classes except the occasional technique tutorial I find on the web. I guess if there were classes available nearer to where I live (and for affordable prices), I might have used them.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 04.36 PMby rshelly13

    I have been self taught, but the closest thing to a class would be a sew-along that I did with Patter-Scissors-Cloth. She did an amazing jacket tailoring demonstration and I learned an incredible amount. I have been meaning to take a class, but haven’t had the time. The sew-along made it easy to do it when I had the available time.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 04.35 PMby boppygreen

    I do not attend classes due to location and money; and, I rather learn on my own. I do love online tutorials. Keep those coming BurdaStyle!

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