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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 7, 2011, 02.14 PMby sradecki

    I don’t take sewing classes. I don’t have the time and I like to figure things out on my own. Also, there is no one around that offers sewing classes for clothing

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    Dec 7, 2011, 02.11 PMby paulamb

    Awesome prizes! I am mostly a quilter, and I regularly take classes through my guild. I will be taking a jelly roll class and a Dresden plate class in the new year. I desperately want to take a skirt class at my local sewing lounge, but I always have scheduling problems with their dates – darn! Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 02.10 PMby cryptandrus

    I attended free sewing classes at the shop where I bought my new Bernina aurora 430 machine. They were great, I love the Bernina notebook and samples I left with. I refer back to it all the time. I just wish it was easier to purchase accessories for this machine. The store I purchased from not near my home.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 02.04 PMby Angela Khebou

    I took a quilting class with my Mom when I was a teenager, we were the talk of the whole class and we wized through the pieced quilt working together.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 02.00 PMby libra-s

    I took a sewing class when I was 19. It was long time ago!!! Since then, I’ve used books, magazine and internet to keep myself updated.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.59 PMby rachelnicole

    I haven’t taken a sewing class, often because of price. My mom taught me how to sew and I’ve continued to learn techniques through books, practice, internet communities like Burdastyle, and sewing groups within my community. It is wonderful to participate in a sewing collective. I would certainly be more inclined to take a sewing class that offered more complicated projects over several sessions. I believe in addition to knowledge that the teacher would be imparting, having a connection with other sewers makes your accomplishments of the final product feel all the more special.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.56 PMby boomer57

    I haven’t taken a class since tailoring class in high school. I would love to find a sewing exchange, a group of people that have various specialities. I love learning and there is always ways to improve and enhance one’s sewing skills.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.55 PMby wezlart

    I’m slowly learning new things. It’s difficult for me to schedule and attend a class. I sure could use one! Online tutorials are my greatest resource for now!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.55 PMby jhemker

    I love to sew, I just don’t have alot of time. I am looking forward to the 2 weeks I get off for Christmas, lots of sewing projects going on to finish. My daughter and I have taken up crotche, we are making elf costumes for our animals. Sewing will help up finish the projects.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.53 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    There are a few reasons I have never taken a sewing class, the first being the lack of them. The second being that they are too basic. The third being that they are all too late a night or else when I am working. Fourth: no qualifications upon completion. Fifth: the price; it’s not that I expect them to be cheaper (the teachers have to make a living), it’s just that I have more important things to spend my money on.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.51 PMby jujuducky

    Actually my mom tried teaching me to sew but I never really paid attention until I had to fix my own clothing which resulted in several phone calls home. In my school where I teach now I co-sponser a sewing club, but I know as much as the students. I agreed to co-sponser so that the school’s secretary who runs the club would teach me how to sew. I have actually learned a lot from her in the last few months and I am really proud to say I just finished sewing a bow-tie during our last meeting at school :)

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.48 PMby x93wvg

    I have only a few classes available near me, the timing of them is difficult because I work full time and the ones that are offered when I’m available are “basic” classes or quilting classes.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.45 PMby tmckinsey

    I took sewing classes back in the 70’s – the Stretch N Sew knits were a favorite and at that time, I made a lot of my own tops and dresses. Now I’ve evolved from knits to sewing doll clothes to quilting. The quilting bug has definitely bitten me! I’m starting to also sew home dec items for myself and family members. Sewing is my stress relief after a long day as an Executive Assistant. I am also a firm believer in “Each one teach one” and love to teach others sewing techniques and crocheting!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.45 PMby tmckinsey

    I took sewing classes back in the 70’s – the Stretch N Sew knits were a favorite and at that time, I made a lot of my own tops and dresses. Now I’ve evolved from knits to sewing doll clothes to quilting. The quilting bug has definitely bitten me! I’m starting to also sew home dec items for myself and family members. Sewing is my stress relief after a long day as an Executive Assistant. I am also a firm believer in “Each one teach one” and love to teach others sewing techniques and crocheting!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.44 PMby angelfire212

    I’m so excited about sewing this next year! The holidays make it hard to start a new project, but come January, I’m sewing up a storm!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.44 PMby tinuviel187

    I would LOVE to take a sewing class, but I can’t find any in my area, at least none that are more than very, very basic beginner level. I’d really like to take intermediate/advanced classes that would help me create my own clothes. I have lots of ideas but I don’t have the skill yet to make them happen.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.41 PMby msc21

    I would love to take a sewing class, I can’t afford it right now. I’m using books to advance my skills for now. I would love to take a patternmaking class.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.41 PMby sugarfreepony

    Recently took a class/volunteer project on making animal beds with Rational Animal. We made over 105 dog beds for shelter cats and dogs!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.28 PMby camino08

    I’ve never taken a sewing class because I can’t find one that fits with my schedule. However, I’ve gained sewing techniques and skills by reading Burda magazine—I just love the pictures and patterns!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.21 PMby plaidlinoleum

    I have never taken an official sewing class, but I have had informal lessons from more experienced sewers about the basics when I was starting out. I would love to take a more advanced class sometime to learn more!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.21 PMby karenH44

    Would love to win these items. Sewing with Bernina is wonderful.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.18 PMby st-crafty

    I haven’t taken any sewing classes. There are a lot that look interesting in my area but by the time I find out about the ones I can fit in my schedule they’re full. I guess those are the ones that fit into everyone else’s schedules too ;) I know there are plenty of virtual classes that look interesting, but there’s definitely value in being able to ask questions and meeting other people with similar interests!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.10 PMby giec

    I have never taken a class, not due to lack of interest though. I recently graduated from college. Before that the thought of taking another class just about killed me. Now, I would love to take a class, but lack the funds and the knowledge of my new city to find a good, reasonable teacher. Someday soon!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.08 PMby photodoll

    The last time I went to a sewing class or I thought it was a sewing class they were selling the geni I love that I’m able to sew. but to advise a sewing class and it is a selling class really bites. I love the classes you have on your blog…everyone is so helpful and understand what your issues are if you have one…. thank you all for the years of teaching and not even having to put my hand up for a question……:)

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.06 PMby Gram2B

    I’m glad I started sewing again – it’s been a long time!!! I’m taking classes to refresh my memory and gain confidence.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.05 PMby roxydre

    I’m attending sewing classes to make clothes for my daughter en myself.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.01 PMby tessituss

    I don’t take sewing classes but i’m going to start doing that when it’s not so much to do in school.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 12.57 PMby sewinglass

    I have not attended a sewing class recently, we only have beginner classes available locally.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 12.47 PMby pnhart

    To be honest, the last class I “took” was on YouTube about sewing with leather. I live virtual classes, because then I am not sacrificing my creative time which is rare, to go somewhere for a class where I may or may not learn something. This way I can stop and start over if necessary or on to something else.

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