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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, 12.44 PMby Ann Berger

    I haven’t taken any courses yet, but I love picking up tips from the BurdaStyle blog : )

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    Dec 7, 2011, 12.42 PMby aldara

    Huh, how cool! I haven’t taken a sewing class yet (as a student, I have a limited amount of spending money and the Internet and books have so far been fine to learn things) but I’d love to take a class on properly fitting a dress or pattern drafting!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 12.33 PMby erinacb

    I haven’t taken a sewing class yet – but it’s one of the things i’m excited to do after the holidays.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 12.23 PMby dianne702

    I would love to win this prize pack! I took a free sewing class about 3 years ago through adult education and it was really helpful in teaching me the basics: how to read a pattern, thread the machine, pattern alterations, etc. Lately I have really taken an interest in patternmaking; I wish there was a class for that in my area. My husband just bought me a serger as an early Christmas present and should be receiving it this week. I can’t wait!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 12.21 PMby musicasus

    I am looking forward to retirement in order to take advantage of some classes for details. Time constraints make those not possible. I will probably try to find on-line options because of travel as well.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 12.09 PMby TearlessPanda

    I haven’t taken any sewing classes because I haven’t found any near where I live, and I didn’t have a driving licence til a month ago, so getting places was never easy. But might have a look into it in the new year.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 12.09 PMby apiary

    I haven’t recently taken a sewing class, I did complete a three year program in design that focused heavily on sewing, but that was almost three years ago. I’m always interested in more hand and couture techniques, so if one of those courses became available locally I would be very interested.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 11.50 AMby lowson

    Just over a month ago, I took a class in garment sewing. I made a simple A-line dress, but I’m never going back there again. It was a disappointing experience because the teacher was kind of flighty and scatter-brained. I now realise that I can buy a few “very easy” patterns and just follow the instructions. I am learning how to adjust the patterns for fit as I go along.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 11.46 AMby mazermac

    The only course I ever went on was a Roman Blind course, it has saved me a fortune over the years!

    I went with my best friend, who had some complicated windows to cover and we’d worked out romans would be the best fit, we hadn’t seen each other in ages and I went down to stay with her for the weekend, we ended up attending the course with hangovers, but my notes did make sense afterwards! Plus we had 2 near completed blinds!

    It was great fun. M

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    Dec 7, 2011, 11.42 AMby daxette

    The last class I took, was making custom fit Jeans. It was a fabulous course. My jeans were amazing and you would never know they were Hand made! Before that I took a course on making Bra’s which was also a fantastic course. Bra making allows you to be so creative.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 11.42 AMby Jodi Wade

    I would love to take sewing classes but I can’t find the type I am looking for here!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 11.27 AMby sarsaparilla

    I barely have the time! I’d love to attend a class sometime soon though.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 11.02 AMby catarina

    I’ve never attended to a sewing class, here they are only available on big cities. But i plan to do it.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 10.46 AMby keren

    I am attending a pattern making course, to expand my sewing skills further, and to finally sew pants that fit. I’m enjoying every minute! We’ve had only 6 lessons and we’ve drafted a ton of skirt variations so far. I’ve already sewn two self drafted skirts and they are lovely!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 10.43 AMby taltulit

    Hi, I recently attended a sewing class and I made this dress for me to wear to a friends’ wedding


    I learnd a LOT of great tips from this pattern….

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    Dec 7, 2011, 10.36 AMby gorillaslippers

    I haven’t attended any sewing classes as of yet, teaching takes up ALLLLLL of my time. However, I’m planning to hit it hard during the holidays! Mum has been passing down all her knowledge, and we’re thinking of taking some class together (once I’ve caught up to her vasty smartyness!)

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    Dec 7, 2011, 10.21 AMby strix

    I went to a reconstuction day in July which was the beginning of a course to start about all things clothing. Unfortunatly we moved just before the course started in September, and there are no courses near where we’ve moved to. SO learning technique from the lessons section of this site.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 10.09 AMby teamydear

    I’ve never taken a sewing class, but I did buy Gertie’s bombshell class… I hope I get the time to use it soon!!!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 10.02 AMby greenajah

    I attended a dress making class, but since then I have used books and videos to advance my skills, all the mistakes I make are learning experiences. For more advanced stuff I would attend anothe class as it is useful to ask questions and have other peopel around when working on projects

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    Dec 7, 2011, 10.02 AMby Lainiew

    I love Bernina feet, they keep me walking and Burda are my favourite patterns!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 10.02 AMby Lainiew

    I love Bernina feet, they keep me walking and Burda are my favourite patterns!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 10.00 AMby kath4kids

    I would love to take a sewing class, brush up on some basics and learn some advanced techniques. I find the cost prohibitive and my lack of time a concern.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 09.57 AMby xiphias

    I’ve always sewn and wouldn’t have thought of doing a course but last year I went on a mixed textile course at my local adult education college in Leamington. I joined for the printing and dyeing techniques but the course also covered hand and machine embroidery, shadow quilting, smocking and loads of other sewing techniques. It was really inspiring and I have dusted off my sewing machine, raided my fabric remnant drawer and started sewing instead of watching TV. It’s renewed my love of sewing .

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    Dec 7, 2011, 09.52 AMby G-A-

    I have not taken any class, but my mother and grandmothers taught me a lot. For the moment, I am using what they taught me and the online available resources (Burdastyle being the most useful). But I would like to find more classes for intermediate level seamstresses.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 09.21 AMby jennyrecorder

    I’m in the middle of a Craftsy video set of lessons and have learned heaps about the muslin/voile idea, pinning and cutting patterns and preparation of the fabric before cutting. It’s been a long time since I have made clothes and it’s good to revisit these skills :)

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    Dec 7, 2011, 08.59 AMby bttn

    I haven’t take a class yet, because here there are only beginner level classes, if there are even. I’d like to do a professional seamstress class, but I don’t see yet, how could I organize my life so, how could I find time three times a week to travel to an other city, who cares for my doughter, and so on… So I’m learning from the internet, until I find the solution.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 08.56 AMby shielaimbao

    I attended a draping class here in Manila. My mentor was Jojie Lloren, one of the most talented designers here in the Philippines. It was a great learning experience. I can now create patterns unconventionally by using draping techniques.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 08.47 AMby Aryn Draxen

    I haven’t attended any sewing classes yet because of lack of time. I’m a full time student with a part time job, so there aren’t enough hours left. But when I’m done with my exams, I will take some! :)

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    Dec 7, 2011, 08.47 AMby carmencitab

    I wish there were advanced sewing classes around here. But unfortunately there isn’t. So it’s not a choice really.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 08.43 AMby dianajanssen

    I haven’t taken any sewing classes recently. But I do teach them – for kids and adults. The next class I do take will be to learn how to drape.

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