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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, 08.31 AMby Nelabela

    Wow, I was always looking for the Bernina suitcase for the sewing machine, and now it would be fabulous to win it.

    Well, I have attended sewing classes, for beginners, and I was not quite satisfied with the organization of it, but it gave me a good start which helps me now sew on my own at home, which is my getaweyy from the busy business world I work in. The most important thing that I gained through these classes is that I have bought a Bernina 90e sewing machine with their help, and they had taught me in the school how to use it. It is a fabulous machine, I couldn’t be more satisfied: fast, reliable, modern, easy to use, easy to learn, practical.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 08.26 AMby sdefever

    un super cadeau :)

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    Dec 7, 2011, 08.23 AMby a4girlie

    I only recently discovered the art of sewing. I took my first class to learn the basics of the sewing machine and we also learned how to make a throw pillow case. It was a manageable first project for the novice sewer which allowed me to get familiar with the sewing machine parts. The best part was after the class, I had the results of my first sewing project to take home as proof that I was successful at using the sewing machine.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 08.19 AMby Nadia308

    Wow, what a lovely prize! I’m a raw novice sewer. I made my son’s first school play costume last month (superhero suit) and it’s given me a taste for more. An obsession in embrionic form! I’ve since dismantled a very old and ugly coat. I’ve modified it and am making a prototype of my new coat out of old curtains. My mum said it was too big a task, but I am undaunted. So far the back looks great and I’ve got half the front and I’m just waiting to sort out the sleeves which will have to be altered to accomodate the SBA I hacked into the front. I’m loving it! And I would dearly love to take a sewing class, but my parental responsibilities prevent me. Also there is something awfully exciting about just diving in at the deep end and having a go. Figuring out as you go along.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 08.15 AMby pnutbudder

    The closest sewing class is 45 minutes away in Sarnia, Ontario and I am signed up for my first class in January! Very excited :) LOVE this website!!!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 08.11 AMby Sylvie1974

    We started in April of this year a sewing club in Leuven, Belgium.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 08.08 AMby pausznurek

    I have taken a short cours of sewing alterations. I would like to attend a true and “complete” sewing course, but it is impossible to find good sewing classes in my city. The sewing alterations was the only one I found ;)

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    Dec 7, 2011, 08.02 AMby stella

    I don’t take a sewing class due to lack of time and money.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 07.32 AMby amyadoyzie

    I had taken a pattern-making class and it was uber-enlightening!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 07.32 AMby bel-parrot

    I have always enjoyed making things – particularly by sewing and knitting – but have never been taught, or attended any classes. Learning just by experience (and by making some pretty awful things in the past!) and by using books/magazines has been a very gradual process. I began to use Burda Moden magazines in the early 1980’s, in the days when the designs were not produced as “multi-size” patterns (and the pattern sheets were much more complicated!) and this has inspired me to make lots of fantastic clothing for myself and my family over the last 30+ years. The time has now come for me to learn the things I have done right or wrong for all these years – and I have signed up to do the “Bombshell Dress” course. I am feeling inspired by this, just need to find the time to make a start…..

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    Dec 7, 2011, 07.28 AMby PeachRainbow

    I haven’t attended any sewing classes recently due to lack of time :D

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    Dec 7, 2011, 07.25 AMby lokgab

    I attended a Burda basic sewing class last year in Budapest, Hungary.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 07.16 AMby cands2010

    I haven’t taken any sewing classes lately because of time. Seems like this time of the season, I have no time for anything. I bake, cook, clean, shop and the best part is SEWING!!!!!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 07.15 AMby queenvanilla

    I’m currently going to (flat) pattern construction here in Gothenburg, and I’m thinking about taking detail sewing (collars, pockets etc) later on.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 07.14 AMby zombielove

    I have never been to an actual sewing class. Though I do have a few friends that have given me lessons, and continue to do so!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 07.14 AMby ancoleeye

    I did Gertie’s online course this year to make a bombshell dress, loved it! It was fantastic to do it in my own time due to having 2 small children. I also did a free style quilting class this year.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 06.46 AMby selleck

    Our shop had a class called Block Party where each person takes a turn and ends up with 12 squares for her quilt.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 06.40 AMby anndk

    I’ve never did a online sewing class – I’m doing a ‘get to know your over/coverlock maschine’ 101 AND 102 in January

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    Dec 7, 2011, 06.34 AMby tamelbee

    I haven’t been to a sewing class in years. I’ve watched 2 online this year though.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 06.10 AMby iloveicecream2

    Last class i took was about 10 years ago…an intro into sewing, but it wasnt that good. I wish i could take more sewing classes to get a better understanding of the art, but for now I try and make do and learn as i go along. Its a little more challenging to find time to sew something when you own your own business and have a toddler running around the house!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 06.07 AMby susetteh

    The last class I went to was to learn how to make bags. I made a combination coin purse/tissue holder. I made more after the class to give away as gifts. I plan to make a few more. :-)

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    Dec 7, 2011, 06.05 AMby thegooster

    No classes for me lately because I have no time.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 05.49 AMby Vivat Veritas

    i recently took bombshell dress course at craftsy.com. it was very good, and i learned a lot! i would get enrolled in a class like that again if i have a chance. i think it is a great way to invest money! i’d love to take susan khalji’s sewing classes some day.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 05.45 AMby thewingmaker

    Taking a sewing class would be so much more fun if I had a Bernina multi-tool and knife!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 05.43 AMby knitist

    My most recent class is not really a class, but a variation of the Block Party Quilt book at my local quilt shop. It’s a lot of fun to think outside the box and to collaborate with fellow quilters.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 05.28 AMby ramblinggrandma

    I teach sewing & love to share the passion og creating. I love to share my Berninas in class too!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 05.16 AMby carolinesj

    I haven’t taken a class for 10 years (!) but I’d love to take another one – I’m thinking about studying costume design one day. Other than that I’ve taught myself lots from books!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 05.05 AMby svoebel

    The last course I took was at the Quilt Show here in Chicago. However, I would love to be able to take a class in digitizing. A class that was 2-3 sessions just on digitizing. Often classes are taught in the daytime. But sometimes I can catch one on the weekend. I ran into some ladies at the local hotel that had their sewing machines on the luggage cart. When I inquired if they were there for a class, they said no, 8 of them checked in for the weekend and hired a teacher for Saturday. Wow, what a great idea. A sew-in slumber party. Just thought I would pass it along as an idea. Thanks, Sherri Voebel, Naperville

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.54 AMby outdooranimal

    I’ve just finished a full day class on the Bernina 830 Limited Edition computerized sewing machine with embroidery. And finished the jewellery roll to take home. Made mostly in the hoop. I’m impressed with the quality of the machine and ease of use.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.45 AMby TrxyKensey

    I invested in an awesome Bernina 440 with EM last year, but still battle on with the 18 year old Emphisal overlocker which nearly got a hammer through it yesterday. For the first time in my life, when I can make an exquisite garment, the overlocker lets me down. While making a dress for my daughters 1 year old birthday party next week, I had to resort to the old fashioned zig zag on the seams!! How spoilt we’ve become with technology. I would love the prize to grow and support my Bernina ‘family’

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