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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, 04.42 AMby kathnorr

    I took a beginning sewing class and found it invaluable. I’d been sewing for a while – self-taught – but the class really taught me so much about my sewing machine and techniques that instantly improved my results!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.39 AMby svoebel

    Looks like I’m #317. Hope that’s a lucky number! I took flat pattern design in college and several classes in clothing construction. I’ve also done draping. What I really need now is a class to learn everything I can about my serger — to use it’s to the max! And I would love to be able to take Sandra Betzina’s workshop. in San Francisco. That would be the ultimate class. I took a a mini-class under her at a local fabric store years ago in Austin, Texas. And attended one of her classes in Las Vegas in conjunction with the American Sewing Guild. She is great. Every time I attend one of her classes, I pick up something new, either in construction, alteration, or better fit. It would be lovely to have a sewing retreat under her. Just to concentrate without any distraction. My dream class! Thanks for listening, Sherri Voebel Naperville, IL

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.39 AMby flowergirl3

    I took private lessons with a sewing tutor I met through Craigslist earlier this year and it was a great experience – I learned how to use my two sewing machines (1960’s Bernina 730 and Singer 6217) and made a lot of great things to wear. I took a break from the private sewing classes because of family medical issues that started in May but continue to sew on my own when I have a block of free time on the weekends and sometimes after work. If I had more time and a little extra $, I would get back in touch with the teacher I met through Craigslist and would also take classes with Russel Scott at Sewing Arts Center in Santa Monica. In any case, I am inspired by what others are doing in the Burda online community.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.39 AMby cheveuxrouge

    The last public sewing event I attended was an Alabama Chanin workshop at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond… what a fabulous time! Social sewing is the best, especially when you can learn a new technique or two!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.33 AMby anneeza

    I wish I can go to any sewing class but my time is quite limited (lame excuse, I know). But i learn to sew a lot from the books and I can say that it works- managed to sew something to the house and apparels for kids and me.. Hooray!!!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.25 AMby kanhoro

    im in apparel design major here for college so i have classes about it all the time! going to take draping class as one of them next semester

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.25 AMby kanhoro

    im in apparel design major here for college so i have classes about it all the time! going to take draping class as one of them next semester

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.12 AMby hanshaag

    I’ve never taken a sewing class mostly because I’m too shy and feel like I would be way behind everyone else! Also I’m not sure I really want to spend my money on classes…although I’ve been getting more convinced lately. Maybe I’ll sign up for one soon!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.09 AMby sewcalgal

    I love to take classes all the time. At a minimum, I always pick up new tips,have fun. But there are so many classes that really help one learn and improve. My most recent sewing class was a fun PJ class which is helping to make some cute Christmas gifts.


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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.05 AMby Jkabana

    The last class that I took was a Learn About Feet class at the Chicago Lill Street school. Good class, that explained some of the feet in my arsenal that had never been used and introduced me to a couple that are on my ‘must buy’ buy list.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.05 AMby Brandy totten

    Cost and free time. That’s whT I don’t get to take classes. I want to though

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.04 AMby gedwoods

    The most recent class I took was Intermediate Sewing at the London College of Fashion the UK, one of their summer short courses. Loved it, but it was demanding. I would take more classes, but I’ve no time now to do so!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.02 AMby sojeles

    I so need to take some sewing lessons. I am winding down my photography business to have some family time next year, and to learn to sew better would be fabulous.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.01 AMby czents

    So many projects, so little time! I am currently taking a pattern design class, and it is hard work! I can’t wait for it to be over so I can get to designing things I want, and not what the class requires.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.00 AMby Erica F.

    I haven’t had the time to take any classes, but I do have the best teachers, my grandmother and mom! I also am checking books out of the library and educating myself online. One day, though!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.56 AMby tinat412

    I would love to have this! it’s an amazing giveaway

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.44 AMby cutnsew

    I took a sewing class at San Francisco City College last semester. I altered ready made clothes to get that perfect fit for me and made a t-shirt. It was so much fun. I learned so much and I improved my sewing skills tremendously.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.37 AMby arl

    I have not taken a sewing class recently but I have joined a quilting guild this year. There are not many sewing classes in my area of the country. I have sewn for over 55 yrs. I enjoy sewing very much.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.34 AMby quiltty

    I have not taken a class recently. I usually research and learn by doing on my own. Most classes seem to take too much time explaining and I get easily bored.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.30 AMby cmonahan99

    I took two basic sewing classes years ago. The classes had live instruction and the instructor was there to talk with you about your project. I’d take another class like that if I found one nearby.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.26 AMby kkbroc

    haven’t had any disposable income but do check out books from the library and am learning as I sew.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.18 AMby missyiss

    The last class I took was mainly on patternmaking where I made a muslin of a shirt that I designed. I’ve wanted to be a fashion designer since I was 8 years old. When it came time to choose a career, my aunt who designed wedding gowns for Alfred Angelo talked me out of it. So, now at 31 I am excited to learn how to make the clothes I design. I hope to make a career change out of it! Love to sew! And I love “Just Make It Sew”in Burlington NJ!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.11 AMby runningwithscissors1

    I would love to take one. I have been looking in the local community listings and only seem to find intro sewing courses. While I am not an expert, I have made a fair share of patterned clothing and feel that they aren’t a good use of my time. Maybe after Christmas I will start looking for a good class somewhere.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.09 AMby bunny-mcbones

    I’ve never taken a sewing class because most of the ones I’ve seen are for beginners and my mom taught me the basics. I would love to take one on tailoring or pattern making though, if I can find the time and extra cash!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.05 AMby mingclyde

    Keep meaning to take a class but can’t seem to find the time. My daughters take classes locally and have make lots of handbags!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.05 AMby neenkster

    I attended the Bernina machine guide introduction classes (in total 4×3hours), as I bought a Bernina 2 months ago. Loved it! Got so much inspiration from it !

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.04 AMby neenkster

    I attended the Bernina machine guide introduction classes (in total 4×3hours), as I bought a Bernina 2 months ago. Loved it! Got so much inspiration from it !

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.03 AMby bubwa

    I have not gone to any sewing classes. I learned to sew years ago and used books to help me. Now if i wanted to learn a new technique I would check out the internet and some of my favorite websites.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 02.58 AMby Helena Berry

    I have not taken any sewing classes for a long time, working before and now that I am retired and looking after my grandchildren full time, I cannot seem to find the time or energy most days. Just do the crafts and sewing that I need to do.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 02.56 AMby Sabine Yeager

    my last sewing class was to learn about my Bernina Serger. I really enjoyed it. Now I learn new techniques from books.

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