More from Bernina University 2012

July 10th, 2012

More pictures coming from Jessica . . . .lots of new fun things to try!

Newest designs from Sarah Vedeler Designs:

Check out these new texture fabric and embellishment collections:

And check out Claudia’s Creations multihooping designs:


More fun things in tomorrow’s post!

Bernina University 2012

July 9th, 2012

If you haven’t heard, Gina, Jessica and Kathy are on a week long trip to Washington, DC to Bernina University.

What? You don’t know what BU (short for Bernina University) is?  Let us explain: imagine meeting all the other dealers, instructors across the USA and Canada to see and learn all the newest Bernina models, feet, embroideries and more!

Let’s just say, they are all having a great time in our Nation’s capital!

Jessica has been sending us some tid-bits of information to share with our customers, with pictures.  We’ll share a few things each day this week, until they get back with the goods!


Bernina announced you can now use DesignerPlus software with your Apple computers!!   More details coming.

Welcome to the family, Bernina’s newest embroidery machine, the 750!

The new 750 is comparable to the 440QE.  It come with a larger bobbin, 10″ throat space and the option with or without embroidery!

And look at the new shiny luggage designed to carry your new 750:

Stay tune for more pictures and BU tid-bits.

Shop Hop Time!

June 5th, 2012

Every year Gina’s Bernina Sewing Center participates in the local shop hop. Twelve area stores are offering discounts and special giveaways, come by and pick up a list of participating shops and a passport ($5). The more shops you visit, the more prizes you can win! The grand prize is $1200, come visit us for more details!

Tube Quilt Tutorial… You will love this one!!!

May 18th, 2012

Ok, so here goes on our first on-line tutorial… I love this idea and it looks like you slaved away on a quilt.
This  finished large block measures 31 x 31″. This will help you determine how many large blocks to make to achieve your finished quilt size. (Helpful hint: Twin: 63×97″, Double 78×97″, Queen 84×102″, King 100×102″, these are all finished sizes with a 12″ drop)

Cut 2.5″ x WOF, strips of multicolored fabrics. I started with 60 strips of various Art Gallery fabric and 60 strips of white fabric (I used a MODA pre-cut  jelly roll strips of all white)



Once your strips are cut, sew one white strip on either side of one colored strip, then sew a colored strip on either side of one white strip… press… seams towards the colored strips…


Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the set of three strips together… (2 sets of three strips)… Place sets of three strips together, right sides together and sew down both sides…


Using a 12×12 square, creative grid, line up the diagonal center line of the grid with 1/4″ stitch line and cut diagonally… slide the grid and line up points and cut on the other diagonal…


Repeat until strip are completely cut… you should have 6 triangles… Unfold and press the small block…

Piece your squares together with matching fabrics or piece the squares together with unlike fabrics for a more scrappy look (this is what I did with the sample pictured)

Continue adding large squares until you have your desired size…

Good Luck… Have a great weekend, Mary Nussbaum


What’s New…

May 15th, 2012



Hello everyone! When I was asked to post on Gina’s blog, I thought to myself, what will I say? Well here goes… I think a blog should include useful information and fun facts… about sewing, of course. Hopefully after reading our blog, you will feel closer to us. We are all avid sewers (obviously) and truly enjoy helping our customers and those of you out in cyber world with your sewing questions and needs.

I want to share with you some of my favorite patterns. I will start with the Chic Mademoiselle by Carina Gardner. Check out this picture of Laurel modeling this awesome top, too cute! This top is perfect for the older girl, the pattern includes sizes XS (2/3T) to an XXL (10). I made one for a 10 year old, third grader, she wore it to school and loved it. For those of you with ten year olds, you know this is HUGE!

Mary Nussbaum

“Mondays with Mary” Teacher … and now blogger 🙂

You just have to have some……

February 22nd, 2012

Check out this fabric! Laptop bags, ipad covers, pillowcases, or hey, just some for your stash…. This is too cute! Fabric for dog lovers!

Or for you cat lovers…

Just Arrived….. Laminated Dr. Suess Fabric! Great for raincoats, totes, tablecloths for classrooms and toy rooms, or put under highchairs to catch the spills! It’s washable too.

We have a fabulous selection of laminated fabrics… not just for kids. One of our customers used it on the back of a quilt for an outdoor quilt when the grass is a bit wet! Great idea!!

What? Bolt of the Day…. 50% off

February 14th, 2012

That’s right! Check it out daily – you must come in to see what fabric we are featuring. Could be your lucky day! Today’s fabric is very fun, you might be able to guess what the theme is of today’s fabric!


Fabulous Raincoat, Awesome Girls Outfit and Calorie Free Candy!!

February 7th, 2012

Carol Ann modeling her raincoat made out of laminate fabric! Isn’t it fabulous and how precious is Carol Ann? She has been a long time BERNINA owner, but just got a new 830 and she is loving it! She loved the teflon foot that makes sewing on laminate a breeze.

You really should not miss Betty’s classes on the Avalon Jacket and Insa Skirt! Wouldn’t your sweet girl in your life feel like a princess in this outfit? It is really an easy outfit to sew and Betty teaches you how to make it look like a one of a kind with fun trims and embellishments. Betty is truly a sewing professional, you will love her classes!

Details of the Avalon Jacket… with a little owl applique on the t-shirt poking through!

Details of the Insa Skirt!!

Yes…. Calorie Free Candy! Still time to make a little something out of this delicious fabric. Pillowcases, skirts, jumper, table runners…


You’ve met the teachers…. now for a few pictures of the projects!

February 2nd, 2012

Now that you have met the teachers on the previous blog, here are just a few pics of some of the projects you could be sewing this month! Just a sampling, come into the store and check out all of the class projects!

In Sewing for Children 101 you will start with the Bridget Dress and move onto the Ruffle Pants!! But that’s not all, come check out the Julia Skirt and the Lindsey Dress.

The Serenity Shoulder Bag… it’s a fabulous new bag taught by Sue! She will teach you how to use Texture Magic and Soft and Stable in the construction of this bag. You will love it!!

Applique the Easy Way, a fabulous applique technique taught by Jodi. This class is offered in the evening this month!

Pat’s new series, Home Dec 101 will teach you basics of making pillows, using cording, inserting a zipper and making these cool placemats. Isn’t the fabric awesome? It’s new from Free Spirit.











Meet some of our Teachers…..

January 19th, 2012


If you did not have a chance to meet our teachers at our recent “Meet the Teacher” Event, we would like to introduce them to you virtually. Our teacher event was a lot of  FUN and please join us the next time.

Toni specializes in the quilting classes. Check out her many classes in our schedule, piecing techniques, color, fabric pottery, and t-shirt quilts to name a few!

Pat teaches clothing construction. Her Sewing for Children Series has been very popular. Pat has added Home Dec and Serger classes this year too.

Marialice is a licensed Martha Pullen Instructor and specialized in heirloom sewing and heirloom sewing in the embroidery hoop! Her samples are just precious, come in and see them.

Monday Nights with Mary…. what can I say but…. FUN FUN FUN.  Lots of different fun outfits you can complete in one evening.

Sue is teaching 2 bags this spring. The Serenity Shoulder bag and the Mail Sack. Sue has an excellent method of teaching, so if bags intimidate you, take her classes. You will be well on your way to making more than one!!

Reeta is teaching the Professional Tote. Everyone is crazy about this tote!!

Sherri is back teaching Raw Edge Applique and has added a new class for paper piecing.  Stunning workmanship, and she will teach you her tricks!!

And of course there is Kathy… pictured at the machine in a Mastery Class. Not only does she teach our guide classes, she also teaches her expertise in the free-motion quilting world with a basic class and and an advanced series. She will also be teaching classes specifically for the 830’s.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018