Bernina Academy

Augusta Sewing Center hosted Bernina Academy on November 9 and 10, 2018.  Tame That Technique, taught by Bernina Educator Kate Tomey, was extensive and intensive.  I learned a lot and am ready to put this new knowledge to use.


Kate is outgoing and energetic, an excellent representative of the Bernina brand.  You know she is going to be fun as soon as you see the red highlights in her short black hair.  RJ and his staff were customer focused the entire weekend.  They could not have done more for us.

Bernina provided the machines; one less thing to pack and worry about.  ASC staff set up the machines and were right there to help when we broke a needle or received an error message.

I did overhear a couple of students express displeasure that they were sewing on a different model Bernina than what they own.  The pattern numbers may differ from model to model; but, the basics remain the same.  In my opinion, this is true even if you sew on Janome, Baby Lock or another brand.

The class fee of $129 covered all materials; a book of instructions with space to insert your projects and make notes, a tote bag, additional materials, great door prizes and meals/snacks/refreshments.  All included, I received at least, if not more than what I paid for the class.  RJ showed his appreciation by offering huge discounts on fabric, notions, machines and Bernina accessories.  If you were in the market for a new Bernina, this was the time to buy.

I can’t wait to attend the 2019 Bernina Academy which will be on the BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator).


Stitch Recipe.  This is not an embroidery machine design.  It was made using the decorative stitches that come with most machines.