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.


Best Friends – Cindy, Sally and Bernina

DSC_0204The rain did not damper the excitement of driving to Martinez (Augusta), Georgia, with Cindy Munn, to pick up our new sewing machines.

Bernina produced a limited quantity  of their Best Friend edition.  The front is covered with paw prints, and one heart.  Bernina, one of the corporate sponsors for the Kennel Quilt Project, is donating a percentage of sales of this machine to Petfinder.  You can read about Petfinder at

I cannot say enough about the customer service at Branum’s.  It is A+.  If you are in the market for a new machine or just need service, it is worth the drive.

It was great to see and spend time with Sally King, who drove in from Aiken for retail therapy.  The three of us enjoyed each others company over lunch at California Dreaming.

A quick stop at Pieces & Patches on the return trip to Columbia was the end to a great day.