Stephanie Newman

Stephanie Newman

Stephanie is a Tasmanian multi award winning, qualified and experienced Teacher specialising in Freemotion Domestic Machine Quilting, machine piecing and appliqué and is available to travel nationally and internationally for groups, stores, retreats, conventions or symposiums. She loves nothing more than to develop the skills of every student further. Her art quilts displays vibrant colour and excellence in freeform, no mark free motion machine quilting, inspired by the natural world. Her work is created using Aurora 440QE machines.

Her recent awards include Bernina Best of Show (Qld 2009), Two Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting awards, Best use of Colour and numerous category awards. Her work has toured Australia and New Zealand and has been juried into international quilt shows.

She is a new contributing writer to an Australian Quilting magazine.

«Everything just works together magnificently.»

What I love about my BERNINA!

  • Perfect scant quarter inch foot with perfect fabric feeding of the finest fabrics.
  • The best straight stitch, zig-zag and decorative stitches-Bernina makes me look good!
  • Precision engineering made in Switzerland with genuine Bernina parts- you can feel and see the difference in quality. Everything just works together magnificently.
  • Extremely stable specialty presser feet that really work for any sewing technique have no wobble sideways and are hand polished. There’s even different free-motion quilting feet options for different situations.
  • CFL lighting wraps around the foot allowing me to see in any direction to quilt clearly even with the finest specialty threads-even during late night sewing sessions. No shadows.
  • CB Hook system delivers stitch perfect quilting on front and back of work- no thread tantrums. The stitch plate is totally level with the free arm, and has no screws- it simply pops off for easy cleaning, no need for screwdrivers. I love the removable hook for thorough cleaning and joke my machines are the only part of our house guaranteed to be clean.
  • Machine is tolerant of specialty, fussy threads though a needle or the bobbin and accepts a wide variety of thread fibre types and weights.
  • Highly responsive, obedient machine reacts to my commands immediately- stops exactly when needed, starts smoothly every time. Buttons are conveniently positioned. 0.1 unit increment adjustments available for many stitches lets me customise stitches -to whatever size I need.
  • Surprisingly large workspace in harp - sits totally flat with slide on extension table. I quilt huge quilts frequently in my Aurora 440QE.
  • Separate bobbin winding motor and spool, bobbins wind firmly, perfectly each time.
  • Knee lifter for hands free pivoting and super comfortable foot pedal, great for long sessions at the machine.
  • Temporary altered stitch memory remembers during each sewing session customised stitch settings, even when I forget, so there’s no need to record stitches on paper.
  • Machine is smooth and quiet at all speeds, motor is strong to handle extended daily quilting session with excellent needle penetration through thick layers. I can totally rely and depend on my Aurora 440 to deliver exactly whatever I ask of her. Thank you Bernina!