A Different Touch is now accepting registrations in person and by phone

BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that A Different Touch, a BERNINA Dealer in Chesapeake, Va., is hosting a two-day Software Bonanza workshop with BERNINA Educators Elaine Cibelli and Elva Mungai. The workshop costs $150 and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 1421 North Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, Va. Lunch will be offered as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. Attendees are required to bring a laptop computer. The BERNINA Embroidery Software DesignerPlus V6 is available on loan for the class, but the Dealer must be informed at registration if the attendee would like to borrow it. Registration is available at A Different Touch or by calling (757)366-8830.

BERNINA Educators Elaine Cibelli and Elva Mungai will share their expertise on BERNINA Embroidery Software DesignerPlus V6 during this hands-on workshop for beginner and intermediate users. Attendees will expand their knowledge through easy-to-understand skill building techniques. Attendees will work with lettering, monograms, editing, art canvas basics and quilter. Appliqué techniques will also be covered. Participants will receive a CD containing the workshop exercises.

Elva Mungai is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Home Economics Education. She has been teaching classes on BERNINA Embroidery Software since the earliest software versions. Ms. Mungai is part of the BERNINA national show team, has been an organizer for many webinars, and has been a part of the staff for some BERNINA Software Extravaganza events. She has also contributed projects for the BERNINA Web magazine, Through the Needle Online.

Elaine Cibelli has a degree in Art Education. She has managed a BERNINA dealership/quilt shop, has been a part of the BERNINA national trade show team and is a BERNINA resource educator. Ms. Cibelli has contributed a variety of samples and projects for BERNINA of America and Oklahoma Embroidery Supplies Designs (OESD). Her work has been featured in BERNINA advertising and embroidery design covers.
A Different Touch is an authorized BERNINA Dealer providing top-quality service to area residents. The Dealer sells BERNINA sewing machines, software, quilting fabrics and sewing notions. A Different Touch also provides a variety of sewing, embroidery and quilting classes for people of all skill levels. For more information on the Dealer, please visit

Founded in Switzerland more than 100 years ago, BERNINA is the world’s premier manufacturer with a proven reputation for offering state-of-the-art sewing and embroidery systems, sergers and embroidery software. BERNINA’s leadership is marked by an impressive number of industry leaders, influencers and artisans who chose to partner with the company. BERNINA products are sold in the United States through a network of approximately 450 fully trained independent dealerships. In 2008, the company introduced the revolutionary BERNINA 830, a machine designed to change the home sewing industry. To learn more and to find a dealer, visit or call (630)978-2500.