A Different Touch to also exhibit 5 Series machines, DesignWorks, Quilt Motion and Quilter’s Creative Touch software, and the BERNINA Quilt Frame

BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that A Different Touch, a BERNINA-exclusive Dealer in Chesapeake, Va., will showcase the new BERNINA 7 Series at this year’s Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival being held Thursday, February 21 through Sunday, February 24.  A Different Touch will also exhibit the new DesignWorks Software Suite, the BERNINA 5 Series, Quilt Motion software, Quilter’s Creative Touch software, and the BERNINA Quilt Frame at booth 802.  In addition, A Different Touch will provide the machines for three day-long workshops at the event, located at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive in Hampton, Va.

Only one of those classes remains open, “Tweety’s Tree – Tiny Textural Landscape,” which is being taught on Friday, February 22 by quilting artist Wendy Butler Berns.  Advance registration is recommended by visiting

BERNINA’s new 7 Series line of sewing, quilting and embroidery machines features the BERNINA 780 E (Embroidery), the BERNINA 750 QE (Quilter’s Edition), and the BERNINA 710.  Each 7 Series machine includes an extended freearm area with 10 inches of space to the right of the needle and a practical extension table with ample space to hold larger sewing projects.  The 7 Series is also equipped with a color touchscreen and the integrated BERNINA Dual Feed, which tames hard-to-manage and fine fabrics.  Additional features include a presser foot that automatically lowers, lifts and can cut the thread at the end of a seam or color change, and a semi-automatic needle threader, a one-step buttonhole sewing program and a slide speed control. 

The BERNINA 5 Series includes the BERNINA 580, the BERNINA 550 QE (Quilter’s Edition), and the BERNINA 530.  Each 5 Series machine has a free-hand system and a user-friendly interface with crisp LCD displays.  The 5 Series also offers a wealth of utility and decorative stitches, embroidery designs, and the option of a PC connection that turn the sewing and embroidery machines into multi-functional tools producing high-quality results.

The 24th annual Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival features a compilation of quilting, fiber, textile and wearable arts, as well as a variety of workshops, lectures, demonstrations, competitions led by quilting experts, and more than 250 vendors.  General admission tickets for Thursday, Friday and Saturday can be purchased at the door for $15, which includes re-entry.  Tickets for Sunday are available at a special rate of $13.  For more information about the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, including show hours, please visit

Located at 1107 South Military Highway in Chesapeake, Va., A Different Touch is an authorized BERNINA Dealer providing top-quality service to area residents.  The Dealer sells BERNINA sewing machines and software, and also provides a variety of sewing, embroidery and quilting classes for people of all skill levels.  The staff at A Different Touch has over 124 years of combined sewing experience and can help with all your sewing needs.  For more information about A Different Touch, 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.