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BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that Cross Patches, a BERNINA Dealer in Collinsville, Ill., is hosting Sewapalooza, a one-day event that will focus on the BERNINA DesignWorks Software Suite on Friday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. BERNINA Educator Kellie Rushing will guide participants through projects using DesignWorks for beginning, intermediate and advanced sewing enthusiasts. The cost is $49 and includes supplies for three projects, use of BERNINA machines and accessories, giveaways, and lunch and snacks. The event will take place at Cross Patches, located at Route 159, 1966 Vandalia St. To register, call (618)345-3661 or stop by the store.
Kellie will show attendees how to utilize DesignWorks and its varous components, including CutWork, PaintWork and CrystalWork. With CutWork, shapes, patterns and designs can be cut from multiple layers of fabric. PaintWork allows the application of pen drawings to fabric and textiles. CrystalWork gives the ability to create crystal appliqué patterns for textiles and garments. DesignWorks turns any embroidery machine into a multimedia tool.

BERNINA Educator Kellie Rushing began sewing at age 5 when her grandmother taught her how to hand embroider. After marrying and becoming a stay-at-home mom, Kellie used her skill to start a home-based business making custom draperies. She fell in love with her first BERNINA in 1988 and BERNINA has been her passion ever since. Kellie has been a BERNINA Dealer, freelance educator and BERNINA National Tradeshow team member.

Cross Patches is an authorized BERNINA Dealer providing top-quality service to area residents. The Dealer sells BERNINA sewing machines and software, and provides a variety of sewing, embroidery and quilting classes for people of all skill levels. Cross Patches also offers thousands of bolts of fabric, a huge selection of batik fabrics, fat quarters, layer cakes, jelly rolls and charm packs, ready-to-sew kits, machine embroidery threads, stabilizers and sewing notions. For more information about 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.