Sew Generously in St. Charles, Ill. Invites participants to stay as long as they like on August 9 – 10 and sew for the Mutual Ground organization in Aurora

BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that Sew Generously, a BERNINA Dealer in St. Charles, Ill. is sponsoring a 24-hour Sew-a-Thon to support a local women's shelter. From 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 9 until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, August 10 participants are invited to stay as long as they wish at the Dealer, 3341 W. Main St., and help sew quilts for the Mutual Ground Women and Children's Domestic Violence Shelter in Aurora.

Door prizes will be awarded every two hours during the event, and those staying from 1:00 a.m. through 5:00 a.m. on Saturday will be eligible to win a new BERNINA 215 sewing machine. Participants who sew from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday will be eligible to win a quilt shop bus trip for two to retailers in Illinois and Wisconsin. Additionally, snacks and caffeine drinks will be offered all during the Sew-a-Thon.

The Sew-a-Thon is just one of Sew Generously's charity events this summer. Through September 2, donations of working sewing machines are being accepted by the Dealer to be given to the Tri-Cities Salvation Army, which will pass it along to someone who can use it. In exchange for the donation, Sew Generously is offering a 10 percent discount on any new BERNINA sewing machine priced above $999. The Dealer also invites anyone to stop by the store before September 2 to create a quilt block on a BERNINA machine for the Sew-a-Thon and for quilts to be donated later to Mutual Ground. No skill is required to create the quilt block and participants are encouraged to bring along friends.

Sew Generously is an authorized BERNINA Dealer established in 2009. 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. Sew Generously also sells fabric, notions and books, and services all makes and models of machines. For more information, 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.