Ann Silva’s BERNINA Sewing Center is now accepting registrations

BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that Ann Silva's BERNINA Sewing Center, a BERNINA Dealer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is hosting two days of classes with BERNINA educator and trainer Debbi Lashbrook. The classes will be held Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11 at the Dealer, 4520 Alexander Blvd. Sewing machines and kits will be provided by Ann Silva's BERNINA Sewing Center. Registration is available at the Dealer or by calling (505)881-5253.

Ms. Lashbrook will teach three different classes:

  • "Made to Create: Journey through Creativity," on Tuesday, September 10 from
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore innovative BERNINA machine features, software, accessories and notions during a lecture and demo class. This class is $10 or free if also attending the other two classes.
  • "Made to Create: Creative Organization," on Wednesday, September 11 from
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. A hands-on class, participants will turn a simple sewing organizer fabulous with a dash of appliqué, crystals and customization with BERNINA embroidery accessories and DesignWorks Software. This class is $20.
  • "Made to Create: Ingredients for Creativity," on Wednesday, September 11 from
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Attendees will use a variety of techniques and BERNINA accessories to create a stylish pillow. This class is $20.

BERNINA's DesignWorks Software Suite offers three modules, CutWork, PaintWork and CrystalWork components, turning your embroidery machine into a mixed media tool. Each module may be used independently or in combination with the others. With CutWork, shapes, patterns and designs are cut from multiple layers of fabric. PaintWork allows the application of pen drawings to fabric and textiles. Crystal appliqué patterns are created for textiles and garments using CrystalWork.

Debbi Lashbrook is a BERNINA educator and trainer, and one of BERNINA's Experts on its WeAllSew blog. Ms. Lashbrook received her Master's degree in Textiles and Design from the University of Illinois and her specialties include garment construction, pattern drafting and fitting, and BERNINA Embroidery Software.

Ann Silva's BERNINA Sewing Center 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. 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.