We are proud to recognize our top BERNINA Dealers for 2013

BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to honor its top Dealers for 2013 that demonstrated exemplary sales, service and customer education. These Dealers were recognized at the BERNINA University Dealer training conference, which was held July 10 – 13 in Nashville, Tenn.
“We are proud to recognize our top BERNINA Dealers for 2013,” said Paul Ashworth, president of BERNINA of America. “These exemplary Dealers have represented BERNINA with truly outstanding sales and first-class customer and educational support. They are a model of success for other BERNINA Dealers to emulate.”
Perry Lytton of Mel’s Sewing & Fabric Center in Anaheim and Tustin, Calif., who celebrated the store’s 58th anniversary this year, received the 2013 BERNINA Presidential Award. The award recognizes the Dealer that best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation and education represented by the BERNINA brand. This includes successful promotion and advertising of the entire BERNINA product line, a modern store merchandising concept, a well-developed educational approach, dedication to total customer service, and above-average growth in dollar sales and BERNINA units sold.
The 2013 Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Lisa and Steve Mullins of Wandering Stitches Quilting Studio in Orlando, Fla., who best incorporated the lessons of BERNINA Dealer training into its operation and delivered impressive 2013 results.
In addition, District Dealer of the Year Award winners from the BERNINA’s 11 districts were acknowledged:

  • David Danner, Danner’s BERNINA Shoppe, Hanover, Pa.
  • Rob and Judy Engime, Olde City Quilts, Burlington, N.J.
  • Guy Esselman, St. Cloud Sewing Center, St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Ron and Barbara Goldkorn, Sew Much More, Austin, Texas
  • Timothy and Lois Hoover, Top Stitch Sewing Service, Barnett, Mo.
  • Thea and David Jirak, Quilting Delights, Clackamas, Ore.
  • Robert, Jana and Kara Tibesar and Jennifer Albaugh, Quiltique, Henderson, Nev.
  • Jim Meissner, Meissner Sewing and Learning Center, Sacramento, Calif.
  • Laura Schneider, Q-First in Quilting, Lexington, Ky.
  • Lisa Stevens, Once Upon A Quilt Company, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Carol and John Watkins, Loving Stitches, Fayetteville, N.C.
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.