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BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that A Common Thread, a BERNINA Dealer in Portland, Ore., is hosting two Sewapalooza events on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8. The events will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Dealer, located at 15495 SW Sequoia Parkway #140. BERNINA Educator Sandra Swick will lead event-goers through projects using quilting, BERNINA accessories, and BERNINA Embroidery Software on November 7, and sergers, embroidery, and BERNINA’s DesignWorks Software Suite on November 8. The cost is $49 each day and includes all supplies, use of BERNINA machines and accessories, giveaways, a goodie bag, and lunch. Anyone who signs up with a friend will receive $5 off each day’s registration cost. To register call (503)624-7440 or stop in the store.
BERNINA Embroidery Software 7 places a host of powerful design tools at the fingertips of sewists, including 3-D effects like StumpWork, Trapunto and PunchWork, as well as advanced monogramming and lettering, autodigitizing and full manual digitizing functionality to complement the hundreds of built-in and ready-to-stitch designs. BERNINA Embroidery Software 7 also includes the most requested enhancements for BERNINA’s embroidery software: easy-to-select colors; an artistic view of pattern fills, borders and stamps; a shortcut to insert a design or artwork; the ability to switch from inches to metrics; and a choice of options for the mouse wheel.
BERNINA’s DesignWorks Software Suite is comprised of three components including CutWork, PaintWork, and CrystalWork that turn any embroidery machine into a multimedia tool. 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.
BERNINA Educator Sandra Larson Swick has been selling, sewing and teaching on BERNINA machines professionally for more than 20 years. She is an award-winning quilter whose Quilt in Space traveled to the International Space Station with astronaut Barbara Morgan. Sandra is a master teacher in embroidery, garment construction, quilting, specialty projects and crafts. She is also a certified BERNINA technician with extensive knowledge of sergers, embroidery software and design, and provides professional and individualized sales consultations to help customers select the perfect BERNINA machine for their individual sewing needs.
A Common Thread 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. Its goal is to support the craft of sewing in all of its many forms, including sewing garments, making quilts, and creating beautiful machine embroidery. For more information, 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.