Classes by internationally recognized quilter Sylvain Bergeron, and specials and package deals on BERNINA machines will be offered

BERNINA of America, the world’s premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that Appletree Quilting Center in Columbia, Mo. is hosting several special events from Thursday, September 11 to Monday, September 15 to celebrate becoming an authorized BERNINA Dealer. Classes by internationally recognized quilter Sylvain Bergeron will be offered September 11 – 12. The Dealer will also offer door prizes, specials and package deals on all BERNINA sewing machines in stock, as well as deep discounts on sewing machine furniture. In addition, Appletree Quilting Center will set up a special window display of quilts from fabric designer Tula Pink and embroidery designs from several other companies. All events will take place at the Dealer, located at 2541 Bernadette Drive.
Sylvain Bergeron’s classes include:

  • “Art of Machine Embroidery,” from 10:00 a.m. – noon on September 11.
  • “Best Foot Forward,” from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on September 11, which will focus on BERNINA presser and accessory feet.
  • “Choosing the Perfect Stabilizer for the Job,” from 10:00 a.m. to noon on September 12, which will discuss the different types of embroidery stabilizers.
The cost is $20 per class or all three classes for $52. Registration is required and available by stopping at the Dealer or calling (573)446-2655.
Sylvain Bergeron is a self-taught seamster and machine embroidery teacher who began quilting 10 years ago. He creates quilt tops that contain 1.25 million to 3 million stitches, using simple line and color to create complex images. Sylvain was the 2006 recipient of the Master Award for Thread Artistry at the Fall International Quilt Festival in Houston and received the Gold Prize at the 9th Quilt Nihon Exhibition in Tokyo in 2007. He lives in Oswego, Ill.
On September 14 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Appletree Quilting Center will host an open house and conduct demonstrations of many of BERNINA’s presser and accessory feet.
Appletree Quilting Center is an authorized BERNINA Dealer providing top-quality service to area residents. The 7,500-square-foot Dealer store sells BERNINA sewing machines and software, and provides a variety of sewing, embroidery and quilting classes for people of all skill levels. With 5,000-plus bolts of fabric, Appletree Quilting Center also offers the widest selection of the latest quality quilting fabrics, quilt kits, precuts, books, patterns, and notions in the mid-Missouri area. 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.