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BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that Material Girls Quilt Boutique, a BERNINA Dealer in La Plata, Md., is hosting a Sewapalooza event with Michelle Kratzer on Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Michelle will instruct attendees in creating projects using quilting, embroidery, and BERNINA’s DesignWorks Software Suite. The event costs $59 and includes use of BERNINA machines and accessories, project supplies, a goody bag, and lunch. The event will take place at Material Girls Quilt Boutique, located at 6750B Crain Highway. To register, call (301)392-9575 or stop by the store.  
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.
Having grown up in the heart of Pennsylvania's Quilting Country, Michelle Kratzer has been involved in sewing and crafts most of her life, and has grown fond of embroidery. While initially having concentrated on software and heirloom sewing, Michelle has added embroidered quilts, overlocker/serger projects, and home décor to her class offerings over the years. She enjoys sharing her knowledge through teaching and strives to inspire students to explore their creativity. Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and resides with her husband and three dogs in Southwest Florida.
Material Girls Quilt Boutique is an authorized BERNINA Dealer providing top-quality service and education to area residents. Material Girls Quilt Boutique 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 about Material Girls Quilt Boutique, 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.