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BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that Cross Patches, a BERNINA Dealer in Collinsville, Illinois, is hosting Sewapalooza, a one-day workshop in celebration of the stores 25th anniversary. The event will take place on Saturday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1966 Vandalia in Collinsville. BERNINA Educator Betsy Carlson will introduce BERNINA’s new next generation 7 Series machines including the BERNINA 790 (B 790), BERNINA 770 Quilter’s Edition (B 770 QE), and BERNINA 740 (B740) and BERNINA’s 350 Special Edition featuring exclusive faceplate designs by Tula Pink and Ricky Tims. In addition, guests will have an opportunity to learn unique embroidery techniques with BERNINA’s Embroidery Software 7. The cost is $49 and includes all supplies, use of BERNINA machines, door prizes, discounts and lunch. To register, call (618)345-3681 or stop by the store. Guests who pre-order a BERNINA next generation 7 Series machine will receive a $100 certificate.
“Being in business with BERNINA has been the best ride ever and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” said Mary Solomon, owner of Cross Patches. “After 25 years, I am amazed with the evolution of our machines and technologies now available. Our customers deserve continued quality in machines, software and accessories. And, when we make people happy, we are happy. That’s what it’s all about. We look forward to many more years ahead to educate our customers and build new relationships with our community.”
Cross Patches is an exclusive BERNINA Dealer that provides 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, call (618)345-3681 or visit,
BERNINA’s next generation 7 Series machines include the BERNINA 790 (B 790), BERNINA 770 Quilter’s Edition (B 770 QE) and BERNINA 740 (B 740). The new machines offer cutting-edge technology, up to 10 inches of space to the right of the needle, and the new BERNINA Hook System with 9 mm width to provide superior stitch quality at up to 1,000 stitches per minute.
They also feature a new user interface with onscreen help, innovative functions like BERNINA Adaptive Thread Tension for perfect stitch quality front and back, and a fresh selection of stitches and embroidery designs. The next generation 7 Series machines are available at authorized BERNINA Dealers nationwide.
BERNINA Educator Betsy Carlson, from Grand Rapids, Mich., began sewing in junior high school. Years later, and after her career in public relations, and being a stay-at-home mom, Betsy started her own business, Nine Patch Sewing Company. As a BERNINA Educator, Betsy enjoys visiting the BERNINA Creative Center in Aurora, Ill., where she continues to learn more about BERNINA machines, accessories and software.
Founded in Switzerland more than 100 years ago, BERNINA is the world’s premier manufacturer with a proven reputation for offering quality state-of-the-art sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, overlockers/sergers, and embroidery software. BERNINA’s leadership is marked by an impressive number of ambassadors, industry leaders, influencers and bloggers, who chose to partner with the company. BERNINA products are sold in the United States through a network of over 400 fully trained independent dealerships that also offer support and education. Select BERNINA and bernette machines, and BERNINA software can also be purchased through BERNINA’s eCommerce site, BERNINA products are designed for beginning to advanced sewists and priced to meet a variety of budgets, with new products being introduced every year. You can follow BERNINA on Facebook:, Instagram: @BERNINAUSA, and Pinterest:, and read BERNINA’s WeAllSew blog at To learn more about BERNINA and to find a Dealer, visit or call (630)978-2500.