85 quilts shipped off to families in need

BERNINA of America, the world’s premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that BERNINA Sewing Centre, a BERNINA Dealer in Lake Mary, Fla., kicked off the Christmas season by providing 85 quilts to families impacted by the Gatlinburg wildfires. The donations, valued at $25,000, began coming into the store the week of December 12. Donations will be accepted until the end of the year at the store located at 3593 Lake Emma Road in Lake Mary. Five boxes, totaling 85 quilts, were shipped off to the First Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. and the J. Webb Gallery in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
“The wildfires that struck Gatlinburg really hit me hard,” said Mel Hicks, owner of BERNINA Sewing Centre. “I just couldn’t get the victims off my mind and decided to create a quilt drive that would at least keep families warm during the holidays, until they can get their feet back on the ground. We are thankful to all who dropped off quilts and hope the wildfire victims are able to get back to their lives soon.”
BERNINA Sewing Centre is an authorized BERNINA Dealer which provides top-quality service to area residents. The Dealer offers BERNINA sewing machines, software, and accessories, and also provides a variety of sewing, embroidery and quilting classes for people of all skill levels. The store is located at 3593 Lake Emma Road in Lake Mary, Fla. For more information, go to or call (407)805-9300.
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, 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 online. 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 Store, visit or call (630)978-2500.