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Attendees will have the opportunity to experience BERNINA machines, qualify for door prizes, and create small projects

BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo taking place Feb. 25 through Feb. 28 at the Washington State Fair Event Center in Puyallup, Wash. In the BERNINA of America booths #153-158, #171-176, attendees will have a chance to experience a variety of BERNINA machines, including the BERNINA 350 Special Edition Best Friend (B 350 SE Best Friend), E-16 multi-needle embroidery machine, the Q 24 and Q 20 Longarm quilting machines. In booths #193-195, attendees will have a chance to experience an array of BERNINA accessories. On Friday, Feb. 26, BERNINA Dealers Sewing Machine Service Company and Quiltworks Northwest, will give away a BERNINA 530 Swiss Red valued at $2,999. BERNINA will host classes, using the BERNINA 770 QE (B 770 QE), beginning on Wednesday Feb. 24 and run through Sunday Feb. 28.
In the Showplex, BERNINA Ambassador, Cheryl Kuczek will be hosting a Make and Take in the Make and Take Arena. She will be teaching an embroidery with metallic thread, beads and dyed wool. Cheryl will also be teaching classes on a B 790 throughout the weekend and answering questions.
BERNINA Event Team Members Shelly Fitzgerald, Betty Stoltenberg and Kathy Shalda will be teaching a project with the B 880 in the BERNINA booth in the Pavilion. The project is a Sew Crazy Tote. It’s a black canvas tote bag that participants can add decorative fabric, a colored zipper and embroidery to before finishing the tote. Attendees can sign up for sessions at the BERNINA booth. 
Marla Kazell, Susan Beck, and Sylvain Bergeron, a BERNINA educator, will be teaching a variety of four and three needle seminars. All seminars will be held in the Expo Hall classroom. Attendees can sign up or find more information about the seminars at http://www.sewexpo.com/register-for-seminars.htm.
The BERNINA E 16 is BERNINA’s first multi-needle embroidery machine. At 16 needles, the E 16 is the home industry’s largest multi-needle embroidery machine and eliminates the time spent rethreading the machine between color changes. The E 16 also offers high-speed embroidery up to 1,400 stitches per minute and features a patented narrow cylindrical lower arm—the smallest cylindrical embroidery arm in the industry. Additionally, it offers the one-of-a-kind Go Pro Tension System to ensure that threads are fed smoothly, and the option to network up to six machines. The E 16 is a commercial quality embroidery system for the home, studio or small business.
The BERNINA Q 20 Longarm quilting machine is designed, engineered and hand crafted in Switzerland. It offers 20 inches of throat space to finish large quilts comfortably, and features an exclusive tension control system, a built-in needle threader, and a sewing speed of up to 2,200 stitches per minute. The BERNINA Q 20 also has two BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulators to help provide uniform and even stitches. Additionally, it has a one-of-a-kind electronically controlled tension system and the home industry’s only presser foot tension release for threading ease.
The BERNINA Q 24 is BERNINA’s first Longarm quilting machine. Equipped with a throat space 24 inches wide and 11 inches high, it offers generous depth and height to better manage larger quilts. The machine also comes standard with a number of innovative features, including a one-of-kind electronically controlled tension system and the home industry’s only presser foot tension release for threading ease. Additionally, an intuitive color touchscreen interface, programmable handles, and a unique threading path with an integrated bobbin winder ensure that operations stay trouble-free.
The B 350 SE Best Friend is not only equipped with a cute paw print faceplate, $30,000 from the sales of the machine will go to the Petfinder Foundation, which works to prevent the euthanasia of adoptable pets by assisting animal shelters and rescue groups across North America. In addition, BERNINA will support The Quilt Pattern Magazine’s (TQPM) Kennel Quilt Team to aid pets in shelters by hosting kennel quilt events at BERNINA Dealer locations.
The B 350 SE Best Friend sewing machine is equipped with eight full shank presser feet including the BERNINA Walking Foot #50 and the BERNINA Free-motion Quilting Foot #29, a slide-on extension table, and the BERNINA Free Hand System (FHS). The B 350 SE Best Friend also offers 191 total stitch patterns, a maximum sewing speed of up to 900 stitches per minute, a stitch width of 5.5 mm, 18 utility stitches, 63 decorative stitches, and a high-precision buttonhole function with two programmed buttonhole styles. It has enough memory to permanently store up to 30 stitches as well as a bright LED sewing light. This machine is an outstanding choice for everyday mending jobs and alterations, as well as creative sewing and quilting. With its simple, intuitive handling, first-class functionality, and solid construction, artisans will enjoy working with this machine for a long time. For more information, visit http://www.bernina.com/.
Sewing Machine Service and Quiltworks Northwest are authorized BERNINA Dealers that provide top-quality service to area residents. The Dealers sell BERNINA sewing machines software, and accessories, and also provide a variety of sewing, embroidery and quilting classes for people of all skill levels. For more information about Sewing Machine Service, located at 315 Main Avenue South in Renton, visit, www.berninaofrenton.com. For more information about Quiltworks Northwest, located at 121A 107th Avenue NE in Bellevue, visit, www.quiltworksnw.com.
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 through BERNINA’s eCommerce site, shop.bernina.com. 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: www.facebook.com/berninausa, Instagram: @BERNINAUSA, and Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/WeAllSew, and read BERNINA’s WeAllSew blog at www.weallsew.com. To learn more about BERNINA and to find a Store, visit www.bernina.com or call (630)978-2500.