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Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a variety of BERNINA machines and a chance to win a bernette Chicago 7

BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that Close to Home, a BERNINA Dealer with stores in Glastonbury, Orange, and Southington, Conn. will exhibit at the upcoming Original Sewing & Quilt Expo taking place April 7 – 9 at the DCU Center, located at 50 Foster Street in Worcester. In the Close to Home booth #113, 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 20 and Q 24 Longarm quilting machines, and BERNINA 5 and 7 Series machines. Close to Home will also host classes using the B 350 SE Best Friend, BERNINA 570 (B 570), and BERNINA 770 QE (B 770 QE). Additionally, attendees will have a chance to win a bernette Chicago 7 by entering a raffle at the Close to Home booth. For more information about the Expo visit, http://www.sewingexpo.com/worcesterma.aspx.
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 comes 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). It 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. Additionally, it can store up to 30 stitches and has a bright LED sewing light. For more information, visit http://www.bernina.com/.
The 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 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 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 570 QE is a sewing, quilting and embroidery machine with a simple, classic design and superior function. With a sewing speed of up to 900 stitches per minute, a maximum stitch width of 5.5 mm, maximum stitch length of 5 mm, and 190 mm length of freearm, right of the needle space, this innovative machine is designed for mastering free-motion stitching techniques with ease. The B 570 QE also has an embroidery module option with 680 embroidery stitches per minute, 50 built-in embroidery designs, 4 alphabets and Embroidery Foot #26.
The B 770 QE is a sewing and quilting machine with an optional embroidery module. It comes equipped with a 4.3-inch high-resolution color touch screen, an updated user interface, and a programmable foot control. The B 770 QE also features the BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) and BERNINA Patchwork foot #97D, along with 327 stitches, 50 quilting stitches, and enough memory storage for four personal programs.
Close to Home 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. For more information, visit www.closetohomestores.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.