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Exclusively offers state-of-the-art BERNINA sewing, embroidery and quilting machines

BERNINA of America, the world’s premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce the grand opening of a new BERNINA Dealer, Gentler Times Stitching, in Naperville, Ill. on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A representative from the Naperville City Council will also attend a ribbon cutting ceremony which will be held at 10 a.m. Located at 476 South Route 59, Suite #152 (corner of Route 59 and New York Ave.) in Naperville, Gentler Times Stitching will host events and workshops designed for sewing enthusiasts at every skill level throughout its grand opening weekend, including a free drawing for a BERNINA bernette 46 sewing machine.

Commenting on the opening, Brenda Gildemeister owner of Gentler Times Stitching said, “Quilting has always been a passion of mine and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to open a new sewing and fabric store as an authorized BERNINA Dealer. BERNINA is among the most respected brands in the industry and I am proud to exclusively offer its state-of-the-art sewing, quilting and embroidery machines and accessories. Whether you are beginner, an advanced sewer or just looking to learn a craft, we offer a variety of products and classes to meet your needs.”

Beginning Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22, Gentler Times Stitching will host several grand opening events for every level of sewer, such as product demos, and test drives on several BERNINA products, including the new 5 Series line. Additionally, Lisa Veith, a freelancer educator, will teach various beginner sewing classes and other sewing workshops. There will also be free door prizes.

“My memories of being a child wrapped in quilts made by my grandmother inspired me to want to learn the art of quilting so that I could make quilts for my own children,” said Gildemeister, mother of eight. “After opening my own sewing machine store in Logan, Utah several years ago and later moving to Chicago, I was excited for the opportunity to own another store. Gentler Times Stitching includes a staff that also shares my love for the art of quilt making and garment sewing.”   

Gentler Times Stitching offers a variety of classes at different levels which focus on quilting, embroidery, clothing construction and home décor. All sewing classes are taught in a large classroom that is equipped with a big screen television for any instruction video or lesson that is being taught. It also has a factory–trained service technician who is certified by BERNINA of America and can repair and service all makes and models of machines.

For more information on Gentler Times Stitching including store hours, 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 500 fully trained 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 +1-630-978 25 00.