Saturday, July 20, 2013

BERNINA University 2013

Pride.  Passion.  Performance.

The theme for BERNINA University 2013 was Pride – Passion – Performance. The Opening Session in San Francisco gave us a red carpet presentation from a Joan Rivers impersonator who launched the “stars” of the new BERNINA line up.

Some of the “stars” revealed were:

Bernette Chicago 7

This new computerized combo machine is exciting!  Besides having over 200 stitches included, it also features 100 built in embroidery designs!  There is a USB port for transferring designs. Optional is to purchase the Cutwork Software and Accessory to go with it!

Do you love Butterflies and Peacocks?  Then the two new beautiful Special Edition 350 machines are for you.  Hurry, like the name says, they are limited!

BERNINA Special Edition 350 - Peacock
 BERNINA Special Edition 350 - Butterfly
Next up, new to the 5 Series line up is the BERNINA 560.  The embroidery module is optional. It has many of the same great features of the BERNINA 580. 
We heard about a 16 needle embroidery machine and saw a quick picture of one of the new long arm machines that will be previewing at the Houston Quilt Show this year. 
We heard news of Version 7 software, a new line of Sergers, and the BERNINA 880. 
This is one of the incredible new Sergers on the way. 
So many new products "sew" little time!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Nonni Pillow

My son Matthew has been best friends with "the boys" since he was about 2 years old.  We see them at least once a week.  Sometimes more - sometimes less.  By now they know each other so well and are best friends.
"The boys" have only one set of grandparents still living.  They do not get to see them often because they live in Italy.  Their Nonni spoils them rotten and they miss their grandparents very much when they are not with them.  When they are in town we like to have them over.  Their English is better than my Italian, but we enjoy being together with them.
I wanted to make them a keepsake that they could take home with them.  I asked "the boys" Mom for  a picture and then turned it into a pillow.


You can read more about the pillow on the We All Sew blog.