I have just returned from 3 days in Aurora Illinois, at the BERNINA Ambassadors Reunion.
First of all let me just say again that I am so honored and appreciative to be a part of this group. It brings together such a stellar gathering of talent in our industry, giving us a chance to network and share our enthusiasm for our art and craft. In addition, we are wined and dined and *intensely* educated on several of the top-of-the-line BERNINA machines...and we all go home filled with ideas and renewed passion.
My association with Bernina goes back to 2003, when my first of three Bernina Fashion Show entries was on the cover of the show book. I took a copy to the head of BERNINA USA and said "I want to be a Bernina Artisan!" and the rest is history. (The trip to Switzerland was the best part!)
You can see a video clip of my 2008 wearable art ensemble here, and you can see photos of my 2004 ensemble here. These were made on my 200 Artista, which by the way I will be selling soon, so I can update to one of the newer BERNINA machines.
All through design school and my fashion design career, my mentors and favorite teachers all sewed on Berninas. When I finally got my first Bernina it was an exhilarating moment. As I said in my recent BERNINA interview, once you sew on a Bernina, you are spoiled forever! My machines are bulletproof and have sewn through anything I can throw at them. The only thing that stopped them was when my studio was hit by a lightening bolt and their brains...er...their circuit boards were fried! This was on the eve of a fashion show deadline, but I got the part replaced and kept sewing...
Sophie has continued the family tradition starting on Quilting Arts TV, (here's her first of several appearances) and now she is hosting her own videos!
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