#BerninaBloggerDays

Shortly after I posted my first blog post I applied for the BERNINA Blogger Days. An event organised by BERNINA International AG during which 20 selected bloggers are invited to spend a weekend at the company’s headquarters in Steckborn, Switzerland. To this date I marvel (gawk) at the fact that I was one of the selected bloggers out of 250 applicants, considering the few posts I have written and the great potential for improvement in my sewing skills. The latter became obvious on Saturday afternoon while (trying to) accomplish the task of sewing a basic kitchen apron within three hours. The time has come to acknowledge that, despite my secret dreams of being a seamstress, sewing under time pressure doesn’t seem to be a strength of mine. 

Even with this eye-opening and, let’s be honest, a little dream-shattering experience, it was a perfect weekend. It started with a very warm welcome at the BERNINA Creative Center where I met a part of the BERNINA family and the 19 fellow bloggers. We spent the evening eating dinner at Burg Hohenklingen in Stein am Rhein and the “Turmbar” in our hotel, See & Park Hotel Feldbach. Basically we were spoilt with good food and drinks throughout the weekend. Great food, nice people and sewing machines, needless to say that I was in sewing- (and food-) heaven.

At home I have a BERNINA 380, which I love dearly and have always considered quite fancy compared to other sewing machines I know. An opinion I quickly revised after having had the opportunity to sew on a BERNINA 790 and 580. Both great, (truly) fancy machines with digital displays and a vast number of options and settings. 

BERNINA 580

BERNINA 580

Bernina 790

Bernina 790

The machines come with many different accessories and presser feet of which I particularly loved the Button-sew-on foot #18  and the Binder attachment #88 for unfolded bias tape. Luckily both can also be used on my baby-sewing-machine and will shortly be part of my supplies.

Binder Attachment

Binder Attachment

I also tried the Buttonhole foot with slide # 3A, the Ruffler #86 and the Circular embroidery attachment # 83. Soon, sewing on the new machines started to feel comfortable and I felt confident to master the afternoon’s task with flying (red, black, white) colours. Little did I know my later struggle. Nevertheless, in the end also I managed to sew my apron for which the pattern is based on that in the latest Handmade Kultur magazine

by Matthias FlurI (btw. the first picture of me on this blog)

by Matthias FlurI (btw. the first picture of me on this blog)

My apron with a cute button from Ute (schneiderherz.blogspot.ch)

My apron with a cute button from Ute (schneiderherz.blogspot.ch)

One of the highlights was the meet & greet with the company owner Hans-Peter Ueltschi, fondly referred to as Patron (French pronunciation: \pa.tʁɔ̃\), whose passion and delight about his company couldn’t be more evident. He greeted us with open arms and even joined us for dinner.

The blogger weekend was concluded with a tour through the BERNINA production sheds. Surprisingly and to my great interest, high-end sewing machines are still produced at the headquarter in Switzerland. Having seen how sewing machines are produced, I have to add another item onto my education wish list. Next to becoming a professional seamstress and completing an apprenticeship as a carpenter, I would also be interested in being trained to be a polytechnician.

Production shed many years ago

Production shed many years ago

production shed now

production shed now

The weekend at BERNINA was truly a great experience during which I have learned a lot and met many wonderful people!

BERNINA Blogger Days website

Read more about the BERNINA Blogger Days and get all impressions on one page: www.bernina.com/bloggerdays

BERNINA Blogger Days participants