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.
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.
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.
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
- Elisabeth Eva Bahlke: youandiheartdiy.blogspot.com
- Susanne Schaetti Ballif: muckelie.blogspot.com
- Kerstin Hengsberger: www.kischiswelt.com
- Emma Melzer: www.fruehstueckbeiemma.blogspot.com
- Anja Weidemann: www.joma-style.de
- Debora Gassmann: www.craftanized.com
- Bettina Kroner: blog.makerist.de
- Tanja Maier www.sarajulez.de/blog
- Ute Fehse-Klüttermann: schneiderherz.blogspot.com
- Nina Weber: vervliestundzugenaeht.de
- Roswitha Pax: schnabelina.blogspot.com
- Miriam Weiss: www.madebymiri.de
- Sandra Hegermann: www.sasujo2.blogspot.com
- Katja Hilla: naehte-von-kaethe.blogspot.com
- Ella Steinmann: ellamara.de
- Anita Scheiner: www.frauscheiner.de
- Ruth Sodl-Warter: rogeruethsgarden.com
- Iva Steiner: schnigschnag-quiltsandmore.com
- Corinne Wasser: www.kruemeli.ch
- Lia Stratmann: www.laviedelilli.wordpress.com