Join Mindy in exploring a new technique each month with your Bernina. Each month will focus on a simple, easy-to-learn technique that you can replicate at home. The techniques range from lessons on a variety of feet to different finishing techniques and projects you can do on a serger. This is a great way to get to know your Bernina machine.
The Club will be in a lecture/demo format. Students will receive handouts and/or demo videos on their USB sticks where applicable.
Please bring a USB stick for the design and pen and paper if you want to take notes.
March 25: Scalloped Bindings. Finish your quilts with a beautiful scalloped edge. Learn to cut the right scallop shape and the steps to be successful. We’ll bind the scallop edge with a Bernina Bias Binder.
April 22: Serger Blindstitch Foot. Have you ever considered using the blindstitch foot to sew the perfect edge? Learn the difference between the two sizes of blindstitch feet. A fun application is to use this foot with a flatlock to create a unique-looking ladder hem found in ready-to-wear clothing. Just because it’s called the blindstitch foot doesn’t mean you have to make a blind hem. Learn how to achieve a great-looking pintuck on woven and knit fabrics. You can use this technique to embellish your fabric to create everything from heirloom yokes to T-shirt panels and pillow tops.
May 27: Pintuck Feet #30, 31, 32, 33, and 46. Originally pintucks were designed as an heirloom sewing technique, but in this lesson, you will learn several other fun applications. Pintucks can be created with various fabric weights and cords for added dimension and interest. Learn how to add beautiful pintucks to your next project!
June 24: Decorative Stitch Binding. This is a perfect finish for a totally machine-stitched binding. Learn how to exactly place the decorative stitch to enhance the bound edge, creating a special finish.
July 22: Serger Elasticator Foot. The elasticator foot for your Bernina and Bernette model sergers can add just the perfect amount of stretch to your elastic as you stitch it in place. This clever foot is great for making crib sheets, ironing board covers, or simply installing narrow elastic around an opening or pocket. Even better—you can use the Bernette elasticator foot on the b42 coverstitch machine as well. In this lesson, you will learn the various applications and gain an understanding for how to operate the presser foot with ease. Get ready to add elastic to all the sewing things!
August 26: Free-Motion Quilting with Non-Stick Feet. The non-stick feet are very useful because the sole of the foot is coated so that it glides easily over “sticky” fabrics like vinyl, suede, and leather. In this lesson, learn how easy it is to sew on challenging fabrics by simply using one of the non-stick feet.
September 23: Binding with a Yarn Edge. Learn to bind with a yarn edge—this finish will surprise you! Everyone will think you bought an expensive fold-over wool braid. This is great on clothing or your wool projects.
October 28: Decorative Threads on a Serger. One advantage to a serger is that the large looper eye accommodates many thick and decorative threads that can be hard to use in a standard sewing machine. In this lesson, we will experiment with many decorative threads, including thick and thin decorative threads and various quilting threads too. Learn how these stitches look and how to use them in your next project.
November 25: Cording Feet #22 and #25. The Cording Feet #22 and #25 are designed to create beautiful couching, guiding several cords at the same time under the foot. This process is great for adding texture and dimension to any project. In this lesson, learn decorative couching techniques to prepare and design beautiful fabrics for your next project.
December 23: Piped Binding. A well-done bound edge creates a beautiful finish, but why not take it up a notch and add piping to the binding? A piped binding will create a “wow” finish to any project.