Bernina World of Sewing

                            A World of Stitching at Your Fingertips!

                                6013 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612-2601
                                Phone:  (919) 782-2945   Hours:  Mon-Sat 10-5, Thurs. 10-6

Monthly Events


Bernina Club

Join us the first Thursday, Friday or Saturday of the month for show-and-tell and an original program. We want to spark your creativity! Learn a new technique, see the secrets to successful projects. Every month is a new topic. Sewers of all kinds and owners of all brands are welcome! First visit is free and $5.00 thereafter. (No Charge for the December Open House held during Bernina Club times).

During 2017: Learn how you can improve your sewing skills with the extensive line of Bernina Feet, accessories, and the features of your sewing machines. Each month we will focus on a sewing technique and the Bernina feet and accessories that make sewing effortless. Lecture and demonstration format. No need to bring your sewing machine. All types of sewing machine owners are welcome.

Come learn a new technique or two, make new friends, and go home with a plethora of information. Join in the fun - and bring your show and tell!

Thurs. December 7 7:00Pm, Friday December 8 10:00Am or Saturday December 9 10:00Am

Mingle and Jingle Open House
plus Show and Tell and 9-inch Block Exchange
Just Enjoy The Club!

The December sessions are No Charge.

  • Remember December 2016? We will do "it" again! Before you come to the December Bernina Club, it will be fun for all if you complete - and bring to the December Club - a pieced or appliquéd finished-9-inch Christmas block (9 1/2 by 9 1/2 includes seam allowance). Bring it and give a smile to someone -- and, take a smile back as a return! Keep the color a shade of red/green/white/gold!
For Saving/Information:
Some BWOS Recipes in PDF Format.

For example, Some 2016 blocks:

If you send a photo of your completed block to us at:
send mail to: BCDec20179InchCompletedBlock at Bernina World of Sewing Dot Com

We can feature your block on our Website and everyone can see what blocks will be delivered to the store for the block-exchange at the December 2016 Bernina Club. Thank you, in advance for your participation. (You, or someone representing you, must bring the block and be at Bernina Club December 2016 to participate in the exchange).

Bernina Club is open to sewers of all kinds, and all brands!
No registration is required.
Choose the time you like and come join us!

Remember to bring show and tell.

Any questions or comments, please:
send mail to: Bernina Club at Bernina World of Sewing

Thurs. December 7 7:00Pm, Friday December 8 10:00Am or Saturday December 9 10:00Am

Some Previous Programs:

In November:
Holiday Projects!

Our annual staff-presented Bernina Club, showing some holiday projects and ideas.

For example:

In October:
Organizing Hints

Sudi-Laura Overstreet showed us how to organize ourselves with some quick and easy projects to make. She shared her tips and techniques with us so that we can sew up these projects in no time. We had some great discusions! Thank you for participating. It was perfect timing as the holidays fast approach us.

In September:
No Trick....

This was no trick....We wore masks and joined Ann for a spooky Halloween party for the "B" Inspired Club.

Ann helped us get into the Halloween spirit and showed how to get started on some bewitching projects.   The only thing we had to Fear was having a great time and we could check out the store's new Halloween fabrics and all the great patterns.

In August:
Revisiting: Fabric Plus Paper

We're rested from our Summer break and it was great to see everyone this week.  Ursula combined her two passions....fabric and paper.  So many beautiful gift ideas for the holidays! Totes, flowers, place-mats, cards, embroidery & so much more. 

In May:
Revisiting: Photo Transfer Using Inkjet-Printable Fabric

As this topic continues to come up - and we had not directly addressed the subject in a few years - Sonja re-visited this topic, summarizing her testing of five different printable fabric products. Informative and, perhaps: Surprising! Topic was appropriate for newcomers to printable fabric and to those of you with experience. Thank you for joining us and for bringing your examples and experiences.

In April:
It Is OK to Throw Your Fabric on the Floor

You have made a beautiful quilt to decorate your room so why not add a coordinating rug? Ann showed how to use your scrap batting and leftover fabrics to complete your look.

In March:
Exploring all the Fun Ways to Strip… Strip Piecing, That is!

At our monthly B Inspired Club led by Cathy, we explored fun ways to strip… Strip piecing that is. Cozy Quilt Designs lent us their newest quilts, patterns, books and rulers and we were excited to show them to you and how easy and fast it is to put a quilt together.

In February:

Cathy showed: How easy it is to Needlepunch on your sewing machine. We learned some embellishment techniques with roving, yarns, and fabrics - and, how we can also incorporate NeedlePunch into embroidery projects.

In January:
Techniques for Creating Successful Bobbinwork

Cathy Hooper (of our staff) helped us to learn techniques for creating successful bobbinwork with a variety of decorative threads and how to use stitches, combinations and free-motion methods that will enhance any project.

Archived Bernina Club Information


  • Let's Do the Math Together! - Ann Johnson
  • Creating Bookmarks and More.
  • Coloring books -- and: "Playing with fabric"
  • Seeing Stars - Ursula Cronk
  • Farm Girl Fever - Stacey Zabarsky
  • Scrap Crazy 6" Templates - Nancy Glasgow
  • Ask Sonja: Tips and Techniques - Sonja Shogren
  • Auction and Sale of Store Quilt Samples and Other Craft Items.
  • All About Deb Tucker Rulers - Jim Matlock
  • Holiday Projects! - Staff
  • Mingle and Jingle Open House and BERNINA Embroidery Presentation plus Gatherers' Show and Tell.


  • Using the BERNINA Circular Embroidery Attachment - Roxane Lessa
  • Durable Applique - Gail Nichols
  • Fabric Boxes - Nancy Glasgow
  • Zip-It - Ann Johnson
  • Why Every Sewer Should Have DECOR BOND (and maybe a few others...) Stabilizers in Their Sewing Room - Ursula Cronk
  • Making it Your Own - Staff
  • Summer Dress Transformation - Sue Miskovic
  • Pillow Talk - Staff and Participants
  • Aprons. Memories and Practicals - Sonja Shogren
  • Holiday Projects! - Staff
  • Mingle and Jingle Open House - We and You!


  • Scarves: The Perfect Accessory
  • 14 Gifts To Create and Give With Love
  • 3D flowers
  • Beat Your Fabric With a Hammer - Martha Pitts
  • Hexies - Ann Johnson
  • What Every Art Quilter Needs to Know Before They Sew - Roxane Lessa
  • 90 Minute Quilt-As-You-Go-Go - Allison Lee
  • Back to School with Kraftex - Gale Nichols
  • You Can Do That With a Serger? - Dellaine Risley
  • We Have Ideas! - Holiday Season Projects / Gifts
  • Mingle and Jingle Open House - We and You!


  • Woven Quilts - Nancy Glasgow
  • It all started with a Onesie! - Nancy Glasgow
  • Borders and the Power of Color - Sonja Shogren
  • Thread: Painting and Embellishing - Evelyn Judson
  • Breezy Weave Bags - Lisa Ross
  • Oh, the Places You Can Go... - Ursula Cronk
  • Marks Are Due, This Time Of Year - Sylvia Greene
  • Meet Peggy Forster
  • What Are These Used For? - Ann Johnson
  • Two Days of sew, sew, sew! - Carolyn Wilson


  • Open House - Recipes
  • "How Would You Do THIS Using Foundation Piecing" - Sonja Shogren
  • Modern quilting, modern art, improvisation and prison... - Martha Pitts

Saturday Sampler

Held around the times of the Bernina Club. Our Saturday Sampler program begins every year in January.
Thank you, for your participation.

Any questions or comments, please:
send mail to: Saturday Sampler at Bernina World of Sewing

Thurs. December 7 5:30Pm or 6:15Pm, Friday December 8 1:30Pm or Saturday December 9 9:15Am

2017 - Rules for Saturday Sampler at Bernina World of Sewing

  1. Limit 1 kit per person.
  2. First month’s kit is $10. Each month thereafter, your kit is free if you bring the previous month’s completed block and sit through a complete demonstration session.
  3. If you miss the demo, you will need to pay $6 to get your next kit.
  4. If you prefer to pay instead of sitting through the demo, you can pick up your kit and give us $6 any time after the first session of the month.
  5. Remember, one free kit per person per session. Translation: You cannot pick up a free kit for yourself and a free kit for someone else. You will need to pay for one.
  6. Saturday Sampler is limited to the first 150 people who purchase the initial kit.

The name of the quilt this year is “Simply Elegant Sampler”.

2017 Saturday Sampler Work-In-Progress

January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June-July 2017

Some So-Far 2017
Hints in Video Format
2017 General Information
August 2017
September 2017
October 2017
November 2017

Archived Saturday Sampler Information
2016 Summary
2015 Summary

Some Participant's 2015 Quilts

2014 Summary

Some Participant's 2014 Quilts
2013 Summary

2013 In Video Format
and Some Participant's 2013 Quilts
2012 Quilt Blocks

2012 In Video Format
and Some Participant's 2012 Quilts
Staff and Participant's 2011 Quilts

Staff and Participant's 2010 Quilts

Some Previous Year's Customer Quilts

Embroidery Club

Join us for our new and exciting monthly embroidery club led by Cathy Hooper. Each month we will be learning a new technique.

You will be making a project and get designs along with instructions at each meeting.

This club will be sew much fun and it is open to all embroidery enthusiasts who want to learn more about the wonderful world of embroidery regardless of skill level.

So, pack your machine and come learn a new technique, make new friends and go home with a great project. I think you’re going to Love it!!
Class fee is $20 each meeting plus any class-necessary supplies.

Stay tuned for information about upcoming Embroidery Clubs.

Embroidery Club Class Fee is $20 each meeting plus any class-necessary supplies.

Wednesday December 13 10:30Am - 1:30Pm

Please register ahead of class time. Call (919 782 2945) or stop by the store.

Any questions or comments, please: send mail to: Embroidery Club at Bernina World of Sewing

Block Party 2017

We are participating, directly, in the BERNINA "we all sew" Block Party 2017 at our store once a month. The Party started March 6, 2017 on the BERNINA "we all sew" Website.

For information about the Party's blocks, the weallsew page for that is at: (Note: Make certain that you are staying in touch with the official weallsew Website. The information provided below is, simply, provided as a convenience and is NOT maintained / as-current-as (probably) is the weallsew Website) Regards, This site's Webmaster.

For information about the Party's project, it is at:

Sonja (of our store) is hosting those of you who are participating once a month. Some specifics:

  • This is not a class! No sewing; just sharing of experiences.

  • We meet the first Tuesday (except for July) of each month, 6:00pm. The Block Party presentation is no charge; however, it is expected that you have purchased your Block Party quilt’s fabric at our store.

  • At the Block Party we discuss with you our experience with that month’s block.

  • We are not planning to be involved with the "we all sew" monthly special project. Of course, we encourage you to get involved with that and let us know your experience, if you do any of those projects.

    We encourage you to participate with the "we all sew" BLOG.

Next Session: Tuesday December 5, 2017.
Other Sessions:
Tuesday January 2 or 9 (Stay Tuned), 2018

Please pre-register, either by calling the store: 919 782 2945
and mention you are signing up for that month’s Block Party
just send an eMail to:

The Planned Quilt
The Featured Fabrics
Kit Making - 19 Fabrics plus the Background Sorry, all of our kits are gone.
Our Store's Piece
November 7, 2017
Progress Report

July 11, 2017
June 6, 2017
May 5, 2017

August 15, 2017
Sept. 5, 2017
October 4, 2017


Bernina World of Sewing - Gatherings 20172018

Our 2018 Gatherings are currently starting to "take shape". The existing Gatherers are in final-decision mode for their Morning and Evening Gatherings. Stay tuned for more information in that regard -- and, if you are interested in being placed on a list of potential 2018 Morning or Evening Gatherers, please:

send mail to: 2018GatheringInfo at Bernina World of Sewing dot com

A new Gathering "2018 Millefiori Gathering" had its second session on October 30, 2017. The Millefiori Gatherings are held the last Monday of each month (except December), 5:30-8:00pm as the store. The next Millefiori Gathering is November 27, 2017. At this time, there are two openings for this Gathering..

October 2017

Another fun / relaxing evening.
And: Productive, even!

Have a good month.


If you wish more information about participating in the monthly 2017/2018 Millefiori Gathering (last Monday of each month), stop by the store (ask for Sonja - she will know of the matter) or:
send mail to: millefioribwos at Bernina World of Sewing dot com

The Millifiori Gathering main Web page, pointing to the Millifiori Gatherings BLOG is at: Millefiori Gathering 2017/18

The BLOG was updated with a comment on: November 17, 2017.

2017 Gatherings

The first project that will be part of the 2017 Gatherings is based upon creating a Two-Color quilt using patterns inspired by the book: "modern neutrals, A fresh look at Neutral Quilt Patterns" By Amy Ellis.

The 2017 Gatherings are taking place monthly in 2017:

  • Evening Gathering: The second Monday of each month, 5:00-9:00pm.
  • Daytime Gathering: The third Tuesday of each month, 10:00am-4:00pm.

We look forward to seeing all your beautiful work.

Note: You MUST be pre-registered to participate in the monthly Gatherings. Just "Show-Ups" the day/evening of the Gathering will not be allowed - we simply do not have room for such in the classroom. Sorry!

Those who signed up and are participating in the Gatherings have been contacted via eMail. For those participating and have been contacted, the next session for the 2017 Morning Gathering is: Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:00am at the store and the next session of the 2017 Evening Gathering is currently planned for: Monday, December 11 2017 5:00pm at the store . Again: Please do NOT show up for the Gathering if you have not been contacted (there, simply, is not sufficient space for "walk-in" participants). Sorry!

If you wish to be placed on the Wait List for either of the Gatherings - or, to be notified if an opening comes about for either the Daytime or Evening 2017 Gatherings, please send mail to: modernneutralsbwos at Bernina World of Sewing dot com

Or, of Course: Stop by the store. Sonja will have the latest information.

  • The Gathering participants purchased, from our store, the book chosen to be part of this Gathering and the fabric needed for this quilt..

  • For the 2017 Gatherings, a yearly fee of $50 is charged when the attendee commits to the first Gathering he/she attends.

  • Gathering participants should have experience in sewing and in making quilts.

  • Gathering participants, surely, interact. However, the Gathering is not a class . Each participant is expected to be able to manage his/her own project.

  • The store will not be able to arrange and set-up class machines for use during the Gatherings. Gathering participants should bring to the Gathering what they need for sewing/cutting during the Gathering.

  • Due to the numerous options / aims / of each Gathering participant, space at the Gathering is limited.
    Gathering Participants must be pre-signed up. "Drop in" participants, due to classroom class size and machine space limitations will not be accommodated. Sorry!

  • If a Gathering participant decides to "drop out" of the 2017 Gatherings, it would be appreciated if that were known by the store; there may a wait-list and, if a Gathering slot opens - Persons on the wait-list will be notified of such.

2017 Gatherings

Our 2017 Daytime and Evening Gatherings are neaing their completion. The project for the 2017 Gatherings is based upon creating a Two-Color quilt using patterns inspired by the book: "modern neutrals, A fresh look at Neutral Quilt Patterns" By Amy Ellis.

November, 2017

Wow. What a great thrill to see everyone's efforts and success. Very special. Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Evening Gathering November 13, 2017

October, 2017

Yet another completed 2017 Top! Congratulations. The 2017's Tops are "rolling in" now; terrific. Congratulations! A lot of "extra work", as well, as 2017 Gatherings wind down.


Evening Gathering October 9, 2017
Daytime Gathering October 17, 2017

September, 2017

More completed 2017 Tops! Congratulations. Some extra-work continues, as well. - plus discussions about 2018's directions. Busy Gatherings and, once again: Enjoyable. Thank You for coming.


Evening Gathering September 11, 2017

Daytime Gathering September 19, 2017

August, 2017

Some Completed 2017 pieces, some in-progress 2017 pieces, some class homework, some previous Gathering work now completed:
A nice month's work! Thank you, everyone, for your efforts. It is terrific to see your pieces.


Evening Gathering August 14, 2017

Daytime Gathering August 15, 2017

July, 2017

Mid-Summer and Completed Pieces are coming forward!

We had a chance for a Summer Break and did some "extra credit" work, including working with silk in the 2" blocks during the Daytime Gathering. Fun.

Good luck to all as progress moves along. Try to stay cool.


Evening Gathering July, 2017

Daytime Gathering July, 2017

June, 2017

Another hard-working pair of Gatherings. We have made great progress and I look forward to seeing all the results. I know that some of you have completed pieces "out for quilting" and it will be fun to see those soon.

Looking Good!


Evening Gathering June, 2017

Daytime Gathering June, 2017

May, 2017

It was wonderful to see how much progress that you-all made while I was on vacation! Congratulations.

It will be a challenge for me to get caught up with you - yet, I love to see your work and the challenge is a good one. Thank you.


Evening Gathering May, 2017

Daytime Gathering May, 2017

March, 2017

A busy month (hopefully) is past so that we have more designing/"sewing" time as April comes about. Different levels of progress resulting from different-amount-of allocated time for sewing -- and: Winter vacations -- all added up to different stages of progress in February/March. Ok!

It was fun to see how things are evolving and I look forward to working on my "placid curves" as March ends - and: Seeing your pieces/progress.


Evening Gathering March, 2017

Daytime Gathering March, 2017

February, 2017

What a hard-working group! It was a pleasure to be working alongside you.

Your "homework" really paid off. A LOT of progress in this first full month.


February, 2017

Evening Gathering February, 2017

February, 2017

Daytime Gathering February, 2017

For more information about the 2017 Gatherings, go to the following Web page:
Our 2017 Gatherings Web page and BLOG pointer
(The most recent BLOG comment on the above was: November 16, 2017).

In 2016, we had two Gatherings:

Our 2016 Evening Gathering projects were based upon either: The Gemstone pattern from Wing and a Prayer Design or Blooming Nine Patch inspired by the book: Tradition With A Twist Book By Blanche Young & Dalene Young Stone.

Archived Evening 2016 Gemstone or Blooming Nine Patch Gathering Web page.

Our 2016 Daytime Gathering project was based on the Gemstone pattern from Wing and a Prayer Design.

December 4, 2016

(Clicking above will enable a one-minute video of the 2016 Daytime Gathering quilts during a Show/Tell session).

Archived Daytime 2016 Gemstone Gathering Web page.

In 2015, we had two Gatherings (Plus, we started the Gemstone Daytime Gathering that ended in 2016):

Our May-thru-August-2015 Gathering project was involved with three options of patterns for the Gathering participant.

Archived May-thru-August-2015 Pattern Choice Gathering Web page.

Our January-thru-April-2015 Gathering project was Inspired by Downton Abbey Fabric from andover Fabrics
And by the book: Take 5 Fat Quarters, written By Kathy Brown, Published by Martingale.

We used, primarily, the andover Downton Abbey fabrics that arrived in November, 2014,
with some of the attendees using additional andover Downton Abbey fabrics that arrived as early-2015 moved along.

Archived January-thru-April-2015 Downton Abbey Gathering Web page.

In 2014, we had two Gatherings.

Our Fall-2014 Gathering project "Blooming Nine Patch" – Inspired by the book: Tradition With A Twist By Blanche Young & Dalene Young Stone, Copyright © 1996 Published by C&T Publishing - took place September-thru-December, 2014. For information:

Archived Blooming Nine Patch Gathering Web page.

In Jan.-thru-Aug 2014, we had the Gathering that was aimed at using 2014 Downton Abbey fabrics from andover. For information:

Archived Downton Abbey Gathering Web page.

In 2013, we had the One Block Wonder Gathering. Thank you, to those who took part! For information:

Archived One Block Wonder Gathering Web page.

In 2012, we had the Smokey River Gathering. Thank you, to those who took part! For information:

4-Minute Movie of Smokey River Gathering's Happenings

Archived Smokey River Gathering Web page.

In 2011, we had two full-year "Gatherings".

Each of the Gathering's quilts were selected with two objectives firmly in mind:
1) Beautiful pieces and
2) Quilts that you might view as "once in a lifetime" happenings; Not necessarily quilts you would make on a regular basis.

For information about the 2011 projects:
More information regarding our 2011 "PIECEMAKERS Times and Seasons" project.

A 2011 Participant's Santas' Pieces
March, 2012

More information regarding our 2011 "Patriots in Petticoats" project.

A 2011 Participant's Basting His Completed Piece
February, 2012

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