Waterside Center | 2764 Aurora Avenue | Suite 100 | Naperville | Illinois | 60540 | 331.472.4231

BERNINA Owner’s Classes

These 2-hour classes are FREE to anyone who purchases a BERNINA from BERNINA of Naperville or already owns a BERNINA purchased before November 14, 2019.

Sewing Track:

ALL BERNINA and bernette Machines.

Intro to Your Machine – In this class you will learn the basics of operating your machine, maintaining it and troubleshooting tension.

Tuesday, January 21, 6:30PM-8:30PM: REGISTER

Wednesday, February 5, 10AM-Noon: REGISTER

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30PM-8:30PM: REGISTER

Seams and Hems and Mends, Oh My! – Darn it! These machines can do the basic alterations your friends and family expect. Let’s learn the basic seams and hem techniques as well as darning some small holes.

Friday, January 24, 6:30PM-8:30PM: REGISTER

Zippers – Invisible, lap, centered and bag are all going to be in your vocabulary after this course. $10 kit fee required for this class.

Friday, January 31, 10AM-Noon: REGISTER

Gather It Up and Tuck It Down – Ruffles, gathering and pintucks are the focus of this class. And now, this isn’t just for fussy heirloom sewing.

Wednesday, February 12, 10AM-Noon: REGISTER

BERNINA Binding 3 Easy WaysWhether you use this technique for a t-shirt collar, Hong Kong seam finish or a fun and festive bunting, you are sure to use these techniques on future projects once you see how easy it is. We will cover the BERNINA Binding Attachments, the #71 Flat Fell Foot, #10 Edge Stitch Foot and numerous helpful threads and notions.

Friday, February 21, 6:30PM-8:30PM: REGISTER

Buttonholes – Simple to extravagant, there’s more ways than we can name to make a buttonhole. Part lecture, part hands-on. It’s fun, we promise.

Tuesday, March 10, 10AM-Noon: REGISTER

Directional Dynamics – Sew in sixteen different directions without rotating your work. It’s like magic.

Saturday, March 14, 3PM-5PM: REGISTER

Miscellaneous Magic – Mock drawn threadwork, fringing and bundling are all covered in this fun course where the tailor tack foot is the star of the show.

Thursday, March 19, 6:30PM-8:30PM: REGISTER

Creative Sewing – The BERNINA chain stitch is all you’ll want to learn in this class that also covers applique, sewing on a button and mock hand quilting. 

Saturday, March 28, 3PM-5PM: REGISTER

Decorative Stitch Clinic – What are these decorative stitches and how do I use them? Well, this is the class where you learn how to use them and play with that Stitch Designer feature included in your machine.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:30PM-8:30PM: REGISTER


Embroidery Track

Intro to Your Embroidery Machine – In this class you learn the basics of operating your embroidery machine, maintaining it and troubleshooting.

Saturday, January 25, 2PM-5PM: REGISTER

Quilting in the Hoop – Finish your quilt top with beautiful pre-designed quilting patterns. We’ll cover the basics of marking, hooping, stabilizer and pin-point placement in this class.

Saturday, February 1, 2PM-4PM: REGISTER

Applique in the Hoop – We’ll stitch out a pre-programmed applique design on a painter’s canvas. You'll love how easy it is to make artwork for your sewing room.

Saturday, February 8, 2PM-4PM: REGISTER

Embroidered Patches – Merit badges aren’t just for the girl scouts! You’ll love making your own for any occasion.


Embellishing Ready to Wear – Bring in your own plain garment to embellish in this class that covers hooping obstacles and careful stabilizer planning.

Friday, March 6, 6:30PM-8:30PM: REGISTER

Oops My Thread Broke! – Yep, it happens, let’s go through the steps to ensure no one ever notices where it broke.


Precision Hooping – Pinpoint placement, templates, and anchor points are explored in this hands-on and one-hour lecture/demo class.



Quilting Track

Intro to your Q Series – In this class you will learn the basics of operating your longarm quilting machine, maintaining it and troubleshooting. 

Saturday, February 22, 10AM-Noon: REGISTER

Q 24 Longarm Machine Rental Certification Class - This class is free to Q 24 and Q 20 Frame system owners. This class covers everything you need to learn to load and hand-guide quilt your own project.

Saturday, February 22, 3PM-5PM: REGISTER

Perfect ¼” Seams – You don’t need the top-of-line machine to achieve perfection. You’ll learn how to create a seam gauge, that a ¼” is a quarter of an inch and play with some tools of the trade to achieve precise narrow seams for patchworking.

Tuesday, January 14, 6:30PM-8:30PM: REGISTER


Overlocker Track

Overlocker Introduction – Learn the basics of operating your overlocker machine, maintaining it and troubleshooting.

Tuesday, February 18, 9AM-11AM: REGISTER

Cover and Chain Stitch – Bring in a t-shirt to hem for this hands-on class.


Rolled Hems – We’re making napkins and ribbon.

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30PM-8:30PM: REGISTER

Decorative Touches – Cover stitch plaid and pin weaving are "covered" in this hands-on class.



Software Track

BERNINA Embroidery Software Designing Your Own Quilting motifs – There’s a fantastic freeform drawing tool in this software that will make your hand-drawn feathers fly.

Saturday, February 15, 9AM-11AM: REGISTER

BERNINA Embroidery Software Photosnap and Photostitch – Commemorate a special occasion or memory or use for artsy exploration in fiber embellishment.

Saturday, February 15, 11AM-1PM: REGISTER

Q-matic – Learn how to import a design, line it up, adjust the position and size and stitch it out!

Saturday, February 22, 1PM-3PM: REGISTER

BERNINA Embroidery Software Introduction – Learn the basic tools to open a design, import an image, access the additional applications (Quilter and Cross Stitch Maker), create a basic original design and edit a design.

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30PM-8:30PM: REGISTER

BERNINA Embroidery Software Creative Applique – Using your BERNINA Embroidery Software 8.2, you will create a simple and multi-layered applique design ready to embroider.

Tuesday, March 17, 6:30PM-:30PM: REGISTER

BERNINA DesignWorks – Basic intro class to learn all of the modules available in the BERNINA DesignWorks software.

  • CutWork
  • PaintWork
  • CrystalWork

Saturday, March 28, 9AM-Noon: REGISTER

BERNINA Embroidery Software Fancy Editing – Use a simple element from a pre-existing design to make wreaths, kaleidoscopes and other awesome arrangements.

Tuesday, March 31, 9AM-11AM: REGISTER






Classes to be Announced:

Ligatures – We’re building out inspiring messaging using a variety of interconnecting fonts and filigrees using the following BERNINA Software Proograms.

  • Toolbox
  • BERNINA Embroidery Software

BERNINA Embroidery Software Logo Logistics – Have you always wanted to commemorate your own personal brand, business logo or other applications? In this class we will auto-digitize, use the shape maker and play with TrueType fonts.

BERNINA Embroidery Software Pillow Party – We’re making a simple Mid-century wallpaper design using the echo quilt function in the software and multi hooping.