Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bernina University 2013 – New Products

I’m in the beautiful city of San Francisco for the annual Bernina convention.


At the opening ceremony the emcee was a Joan Rivers impersonator. She introduced the presenters of products in starring roles.


Introduced first was the new Bernette Chicago 7. A computerized combo machine, for sewing and embroidery. It has 200 stitch patterns, 100 built –in embroidery designs and with an MSRP of $1399 will enable those interested in embroidery to join the club. Plus it’s Cutwork Software and Accessory compatible!


New to the 5 Series line-up is the 560. It has the same interface as the 580 (color screen  and ease of use) and the embroidery module is optional. Start sewing now and embroider in the future.


If you missed Purchasing the Special Edition 350 from last year, there are two new beautiful editions to choose from starting in January of 2014. (Drop into Bolts in the Bathtub is you would like to see the 2013 Special Editions). 

These designs are gorgeous.




The butterflies are a raised relief.


After five years the 8 Series is getting a new family member. The BERNINA 880 has all the feature we loved in the 830 with a bunch of new fabulous features. Create unique embroidery arrangements with shaping, colorize with the Color Wheel, creatively distort stitches , plus create your own stitches with the Stitch designer.


V7 Software comes out in the Fall, we were asked not to share the screen as it is in Beta mode. But I can tell you that it is definitely the next step.


Imagine using your embroidery module for Stumpwork,




and Felting.


Something else many have been asking waiting for is finally here. Switch from metric to inches inside the software. No more changing your computer settings and restarting your computer. Yeahhhhhhhh!

Last but for me definitely not least is are new BERNINA Overlocker/Sergers slated for release in 2014. Both are equipped with LED lights and BERNINA’s exclusive MTC (Micro Thread Control). Ultimate control is at hand foot. The sergers use the same foot pedal as your sewing machine. Imagine taking one stitch at a time with a serger.


Drumroll please! The L 460 is equipped with the BERNINA FHS (Free Hand System). That’s right. No more swinging your leg to the right and feeling silly as there is nothing there. With the L 460 you can raise & lower the pressure foot without taking your hands off your project. How sweet is that?



The L 460 also has needle threaders. Additionally, the L460 has a patent pending lower looper threader, a larger waste collector and a extension table to give you more working space.

The perfect partner to  the L450 & L 460 - the L 220 – for professional cover & chainstitch finishes. 


There's more to share from the Merchant's Gallery so stay tuned.  

Stitch at you Soon,


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Welcome to Bolts in the Bathtub’s New Location

We’ve been very busy the last two weeks at the new store location. When we reopened on the 8th of June racks were in place with fabric, but there had been very little fluffing.
But,with the Southern California Quilter’s Run starting on Thursday the 20th we rose to the challenge. So I present to you our new store:

Peggy based the letters for our sidewalk board on letters from a embroidery design card.


As our new signs won’t be up until July 1st, I went to the FedEx printing center and had our logo printed out on plotter paper. Two smaller ones were laminated for the front and back doors,


and a larger one to put in the front window. For under $34 dollars, it was money well spent.


Come on in.


There is a great tiled entry way with windows looking into the store. The Belgian baby bathtub holds geraniums for the summer. It will be a lot of fun changing out what is in the tub for the different seasons.


The quilt on the daybed made by Anna is Multi-Faceted by Cozy Quilt from our last Strip Club. You can visit Anna’s blog The Artist Within here. We are extremely lucky to have her as a teacher/employee. The chevron fabric on the corner just came in.


I’m thinking a summer Dresden plate quilt with the brights as beach umbrellas.


Sorry, I squirreled. You know quilters do that when they look at fabric right?

Displayed behind the bed is The Bopple Ball. It’s a fun play item for kids.


The front counter area. The quilt is “Transformer Dude” -  one of our variations for the Quilt Run. 


Aprons are really popular. We loved this panel and the coordinates are gorgeous. There is yardage, plus dishes are available. It would be a lovely for a romantic kitchen.


Another apron from Kwik Sew has sizes for adult, child and 18” dolls in one pattern.


Choices, choices, choices.


Christmas fabric has started to arrive at the store. It is in front of on of the two offices we kept from when the location was a law office. You can see the planning and demo here. If you missed our moving and store set up , they are - Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.


My sister Fay has the office behind the verticals. The beige was fine in the law office, but they look kind of dirty now with our white paint. We might need to change those.

The Christmas tree quilt hanging over the wall was designed by Tiffany at Needle in a Hayes Stack. She is also one of our teacher/employees. She also is our web girl.


Red with grey and white are huge this year for Christmas fabric.


We don’t have a lot of unused wall space so there are plenty of quilts  (what we call dead quilt hanging) gathered and cascading (that is so much nicer sounding) from ceiling height.


Across the store is the BERNINA area, which is still a work in progress.


And a wall of thread.


And of course, not to be forgotten is the tub! Currently it’s filled with red, white, blue and patriotic.


Better get to the store. Runners will be arriving in an hour.

Stitch at you Soon,

Linking with:
The Tablescaper - Seasonal Sunday
A Stroll Thru Life - Inspire Me Tuesday

Friday, June 7, 2013

Day Three of the Move

Yesterday was another big day of moving. The register area arrived.


The phone /DSL was set up. Computers and wireless will be activated late this afternoon.

Briana filled the notions wall.


Michelle’s husband John was the hero of the day being the all around handyman. Here, he is covering the tub stand with carpet.


After much discussion and rack movement fabric began to find  a home.


There is a small dent in the fabric stacked in the classroom.


We open tomorrow ready or not. So today is sure to be another long day.

Stitch at you Soon,

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Day 2 of the Move

Just a quick update from yesterday’s move. The first truckload was at the back door at 7 am. It was all of the stacking fabric racks.


Jorge worked on the classroom doors.


What do you call a gathering of racks? A gaggle? A roundup?


The first fabric delivery into the classroom. Remember this corner when you get to the bottom of the post.


Minkee & other plush on the opposite side.


Sewing furniture coming down the dark hallway. Somehow a major fuse was blown and there were no lights on the west side of the building.


The doors are up!


The guys from Bushu Electric arrive to put up the fans, move Leith’s light switches and get the layout for the wiring of the front counter on Friday morning. The also figure out the fuse problem and we have lights again on the west side.

If you need any electrical done Bushu is the best. They wired our last two stores and pretty much rewired a previous home of mine.


It’s starting to get crowded.


Some of the register area.


At the end of the day this is what the classroom looked like.






This was the first corner of fabric.


Some more fabric out on the shelves.


Stitch at you Soon,