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Bernina Academy-Fear No Fabric

Welcome to BERNINA Academy mastering challenging fabrics course where we FEAR NO FABRICS! Join our team of experts and learn how to successfully sew challenging fabrics such as leather, fur, chiffon, cork, knit and more. Learn seam and hem finishes and discover ways to make sewing easier using proper feet, stitches and features of BERNINA machines for precise sewing. Let the Creative Consultant, built in the Bernina machines, be your guide as you learn how to successfully work with unique textiles and traditional techniques.

Create the BERNINA Academy Technique book as you work through the lessons that will be yours to keep as a reference every time you walk into your sewing studio. Sewing tips and free patterns are included on the collectible BERNINA USB stick and all supplies, technique book and machines are provided for you during the two day course.

Educator: Betsy Carlson

When: May 11 & 12 2018

Where: Miller's Crossing

Time: 9:00-4:00

Class Fee: $125.00 (for both days lunch and snacks included)

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Serger Essentials: Master the basics & Beyond!

Whether you're a novice or an experienced serger owner, this comprehensive, hands-on workshop is great for learning and perfecting all of your serger's stitches. What makes the edge of a rolled hem roll? How can you avoid stretching the seam on your beautiful knit tee? Learn how and why to manipulate tensions and differential feed for various fabrics. We'll talk about the wide variety of beautiful decorative threads sergers allow us to use and see lots of lovely samples. You'll leave loaded with valuable information, samples and knowledge to tackle any serger project successfully.*An extensive slideshow is included with this workshop to enhance learning and understanding of the serger. This full day hands on workshop includes your fabric kit and lunch in the class fee. Reserve your copy of Gail Yellen's popular book "Serger Essentials - Master the basics & Beyond"  at Blaine's and receive a special discount on the price, Gail will be happy to sign your books that day!


When: Saturday April 28th, 2018 

Time: Class will start at 10:00 and end at 4:30 (please arrive between 9:15am-9:30am for set-up)

Class Fee: $75.00 (includes kit, lunch, snacks)


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Gail Patrice Yellen 


In 1998, Gail started taking all types of classes at a local sewing center in CT. Sewing quickly became a passion and form of creative expression. Experimenting with all types of embellishments is a favorite pastime and her fascination with sergers is an ongoing source of ideas for construction as well as decorative techniques.
Gail is a member of the American Sewing Guild CT Chapter. She teaches classes and workshops across the country including American Sewing Guild National Conferences, the Puyallup Sewing & Stitchery Expo, Original Sewing & Quilt Expos, American Sewing Expo—Novi, MI (2015 Teacher of the Year), Sewcial, Stitches United Expo and numerous American Sewing Guild Chapter events. Her Craftsy classes, 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know and her latest one, Coverstitch: Basics & Beyond, are among their bestsellers. Gail is a contributor to Threads, Sew News and Notions. In December 2015 F W Media published Gail’s book, Serger Essentials Master the Basics & Beyond ! Find her free Serger Tip Clips on YouTube and her Pinterest Board, “Serge Outside the Seams,” is loaded with fun “Pinspiration.”