2430 Main Street, Longmont | 303-485-6681

1833 East Harmony #1A, Fort Collins | 970-484-1094

Owner's Classes

The staff at The Presser Foot is committed to teaching you every aspect of your BERNINA sewing or embroidery machine. We know that you might already have years of experience sewing or embroidering. While you might pick up a few helpful hints or techniques in these classes, your Lifetime Owner's Classes are not necessarily to teach you how to sew or embroider. These classes are designed to teach you how to use all the functions of your machine, from basic to advanced. We may cover some things that you already know, but please keep in mind that there are likely brand new sewists and embroiderers in your class and we want to make sure everyone gets the information they will need. Every model of BERNINA is different, so even if you have owned one before, there are lots of things we can still teach you. We encourage you to take all of the classes for your machine in order for you to get the most out of it for years to come!

These are the Owner's Classes we offer, listed in the order we recommend you take them, and what they cover. Some are project based and have small kit fees. Please see each store's calendar for dates and times they are offered, and call at least one day before class to register.

 

Care and Feeding
BERNINA technicians wrote this class. Using the best supplies and taking proper care of your BERNINA will make it last for years to come, as well as make all your projects successful! This class covers simple cleaning and proper oiling of your machine, different types of thread and needles. We'll also go through basic set-up of your BERNINA, as well as the accessories and feet that come with your machine and what they are for.

Bring your BERNINA sewing machine and accessories. You may also want to print your Owner's Workbook from the CD you received when you bought your machine from us, and/or your manual for your BERNINA.




Mastering Your Bernina
You'll use the utilitarian stitches more than anything else on your BERNINA! In this class we'll start with the straight stitch and then go through all the basics, including how to make and program buttonholes, blind hems, overcasting and more. You will sew a sample for each utilitarian stitch with the foot that was designed for it as you learn how to adjust for different types of fabric. We'll also teach you to adjust stitch width, length, needle position, tension and more on your machine.

Bring your BERNINA sewing machine and accessories. You may also want to print your Owner's Workbook from the CD you received when you bought your machine from us, and/or your manual for your BERNINA.




 
Quick Start bernette
This class is for bernette owners only! We'll cover basic care and cleaning of your bernette sewing machine, as well as what all the accessories are for and how to use the different feet. You'll use the utilitarian stitches on your bernette to make a KraftTex wallet while you explore the different functions your machine has.

Bring your bernette sewing machine and accessories. You may also want to your manual for your bernette and a notebook and pen.



 
Quick Start Sewing
Now that you've learned what you need to get started with your BERNINA, let's have some fun making a project. In this class you'll make a simple, quilted case to carry your sewing accessories or notions to class. You will use different feet while putting in a zipper, using decorative stitches, sewing on a button (with your machine!), using the seam guides in combination with your feet and more. Try the most commonly used feet for your BERNINA to see if they are some that you might want to own.

Bring your BERNINA sewing machine and accessories. You must take Care and Feeding and Mastering Your BERNINA before you take this class. There is a small kit fee for this class.




 
Quick Start Embellish
Learn more about your BERNINA sewing machine while making a pair napkins. This class covers special functions of your BERNINA, including pattern end / begin, the memory and monogram functions, stitch combinations and more. Use special feet and needles with decorative stitches for special effects.

Bring your BERNINA sewing machine and accessories. You must take Care and Feeding and Mastering Your BERNINA before you take this class. There is a small kit fee for this class.





 
Quick Start Raise the Surface

Explore applique and couching techniques with special feet to create surface embellishment while you create your own triangular bag with a zipper.

Bring your BERNINA sewing machine and accessories. You must take Care and Feeding and Mastering Your BERNINA before you take this class. There is a small kit fee for this class.




Quick Start Embroidery

Start embroidering with your BERNINA today! You'll embroider a towel in class while you learn all about hooping, stabilizers, embroidery thread and needles. This class also teaches you to navigate the embroidery editing capabilities that your BERNINA has, such as re-sizing, rotating, adding lettering, combining designs and more. (Functions will vary depending on what model you have.)

Bring your BERNINA sewing machine, embroidery unit, hoops and accessories. You must take Care and Feeding and Mastering Your BERNINA before you take this class. There is a small kit fee for this class.

Aurora owners must take Computer Basics before you take this class. Please bring your laptop with software installed, power cord, mouse and dongle. If you don't have a laptop, this class may be taken in a lecture/demo format.




 
BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR)
The BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) makes free-motion stitching more fun than ever! Learn more about the BSR while exploring the different modes of operation, how to change the soles on the foot and how the foot works.

Bring your BERNINA sewing machine, BSR and accessories. You must take Care and Feeding
and Mastering Your BERNINA before you take this class. There is a small kit fee for this class.



Quick Start Overlocker
You can create amazing things with your overlocker once you know the basics! This hands-on class will teach you to thread your overlocker, adjust the tension and how to change stitch settings. As you make a zippered pouch, you will learn techniques including four-thread overlock (seaming and patchwork), three-thread overlock (seaming and gathering) and a three-thread rolled hem (ruffle edge). By the end of the class, you will be in love with your overlocker!

Bring your BERNINA overlocker and accessories. You may also want to print your Owner's Workbook from the CD you received when you bought your machine from us, and / or your manual for your BERNINA. There is a small kit fee for this class.



 
Chain and Cover
Your Chain and Cover machine will give you professional results in all your garment and home decor endeavors. This class will teach you to thread your chain and cover machine, as well as give you the confidence you need to use the unique features of this machine for both construction and decorative embellishment.

Bring your BERNINA Chain and Cover machine and accessories. You may also want to print your Owner's Workbook from the CD you received when you bought your machine from us, and / or your manual for your BERNINA.




Create with 8 Sewing 1
Your BERNINA 8 Series machine is unlike any other, so it's important to get started the right way! This class covers the basics, including threading, winding a bobbin, proper oiling and cleaning, simple touch-screen navigation and more.

This lecture / demo class is taught using the 8 Series simulator. Bring your laptop with the simulator for your machine installed if you wish to use it in class. Visit our Free Downloads page and find the simulator for your 8 Series machine.


 
 
Create with 8 Sewing 2
Learn more about your BERNINA 8 Series machine as you explore functions such as stitch combinations, sending stitches to embroidery (depending on model) and more.

This lecture / demo class is taught using the 8 Series simulator. Bring your laptop with the simulator for your machine installed if you wish to use it in class. Visit our Free Downloads page and find the simulator for your 8 Series machine.



 
Create with 8 Embroidery 1
Start embroidering with your BERNINA 830 or 880 today! In this class we'll teach you how to hoop your projects and how to open and edit embroidery designs on your 8 Series machine. You'll also learn all about stabilizers, embroidery thread, needles and more.

This lecture / demo class is taught using the 8 Series simulator. Bring your laptop with the simulator for your machine installed if you wish to use it in class. Visit our Free Downloads page and find the simulator for your 8 Series machine.



 
Create with 8 Embroidery 2
The BERNINA 830 and 880 have unique embroidery features that will amaze you. In this class you'll learn more advanced editing of embroidery designs, including combining designs, endless embroidery and importing stitches to create unique embroidery motifs. 880 owners will learn how to use the color wheel and shape designer functions.

This lecture / demo class is taught using the 8 Series simulator. Bring your laptop with the simulator for your machine installed if you wish to use it in class. Visit our Free Downloads page and find the simulator for your 8 Series machine.



 
Computer Basics
Learn basic navigation of the BERNINA ArtLink v7 embroidery software or bernette Embroidery Software Customizer, including resizing, rotating, mirror imaging and sending designs to your embroidery machine. We'll also show you how to download deisgns online, extract them if they are compressed (or zipped), and open them in the ArtLink v7 software.

EC on PC will also be covered for Aurora 430/440QE/450 owners. Aurora owners should also bring their sewing machine, embroidery unit and hoops. Bring your laptop (with the software installed), power cord, dongle (if applicable) and mouse. Visit our Free Downloads page to install the ArtLink v7 software.

 

 
Software Editing
This class is an introduction to BERNINA Embroidery Software 8 and basic editing. Learn to navigate Software 8 and the tools, how to resize designs, change colors, use the alignment and wreathing tools, send designs to your embroidery machine, calibrate your monitor and other basic design editing.

Bring your laptop (with the software installed), power cord, dongle and mouse.




 
Software Lettering
Use BERNINA Embroidery Software 8 lettering tools to personalize and enhance your embroidery projects. Learn the basics of adding and editing lettering using the lettering and monogram tools. You'll also use the elastic lettering functions and review basic editing tools.

Bring your laptop (with the software installed), power cord, dongle and mouse.




Software Digitizing
The BERNINA Embroidery Software 8 has a variety of powerful digitizing tools that you can use to create your own embroidery designs from scratch. Learn how to use the magic wand and auto-digitizing tools, as well as manual and free-hand digitizing tools. You'll also edit fills and outlines, create applique designs and explore special effects including raised color photo stitch and 3D effects.

Bring your laptop (with the software installed), power cord, dongle and mouse.



 
DesignWorks Software
This class covers the basics of DesignWorks Software. Learn unique features for digitizing designs that incorporate decorative embellishment with the CutWork, PaintWork and CrystalWorks Tools.

Bring your laptop (with the software and additional tool codes installed if applicable), power cord, dongle and mouse.




 
DesignWorks Tools
Your BERNINA can do more than just sew or embroider! This class will cover the use of the DesignWorks Tools. Learn how to attach and / or adjust the CutWork Tool, PaintWorks Tool and CrystalWorks Tool so that you can applique and embellish your projects.

Bring your BERNINA machine, the appropriate stitch plate(s) for your machine, embroidery unit and your DesignWorks Tool(s).