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

Hint of the Month - Archived Information
Bernina World of Sewing


This Web page includes Archived Hints of the Month. The Web project started in March, 2016.

To contact us about anything related to this Hint of the Month project - or, to pass on something that YOU believe would be a good candidate for Hint of the Month, please:
send mail to: HintOfTheMonth at Bernina World of Sewing dotcom.


May-June 2017

Mid-Year Planning / Implementation-of Plans and Ideas. I recently had discussions with someone about the following topics. Perhaps, one or two of the items trigger a Plan / Idea / that fit you. For discussion:
  • Vacation Time? Perhaps we are heading on a summer vacation and now is the time to drop your machine off for annual servicing, with an objective of having the machine back and ready-to-go after vacation.

    If your machine does not need its annual vacation: Is it time for you to do normal machine-cleaning and oiling? Is your sewing machine oil discolored and you need the oil to be replaced?

  • Cleaning Home-Sewing Drawer/Box/Area.

    Now may be a good time to "clean" (I am not very good at that part...) one's work area. Finding some treasures can be fun and worthwhile (forgotten "haves", projects started awhile ago, sewing machine feet that one forgot about, etc.).

  • Graduation / Wedding / Birthday gift ideas.

    Ok... It is the time of year for planning gifts (for others and for yourself).

    Perhaps a package aimed at providing a potential "lifetime" of use may fit:
    • Sewing Machine. Some examples:

      bernette (Ranging in price: $150 -to - $800)

      BERNINA (for example:)
      B330 (Less than $1,500)
      B560 (Around $4,000)

    • Cash gift aimed at being used for a couple of Quilt classes. For example:

      Beginners Start to Finish ($80 plus sewing tools/fabric)

      Kids Camp ($80 plus pattern) Ages 8 -to- 16

      Beginning Sewing for Ages 8 and up ($30) - (Adult must accompany the participant).

      Intermediate and beyond quilting classes ($90 -to- $150 plus fabric)

    • Cash aimed at being used for sewing tools / fabric. Amount? Depends upon a lot of factors.... Stop by the store and discuss what sewing objectives you see the recipient heading towards.

    For information about some machines at our store, click on: Some Machines at Bernina World of Sewing

    For information about some classes at our store, click on: Some Classes at Bernina World of Sewing

    Yes, such matters are expensive. However, the joy of sewing and participation-in such can be enjoyed a long time. Often, for a lifetime.

  • Your Machine-Buying Plans Perhaps you are looking to purchase a sewing machine in the future for yourself. Advance planning is always a good idea; For example - sometimes, the machine that you are looking for has a lead-time to availability. Waiting to order a machine can lead to disappointment.... So: Plan ahead!

    Plus, spreading the cost out over a few months can sometimes be nice.

If you have any comments or otherwise, please: send mail to: Hintofthemonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com
send mail to: HintoftheMonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com


February-April 2017

Think Outside the Box. As I scanned a LOT of incoming fabrics and was lucky enough to see a LOT of store samples being created recently - it brought to mind that we sometimes limit ourselves to existing "types" of projects and ideas. Maybe we should "take a chance" with something we have not worked with recently. For discussion:
  • Make wall-hanging size pieces rather than always attacking large projects. Two store samples created recently are shown to the right.

    Either one would look great as a wall-hanging or accent-piece for a house, dorm room or whatever.

  • If "one" spots a fabric that catches one's fancy: If it is within one's budget - Grab it while it is available -- and, perhaps: Make something different than one usually makes! <>Two fabrics that I recently scanned brought back memories of fabric that was in my home's kitchen back in the 1940s. I really believe that! Ok... memory can play tricks...

    I think the fabric would make great/memory-triggering aprons and towels. Do any of you remember any of these fabric prints?

  • Take a class to see if one likes a technique or machine -- with an aim of: Will I like doing that?

    Take advantage of your local shop's class offerings and demonstrations. Ask, ahead of registration, if you can use a store-provided class machine.

    This may enable you to expand your horizons in areas not currently envisioned. For example: Is embroidery interesting? Are there machine presser feet that I could benefit from? Perhaps a class - and store-available sample machines/accessories and even software could be used for a particular class.

    Am I am Beginner, looking to get started in quilting? Do I have a family member that I may enjoy sewing with? Why would I use some different presser-feet / accessories? Should I take a chance and try a different looking quilt?

    Think outside the box!

If you have any comments or otherwise, please: send mail to: Hintofthemonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com
send mail to: HintoftheMonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com


December-January 2016-2017

Smart Shopping. Perhaps it would be easier to say "Be a Smart Shopper". However, getting me to admit that I am not a "Smart Shopper" would be difficult to do: I try and "believe" that I am a smart shopper... yet, it was an interesting exercise to remind myself of a few matters that I would consider to be part of Smart Shopping. For discussion:
  • Purchase quality that meets one's primary objective - at the time of purchase. Recently, I purchased a SmartPhone. I need it, basically, as a mini-computer (testing Web matters and accessing eMail). For $300 I have been able to do quite well for my objectives and I, so far, have not seen a reason for me to pay more. Will my objectives change and I "need" the features of a more expensive SmartPhone? I will see -- when I discover features that my $300 SmartPhone does not provide to me. Will I regret spending the $300 at the time of purchase and, then "need" to invest more later? Well... we will see, eventually, if I did some Smart Shopping...
  • Purchase for a reason. Another way of saying: No impulse buying! Ok, sometimes we do buy on an impulse -- but, we try to not do so. For example: Perhaps, there are cases when purchasing a "don't mind if it breaks in a year or so" item makes sense. If not, purchase what can be expected to last; sometimes, warranty-period duration can be an indicator.
  • Don't underestimate customer service. We talked about this somewhat in previous month's Hints -- but, certainly, it is a matter worth, always, keeping in mind for a significant purchase. Whatever one purchases: Service - and, Customer Service - will no doubt be necessary.
  • Consider - and, be careful-with taking advantage of - financing "deals". Yes, in today's financial world interest rates are low and there are wonderful opportunities to enjoy something at a very-nice monthly rate of payment. Just keep in mind that multiple years can be a long time. Perhaps, waiting a time will be better than buying now? Perhaps. Just: Be a Smart Shopper.

What would be a Smart Shopping Hint from your point of view?

If you have any comments or otherwise, please: send mail to: Hintofthemonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com
send mail to: HintoftheMonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com


October-November 2016

Support Your Local Store. Well, certainly, as I state this: I work at/with a local store! However, sometimes, I feel that the statement has to be re-stated. I appreciate the Web, I appreciate purchasing at "the right price" -- and, sometimes I forget that price and purchasing "off the Web" or in a "big box" store is not always the best solution for my project. There is value in developing a relationship with a local store and that store's staff. I am a golfer and I have heard the story of one time a player asked Ben Hogan if Ben would help the player with his golf swing; Ben is reportedly said to say "What golf clubs do you play"? The answer was "Wilson" and it is said that Ben answered: "Go ask Mr. Wilson" (Ben, in addition to being a terrific player, sold Ben Hogan golf clubs). We are fortunate in the Raleigh area to have a number of fine sewing-machine, quilt fabric, etc. stores. Our store strives to be at the forefront of your thoughts in this regard -- but, in any case, we emphasize: Support Your Local Store"!

If you have any comments or otherwise, please: send mail to: Hintofthemonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com
send mail to: HintoftheMonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com


August-September 2016

Take a Class seems to be such an obvious statement. However, we sometimes forget that taking a class can be a special experience. Not only for the education -- but, for overall benefits such as:
  • Learning something new. Techniques, approaches to attacking a design/finished challenge and so on.
  • Meeting other people who have similar interests/challenges.
  • Form a relationship with a teacher.
  • Address something that has been "nagging" you for awhile ("How would a "pro" do this"?)

Yes. we sometimes take an online class or spend time/effort with a BLOG interaction or a PODcast. However, for some of us and for some situations: Taking a class can be time and $$$ well-spent.

Some classes are no-charge (for example, when you purchase any sewing machine at Bernina World of Sewing, you are offered at least one free session covering your becoming-familiar-with your machine). Traditional hands-on class prices range from $25 (some single-session classes) to $100 (multiple-session classes). Ask, when you purchase a machine somewhere, what classes they offer and decide if purchasing a machine at Bernina World of Sewing is, perhaps, a better alternative.

Stay tuned to our Web pages and, of course, to our Newsletter and to our in-store samples/class schedule. See you, at your next class!

If you have any comments or otherwise, please: send mail to: Hintofthemonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com
send mail to: HintoftheMonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com


July 2016

Try and Use and Head-Into Embroidery is something that some of us think about - and end up ignoring. Why? Perhaps, "embroidery" is intimidating. Machine cost comes immediately to mind and, then: Embroidery formats (EXP, ART, and so on) and terminology (digitizing... how-to-do, when needed and so on)... Can sometimes discourage one from seeing if embroidery is in one's future. Well -
  • bernette and BERNINA offer embroidery options on machines that range in price from around $1000 up to the top of the line BERNINA machines.
  • bernette and BERNINA machines that support embroidery all have easy-to-use connections for the machine to accept already-digitized embroidery designs; often, this is sufficient for a home embroidery user.
  • Embroidery can be fun in addition to being a beautiful addition to our sewing repertoire!

Stop by our store if you are at all inclined to give embroidery on a bernette or a BERNINA a try. If you have any comments or otherwise, please: send mail to: Hintofthemonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com
send mail to: HintoftheMonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com


May-June 2016

Buy to your Budget – While Keeping in Mind: “Buy to Your Budget” seems so obvious. As we do so, some matters of discussion/investigation are worth considering:
  • Any BERNINA can, from a pure sewing point of view, often meet all one’s needs and in many cases “be more sewing machine” than one ever dreamed of. What, then, makes a particular BERNINA “more of a machine” than other BERNINAs?

    Some features, worthy of a discussion as one “Buys to One’s Budget”. (If you don’t know what the following are: Ask to be shown and “try before you buy”! These are just SOME suggestions):

    • Needle up and down
    • Start-Stop Sewing switch
    • Machine sewing “Throat” space
    • Walking foot supported?
    • Ability to “Control” stitch width
    • Thread cutter
    • Securing one’s stitches

    Of course, Embroidery adds, immediately, to the “Buy to your Budget” discussion. We can discuss that in another Hint of the Month.

    If you have any comments or otherwise, please: send mail to: Hintofthemonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com
    send mail to: HintoftheMonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com


April 2016

Sometimes, we want a "quick piece" to be created, and pre-cut fabric strips/pieces may help in getting the job done on time! Pre-cut fabric may cost slightly more than if one cuts/strips the fabric on his/her own; however, taking advantage of the fabric designer's putting into a collection colors/fabrics that are coordinated can help lead us to a very worthwhile day or afternoon of sewing. The Web has many examples of using pre-cut fabric -- and upcoming in our Summer class schedule is a class aimed at this topic. For information on that class, click on:
One of our upcoming classes: "Four to Nine"

If you have any questions / classes-advice or otherwise, please:
send mail to: Classes at Bernina World of Sewing dot com


March 2016

Are you thinking of purchasing a BERNINA and you would like to try one for "real"? How about signing up for one of our classes and request a classroom machine? Currently: A BERNINA 350.

Yes, you have to invest time/money in taking a class. However, the benefits are certainly there -- and: you will LOVE the BERNINA 350.

To check our upcoming classes, click on:
Our Classes Main Web Page

If you have any questions / classes-advice or otherwise, please:
send mail to: Classes at Bernina World of Sewing dot com


To contact us about anything related to this Hint of the Month project - or, to pass on something that YOU believe would be a good candidate for Hint of the Month, please:
send mail to: HintOfTheMonth at Bernina World of Sewing dotcom.


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March-April 2017

Think Outside the Box. As I scanned a LOT of incoming fabrics and was lucky enough to see a LOT of store samples being created recently - it brought to mind that we sometimes limit ourselves to existing "types" of projects and ideas. Maybe we should "take a chance" with something we have not worked with recently. For discussion:
  • Make wall-hanging size pieces rather than always attacking large projects. Two store samples created recently are shown to the right.

    Either one would look great as a wall-hanging or accent-piece for a house, dorm room or whatever.

  • If "one" spots a fabric that catches one's fancy: If it is within one's budget - Grab it while it is available -- and, perhaps: Make something different than one usually makes!

    Two fabrics that I recently scanned brought back memories of fabric that was in my home's kitchen back in the 1940s. I really believe that! Ok... memory can play tricks...

    I think the fabric would make great/memory-triggering aprons and towels. Do any of you remember any of these fabric prints?

  • Take a class to see if one likes a technique or machine -- with an aim of: Will I like doing that?

    Take advantage of your local shop's class offerings and demonstrations. Ask, ahead of registration, if you can use a store-provided class machine.

    This may enable you to expand your horizons in areas not currently envisioned. For example: Is embroidery interesting? Are there machine presser feet that I could benefit from? Perhaps a class - and store-available sample machines/accessories and even software could be used for a particular class.

    Am I a Beginner, looking to get started in quilting? Do I have a family member that I may enjoy sewing with? Why would I use some different presser-feet / accessories? Should I take a chance and try a different looking quilt?

    Think outside the box!

If you have any comments or otherwise, please: send mail to: Hintofthemonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com
send mail to: HintoftheMonth at Bernina World of Sewing dot com