Sunday, September 7, 2008

Debbie and Laurel's Trip to Switzerland

Laurel and I had the very unexpected pleasure of winning a trip to Switzerland to sew on the new Bernina 830. What an incredible time we had! We were at the factory for two days of sewing and touring. We got to see how everything is made- did you know that all Bernina feet are hand finished! We went to a chocolate factory, bought lots of Swiss made wool yarn and even had a great Cheese Fondue Dinner with fellow Bernina dealers. Flowers were everywhere you looked. We went to several towns- Bern, St. Gallens, Steckborn, Stein on Rhein and several others. Laurel was a very patient teacher as she tried to teach me how to knit socks- I am really good at scarves and want to branch out. I am ripping for the 10th time! Because we made the Swiss Trip we will be one of only 3 dealers in Minnesota to get the new 830 machine in September. You should stop in to see the life-size poster- the machine has a 12" sewing bed and a huge bobbin and no bobbin case! We even got to go to Mr. Ueltschi's home- his family has owned Bernina since it was created- for a visit. We were really tired when we got home. We had been up for 25 hours. What a trip!

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