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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hello sewing friends!!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and now it’s that time of the year…CHRISTMAS!!

Many of you have already started your Christmas sewing but for those of you who are looking for some quick projects I will be posting a new one from BERNINA of America each week on the blog and on our Facebook page.

This week…”Holiday Table Setting” Click HERE to print the pattern…for FREE!!

Don’t forget about Open Sew Fridays!! This is your chance to sew and create in a quiet comfortable environment and get some of those holiday projects completed!! Open Sew is held each Friday from 10am – 3:30pm, make sure call the store if you are planning to come-in for the day. 804-755-4499 or drop us an email at

BERNINA of America announced a few months ago it has designed a Punch Tool to work on the 9mm machines (640,730,450, & 830) well it is FINALLY available!!  Stop in the store or give them a call to get your order placed!!


Everyone has a NEED for a new BERNINA accessory! So here is your chance to get yourself or get a loved one to get a Christmas present for you…and save a little money on something you are already looking at.

Click HERE to print out your coupon to save 25% off any BERNINA accessory up to $200.00.

Don’t forget next Monday is POWER SERGE with Rae and Yes I WILL be there J We will be constructing Pillowcase for the Pillowcase Challenge. I would love the opportunity to see many of my BERNINA Family that I truly have missed these past few months.

Some other important news…

The new issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine has arrived and the latest issue of Quilts and More. These magazines are HOT and we have a limited supply so hurry in to get your copy.

I am working on a new class book to keep everyone up-to-date on all the great classes and national teacher coming in 2012. Hopefully will have ready for the store and for you to print from the website tomorrow but in the mean time take a peek at the calendar online for class descriptions and you can also save some time and sign up online!!

Monday, November 21, 2011



While we know many of you are heading to the grocery store, getting ready for family visits or heading out of town I still wanted to report some VERY exciting news!!!

We are once again having our Black Friday Early Bird Sale with some SPECTACULAR SAVINGS!!!

Unfortunately I will not be able to be there this year… I have some Harley Davidson merchandise to sell, but I am sending three of my children to work in my place J

Austin will hold down the fort being the greeter and watching the Krispy Crème Donuts (well eating all the donuts), Sabrina and Jessica will be cutting fabric, running register and doing whatever else grandma says J

Super Early Bird Deal


35% off

All in-stock merchandise*!

Not quite so Early Bird Deal


30% off All in-stock merchandise*!

Late Sleeper Bird Deal


25% off All in-stock merchandise*!

*excludes 8series machines & Horn Cabinets

*item must be in-stock and discount cannot be combined with any other offer

*excludes clearance items, classes and service

See store for complete details.

We also would like for EVERYONE to participate this Saturday in the Shop Small Business Saturday November 26th.  Help ALL of our small local businesses in the Richmond area by participating in this event! Here at BERNINA of Richmond and the BERNINA Sewing Center in White Stone we will be participating by making this event a little more enticing. There is a 25% off coupon that has been delivered to your email and many other in-store specials Saturday ONLY!! If you are not on our email list you can join by going to our website or clicking HERE.

One more announcement I think will make many of you VERY happy…

Starting in January 19, 2012 Jane will be returning to the store for a specialty class on V6 Embroidery Software.

Software Adventures is an advanced software class and will meet every month on the third Thursday from 11am – 1pm.  There are a few requirments that need to be met before you can sign up for this class:
      1.    You have to have BERNINA v6 Embroidery Software

2.    You must have purchased your software from one of our two locations

3.    You must have already taken the Embroidery Software Guide classes

This is an advanced class and moves at a faster pace so it is very important that you have completed your introductory guide classes and understand the fundamentals of the BERNINA Embroidery v6 software.

During this class you will be working from the v6 workbook which you can purchase on . This is NOT the free workbook on our website…ITS SOOOO MUCH BETTER!!!

There are only 10 spots available for the first session and the session is a once a month for six month commitment. PLEASE make sure to call Susan or Stacey for all the details as sign up NOW!!!

That’s all I have for now….Hope everyone has a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Weekend!!

PS… Susan’s Birthday is November 27th… it’s a Sunday but I would greatly appreciate if on Saturday or Monday everyone would come in or call to wish her a VERY Happy ( I’m not telling her age!!) Birthday!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Hello Sewing friends!!!

We have some BIG…BIG news!!!

We are now part of the Virginia Longarm Network and have just received our first baby demo machine. She is an 18” hand guided longarm machine. Valerie and her crew will be in our store tomorrow to give the staff all the tech support they need to give you more options with your quilting!!

Stop by any time for a test drive!!!

For all of you that have taken a quilt class with Venitta over the past three years you are invited to join her for a show-n-tell on December 3. This is YOUR opportunity to ask any questions you may have to finish up you quilts and to show off what you have already done. There is no charge and we would LOVE for all of you to stop by anytime between 9:30am and 12pm. Please make sure you give us a call so we know how many will be attending.

Venitta will be back in Richmond on January 7, 2012 for a fabulous class you won’t want to miss:

This is the Technique Class to learn/practice multi-hooping –concentrating on ACCURATE PLACMENT using several hooping techniques including hooping fabric with stabilizer, with stabilizer in the hoop, with a thumb tack board, with the Master Hooper™, with registration marks and directional hooping. This project can be finished as a pillow, wall hanging, or table topper. Finishing techniques will be demonstrated including using a variety of threads, decorative stitches on your machine, and quilting in the hoop.
With this quick and easy set of 6 designs you will learn ALL the hooping skills you need for any size projects (embroidered quilts, jacket backs, linens, embroidered scenes, etc.)

Click HERE for additional details

We have a new BERNINA resource teacher who will be making rounds at both locations. Her name is Elaine Cibelli and we are very excited to have her teaching for all of you. Her first class will be in White Stone:

The Cutting Edge: Put down the scissors and rotary cutter, open the innovative BERNINA Cutwork Software to create cuts for appliqué, quilt pieces, scrapbook motifs, party favors,  home décor items, embroidery designs, button covers, yo-yos or vintage cutwork designs.  The cutting accessory can cut layers of fabric, wood, vinyl or leather, tin, puffy foam.  Can be used on the BERNINA Deco 340; Aurora 430, 435, 440;  Artista 180, 185, 200 (updated), 630, 635, 640, 730, 450; and Bernina 830. Join us for a hands-on software class to learn the basics of the Cutwork Software. If you do not already have the Cutwork Tool make sure to let us know and we will arrange to have one so you can try before you buy.

Click HERE for additional details

We will be having another POWER SERGE! On December 5th to make Pillowcases!!! Rae will be coming from White Stone and YES I WILL be there from 10-2 to help everyone out and I would LOVE to see everyone. Make sure to call Stacey if you plan to attend and to get all the specifics.

Some note worthy new arrivals…

McKenna Ryan – Something Fishy

Hoffman Fabrics…

And last but not least…

CLEARENCE FABRIC $1.99 - $4.99!!! Yep you read that right it starts at $1.99 A YARD!!! *Minimum 1 yard cut on all clearance fabric.

I think that will do it for now please make sure to add us on Facebook to get EXCLUSIVE offers and see more of What’s News at The Blue Crab Quilt Co. aka BERNINA of Richmond!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Yes we are very excited to be back in the Blog world with the “You SEW Crazy” blog updates. It’s been awhile, I have been re-adjusting to the world of Harley Davidson. Now that I am settled into the new job I can get back to the fun, fun world of sewing.

First let me say I miss all of you!!! Updating the blog is my way of letting all of you know what is happening not only in the shop but also with my new adventure. Please feel free to post comments on the blog or post pictures and comments on the Bernina Richmond Facebook page. I would love to see what all of you have been up and see what great projects everyone has been working on.

I know this may seem strange but I actually am working on a quilt!! YES you heard correct I am making ANOTHER quilt. I will post some pictures of my progress. It has been slow going and hard to focus sometimes while at home. BERNINA of Richmond actually has a nice cure for that…. Open Sew Fridays. There is no program or agenda, you bring in anything you want to work on or just come in and hang out. The classroom is open from 10 – 3:30 every Friday and this is a wonderful opportunity to get out of the house and get your creative juices flowing.  For all of you who don’t want to bring in your machine but just work on your computer creating fabulous embroidery designs we also have wireless internet access.

Both the Richmond and White Stone stores have lots of new and exciting things going on! First let’s start with classes…classes…classes…

For 2012 the focus of both locations is to continue to educate all of our customers on not only their BERNINA sewing machine but also on other products you may have purchased and the latest and greatest in sewing, quilting, and embroidery techniques. Take a peek at the calendar, I know Stacey has been doing double duty keeping up with the website and she will have the White Stone classes posted on the calendar shortly. Please make sure to call either store if you have any questions. Click HERE to see what’s happening the rest of this year and in 2012.

Some note worthy new arrivals…

BATIKS!!! Yes… New Hoffman and Timeless Treasure batiks have arrived and as always they are AWESOME!! A must see for all you batik lovers.

Magnolia a new Stonehenge collection has also arrived. You won’t believe this one. It is beautiful! Make sure to stop in to get your yardage soon… this one won’t last long.

Due to popular demand BERNINA of Richmond is now an authorized Anita Goodesigns dealer. These design collections are second to none! Many of you are familiar with the design collection and for those who are not you must stop in and see the latest.

The 10 degree and the mini 10 degree rulers have finally arrived and the Chrysthanmums embroidery design collection has just hit the door.

I think thats all for now....keep in tpuch and HAPPY SEWING!!!