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bernina artista knowledge

lbauer7 | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

this may not be the place to ask this question…everyone seems so knowledgeable.  But, here goes….2 yrs ago i decided to upgrade my sewing machine….the Amish place I deal with (great folks) had a deal on a computer/embroidery machine and couldn’t pass it up.  They are a ways from my home…the first lesson for embroidery,I fell and broke a hip…long time recovery (super now thankyou)…the 2nd time was a month ago, my dog got violently sick and after 2 weeks, died.  So much for my attempts at lessons up in Lancaster.  So my question is, can anyone suggest a way I can get some initial lessons on my Bernina Artista – i’d even pay for one-on-one lessons…I live in West Chester, Pa…


  1. carolfresia | | #1

    What a situation! I'm afraid I can't give you any specific advice since I don't know your area at all, but do you think your dealer might know of someone more local to you with the same or similar machine, who would be willing to give you some tips on getting started? I don't have an Artista, but I got to use one at a workshop I attended recently and really loved it so I can understand your eagerness to get some training. Good luck, and let us know how it goes.


  2. ROBERTAJ | | #2

    I am sorry to hear about your mishaps trying to get to your embroidery lessons.  Think I can suggest some great sources for help though!  There are several Artista lists (email me directly at [email protected] if you want the email addresses) that can offer great help.  @ of the lists have lessons going on -- one you need to purchase a book that is referenced in the lessons (from Reneah Raffey) the other you can purchase a year's worth of monthly lessons for $50 (Jen at Northern Lights embroidery). 

    Reneah sells workbooks and CDs that are very good.  Loes sells the Artista College CD for ~60 dollar which is good (I think she is at artistitch.com) and Heather Snow also sells workbooks.

    Go to kimgoodwin.com and she lists seminars she puts on for software training. I just took one from her in Portland, Oregon this month and it was great.  Also, a retired man in front of me has had his machine for ~4 mos. and said he went through the "Art of Embroidery CD" that came with the Artista 180E and learned most of what he needed from it! 

    Email me at above address or [email protected] and I can get you all the website addresses, etc. for above info.  You will be "digitizing" in a flash!

    Roberta Johnson

    1. justme302 | | #3

      Hi--There is a Steves Sewing Center in King of Prussia, not too far from you..[I think]..Maybe they will give lessons...but possibly at a small charge...Look them up and give a call...maybe they could reccommend a customer that has the same model ?

  3. HVOKES | | #4

    http://www.creativesewing.com/seriesindex.htm This website has the complete online instructions and you can even purchase it in book form if you choose that option.   Good luck. 

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