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Sew Expo is LIVE in Renton

 It's all things BERNINA for 3 days straight! Come in to Sewing Machine Service for exceptional deals on NEW machines, accessories, and software.

Meet BERNINA educators Sylvain Bergeron, Shelly Fitzgerald, Debbi Lashbrook, Betty Stoltenburg, Debbie Cacciamani, and Heather Stadelman and get your BERNINA questions answered!

There will be door prizes, machine giveaways, and more!

Sylvain Bergeron

Ask the BERNINA guy about BERNINA Accessories.

Come by the store and get answers to your questions!  Whether it’s sewing, quilting or embroidery, we have the widest variety of presser feet and accessories to help you get the most out of your BERNINA, with the best results.


Sylvain Bergeron, BERNINA Educator will be at Sewing Machine Service of Renton to answer your questions and help you find the solution to your sewing, quilting and embroidery challenges.

Debbi Lashbrook

What Can Software Do for Your Embroidery?


Come by the store and find out about BERNINA Embroidery Software 9. Perhaps you have software, perhaps you don’t; but software is the perfect accessory for your embroidery. Whether you quilt, sew garments, craft, or love home décor, software can help you create your projects.


Debbi Lashbrook, Software Specialist will be at Sewing Machine Service of Renton to answer your questions about embroidery and software.

Debbie Cacciamani

Why do you need a BERNINA Overlocker?

Come by the store and find out about BERNINA Overlockers. Learn why an overlocker is a valuable accessory machine to have in your sewing room. Overlockers are great for home dec projects, like table runners, or for purses, bags and totes. You may be a quilt-maker or a garment-maker and find many ways to use an overlocker. Join us to sew up a cute tea towel with the new L8 BERNINA Overlockers!

Debbie Cacciamani, BERNINA Sales & Product Trainer, will be at Sewing Machine Service of Renton to answer your questions about why you will love your BERNINA Overlocker!

Betty Stoltenburg 

Sewing and creating have been Betty’s lifelong passions, so it was only natural that her indirect path led her from a high-tech career to joining the BERNINA event team for their first Sewapalooza events in 2014. In addition to presenting at a variety of BERNINA events, Betty has created several projects and instructions that have been published in the BERNINA WeAllSew Blog and the 2014 Look Book.  


Betty has digitized embroidery patterns for nearly 20 years and Quilting designs for the past 3 years. She is always eager to learn new BERNINA systems and use them to bring her imagination to life. When BERNINA introduced the Q-Series longarm with Q-matic, Betty knew that she would love discovering and then teaching others how to get the most out of this powerful quilting machine.


In 2018, Betty joined the newly formed BERNINA Longarm Trade Show/Event Team to focus on the Q-series, and she enjoys seeing the spark in a student’s eyes when they overcome a hurdle with their projects and better understand their machine and technique.


When Betty isn’t presenting BERNINA events, working at trade shows or teaching her own Q-matic/Art and Stitch classes she is constantly developing new projects and honing creative skills. Her sewing studio includes BERNINA 170, 200, B 880 PLUS, L 220, 1100DA, and Leo the Longarm (Q24 on a classic frame with Q-matic), E16 embroidery machines, and her newest addition is Olivia (L 890 Overlocker w/ coverstitch)

Shelly Fitzgerald

Shelly Fitzgerald comes into your event or classroom with a mixture of enthusiasm and knowledge that quickly attracts and holds the interest of the participants.  Overlocking to software, garment sewing to machine embroidery, quilting to Home Dec, Shelly has a love and understanding of the topics and the BERNINA machines, software, feet and accessories that accomplish each task. 

Sewing and crafting all of her life allows years of experience to be passed on in a lively and informative way.  She freely admits to reading all the manuals for pleasure and then loves teaching what she has learned to her classes.  Bringing the out of the ordinary to front and center by encouraging everyone to change their settings (gasp!) use a punch tool (eek!) ruffle, ruffle, ruffle (wow!) and sew with their left foot (no way!) she shows how easy it is to kick it up a notch or two by using any BERNINA product to its full potential. She makes it fun, not hard and leaves everyone excited about their new tools and skills.    

Through her company, Sew Shelly Quilts, LLC, Shelly creates and presents original patterns and classes to bring the extended capabilities of all of the BERNINA products to life. Her classes are rich with techniques and software is her passion.  Since 2014 Shelly has been a member of the BERNINA Event Team which has brought you Sewaplaooza and BERNINA Academy. 

YouTube is another favorite way of Shelly’s to engage stitch enthusiasts worldwide.  Her channel can be found at where she has many up close videos on techniques that can be used with various materials, machine feet, The BERNINA 880 Plus, BERNINA V8 and V9 Embroidery software, her beloved Q20 and now her newest love the L890. 

“The only thing I like better than sewing and creating is teaching others about how to do the same.  When you can show someone everything BERNINA products can really do you open such a world of possibility. It is so rewarding to hear to “ah ha” moments at events and in the classroom.”  

Find Shelly on her 

You Tube channel,

Facebook page, 


Heather Stadelman

Q Series District Manager/Western Region

Heather has extensive knowledge in all forms of quilting.  From free motion quilting, ruler work quilting, and our BERNINA Q-matic computerized quilting.  Heather enjoys teaching quilting classes and sharing her knowledge and expertise with her students.  

In her free time, Heather works alongside her husband on their small ranch in Western Colorado.