August 6th, 2022

Presenter: Gayle Schliemann

Program: What else can I do with my longarm?

Meeting: 9:30 am CST

Program: 10 am CST

Does a longarm belong in a garment studio? Yes. It. Does. Gayle will touch on how you can use your longarm and its automation system to create three-dimensional clothing from surface embellishment to stitching out the patterns right on your frame for easy assembly. Although she mostly does this with fine batting and light weight fillers, Gayle can even load only her apparel fabric and turn her longarm into an embroidery machine!

Just a few minutes spent with Gayle and you’d be shocked to learn that ‘creativity’ is in fact not her middle name. She simply oozes with it. It has fueled her passion in so many areas including all things sewing, writing, theater, Cosplay and trapeze to name just a few. Gayle purchased her first BERNINA in 1995 and fell in love with the brand. In 2005, she opened her own BERNINA store, Strawberry & Rhubarb. It wasn’t long before BERNINA Corporate came calling and she sold her successful store to become a BERNINA Sales Manager and eventually the Marketing Manager of Promotions and Sponsorships. And now, with tons of experience and loads of creativity later, she and her creative cohort Chris Donahue are co-owners of BERNINA of Naperville!