34 years in stitches

34 years in stitches
Randy McKee

All make and machine models are welcome at Chestnut Ridge Sewing classes, or you can borrow a Bernina by calling ahead for a reservation.


The classroom at Chestnut Ridge Sewing is flooded with natural light. Dozens of women work intently on sewing projects, filling the room with the hum of sewing machines as the instructor gives each student one-on-one attention in an effort to help them improve their skills.

For the sewing enthusiast, walking into Chestnut Ridge Sewing for the first time is an unforgettable experience. Surrounded by new sewing machines waiting to be tested, everything needed to satisfy a love of sewing for the beginner or the skilled professional can be found. From needles and thread to scissors and cutters, a full line of sewing notions is available. Chestnut Ridge Sewing also offers sewing cabinets made locally.

In addition to the locally manufactured units, cabinets designed by Horn of America and Fashion Sewing Cabinets are also available. For those who wish to build custom cabinets to suit their own specifications, all the necessary parts and hardware are available.

While Chestnut Ridge Sewing first opened in 1985, Dawn Krier purchased the thriving business in 2015 to continue to offer customers the service they had come to expect.

The store carries the full line of Bernina sewing machines, as well as sergers and embroidery machines, including all parts and accessories. When a customer purchases a new Bernina, they are offered two or more complimentary classes to become familiar with the machine. Depending on the model, new Bernina purchases come with two years of service.

Mike Miller heads the service department at Chestnut Ridge Sewing. With over 25 years of experience and Bernina certification, Miller is the go-to guy for all service and repair needs. Hands-on experience has led Miller to develop a top-notch knowledge of his craft.

While the store specializes in Bernina products, all makes and models of sewing machines can be serviced and repaired here.

Chestnut Ridge Sewing also offers expedited service for customers needing their machines back on the same day.

When Krier and her staff aren’t educating customers on the different features of the latest and greatest Bernina models, they can be found teaching in the store’s 2,500-square-foot classroom. They offer everything from purse and wallet making classes to using a new machine for more complex projects, as well as the art of embroidery.

Krier said the component and supply requirements vary for each class, but space is typically at a premium, so signing up early is recommended. Registration details are available on the website or simply by calling the store. And don’t worry about bringing your machine to class, Chestnut Ridge Sewing has several loaner machines available for use in the classroom.

“Customers often bring in their latest projects to show us. It’s really a warm and inviting atmosphere here. It’s a happy place and a fun way to spend the day,” Krier said.

During the store’s annual Truckload Sale that runs now through July 31, the Bernina 335, one of the store’s top sellers, will be available at the discounted price of $799 and the Bernina Serger L450 available for $699, that’s $100 off the regular price.

During the sale, all locally made sewing cabinets will be discounted by $40, along with Bernina’s interest-free financing available for any purchase over $200.

34th Anniversary Saleabration!

Visit Chestnut Ridge Sewing on Friday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and help owner Dawn Krier and her crew celebrate 34 years of keeping the area in stitches.

On Friday, from 9:30 a.m.-noon, enjoy a meet-and-greet with Bernina president Paul Ashworth. On both days, enjoy free ice cream, special pricing and financing on sewing machines, and the opportunity to win a Bernina 790 Plus, valued at $12,499, or a Bernina 3 Series. The first 34 people through the door will get a $34 gift card, and everyone who visits will enjoy 34 percent off their entire purchase (some restrictions apply). For details, call the store at 330-893-3359.

Chestnut Ridge Sewing is located at 5079 TR 401 between Walnut Creek and Berlin, just three miles east of Berlin. Store hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed on Sunday. The phone number is 330-893-3359 and the web address is Chestnut-RidgeSewing.com. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

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