Bernina’s BIG Book of Feet Author, Susan Beck, is Coming to Sioux Falls!

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by Sara Snuggerud in Sewing Tips

Susan Beck, author of Bernina’s “BIG Book of Feet”, will be teaching at Heirloom Creations in Sioux Falls, SD November 8-9, 2019. Susan knows every presser foot and accessory Bernina has ever made!

I am so excited! My former boss from Bernina of America is coming to teach!

Many of you know I started working for Bernina of America when I was 21. My first job with Bernina was working directing with Susan Beck as what I called myself the “Bernina Guinea Pig”.

What is a Bernina Guinea Pig?

My job (OMG…they paid me to do this!) was to test sew all the sewing patterns and educational material that Susan Beck wrote for Bernina of America to make sure everything was in the right order and nothing was left out. It was a dream job! I know I would not be able to do what I do know without the knowledge I learned from Susan Beck when I worked for her.

This November 2019 we have invited Susan Beck to teach for us! 

We have selected her Mixed Media 6-hour hands-on sewing workshop to be offered twice – once on Friday and again on Saturday. Susan teaches this class at the Bernina Learning Center in Chicago for almost TWICE the price as our workshop. This Mixed Media class will have a complete fabric and embellishment kit for each student attending. All you need to bring is the sewing machine and presser feet listed on the supply list. If you do not have every foot on the list, we will have extra feet for you to use (try out) during the workshop. 

This workshop is open to all brands of sewing machines. There is a list of Bernina, Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff feet on the Mixed Media supply list.

Mixed Media Class Description

Make art with your sewing machine. Construct a mini art quilt that that lets you mix art and sewing techniques to express your creativity. A mixed media piece, this project features a variety of embellishment techniques including easy free-motion stitching, sewing on paper, simple quilting, and couching. Designed to appeal to all levels of sewers, this project is a great introduction to mixed media sewing and the use of specialty presser feet.

Click her for all the workshop details.

Don’t forget to bring your “BIG Book of Feet” and your “BIG Book of Embroidery” for Susan to sign. Click here to learn more about the Bernina “BIG Book of Feet”.

Susan Beck

Susan Beck Biography

Susan has been crafting with fabric, needle and thread since she was a young child and holds a bachelor’s degree in textiles and clothing along with a master’s degree in design. She likes all types of sewing but her favorite is mixed media – mixing fabric, paper, fibers, ephemeral mementos, photographs, trinkets, charms, etc. Having worked in the industry for over 20 years as an educator, writer, and editor for BERNINA of America, Susan is now a freelance teacher, blogger, and designer. She is the owner of, where she blogs and teaches about all types of sewing, focusing on using your sewing machine and presser feet to improve your sewing and expand your creativity.

  1. Howard Larson says:

    how can I buy your Big Book of Feet?

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Howard,

      Your local Bernina store can help you with this book. If your local store is closed you can call our store, Heirloom Creations, at 605-332-4435.


      Sara Snuggerud

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