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Bernina 830 Training in Switzerland

Steve and I travel to the Bernina factory in Steckborn to receive technical Bernina 830 Training in Switzerland. We’ve been looking forward to this trip for some time and can’t wait to get to grips with the new top of the range Bernina.

We take an early morning flight from Manchester Airport to Heathrow to meet up with the Bogod brothers (Bernina UK) and other Bernina dealers. The flight takes all of 40 minutes which makes a welcome change from the usual trek down the M6.

Photo showing an airplane wing through the window. We were flying off to complete our Bernina 830 Training in Switzerland.

Heathrow Airport Terminal 5

Heathrow, and all the problems reported at the opening of terminal 5 appear to have been ironed out. They must have known we were coming. All is clean and efficient. With a bit of time to kill, breakfast springs to mind.

A photo of Heathrow airport. We were waiting to leave on our Bernina 830 Training in Switzerland.

Breakfast at Heathrow

A hearty breakfast is just the ticket for the intrepid early morning traveller. £7.99 seems a little steep, but then again we are in London.

A photo showing a Full English Breakfast. Taken at Heathrow airport.

Kurt Geiger Shop

This shop is called Kurt Geiger and it sells shoes and handbags, some of you may have heard of it?? All I can say is I’m glad my other half wasn’t with me when I saw it!

A photo of the Kurt Geiger shop at Heathrow airport. We were waiting to fly off on our Bernina 830 Training in Switzerland, in April 2009.

Zurich Airport

Zurich airport. Small, but perfectly formed and very clean.

A photo of a hallway in Zurich airport.


We leave Zurich airport and travel by coach to the Bernina HQ in Steckborn. As we approach Steckborn we can see the famous Bernina logo in the distance. (Not the best photo, I know) It sits by the shores of a beautiful lake. Lake Constance. It’s a bit different from working in Manchester, but let’s not forget we do have the Manchester Ship Canal!

A photo of Steckborn in Switzerland taken from the coach.

After arriving at the hotel and unpacking it’s time to take a look at the view from the room and I must say it’s not bad, what do you think. It’s Lake Constance by the way.

A photo of Lake Constance.

Bernina 830 Technical Training Day

So, next day, bright eyed and bushy tailed I’m ready to start a technical course on the new Bernina 830. Our teacher is called Jurg, a nice chap who certainly knows his onions, and his Bernina 830’s too, for that matter.

A photo of Alan Bamber outside the Bernina Creative Centre Switzerland.

Bernina 830 Technical Workshop

Phew! A full day of in depth training. We’ve dismantled the Bernina 830 and started to test and check all the settings and timings. This new 830 really has been very well made.

A photo of a stripped down Bernina 830, in the Bernina workshop.

Bernina HQ Switzerland

Rather than look at the undressed Bernina on my bench, take a look at the fabulous Bernina 830 in all it’s glory. I took this shot in the reception area of Bernina HQ.

A photo of the Bernina 830 sewing machine on show at Bernina HQ.

Bernina Museum

I also took a few shots of the Bernina ‘museum’. Bernina are a long established family business, they’ve been around since the 1890’s (Almost as old as Dad, only joking RB!) Anyway, we’ve always been proud to be a Bernina dealer, they are such a good quality machine.

A photo of old Bernina Sewing machines at the Bernina Museum.

More shots of older Berninas.

A photo of Bernina Sewing Machines at the Bernina Museum.

Bernina 830 Training Workshop

Back to the workshop and technical training on the Bernina 830 continues. Jurg shows us how to make precise adjustments and then he checks them. If you don’t get it right you do it again until it is correct.

A photo of the Bernina technical training room at Steckborn, Switzerland.

Back to the hotel for a quick freshen up and then to dinner. This shot shows the Hotel restaurant. All very lovely and the food was, as Michael Winner might say, historic!

A photo of the restaurant at Bernina HQ Switzerland.

Steve Bamber at Bernina Switzerland

I am learning the technical side of the 830, and Steve is with another group learning all about the many functions and features. Between the two Bamber brothers we will be able to offer all 830 customers a great service.

A photo of Steve Bamber outside the Bernina Creative Centre, Switzerland.

Going Home to Manchester

All too soon the party’s over. We climb aboard a coach and head off to the airport.

A photo of the coach as we leave Bernina, Switzerland.

Homeward bound…

A photo of the plane's wing, as we fly back home.

A great trip, thank you Bernina and Bogod.

Don’t forget our own Bernina 830 launch at Bambers on Thursday 23rd April 2009.