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The Modern Sewist & BERNINA Studio


Conveniently located in Gulf Gate, we are the exclusive BERNINA sewing machine dealer in the Sarasota area. With a Certified BERNINA technician on staff, a full bastion of shiny new machines (sewing, embroidery, longarm and sergers) and vibrant classroom - we are here to satisfy all of your sewing needs.

The Modern Sewist is also a boutique fabric shop with a unique selection of modern and contemporary fabrics, patterns, gifts and helpful tools. We stock the largest selection of Tula Pink, Cotton+Steel, Carolyn Friedlander, Alison Glass, Elizabeth Hartman, and Moda Grunge in the area, along with many other of your favorite designers. We also stock linen/cotton blends and canvas for all of your bag-making and home decor projects as well as garment substrates such as rayon, lawn and double gauze.

Classes and special events are scheduled regularly. We are all about community and building relationships. Get in here, grab a cup of coffee or tea and share your sewing projects with us!

HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

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Stitcher's Lounge: Ryan's Case for Smiles Sew Day

Ryan's Case for Smiles: Come help us sew up some pillowcases for kids! Lunch will be provided. You can find out more about this organization at

Donuts & Demos - Martelli Tables and Tools

Join us at 10:30 for Donuts & Demo featuring Martelli. They will be showcasing all of their amazing quilting tools and products. Special discounts and a couple of giveaways. The $10 fee is to secure your spot and will be converted to a $10 voucher you can use for products after the demo.

The Perfect Wallet Class

Mary Hayes will guide you as you make The Perfect Wallet! This fun pattern, written by Mary Hayes and Tara Kordich, includes twelve card pockets, two open pockets, and two zipper pockets.

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Meet Your New Bernina Machine: Member
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