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Janice Kelly-Baker Wins BERNINA Sewing Machine on The Price is Right and Opens Door to a New Community

UPLAND, Calif.June 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Californian woman Janice Kelly-Baker opened a door to a new community this week courtesy of ‘The Price is Right’, winning a Swiss-made B 335 sewing machine valued at $1749 MSRP, by BERNINA of America, the world’s premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery, and quilting machines. When Drew Carey revealed the BERNINA, Kelly-Baker demonstrated her eye for quality, skillfully naming the price closest to the value of the B 335 against three other competitors.

“I recognized BERNINA as a premium brand,” said Kelly-Baker. “As a master gardener, I know that creativity is serious business. I’m thrilled that my new BERNINA is compact enough for me to take to classes, yet powerful enough to stitch through the toughest projects”.

Her prize includes 5 hours of sewing lessons from Upland Vac & Sew, courtesy of BERNINA. Kelly-Baker is excited to finally say ‘yes’ to the invitations from her friends to join their quilting group.

“My friends have been asking me to quilt with them for the longest time, I’m excited that I will finally have the machine and skills I need to join them”, said Kelly-Baker.

Rosalie Calise, Owner of Upland Vac & Sew is supplying the machine and teaching Janice how to get the most out of her machine. Calise has been sewing for 40 years, a BERNINA Dealer for 25 years and servicing the Upland community since 1995.

“We are a proud BERNINA dealer and delighted to be helping Janice get started. Not only is she taking home a great machine, but a new skill and new friends,” said Calise.

Sewing experienced a resurgence during the pandemic and Calise has some advice for aspiring sewers.

“Don’t do it alone, visit your local dealer, we can teach you new skills and will be with you for the life of your machine. We offer maintenance, repairs and all the supplies you need to be successful,” said Calise. “You miss out on that if you buy a machine from a big box store.”

Paul Ashworth, President of BERNINA of America sent his congratulations.

“Our machines are made to create, so are perfect for creative spirits like Janice. Our Dealers, like Rosalie and her team at Upland Vac & Sew are uniquely positioned to help new sewists like Janice get the most out of her BERNINA with the best information, service, and guidance available. Welcome to the BERNINA family Janice!”

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