I’ve seldom seen a shop more accurately named than Bernina Store and Sew Much More in Boardman OH. The first thing you see when you walk in the door is an inviting array of Bernina sewing machines just begging you to sit down and try them out.
But, as the name implies, there’s Sew Much More.
You’ll find row after row of sewing notions and accessories.
There are Accuquilt machines and dies, computerized embroidery patterns, and helpful gadgets.
And, of course, there is fabric.
Lots and lots of lovely fabric.
Row after row of bolts. Stacks of precuts. And above, around and among it all you’ll find inspiration that will stimulate your creativity.
Looking for a project for the holidays? How about a Thanksgiving turkey wallhanging?
Or a log cabin Christmas tree skirt? Or a collection of darling Santas?
How about a series of wall hangings to celebrate throughout the year?
Or maybe you’re looking for something to brighten up your own holiday attire.
And, in the midst of it all, you’ll find Joyce who owns of this delightful shop with her husband. Joyce will tell you that she’s been sewing forever. She started out, like many of us, with dressmaking and came to love heirloom sewing. But it wasn’t long before she was taking classes, then teaching classes that explored the wonderful capabilities of the Bernina machines they sold. She added embroidery and applique to her repertoire and, of course, quilting. “Sewing is therapy,” she told us with a chuckle.
But, like the shop, there is Sew Much More to Joyce. Not only is she a talented and creative seamstress and an excellent teacher, she’s also a certified and trained Bernina technician. As she took us around the shop, we saw sewing machines and sergers all tuned up and ready to go again, tucked in neat little cubbies to wait for their owners.
Along the way, she’s made lifelong friends. The day we visited, we met Sally and Elizabeth who cheerfully teased Joyce as they told us tales of classes and projects they’d taken on together while they took a break from their sewing.
The shop’s classroom is a favorite place for them to gather for an afternoon of stitching and conversation. The banner on the wall says it all.
But that’s not all. There’s still Sew Much More! Joyce and her husband have TWO shops. There’s the Bernina Store and Sew Much More we visited in Boardman and another Bernina Store and Sew Much More located an hour west in Twinsburg! Both shops have a full complement of fabrics, notions, classes, and everything you could ever want or need to create beautiful things with your needle and thread.
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What to see and do in Boardman: Just a few minutes west of the shop is the Loghurst Farm Museum, one of the oldest remaining log houses on the Western Reserve and a stop on the Underground Railroad. And a few miles farther down the road you’ll find the TP Auto Car Collection, with a sparkling collection of beautifully restored classic cars.
Where to eat lunch: Joyce, Sally and Elizabeth all recommended Niccolini’s Ristorante (1247 Boardman Poland Rd) for delicious Italian and, for dessert, don’t miss Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream (3601 Boardman Canfield Rd).
Stay tuned for our next stop at Birds of a Feather in Twinsburg OH.