Bernina is one of the world's leading manufacturers of sewing and embroidery machines. Bernina products are used by quality and design conscious users worldwide for textile work, sewing, embroidery and quilting, as well as for felting and tailoring. Innovation has been Bernina's policy since day one. Karl Friedrich Gegauf invented the first hemstitch sewing machine at the end of the 19th century. This special sewing machine caused a major sensation, as hemstitches had always been sewn by hand. In 1932, the first household sewing machine with the name Bernina left the Steckborn, Switzerland factory.
Today, Bernina produces a multitude of machines that are distinguished by modern technology and targeted to the diverse needs of ambitious, creative people. Bernina is headquartered in Steckborn, in the Thurgau canton of Switzerland. As an independent family company, Bernina is not listed on the stock exchange. Bernina manufactures machines and accessories at its production facilities in Steckborn, Switzerland and Lamphun, Thailand.