About Us


The Bernina Northland Fashion Awards are Northland’s prestigious and fun awards showcasing the creative talent of Northland school students of all ages, polytechnic and tertiary level students as well as all amateur and semi-professional sewists and artists. There are both sewing and wearable arts categories, catering for entrants of all ages, stages and abilities.

All entries are eligible for Northland’s Designer of the Year (with a grand prize of a Special Edition Bernina Sewing Machine) and the Extreme Elegance Award and your model will be in the running for Northland’s Top Model.

There are also prizes in all categories provided by our generous sponsors. Come on a design journey with us and see where art and fashion collide.

Bernina Northland

Sandy & Tim Robinson are the proud owners of Bernina Northland, Northland’s premium sewing and crafting business, where “creativity is our passion” is their byline.

As a lifelong craft enthusiast, and former teacher, Sandy has the knowledge and expertise to upskill and empow

er anyone who wants to explore their own creative journey, whether it be quilting, dressmaking, knitting or hand stitching.  Sandy runs m

ost of our project classes, and when not running a class or preparing samples, completes quilts on our long-arm quilting machine.

Tim spent many years in the ICT industry, and his business acumen is what drives the process and admin side

of Bernina Northland, as well as contributing to the fashion awards.  A natural born salesman, Tim makes customer experience the number one objective.

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The awards are made possible thanks to the help of these amazing sponsors.

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