Meet the lady behind BERNINA GARDEN ROUTE


Meet the lady behind BERNINA GARDEN ROUTE


I grew up in Middelburg, Mpumalanga and have been doing needle work since the age of 4!

My mother taught me to sew, knit and crochet. We moved to Pretoria in 1994 and when my youngest daughter was born in 2001, I decided to persue my dream of owning my own business and  started planning.

However, an opportunity to live and work in Dubai, presented itself and we relocated there in 2006. 

 It was there that I fell in love with quilting.  I bought a new Bernina sewing machine, joined the Quilter’s Guild and attended classes, presented by different Guild members and teachers, both local and International.

Upon our return to South Africa at the end of 2012, finally it all came together and  the opportunity to have my own business presented itself and I bought the Bernina Dealership in @Mosselbay and in May 2017 I also bought the George Dealership.

During 2021, I was presented with another opportunity and added quilt fabric to my business.

This then led to the addition of The Painted Poppy Quilt Studio to my two Bernina shops.

At the end of 2021 we launched my  website with an online shop!

“What a blessing to have my own business and be part of the Bernina Brand” ~ Ina Smit


Bernina Garden Route has now grown into a Specialist Sewing & Quilting Shop with two locations –
Bernina Mossel Bay & Bernina George as well as an online store!

Home of Bernina & bernette products in the Garden Route.

We also stock  Contemporary Quilting Fabrics & Haberdashery and offer classes.

Weather you prefer Quilting, Embroidery or just basic sewing we have something to offer you!

We offer classes in both stores for beginner to advanced sewers!

Our Painted Poppy Studio is stocked with fabulous Robert Kaufman Fabrics!

Shop :

Retail Stores based in George – Shop 1A, Cathedral Square, 118 York Street, George, 6529

Phone: 044 873 3050

and in Mossel Bay – 44b Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, 6500 – Phone: 044 690 7236

All your sewing, quilting & embroidery needs are now fully catered for!

For your convivence, we are also available on watsapp: 071-3641599.

Looking forward to meeting  you soon.

XOXO Bernina Garden Route.