Discover the glorious world of quilting with Bernina’s machines
Age is certainly not a deterrent when it comes to scaling a new high in life, or at least that’s what Vatsala Kamat believes as she sets out to take up a new career as entrepreneur at 58. This, much to the surprise of her children and grandchildren who often ask her, “Are you sure you want to do this – at this age? Don’t you want to just relax at home?”
But as a homemaker, “relaxing is all I have done,” she says, adding, “It was time I did something I wanted to do.”.
TSALA, which opened to customers on Thursday, is a boutique store for everything related to sewing and quilting. Apart from workshops by artisans, quilters, crochet and embroidery experts from across the country, the store will also have Swiss-based Bernina sewing machines for sale. “Initially I wanted to start a creative hub for women. But then I thought if it’s just about workshops, it might not attract too many people. That’s when I thought of taking the dealership of Bernina for Karnataka,” explains Kamat who has been sewing since she was 15 years old.
It was only two years ago that she discovered quilting and has taken to it like an addiction. “I was getting bored of doing the same knitting, embroidery, sewing etc. I wanted to try something different and chanced upon quilting. I started connecting with people through social media and became a part of Desi Quilters and attended many of their events too. Since then, I have been very active and quilting is catching on among youngsters and I am hopeful Bengaluru people show interest too,” she adds.
As for the Bernina machines, there will be different models for quilters, embroidery machines and so on. “There are different machines for different needs, and the prices go up to `6 lakh,” she says. Rs 10,000 upwards.