Kate Toney

Kate Toney is the Embroidery Education Specialist for BERNINA of America. In addition to being an expert contributor on We All Sew Kate has also been a BERNINA event team member, written several articles for Creative Embroidery Magazine and has been a frequent contributor to Aurifil’s Auribuzz blog via the Aurifil Ambassador and Aurifilosphy programs.

A former makeup artist and hairstylist, Kate found her true calling when she discovered BERNINA machines. After falling in love with quilting, Kate said goodbye to salon life and went to work in a BERNINA dealership, unlocking the world of sewing, long arm quilting and, most beloved of all, machine embroidery. Kate worked in that BERNINA dealership for several years before joining the BERNINA event team; With the event team Kate traveled all of the United States to spread the joy of sewing and love of BERNINA machines.
It was at this time Kate created her company, Tough Kitten Crafts, with the sole purpose of empowering sewists to move from frustrated to fearless with machine embroidery via online education. Kate taught thousands of sewists virtually to finally get fearless with machine embroidery, particularly with the BERNINA embroidery machines.
In 2022 Kate closed the doors to Tough Kitten Crafts and joined the BERNINA of America Education team as the Embroidery Specialist.
Kate is a major movie nerd and in her free time you will find her knitting while binge watching new tv shows, playing video games while hanging with her pets or finding new recipes to cook up. Kate lives in Orlando, Florida with her boyfriend Brad, Step daughter Jade and their pets Alfred (dog), Arya (dog) and Amelia (cat).

You can follow Kate on Instagram at @ToughKittenCrafts

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