Sewing Shop Staff in Chesapeake, VA

Meet the team at our sewing shop, A Different Touch, Inc., which is your source for quality Bernina sewing machines in Chesapeake, Virginia. See what they have to say about working at our sewing shop.

Doris Fisher

Store Owner

I have been the owner of A Different Touch since 1992, and I have been a certified Bernina Technician for 25 years. I have been sewing since I was 9 and I love being creative and sharing my ideas with others. I work with the local schools, repairing their equipment and hopefully inspiring our future sewers. I am working on my first book.I love sewing and retirement is not in my future!


Patty Ramsey

Store Manager

My position at A Different Touch is Store Manager. I am in the office most days and try to give Doris free time. We laugh at this—she never has any free time! I helped Doris start the business in 1992. We sewed everything that could go under a needle in the beginning. Doris introduced me to Bernina in 1987 and I was hooked! My old Kenmore™ from 1968 was relegated to the closet, never to be seen again.
I own a Bernina 801 Sport™ I travel with, a 930™ my daughter uses, a 350PE Special Edition, and a 1630™. I own two sergers, a 2000DE™ and a 2000DCE™, and—last but not least—a Deco 650™. My sewing room is full, but there is always room for one more!


Robert "Pappy" Wirt


I worked for Ford Motor Company™ 37 years, building many different vehicles, and finished building F150™ trucks. I started working at A Different Touch in 1995 as a sewing machine technician. I told Doris she couldn't teach 'an old dog new tricks', but she proved me wrong! I've traveled all over the US to do different training and I'm still learning.


John Fisher


John joined the A Different Touch team in January, 2016 as our newest technician. John was previously employed with Ford Motor Company for 15 years. After the Norfolk Plant closed he worked as a Navy Contractor traveling the world supplying chemical protective gear for all Navy personnel. John has proven to be an excellent electronics and mechanical technician. Oh, and by the way, he's the boss's son.

Kathleen Morris

Teacher Coordinator & Teacher/Sales Associate

I was a customer at A Different Touch for 4 years before retiring and coming to work for Doris 16 years ago. I have a brand new sewing studio, which enhances all my Bernina machines and undefined sergers, and I love my sanctuary!

I teach the guide classes for the Artista™ machines, the Bernina 580E™, 780E™ and 820/830E™.

I am a licensed Martha Pullen Heirloom™ instructor and I teach the Bernina Software Sampler™ club each month. I enjoy the creative side of owning my Berninas and sharing what I learn.

Cindi Luther

Teacher/Sales Associate

I have been sewing since I was 9 years old and consider it to be a major part of my life. My current focuses are garment construction, quilting and embroidery, not necessarily in that order. I am a fabric collector and have a difficult time saying no to beautiful batik fabrics.

I've been fortunate to work for A Different Touch for 17 years and I do the majority of my sewing and embroidery on a Bernina 830, but give time to my 640E and 380 so they don't feel neglected. I also have a 1300DC serger and an 801 Sport.
I currently teach the Deco embroidery machine classes and lead the HoopSisters Elegant Elements Embroidablock a month and HoopBox Quarterly classes. I love the look on customers faces when they learn a new technique they've always wanted to try and discover that it is easy on their Bernina. I also truly believe that lime green is a neutral color!
Contact us at (757) 366-8830 to learn more about the Bernina sewing machines and the people at our sewing shop.