Custom Costume Company

About Satin Stitches

Satin Stitches was founded in 1978 by Deborah J. Nelson. Over the next 4 decades Deborah built a talented team of design professional to work with clients across the nation.

Our customers include dance teams, show choirs, pro cheer, pom teams, synchronized skating teams. Over the span of her career, Deborah contributed greatly to the design community as a speaker and writer. Many of her costumes are now archived in the Minnesota Historical Society’s permanent collection.

With Deborah’s blessing, longtime employee and designer Mercedes Bergman took over as new owner of Satin Stitches in 2020. Aside from playing a significant role at Satin Stitches for the last several years, Mercedes has passion and experience creating high-end women’s wear. Her designs have been featured in magazines and local runway shows.


“world-class design and construction are among the many reasons why this company has been in existence for 30+ years.”

~ Kerry R.

Mercedes Bergman

Meet the owner

Mercedes has worked for several years as designer and CAD patternmaker at Satin Stitches while also independently creating her own high-end evening wear collections.

As a designer with an artist’s heart, Mercedes was called to fashion design for the challenge to create something beautiful while incorporating an element of functionality.

She is drawn to unique textures and gains inspiration through international travel and exploring new cultures. You can find Mercedes’ independent design work featured in Minneapolis runway shows and print publications.


University of Minnesota
B.A. in Art and Design

Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Apparel Technologies

Lectra School, New York, NY
Modaris V8 CAD Training

Photo by Alexander Butterfield

Photography by Jose Castano Villalobos.
Designs by Mercedes Bergman.