BERNINA of America

April 18, 2016 15:28 ET

BERNINA of America Sponsors Runways & Gallery Event at Austin Fashion Week on April 21

BERNINA Will Recognize BERNINA Fashion Fund Winner With a Special Gift During the Event; BERNINA Designers Hub Will Provide Designers With Backstage Access to BERNINA 330 and BERNINA 1300 MDC Machines for Last Minute Adjustments

AURORA, IL--(Marketwired - Apr 18, 2016) - BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that it is a sponsor of the Runways & Gallery event taking place Thursday, April 21 at Austin Fashion Week in Austin, Texas. The event will feature collections by nine prominent designers, an opportunity to meet the designers in person, and recognition of the BERNINA Fashion Fund winner with the presentation of a special gift from BERNINA. The BERNINA Fashion Fund, which is a partnership between BERNINA and Austin Fashion Week, was established in 2014 to support local emerging designers who show incredible talent and are ready to move forward in their career. In addition, designers will have backstage access to the BERNINA Designers Hub, where they can fine tune their garments prior to them hitting the runway using the BERNINA 330 (B 330) and BERNINA 1300 MDC overlocker machines. The Runways & Gallery event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott Austin, located Downtown at 110 East 2nd Street.

"Austin Fashion Week is an event we look forward to every year. These designers put a lot of hard work into their garments and we are thrilled to award one winner with a special gift from BERNINA that will make it easier for them to reach their goals," said Amy Gutierrez, Director of Marketing for BERNINA of America. "The BERNINA Designers Hub will also enable designers to make last minute tweaks backstage before the show starts to ensure their garments are flawless when they hit the runway."

The nine designers that will be featured at the Runways & Gallery event are: Jeffrey Sebelia of Los Angeles; Sean Kelley of New York; Daniel Esquivel of Austin; Samantha Plasencia of Austin; Plenty-FM from Austin; Lindsey Creel of Austin; Katie Kime of Austin; Masha Osoianu Design of Seattle; and Perfect Population of Georgia.

The B 330 is an entry-level sewing machine that offers a broad variety of stitches, a generous long-term memory with 30 free locations for stitch creations, a built-in needle threader, LED sewing light, and an automatic buttonhole function. For more information, visit

The BERNINA 1300 MDC features a patented micro thread control system, swing-out upper-knife arm, automatic safety switch, and LCD screen. Additionally, the overlocker has the patented BERNINA Front Foot Lift, which enables sewist to easily position and guide bulky projects and multiple layers of fabric. For more information, visit

Founded in Switzerland more than 100 years ago, BERNINA is the world's premier manufacturer with a proven reputation for offering quality state-of-the-art sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, overlockers, and embroidery software. BERNINA's leadership is marked by an impressive number of ambassadors, industry leaders, influencers and bloggers, who chose to partner with the company. BERNINA products are sold in the United States through a network of over 400 fully trained independent dealerships that also offer support and education. Select BERNINA and bernette machines, and BERNINA software can also be purchased through BERNINA's eCommerce site, BERNINA products are designed for beginning to advanced sewists and priced to meet a variety of budgets, with new products being introduced every year. You can follow BERNINA on Facebook:, Instagram: @BERNINAUSA, and Pinterest:, and read BERNINA's WeAllSew blog at To learn more about BERNINA and to find a Dealer, visit or call (630)978-2500.

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