Winner presented with a BERNINA 480 sewing machine; A $2,799 MSRP value

Aurora, Illinois, UNITED STATES

Aurora, Ill., March 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, recognized Theresa Pham fashion designer and creator of TP Mini Me as the 2019 BERNINA Fashion Fund Recipient at the Austin Fashion Week Runway Show.  During the event, Theresa Pham (TP Mini Me) was presented with a BERNINA 480 (B 480) sewing machine, a value of $2,799 MSRP. Additionally, Jennifer Glover-Jenkins, fashion designer and creator of Reap What I Sew, received the People’s Choice Award and was presented with a BERNINA 335 (B 335) sewing machine, a value of $1,499 MSRP.The BERNINA Fashion Fund is a partnership between BERNINA and Austin Fashion Week that was established in 2014 to support local emerging designers who show incredible talent. 

“We are excited to present TP Mini Me with a B 480 sewing machine,” said Amy Sherfinski, Director of Marketing for BERNINA of America. “Theresa’s impeccable collection displayed a tremendous amount of creativity and style, and we look forward to seeing the designs she will create with the elegant and sophisticated B 480.”

The B 480 sewing machine, the top-of-line of the 4 Series, features the BERNINA Hook providing sewists with our legendary stitch quality. Equipped with a 4.3” color touch screen, jumbo bobbin and an automatic thread cutter, the B 480 has a 9 mm stitch width and a sewing rate of up to 900 stitches per minute (SPM). The B 480 also has a powerful DC motor perfect for sewing through thick materials, offers real-time advice through the Creative Sewing Consultant and includes the BERNINA Free Hand System (FHS). Finally, it provides sewists with a spacious seven inches to the right of the needle and is compatible with the BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR). For more information,

“I am so honored to have been chosen as the 2019 BERNINA Fashion Fund Recipient,” says Theresa Pham. “To have such a well-respected and renowned company like BERNINA believe in my design vision feels very rewarding. I know the B 480 will allow me to push my creativity even further and I’m really looking forward to using it in my work.”

Theresa Pham is a Houston, Texas based fashion designer and creator of TP Mini Me. Inspired by her two daughters, TP Mini Me is a coordinated collection featuring unique, one-of-a-kind creations for mothers and daughters. All of Theresa’s designs are created with a strong emphasis on style, quality, craftsmanship, fit and flattery. Each garment is designed to look custom made utilizing the finest silks, delicate laces and colorful prints. For more information on TP Mini Me, please visit or follow on Facebook at



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 online. 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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