Voting will begin on the BERNINA Facebook page March 17 and offer fans a chance to win a new B 350 SE

BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to introduce a new contest called the Faceplate Face-off that will let Facebook fans choose the two faceplate designs for the 2015 BERNINA 350 Special Edition (B 350 SE). The contest begins 9:00 a.m. Central time Monday, March 17 and ends 11:59 p.m. Central time Tuesday, April 14. During that time, Facebook fans who “like” the BERNINA Facebook page are able to cast one vote per day for one of 10 faceplate designs submitted by the industry’s best designers. The two designs receiving the most votes will be declared the winners. Additionally, one lucky Facebook fan who voted will be randomly selected to win a B 350 SE featuring the design receiving the most votes. To view the designs, learn more about the contest and vote for a faceplate design, visit the BERNINA Facebook page at and “like” the page.

“The B 350 SE has proved to be very popular, so we are offering two new designs again in 2015,” said Paul Ashworth, President of BERNINA of America. “This time, however, we wanted to involve our loyal customers and fans in the final decision and give them the opportunity to provide direct feedback.”

The designs being voted on were created by 10 sewing, quilting and embroidery celebrities, experts, bloggers and educators who were invited by BERNINA of America to submit an entry  including Alex Anderson, Heather Bailey, Pat Bravo, Luke Haynes, Amanda Murphy, Tula Pink, Camille Roskelley, Jane Sassaman, Angie Steveson and Ricky Tims.

The B 350 SE comes equipped with six full shank presser feet, a slide-on extension table to quickly increase the work area, and the BERNINA Free Hand System (FHS), which is a knee-operated lever that raises the presser foot, lowers the feed dogs and releases the thread tension at the same time. Other accessories included with the B 350 SE are the BERNINA Walking Foot #50 and the BERNINA Free-motion Quilting Foot #29C. MSRP for the B 350 SE is $1,899.

The machine also comes equipped with 115 stitches, a maximum sewing speed of 900 stitches per minute and a stitch width up to 5.5 mm. It has a direct-selection function with a bright LCD screen that allows sewists to switch quickly between 20 utility stitches, 52 decorative stitches and 11 quilting stitches. In addition, a high-precision buttonhole function with two programmed buttonhole styles will give users the ability to sew buttonholes of the exact same length every time. The B 350 SE has memory space to permanently store up to 30 stitch-pattern combinations, and a bright LED sewing light.

BERNINA’s 3 Series line of machines is ideal for beginner and more experienced sewists. The B 350 SE is an outstanding choice for everyday mending jobs and alterations, as well as creative sewing and quilting. With simple, intuitive handling, first-class functioning and solid, Swiss-quality construction, the B 350 SE will provide continued enjoyment for the sewist making the transition from simple to more complicated projects.