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Machine Embroidery Challenge 2015

Offical Rules – 2015 Threads Machine Embroidery Challenge Sponsored by BERNINA

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PRIZE: The 2015 Threads Machine Embroidery Challenge sponsored by BERNINA (“Contest”) begins on 12:00 a.m. EST, November 4, 2015 and ends on 11:59 p.m. EST, December 4, 2015. One winner will receive the DesignWorks Software from BERNINA, a one-year Threads Insider membership, the Embellishments special issue.

1. BERNINA DesignWorks Software, ARV $1099.00

  • DesignWorks Software
  • All three Software Code Cards, one each for CutWork, PaintWork, and CrystalWork
  • All three tools for CutWork, PaintWork, and CrystalWork

**The BERNINA DesignWorks Software Suite and the companion accessory tools are compatible with the following BERNINA embroidery machine models: B 560, B 580, B 770 QE, B 790 and B 880.

2. One-year Threads Insider Membership, ARV $32.95

  • 200+ online videos demonstrating new skills and techniques
  • Access to the Threads Insider project and pattern database
  • Exclusive downloads of popular Threads articles
  • Digital access to our most recent issues of Threads online
  • Free tablet editions of Threads
  • Our Insider-only 360-degree garment viewer

3. The Best of Threads: Embellishments special issue, ARV $8.99

  • 50 luxe details
  • Expert tips & techniques on embroidery, ribbon work, lace appliqué and more

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to legal residents of the United States, who are at least 18 years old, and to legal residents of Canada (except Quebec), who are at least 18 years old. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

HOW TO ENTER: To participate in the Contest, visit (the “Website”) between 12:00 a.m. EST, November 4, 2015 and ends on 11:59 p.m. EST, December 4, 2015 (the “Submission Period”), and follow the directions to upload and submit a clear photo of your machine embroidered garment, accessory, home decor item or other project with a detailed description of how you made your project. There is no limit to the number of projects you can enter.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Each submission that is entered into the Contest must meet ALL of the “Submission Requirements” set forth below (any Submission that, in Sponsor’s good faith judgment, violates the following criteria will be disqualified):

The Submission must be the submitting entrant’s original, previously unpublished work;

The Submission must not include images or text that is obscene, pornographic, libelous, illegal, discriminative or otherwise objectionable; and

The Submission must not include any corporate logos or any other material that may infringe on any third parties copyrights or trademarks.

The photograph portion of the Submission should be .jpg or .gif, up to 4 mb, 400 – 4,000 pixels. The Photograph portion of the Submission may not be digitally enhanced or altered.

By entering into this Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that (i) his or her Submission is entrant’s own original, previously unpublished work; (ii) that entrant owns the copyright in and to the Submission; (iii) that such Submission does not violate the rights of any third party or infringe or violate any law, and as of the date of the Submission, is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; and (iv) the Submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and is not and will not be defamatory, libelous, pornographic or obscene. Note: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Submission in the Contest if Sponsor views the Submission as potentially infringing or otherwise a violation or potential violation of a third party’s rights or seek to secure permission for Sponsor’s benefit and allow the applicable Submission to remain in Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Submission in the Contest if it deems the Submission to be lacking in taste, quality, or to be otherwise objectionable.

POSTING OF SUBMISSIONS ONLINE: Subject to Sponsor’s sole discretion, all Submissions that meet the Submission Requirements above, may be posted by Sponsor in a virtual gallery on the Website along with entrant’s name.

Publicity Release/License to Use: By participating in the Contest, unless prohibited by law each entrant irrevocably grants the Sponsor the rights to use such entrant’s name, likeness, biographical information and Submission(s) in any and all media for any purpose, including without limitation advertising and promotional purposes, as well as, the Contest and/or other promotions conducted by the Sponsor, and each entrant hereby releases the Sponsor from any liability with respect thereto.

WINNER SELECTION: At the end of the Submission Period, a panel of Threads editors will review the Submissions and select five semifinalists. The semifinalists will be judged on creativity and quality of work.

One winner will then be chosen in an online vote by the members.

The winner will notified via e-mail and announced on or about December 14, 2015 by Sponsor, whose decisions will be final and binding in all matters related to this Contest.

CLAIMING PRIZE: Winners must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (or in Canada a Declaration of Compliance) within 10 days of notification, or prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected. Winner will be required to provide proof of age. (Tennessee residents will not be required to sign Publicity Release as a condition of winning a prize.) Residents of Canada, in order to win, must first correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question administered by mail or e-mail at Sponsor’s sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded.

TERMS/CONDITIONS: Employees, officers, and contractors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of Sponsors, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, dealers, retailers, vendors of Sponsors, and all other entities associated with this promotion, are not eligible. By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Contest entities and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against any claims made by winners, entrants, or any other third parties, related in any way to the operation of this Contest as well as any other claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Contest-related activity or participation in this Contest.

Sponsor is not responsible for unavailable network, failed server or other connections, miscommunications, interrupted, misrouted or scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the contest period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Website, of any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material related to the contest. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor corrupt the security or proper administration of the contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any Website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, mechanically reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. Entrants to abide by the Contest Rules and decisions of the judging panel which are final.

WINNER’S LIST: Send self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 31, 2015 to: Taunton Press, 2015 Threads Machine Embroidery Challenge Winners List Request, P.O. Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470.


  1. The Taunton Press, 63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470.
  2. BERNINA of America, 3702 Prairie Lake Court, Aurora, IL 60504.

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