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Bernina have created a series of tutorials to help you get the most from your Bernina Q20 longarm quilting machine.

Take a Tour of the Bernina Q20 User Interface

Discover in this video how to use all of the on- screen features of the Bernina Q20 Longarm Quilting machine. This tutorial shows you the power saving Eco Mode, the quick tutorial interface with on-screen help animations, calculator and the stitch counter.

Have a look at Preparing to Stitch

This video will show you how to prepare your machine for the first stitches. You can watch step by step how to attach the upper and optional horizontal spool holders, how to insert the needle and attach the presser foot, how to thread the machine, wind and thread the bobbin.

Bernina have provided a host of other videos to guide you through using your Bernina Q20, but the best way to make friends with your longarm quilting machine is to give us a call and arrange to pop down to Devon for a hnds-on tutorial with Katherine.

Give us a call if you’d like to know more about the Bernina Q20 or the Bernina Q24. We’re here to help.

Bernina have created a series of tutorials to help you get the most from your Bernina Q24 longarm quilting machine.

Start with a step-by-step guide to setting up the Bernina Q24 frame

See how to assemble the frames, how to attach the centre and dead bar, as well as carriage tracks, rail supports and quilt top rail, the backing and take up rails. See the machine placed and secured on the carriage tracks and watch final steps to finish the frame assembly making it ready for use.

Learn how to load the backing fabric

Details of how to load the backing fabric and the quilt top onto the frame leaders.Tighten the backing fabric using the side clamps, followed by step by step instructions to install and smooth the batting and baste all the layers using the BSR3 basting function.

Bernina have provided a host of other videos to guide you through using your Bernina Q24, but the best way to make friends with your longarm quilting machine is to give us a call and arrange to pop down to Devon for a hands-on tutorial with Katherine.

Give us a call if you’d like to know more about theBernina Q24 or the Bernina Q20. We’re here to help.

You want a longarm quilting machine, and you want the best, so we know you want a Bernina! But which one?

Here’s all you need to know about the difference between the Bernina Q20 and the Bernina Q24 longarm quilting machines.

Bernina Q20 or Q24

Both machines offer:

Hook systemM Class Rotary Hook
Colour touchscreen4.3” (109 mm)
Illumination of full arm length50 LEDs
Threaderx
Thread tensionElectronically/digitally adjustable
Presser foot liftElectronic
Upper thread break sensorx
BERNINA Stitch Regulator functionalityDual Stitch Regulators
Connection (basic)USB host / slave
Connection (additional purpose)HDMI
Update-ablex
Sewing speed maximum2,200 spm
Stitch length minimum 1.05 mm (24 Stitches per inch)
Stitch length maximum 25.4 mm (1 Stitch per inch)
User profiles5
Bobbin Thread Indicatorx
On-board bobbin winder x
Compatible with domestic machine needlesx
Compatible with BERNINA free-motion feet x

Read more about the Bernina Q20 Longarm Quilting Machine or the Bernina Q24 Longarm Quilting Machine or give us a call to have a chat about these fabulous longarm quilting machines.

The Bernina Q24 Longarm Quilting machine is Bernina’s first longarm quilting machine and features a full 24″ 61cm of quilting space from the needle to the back of the machine. The unique threading path, thread stand, handwheel and machine controls are all located at the front of the machine right where you need them.

Bernina Q24 Long Arm Quilting Machine

The BERNINA Q24 Longarm Quilting Machine is available in three frame sizes:

  • Large – 13’ (4.00m). Accommodates quilts up to 120″ (3.05m)
  • Classic – 12’ (3.60m). Accommodates quilts up to 108″ (2.75m)
  • Small – 9’ (2.75m). Accommodates quilts up to 70″ (1.80m)
Bernina Q24 Long Arm Frame sizes

The large and classic models both feature Q-Matic, BERNINA’s state-of-the-art system for automated quilting

The BERNINA Frame is strong and smart

  • Adjustable foot pads for perfect levelling
  • Continuous X and Y-axis track system with no joints
  • Angled tracks and wheel axles for accurate and smooth movement of the sewhead to allow even quilting
  • Friction-free 16-wheel system
  • Leg system for maximum stability
  • Multi-step ratchet system for perfect fabric tension
  • Integrated latch system for maximum fabric holding power, yet easy release
  • Pivot pick-up of magnetically-secured top rail, which allows fabric separation to smooth batting
  • Dead bar for perfect fabric height no matter the length of your quilt
  • Large diameter rails eliminate rail flex when tensioning the quilt
  • Heavy duty canvas leaders with positioning markings for years of quilt loading ease
  • Spacious pantograph tabletop to easily align your rolled patterns
  • 4 bungee clamps to align every quilt to perfection
  • Convenient tool trays for your longarm quilting tools

Other BERNINA Q24 features include:

  • BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulation
    Master hand-guided quilting quickly with the assistance of the integrated BERNINA Stitch Regulator. The BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulator is simple to activate and simple to customize using the machine’s touch screen. Set the stitch length as preferred for a variety of quilting styles. The BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulator keeps the stitch length consistent even at variable stitching speeds. Choose between three stitch regulation modes, including a basting mode or a fully manual mode.
  • Unique user interface
    BERNINA brings the best of the domestic machine world to the longarm world with a simple to navigate, colour touch screen. Totally customizable, it includes useful functionalities like a stitch counter and built-in tutorial.
  • Unique threading path and integrated bobbin winder
    The forward position of the thread stand is easy to reach and the threading path simple to follow. The integrated bobbin winder is just one of the small details that make this machine unique.
  • Unique ergonomics
    The unique and fully articulating handles can be moved to just the right position for all of your quilting needs. Whether stitching edge-to-edge, custom motifs or ruler work the handles can be adjusted for visibility and comfort. Program each of the buttons on each handle to keep frequently used functions at your fingertips. Edge-to-edge/pantograph style quilt designs can be easily guided with the optional rear handle system and screen.
  • Unique tension control
    The BERNINA Q24 Longarm models offer the industry’s only presser foot tension release for threading ease. The exclusive tension system features numeric tension settings making it very easy to use a variety of thread types with success.
  • Speed
    With 2,200 stitches per minute for hand-guided quilting, you will complete more quilts more quickly than ever.
  • LED lighting
    LED lighting along the length of the machine and above the needle illuminates the quilt for enhanced visibility.
Bernina Q24 Long Arm Quilting Machine
View the Bernina Q24 longarm quilting machine range on our website and give us a call to arrange a vist to test drive one of these marvellous machines or find out more about the Q20 sit-down range

The BERNINA Q20 longarm quilting machine comes standard as a sit-down model machine with the choice of three tables. These tables are designed to elegantly handle the speed and weight of the Q20 for optimal performance with style.

Table Options

The Koala

Classic lines combined with functionality expandable work space with discreet storage.
Table size basic: 0.91 × 1.15 m (approximately 36″ × 45″)
Table size expanded: 0.91 × 1.96 m (approximately 36″ × 77″)
Working height: 0.75 m (approximately 30″)
Total weight incl. Q 20: 120 kg (265 lbs)
Generous storage space
Colour White Oak
Upgradeable to frame

The RMF – European designed for functionality and style.

Table size : 0.90 × 1.6 m (approximately 36″ × 63″)
Variable working height: 0.82m to 1.28m (approximately 32″ – 50″)
Total weight incl. Q 20: 125 kg (275 lbs)
Colour White
Generous storage space with 2 generous storage drawers as well as extended workspace around you.
Upgradeable to frame

The Foldable Table – for optimal performance & style

Table size: 0.91m x 1.15m (approximately 36″ x 45″)
Manage larger quilts with full comfort
Handle speed & weight of the Q 20 with ease
Perfect for limited space & easily stored away

Bernina Q20 Longarm Quilting Machine Features

  • Easy hand-guided quilting – The integrated BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulator ensures perfect stitches at equal-length no matter which speed you move the fabric. A manual mode with no stitch regulation is also available.
  • Unique user interface – Includes five user profiles, a stitch counter, built-in tutorials.
  • Quilting without foot control -The KickStart function allows continuous quilting without the foot control. Easily activated or deactivated via touch screen.
  • Fast threading and winding – Easy to reach spool holders and forward threading path. Convenient on-board bobbin winder.
  • Unique thread tension control – Exclusive tension system with numeric tension settings for easy use of a wide range of thread types.
  • High-speed precision stitching – Up to 2.200 stitches per minute, enabling you to fly through projects.
  • Front Operating – The handwheel in the front allows for easy manual needle positioning.
  • Excellent Lighting – 50 bright LED lights along the throat space of the machine and above the needle illuminate the quilt for enhanced visibility.

View the Bernina Q20 longarm quilting machine range on our website and give us a call to arrange a vist to test drive one of these marvellous machines

We live in strange times and the current pandemic has created an unprecedented need for personal face masks. There is a global shortage of these masks and our “Make Do and Mend” attitude has seen a plethora of home-made face masks around and about. Some of these have been ingenious, incredibly creative and in some cases downright funny!

However we all know that Covid-19 is not a joke and we need to take it seriously. That’s why we’re pleased to share this lovely and practical face mask pattern, designed and made by Paula Doyle of Green Mountain Quilting.

Coronavirus Face Mask Pattern

Download the pattern here

Paula received advice from a lymphatic nurse and a doctor at Royal Surrey, before coming up with this design.

This face mask is totally washable and has side loops built in for ties or replacement bands. There is also the option to insert a dry wipe into the internal pocket for extra protection,
Paula recommends a batik fabrics to make the mask if possible, because batiks are lightweight and have a finer hand than other fabrics, while at the same time being tightly woven.

Don’t have a sewing machine?

We can help. The Bernette range from Bernina is the perfect entry level sewing machine for newbies. Bernina quality and prices from £199.

B33 is a basic model particularly suited for beginners with little experience.
B35 has a total of 23 stitches and 7 presser freet (soles).
B37 is a computerised model with an extensive range of helpful functions and impressive stitch quality.
B38 is the top model in the series offering everything creative sewists need.

Looking for something a little more sophisticated?

The Bernina 3 Series is a line of easy-to-use sewing machines, specifically designed for beginners and intermediate sewers who want a machine with top design standards and cutting-edge technology. Small enough to fit into any sewing nook or cranny, yet powerful enough to stitch through your toughest materials and ideas. Simple, user friendly machines built to last a lifetime.

About the Corona Personal Facemask:

Wearing a face mask may not prevent you from acquiring coronavirus in a high-risk situations.

Fabric face masks are worn to protect other people from the person wearing the mask. Wearing a fabric mask in public where social distancing might be compromised, such as supermarkets and pharmacies might slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. 

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