Bernina

From now until the end of May 2018 the Bernina 770QE is available from Quilt Direct for only £2,995 saving £200.

 Features

  •  The BERNINA Hook – a centrally placed driver which allows the BERNINA Hook to run fast and quiet.  The BERNINA Hook can sew high-precision stitches up to 9 mm at speeds up to 1,000 stitches per minute, and the bobbin holds up to 70% more thread.
  • Extended Freearm  – a meticulously engineered extended freearm with 10 inches of space to the right of the needle providing plenty of space for large, beautiful sewing and quilting projects.
  • BERNINA Adaptive Thread Tension – electronically adjusts to the selected stitch width, length, speed, and needle position on each penetration of the needle into the fabric. The result is the finest stitching without pressing a button.
  • BERNINA Patchwork foot 97D – with movable guide rail it provides extra reliability for when joining together the patchwork pieces. When used in conjunction with the straight stitch needle place, it enables you to achieve a perfect stitch result.
  • BERNINA Dual Feed – tames hard-to-manage fabrics providing superb fabric feed and optimum visibility while sewing. Easy to engage when needed, the BERNINA Dual Feed tucks completely out of the way when it’s not.
  • The BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) –  assists with free-motion sewing and quilting with a straight or zigzag stitch, ensuring stitches of the exact same length even at variable sewing speeds.
  • Embroidery Unit – simply slot the embroidery unit into the machine and off you go! With 140 Designs and 6 Alphabets you will have plenty of inspiration.
  • Free Tuition – Quilt Direct offer up to 1½ days free tuition in beautiful Devon. There are also free tuition days at the Bernina Tuition Centre in London.

Accessories

There are some great accessories available with the 770QE

Presser Feet: 7 4 Bobbins
Reverse Pattern Foot 1C (9mm) 1 Pack Asstd Needles
Reverse Pattern Foot 1D (9mm Dual Feed) Height Compensation Tool
Automatic Buttonhole Foot 3A Seam Guide Right
Zipper Foot 4D (Dual Feed) Seam Ripper
Open Toe Embroidery Foot 20C (9mm) Small Screwdriver
Patchwork Foot 97D (Dual Feed) Touch Screen Pen
BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) 42 Angular Torx Tool
Instruction Manual Torx Screw Driver
Instructional Presentation DVD  3 Spool Retainers
Slide-on Table  2 Foam Pads
Free Hand System (Knee Lift) Oil
Soft Cover Lint brush
Accessory Wardrobe Straight Stitch/ Cutwork Needle Plate

All this plus the fantastic 7 year Bernina warranty.

But don’t take our word for it, have a look at this great Bernina video showcasing the BERNINA 770QE.

Sorry, but you’ll have to supply your own kittens!

 Still not sure? Try the Bernina 770 Simulator. Download the Simulator and try the many features of the BERNINA 770 on your own Windows PC screen (simulator is 85MB)

Buy the BERNINA 770 QE from Quilt Direct for only £2,995

(Offer available until 31 May 2018 while stocks last)

 

We love it when our clients are happy, and every now and then we get such a lovely letter we just have to share it.

Here’s what Elizabeth G had to say about Rick, the Bernina Doctor.

Dear Katherine,
Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to Rick,   I bought my Bernina Artista 640 [a few years ago],   at the time was not thinking about the embroidery module, sadly , the module was discontinued much to my annoyance   I was not informed of this, so, when I did decide the time was right I was left high and dry, until, my Husband,   browsing through the website for Bernina products  he came across Quilt Direct, this “light bulb” moment discovery was to prove a turning point in my life,    not only ,  with your knowledge and help did I get a module that would work on my 640, but, the amazing Rick  came into my life ,  well not only my life but also my 640 !!  I had never really got the high definition sewing results I had expected,  until, having spoken with Rick on the telephone, here I must also point out Rick spent an inordinate amount of his time on the phone explaining how I could improve the working of my machine, which I had been constantly returning to the shop for correction and maintenance which was like putting a sticking plaster over a gaping wound !!  at this point my Husband and I decided to make the nearly 400 mile round trip to see you and allow Rick to do a proper and I emphasise, a proper service,   needless to say after Rick had worked his magic proving his knowledge of Bernina machines second to none I was given back a machine working  better than it had ever done even from day one of purchase,    I cannot praise Rick highly enough I call him my hero as the overriding joy I get from my sewing and embroidery has enhanced my life a hundred fold, as an 80 year old and a sewer from the age of 12 I have had a number of sewing machines but, never ,  has sewing given one more delight than my Bernina 640 and that is all up to Rick to whom I shall be eternally grateful ..  no one else will be trusted with the maintenance work it will always be sent to Rick I just cannot praise him highly enough … needless to say, my Bernina 700 will also be under the sole protection of Rick. I would highly recommend his expertise and workmanship to anyone wishing to prolong and receive the high definition of work from their machine to none other than RICK …  my thanks to you both for all you have done for me over the last two years proving no matter what age you are, given the best machine and best mechanic you will have endless hours of pleasure

Yours most sincerely

 
Elizabeth G

Well, that made Rick blush! Rick and everyone at Quilt Direct are privileged to be a part of this happy story, and we hope Elizabeth has many, many more years of happy sewing.

If you want to find out a bit more about getting a bit of Rick magic into your Bernina, send us a quick email.     

 

 

Bernina Foot 16V Gathering 5mmThe Bernina Presser Foot 16 is  used for gathering and ruffling fabric.  The gathering is produced because the sole doesn’t rest evenly on the feed-dog causing uneven fabric feed. This allows one piece of fabric to be gathered while it is being attached to another layer of fabric, meaning a ruffle can be made and attached in one single operation. The amount of gathering is easily adjusted by varying stitch length and needle thread tension. For heavier fabrics, use long stitch or basting stitch for gathering. The distance between rows of gathering can range from a minimum of 3/16″ (5mm) to a maximum of 3/8″ (10mm).

 

Buy a Bernina Presser Foot 16 for gathering from Quilt Direct

The BERNINA 350 Cotton and Steel Special Edition machines, added to the BERNINA 3 Series line, are not just beautiful on the outside, but all BERNINA on the inside!

Choose from the two gorgeous faceplates ‘Hello Lovely and ‘I Love Sewing’

Bernina 350 Cotton and Steel Special Edition

Bernina 350 ‘Hello Lovely’

 

Bernina 350 Cotton and Steel Special Edition

Bernina 350 ‘I Love Sewing’

 

 

BERNINA Free Hand System offers an amazing range of functions for sewers and quilters. Even beginners will find it easy to use, and the Free Hand System (FHS), allows you to leave your hands on your project while you raise the presser foot and lower the feed-dog, allowing you more control over your fabric.

The BERNINA 350 SE has 191 pre-programmed stitches; 18 utility stitches, two buttonhole stitches, a full 63 decorative stitches, and 11 quilting stitches, makes this machine perfect for quilting, creating and everyday sewing.

  • High-precision automatic buttonhole function
  • Memory function with 30 storage locations
  • Free-arm Extension table for larger work area
  • Full shank BERNINA presser feet

 

Order your Bernina 350 Cotton and Steel Special Edition and Quilt Direct will give you:

  • A Free Foot – Choose the 24V foot or the 29C foot

The Bernina 24V Foot is a favourite with machine embroiderers and quilters as it has an open toe for better visibility

The Bernina 29C Foot has a CLEAR sole, for improved visibility when freehand quilting

  • £25 Gift Voucher for you to spend as you wish

Order before 11 June and we’ll take £50 off the usual price

Bernina 350 Cotton and Steel Special Edition Offer!

 

Quilt Direct have limited stock of two new fabulous ruler kits from Bernina.

These kits, each featuring 5 rulers selected by Bernina will set you on the Ruler Quilting learning curve and beyond. These specialised quilting rulers help to create accurate, repeatable designs.

Bernina Quilting Ruler Kit

5 Rulers selected by Bernina to set you on the Ruler Quilting learning curve and beyond.
Includes:
Nested Mini Ovals ½” x 1″ to 2″ x 4″
Nested Mini Circles 1″ to 4″
Squiggle & Wave 1¾” x 5/8″ Squiggle & 5″ x 3¾” Wave
Mini Straight Line 10¾” x 2½”
Mini 4 in 1 4¼” x 6¼”

¼” thick acrylic for use with ruler foot 72V or 96V

Buy Bernina Quilting Ruler Kit Set 1

 

Bernina Quilting Ruler Kit Set5 Rulers selected by Bernina to set you on the Ruler Quilting learning curve and beyond.

Includes:
Nested Ovals ½” x 1″ to 2″ x 4″
Nested Circles 1″ to 4″
S- Shape
Starter Rule
Mini 4 in 1 4¼” x 6¼”

¼” thick acrylic for use with ruler foot 72V or 96V

Buy Bernina Quilting Ruler Kit Set 2

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At last the much anticipated presser foot for ruler quilting on Bernina sewing machines.

No longer only available to Long Arm Quilting Machines, the new Ruler Foot 72 can be used on any of the ‘New Style’ Bernina Machines.

Key features of the new Bernina #72 Ruler Foot are:

Height adjustable for different fabric depths and no ‘hopper’ effect

Excellent view of needle at the point where it pierces the fabric with several useful markings to align with the ruler

Robust construction for support of the rulers
A special spring to prevent damage to the needlebar

For use with ¼” deep rulers

Compatible with all new style BERNINA models from the 125 up to and including the 880

* Use with a straight stitch needleplate (recommended)

 

Buy a Bernina Ruler Foot 72 from Quilt Direct

Bernina Embroidery Foot 6V VideoBernina Embroidery Foot 6V is suitable for any satin stitching and can be used for decorative stitch patterns, satin stitching, appliqué, couching perle yarn, sewing off-the-edge scallops, and embroidery. The wide indentation on the sole ensures that the foot glides over thicker and wider stitch formations smoothly. The small hole in the centre of the foot acts as a guide for couching a narrow cord and the famous ‘off the edge scallop’.

 

Buy a Bernina Embroidery Foot 6V from Quilt Direct

BERNINA Presser Foot 35 Invisible Zip VideoThe BERNINA zipper foot no. 35, lets you sew in invisible zippers. Concealed zippers are especially in demand where aesthetics are important, e.g. for elegant dress designs and accessories. With the high-quality BERNINA zipper foot no. 35 the sophisticated technology is straightforward and easy to use accurately. Watch this video to find out how to get the perfect result in minutes — thanks to the simple, intuitive controls on your sewing machine and the top-grade workmanship of our presser feet. This foot lets you insert invisible zips correctly.

 

Buy a Bernina Presser Foot 35V Invisible Zip from Quilt Direct

Bernina Foot 7V Tailor TackThe high ridge in the centre of the foot causes loops to form when using zig zag. This creates tailor’s tacks, but this foot is also useful for faggoting and fringing.
Tailor’s tacks can be used for  marking seam lines and darts. The loops can also be used for embellishing, imitation hemstitch (fagotting), fringe, 3D effects, toweling embroidery and chenille appliqué. The stitches are formed over the ridge in the foot center, thus producing loops. Tailor tack foot no. 7 is only suitable for zigzag stitch set to 2-5mm stitch width.

 

Buy a Bernina Presser Foot Tailor Tack Foot No 7V from Quilt Direct

 

 

Quilt Direct recently posted an article about a BERNINA KL116 and a KL114 that are currently being fully refurbished by our service engineer.

This got us wondering about the history of BERNINA, and we were fortunate enough to come across a great timeline on the BERNINA website, that we’ve summarised below.

The History of BERNINA Sewing Machines

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BERNINA was founded in 1893 in Steckborn, Switzerland, and is named after Piz Bernina, the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps. The founder, Karl Friedrich Gegauf invented the world’s first hemstitch sewing machine.

By 1900, more than 70 people were employed, and the hemstitch sewing machine was being sold abroad.

In 1928, the sons of the original founder took over the business, and the inventions of Fritz Gegauf still influence sewing machine technology today

In 1932 the first household machines were produced, and the fact that we have two of these early machines in full working order is testament to their quality.

1938 saw the introduction of the zigzag

In 1945 the free-arm zigzag arrived, and by 1963 BERNINA had produced one million of these machines.

The next big innovation was in 1954 when BERNINA introduced the first machine with a patented clip-on presser foot and a semi-automatic buttonhole sewing function.

In 1963, with Fritz Gegauf’s daughter, Odette Ueltschi in charge, BERNINA introduce the first machine with a patented, knee-activated presser foot lifter. This Free Hand System (FHS) is still an important feature of almost every BERNINA.

By 1971 BERNINA had created a sewing machine with electric foot control, and the BERNINA 830 became BERNINA’s best seller for eleven years.

1986 saw the introduction of computers to sewing machine technology, and in the mid-80s BERNINA produced the 1130, the first computerized sewing machine with fully automatic one-step buttonholing and stitch pattern memory.

By the late 1980s BERNINA had established itself as a firm favourite amongst quilters in the US, and the Bernette range is introduced.

By the 1990s computer technology had transformed sewing machines, and BERNINA’s 1630 model featured over 400 stitch patterns. 1998 saw the first true sewing computer – the Artista 180.

The 21st century saw new innovations come thick and fast – things that no-one had even imagined just a few years earlier were now a reality, easily accessible by domestic sewers.  The Activa 145 had software for customized settings, and scanned images could be converted into embroidery patterns.

In 2002 BERNINA introduced the world’s first sewing computer with a Microsoft Windows operating system. This machine also featured a CD-ROM drive, LCD display and memory functions for stitch combinations and embroidery designs.

Advances in innovation and technology see the BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) for uniform stitch lengths in free-motion stitching. This technology earns BERNINA the “Best Innovator” award from A.T. Kearney in 2004, and sees Aurora 440 QE become the quilters’ choice.

Features such as utility and decorative stitch programs, built-in embroidery software, and even a touchscreen indicate the speed of technological advancement.

In 2009 the BERNINA 830 was born, with so many new innovations that 15 new patent applications were filed.

In 2011 a new logo was introduced, and along with it the 5 Series (BERNINA 530, 550 QE and 580).

2012 heralded the arrival of the 7 series, and the BERNINA 9 Hook (B 9 Hook).  This was also the year that the BERNINA DesignWorks Software Suite was introduced.

In 2013 the BERNINA Embroidery Software 7 and the BERNINA 880 were unveiled, and in 2014, the first multi-needle Embroidery machine, the BERNINA E 16.

BERNINA are constantly working towards new ideas and innovatons and we’re expecting many more advances in sewing machines in the future.

 

This is just a brief summary of their history from the BERNINA website,  and the full story can be found here. BERNINA have also established themselves as leading manufactures of overlockers, and of course, design software.

If you are interested in owning a BERNINA, or need upgrades, accessories, help or advice, then please contact QuiltDirect. We stock a full range of BERNINA machines and accessories

 

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