BERNINA sewing, quilting, embroidery and serging machines are trendsetters in the home sewing industry. This family owned company was founded in Switzerland when Karl Fredrich Gegauf introduced an innovative hemstitch machine in 1893.
The company’s mission, "to be an innovation leader in the sphere of textile design and to produce the most versatile sewing and embroidery systems in robust Swiss quality, " says it all, and they continue to heed that call.
By reinvesting much of the company’s profits in product design and improvement, BERNINA is a front runner in innovative sewing technology.
In our opinion, the exclusive BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) is possibly BERNINA’s most outstanding feature; making it possible to produce consistent stitch length and width when using the free motion quilting or embroidery features.
In addition, BERNINA offers customers access to a BERNINA credit card, enabling them to purchase BERNINA products, including machines and software.
Popular BERNINA Models
Despite the cost, we learned that the high end BERNINA 830 LE (Limited Edition) is in demand, largely because there are only 4000 in existence. Our review of the 830 LE revealed that it offers users more than 600 utility and decorative stitches and 150 built in embroidery designs.
We recommend the more affordable BERNINA 5 series includes three machines: the BE 530, a basic sewing machine, good for beginners; the BE 550 QE designed with machine quilting enthusiasts in mind; and the BE 580, BERNINA’s latest addition to its family of embroidery machines.
When it comes to affordability, however, the less costly BERNINA Bernette line is most popular. Of the BERNINA Bernette sewing machines and sergers we reviewed, we are pleased to report that their performance ratings are excellent.
- Reinvestment of profits
- Innovative design
- Stitch regulator
- On line customer support
- Affordable Bernette line
The following are the BERNINA sewing machine reviews of the models I've had the chance to review. Stay in touch as I plan to update this list with a new review of the BERNINA machine as soon as I can get my hands on one.