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    Presser Feet

    I bought a used Bernina last year.

    I am just now going through the presser feet - attempting to identify them. Some of them have numbers engraved on the shanks - which do not match the current numbering system. Some of them have no ID on their shanks. So - it is a bit of a detective game.

    Of the presser feet that I recognize - the ones I use are the "general/all purpose" foot, the zipper foot, and the darning foot. I still mend small holes in socks.

    Which presser feet do you use?

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    Cleaned my sewing machine desk out the other day and decided to put my feet where they belong for my 401 and 2662.

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    I use my general zig zag foot, 1/4 inch patchwork foot, darning foot ( for FMQ), walking foot, occasionally the zipper foot and appliqué foot.

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    In addition to those above, I use the Teflon foot, for sewing oilcloth and the blind hemmer , it's great for invisible hems when turning up hems on trousers and for a professional finish on curtains.

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    I use the same as Tartan....just the basic everyday feet.

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    On my "old" Viking I have every foot that was available at the time...bought them little by little and yes, used them all....and still do.....like ruffler, cording, walking(of course). On newer BL, just use what came with it, although I did buy additional 1/4" and 1/4" with flange, and really dislike both of them.........the attachments for the new machine are as high priced as the machines are! Can you tell I still love my " old lady"!

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    Hi Bear is Gray.

    What model number/name is your Bernina?

    As far as I know, there are three confusingly named "styles" of Bernina feet. The "Old" style; the "New" Style, and the "Newest/Computerized" style with a large glass sensor to the top right of the foot. You probably won't be using this one since it works only on the latest computerized models.

    The "New" style has a white label with the foot number printed on it. The top part of the label has a diagonally striped red and white area. The stripes are very tiny and look "solid" in my photo.

    Like this...

    This is a "New" style, which is 10 years, or much more, old. My Bernina Activia 230 PE uses this type of foot.

    Notice the notch cut out of the back of the top section of the foot. This notch, and the red/white stripes mark this as a "New" style foot. It's a 7-Groove pin tucking foot.

    I'm going to find you a link on the "Old" style B. feet, but let me know your model number/name.
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    This is copied from "The Colorful World of Sewing"...

    Bernina Presser Feet

    Bernina presser feet and accessories are essential for professional sewing results. Each Bernina presser foot is specifically designed to simplify a specific sewing task, but can be used for multiple purposes. We carry the most popular Bernina presser feet for both older Bernina sewing machines as well as newer models. Below you will find helpful information to help you select the correct presser feet for your Bernina machine.

    NEW STYLE MODELS (manufactured post 1996)

    • Artista 730, 640, 635, 630, 200, 185, 180, 170, 165
    • Virtuosa 163, 160, 155, 153, 150 I STOLE THIS FROM THE COLORFUL WORLD OF SEWING
    • Activa 240, 230, 220, 210, 145, 140, 135, 131, 130, 125
    • Aurora 450, 440, 435, 430 I STOLE THIS FROM THE COLORFUL WORLD OF SEWING
    • 215, 330, 350, 380, 530, 550, 560, 570, 580, 710, 720, 740, 750, 770, 780, 790, 820, 830, 880


    OLD STYLE MODELS (manufactured pre 1998)

    • 1000, 1001, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1008 (old style, but a current model), 1010, 1011, 1015, 1020, 1030, 1031, 1080, 1090, 1120, 1130, 1230, 1260, 1530, 1630 I STOLE THIS FROM THE COLORFUL WORLD OF SEWING
    • 900, 910, 930, 931, 932, 940, 950
    • 800, 801, 802, 803, 807, 808, 809, 810, 811, 817, 818, 819, 830, 831, 832, 840, 841, 842, 850
    • 700, 707, 708, 709, 717, 718, 719, 730, 731, 732, 740, 741, 742, 744
    • 600, 610, 640, 642, 644 I STOLE THIS FROM THE COLORFUL WORLD OF SEWING
    • 530, 532, 534, 540

    Some of the Bernina accessories we carry are manufactured by Bernina and some are equally high quality and guaranteed aftermarket products. Each item's description will denote if it is a genuine Bernina part or aftermarket part.

    All Bernina machines can also use generic low shank and snap on feet from the Bernina Bernette category. Just purchase the corresponding Bernina shank adapter for your model and you can successfully use generic feet.

    STILL UNSURE OF WHAT ACCESSORIES YOUR MACHINE USES? CLICK HERE TO ASK US, WE'RE HAPPY TO HELP!

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    I'm not certain, but there may be even older feet that lock on with screw.
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    1952 Pfaff 130-6; Bernina 230PE, and Pfaff Serger 4874.

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    Hi - thanks for the links -

    One of my Berninas is a 530-2 purchased new in 1962. (Of couse, a "fancier" one came out the next year!)
    I purchased a used 930 Record in 2014.
    I purchased a used 1006 Bernina this fall. Apparently this had been a "school" machine.

    The feet seem to be interchangeable on the 930 and 530.

    The 1006 presser feet (which there are only three of) only work on the 1006 - but the tops are curved like the "old" stlyle, but don't fit on the 530 or 930. Or vice-versa. I want to get a darning foot for it - but I want to make sure that it will work. I will probably bring the machine with me to a dealership and go from there.

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    I suppose I should answer the "What feet do you use?" question!

    My husband gave me my first and only "Brand New, Latest and Greatest" sewing machine 10-12 years ago. It's a Bernina Activa PE (Patchwork Edition) 230. I love it. It was a slightly computerized version of the older 130 model. I did not know about "Vintage" machines at the time or I would have probably gone a different route. Still I LOVE and USE this machine to the max. She's my little jewel.

    I do know the older 100 and 400 series, and the ones you mentioned, are more sturdy and very popular. It's like with the Singers; find a solid, Swiss built, mechanical work horse like yours and you won't be able to wear it out.

    My 230 PE came with a free-standing accessory box that snaps on to the back of the machine for travel or storage. Some Bernina owners, like me, love, it. Many do not. (I am willing to adopt one that need a loving home! LOL)

    My 230 PE came with these feet...

    1- Reverse pattern foot (the all-purpose, standard foot)
    3A - Buttonhole foot with slide
    4 - Zipper foot
    5 - Blind Stitch foot with guide
    9 - Darning foot
    20 - Open embroidery foot
    57 - Patchwork foot

    I've used, and love, them all.

    A few months after getting the 230PE I stumbled upon the Sale-of-All-Sales! I visited a quilt shop that was no longer stocking Berninas. They had a large table of feet and accessories marked down 90%. Yes! Ninety percent. Of course all the machines were gone, but I still hit the mother lode.

    I knew just enough about the accessories at the time to know that I wanted every single item that would fit my machine. I walked away with not only about 15 new feet, but I also got a straight-stitch throat plate, several bobbins, a circular embroidery attachment, the large, 18x24, acrylic/Plexiglas (?) extension table, and a floor table that flips up to cover the free arm -all at the 90% discount. I wish every machine owner could stumble upon such a deal.

    Now, I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I have 29 presser feet - stack them all up and they are nearly as large as the little Activa! LOL Well, I'm not really embarrassed, 7 of them came with the machine and at least 15 were bought at 90% off.

    I also have the three-lens magnifier set, two extra thread caps, and the Feetures 1 and 2 books that have helped me learn to use these feet.

    Here is the folding table in both the up and down positions. I live in a small house; I have to be able to "put my toys away" at certain times.
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    Last edited by Caroline94535; 09-20-2015 at 07:55 AM.
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    1952 Pfaff 130-6; Bernina 230PE, and Pfaff Serger 4874.

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    You didn't mention what the model number of your Bernina is?? The foot I use mostly is a 37 (1/4"). Both my Bernina came with a box full of feet which are mentioned in the owner's manual. I have never used the zipper foot or the buttonhole foot.
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    Actually - I should have made my question clearer -

    what presser feet (on any machine) do you use?

    I have gone through the presser feet that I have with different machines - and am still puzzled by many of them - I have no idea how to use them - much less of what they are called!

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    Post photos of your mystery feet! We'll have a grand ole time solving the mysteries!
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    -1974 Singer 252 Fashion Mate; 1954 Singer 15-91;
    1952 Pfaff 130-6; Bernina 230PE, and Pfaff Serger 4874.

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    I have an old (1972) Bernina 830 Record, and have at least tried all of the feet at one time or another. If I don't use one for a long time it's not unusual for me to forget what it's for. So to try to prevent having to scour the manual, I sort them in baggies in a box with alphabetically ordered dividers and put a piece of paper in with each one telling what it is and the page number in the manual where it's explained. This has helped me a lot, to the extent that I remember to put them back correctly when I take them off the machine. If your machine is from that era I can probably identify the feet, but it may take some doing because my machine and its parts haven't been unpacked since our move last year. The business end of the feet will be similar to those of many other machines and shouldn't be too hard to identify. Here's a web resource that may be a help, depending on which machine you have - scroll down to where she lists the answers. http://mimikirchner.com/blog/archive...ew-tools-toys/
    After you know what foot you have, it's often possible to go to Youtube and find a video demo of how to use each one.
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    What model Bernina did you buy? Perhaps some of us who have a Bernina can help you identify your presser feet if we have the number or a picture. Mine is old I have a 930, but this baby has worked so had over the years and is still gong strong. I bought it new in 1985.

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    I just got (two days ago) the Baby Lock Destiny. It comes with 16 feet and then as part of their promo they threw in an additional 30 feet. I have only pieced cottons together - lol, there sure are a lot of feet to look at and be bewildered by! I am looking forward to trying at least half of them out.

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    Hi,
    I downloaded the Bernina Ap on my iPad and it has a tab that you can punch in your machine number and it identifies all of the feet that work on your machine. You can also save all of the feet you own and save all of the feet that you wish to own. If you click on the foot number it will take you to a You Tube video and show you how it works. It is a nice little ap to download.

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