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  • Page 2: Safety Instructions

    Safety Instructions IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS When using an electrical appliance, basic safety precautions should always be followed, including the following: Read all instructions before using this sewing machine. Keep the instruction at a suitable place that close to the machine, and hand it over if you give the machine to a third party. DANGER To reduce the risk of electric shock: 1.
  • Page 3 This sewing machine is intended for household use only. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BERNINA is committed to the protection of the environment. We strive to minimize the environmental impact of our products by continuously improving product design and our technology of manufacturing.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Contents Safety Instructions Basic Sewing Procedures Useful Skills Straight Stitches and Needle Position Contents Zigzag Stitches Stretch Stitch Machine Overview Overcasting Stitches Detail of the Machine Blind Hem Accessories Button Sewing Buttonhole Stitching Machine Setup Eyelet Stitch Connecting the Machine Darning Stitch Foot Control Zipper Insertion...
  • Page 5: Machine Overview

    Machine Overview Detail of the Machine 1. Bobbin thread guide/ pre- 14 15 16 tension 2. Thread take-up lever 3. Scroll buttons 4. Setup button 5. Start/stop button 6. Needle up/down button 7. Auto-lock button and single pattern 8. Reverse button 9.
  • Page 6: Accessories

    Machine Overview Accessories Standard 1. All purpose foot (T) 2. Zipper foot (I) 3. Button sewing foot 4. Buttonhole foot (D) 502020.69.03 502020.59.99 502020.59.98 502020.70.20 5. Satin stitch foot (A) 6. Overcasting foot (E) 7. 1/4" Quilting foot 8. Darning foot 9.
  • Page 7: Machine Setup

    Machine Setup Connecting the Machine Before connecting the power supply, make sure that the voltage and frequency shown on the rating plate is conforming with your mains power. Place the machine on a stable table. 1. Connect the power line cord to the machine by inserting the 2-hole plug into mains plug socket.
  • Page 8: Sewing Table

    Machine Setup Sewing Table Keep the snap-in sewing table horizontal, and pull it in the direction of the arrow. The inside of the snap-in sewing table is used as an accessory box. To open, tilt the cover towards you. Quick Reference Drawer and Presser Feet Compartment To open pull the draw against you, to close push it back.
  • Page 9: Winding The Bobbin

    Machine Setup Winding the Bobbin 1. Place the thread and spool holder onto the spool pin. For smaller spools of thread, place spool holder with the small side next to the spool or use the small spool holder. 2. Snap the thread into the upper thread guide . 3.
  • Page 10 Machine Setup 6. When the bobbin winder spindle is pushed to the right, bobbin winding position, the symbol " " is shown on the LCD screen. It will disappear from the LCD screen when the bobbin winder spindle is pushed back to the left into the sewing position.
  • Page 11: Inserting The Bobbin

    Machine Setup Inserting the Bobbin Attention: - Turn power switch to "O" before threading or unthreading the machine. - The thread take-up lever must be in the highest position when threading. - A wrong threading in can cause damages to the machine! To open the bobbin cover, slide it against you.
  • Page 12: Replacing The Needle

    Machine Setup Replacing the Needle Attention: Turn power switch to off ("O") when carrying out the below operation! Change the needle regularly, especially if it is showing signs of wear and causing problems. Insert the needle following the illustrated instructions. A.
  • Page 13: Threading The Upper Thread

    Machine Setup Threading the Upper Thread Please Note: It is important to carry out the threading correctly as by not doing so several sewing problems could result. Start by raising the needle to its highest point, and also raise the presser foot to release the tension discs. 1.
  • Page 14 Machine Setup 3. Pull the thread forward and down. This operation pulls the thread into the thread tension. 4. Then further down and around the bottom part of the take up lever cover. 5. At the top of this movement, pass the thread from right to the left through the slotted eye of the take-up lever and then downwards again.
  • Page 15: Automatic Needle Threader

    Machine Setup Automatic Needle Threader Raise the needle to its highest position and lower the presser foot. Attention: Turn power switch to the off position ("O"). Lower the needle threader lever slowly and draw the thread through the thread guide as illustrated and then to the right.
  • Page 16: Raising Up The Lower Thread

    Machine Setup Raising up the Lower Thread Hold the upper thread with the left hand. Turn the handwheel towards you (counterclockwise) lowering, then raising the needle. Gently pull on the upper thread to bring the bobbin thread up through the needle plate hole.
  • Page 17: Thread Tension

    Machine Setup Thread Tension - Basic thread tension setting: "4" - To increase the tension, turn the dial to the next number up. To reduce the tension, turn the dial to the next number down. Loose Tight - Proper setting of tension is important to good sewing. - For all decorative sewing you will always obtain a nicer stitch and less fabric puckering when the upper thread appears on the bottom side of your fabric.
  • Page 18: Changing The Presser Foot

    Machine Setup Changing the Presser Foot Attention: Turn power switch to off ("O") when carrying out any of the below operations! Attaching the presser foot holder Raise the presser foot bar (a). Attach the presser foot holder (b) as illustrated. Attaching the presser foot Lower the presser foot holder (b) until the cut-out (c) is directly above the pin (d).
  • Page 19: Two-step Presser Foot

    Machine Setup Two-Step Presser Foot The presser foot lever raises and lowers your presser foot. When sewing several layers of thick fabric, the presser foot can be raised to a second stage by pushing the presser foot lever further up. This allows for easy positioning of the work.
  • Page 20: Stitch Balance Adjustment

    Machine Setup Stitch Balance Adjustment If the decorative patterns, numbers or manual buttonhole stitch are uneven when you sew on a particular fabric, adjust them with the feed balancing dial. The dial should usually be in a middle position. Adjusting distorted stretch stitch patterns If the pattern are too open, turn the dial clockwise.
  • Page 21: Important Sewing Information

    Important sewing information Needle, Fabric, Thread Selection Guide Needle size Fabrics Thread 9-11/65-75 Lightweight fabrics-thin cottons, voile, Light-duty thread in cotton, nylon or serge, silk, muslin, Qiana, interlocks, polyester. cotton knits, tricots, jerseys, crepes, woven polyester, shirt & blouse fabrics. Most threads sold are medium size and 12/80 Medium weight fabrics-cotton, satin,...
  • Page 22: Presser Foot Application Chart

    Important Sewing Information Presser Foot Application Chart Double needle is being suggested for certain stitches for more creativity PRESSER FOOT APPLICATION NEEDLE PRESSER FOOT APPLICATION NEEDLE General sewing, Blind hem stitching Patchwork stitches, Decorative stitching, Smocking, Fagoting, etc. All purpose foot (T) Blind hem foot (F) Inserting zippers Narrow hemming...
  • Page 23: Display Explanation

    Display Explanation Information on the LCD Screen Normal mode display 1. Direct selection pattern group 2. Pattern graphics 3. Suggested presser foot 4. Needle position 5. Stitch length (mm) Pattern number Needle up position Reverse Auto-lock Pattern selection by numbers group Elongation Pattern Mirrored 13.
  • Page 24: Operating Instructions

    Operating Instructions Buttons Explanation Reverse button Auto-lock button and single pattern Needle up/ down position button Start/stop button Setup button Scroll buttons Stitch length adjustment buttons 8. Enter parameter button Memory button Direct pattern selection buttons/ Number buttons 11. Pattern group selection button Stitch width adjustment and memory scroll buttons Speed limiting slider...
  • Page 25: General Function Buttons

    Operating Instructions General Function Buttons Pattern group selection button Press this button to select different groups of stitch patterns. There are three different stitch pattern groups available. Additionally the pattern group selection button allows access to 2 functions available in memory mode only. Direct selection pattern - 10 Pattern selection by numbers - 55 Alphabets - 95...
  • Page 26 Operating Instructions Stitch length adjustment buttons – To shorten the stitch length, press the " " button. To increase the stitch length, press the "+" button. The stitch length can be adjusted between "0.0-4.5 mm". Certain stitches have a limited length.
  • Page 27: Extra Function Buttons

    Operating Instructions Extra Function Buttons Start/stop button Press the start /stop button to start the machine. Press again to stop it. machine will rotate slowly at start of sewing. This way you may operate the machine without foot control. The button light up depending on how the sewing machine is being operated.
  • Page 28 Operating Instructions Reverse button Reverse is pressed to sew in reverse. An arrow " " on the LCD display indicates reverse sewing. Only the pattern 01-05 and 24 can be sewn in reverse. The machine will permanently sew in reverse. Press the button again to sew forward.
  • Page 29: Stitches Overview

    Stitches Overview Stitches Direct selection pattern Functions Width (mm) Length (mm) Presser Stitch Pattern Foot Mirror/ Reverse Memory Auto Manual Auto Manual Auto-lock Elongation Presser foot Twin needle 0.0~7.0 0.0~4.5 Straight Stitch 0.0~7.0 0.0~4.5 0.0~7.0 Tripple Straight 1.0~3.0 0.0~7.0 0.3~4.5 Zig-Zag 3 Step Zig-Zag 2.0~7.0...
  • Page 30 Stitches Overview 29 Width (mm) Length (mm) Functions Presser Stitch Pattern Foot Mirror/ Reverse Memory Auto Manual Auto Manual Auto-lock Elongation Presser foot Twin needle 2.5~7.0 1.0~3.0 Feather Hand Look 1.0~3.0 0.0~7.0 Quilting 0.3~1.0 2.5~7.0 Scallop 0.3~1.0 2.5~7.0 Trapeze 3.0~7.0 1.0~3.0 Cross Stitch 2.5~7.0...
  • Page 31 Stitches Overview Alphabets Please Note - In normal mode all letters are sewn in the maximum height of 7mm. The user must line up the letters if a sequence of letters is sewn. - If a sequence of letters is stored in memory, the machine will sew capital letters with a reduced height of 5.5mm.
  • Page 32: Basic Sewing Procedures

    Basic Sewing Procedures Useful Skills Reverse Reverse stitching is used to secure the threads at the beginning and at the end of a seam. Press the reverse button and sew 4-5 stitches. The machine will sew forward when the button is released. Free arm Free-arm sewing is convenient for sewing tubular areas such as pant hems and cuffs.
  • Page 33 Basic Sewing Procedures Sewing corners 1. Stop the sewing machine when you reach a corner. 2. Lower the needle into the fabric manually or by pressing the needle up/ down button once. 3. Raise the presser foot. 4. Use the needle as a pivot and turn the fabric.
  • Page 34: Straight Stitches And Needle Position

    Basic Sewing Procedures Straight Stitches and Needle Position Changing the needle position These setting apply only to pattern 01-03, 24. The pre-set position is " ", center position. – - When you press the " " stitch width adjustment button, the needle position will move to the left.
  • Page 35: Stretch Stitch

    Basic Sewing Procedures Stretch Stitch It assures you of a stitch that is strong and flexible and will give with the fabric without breaking. Good for easy to ravel and knit fabrics. It is good for joining durable fabric such as denims.
  • Page 36: Overcasting Stitches

    Basic Sewing Procedures Overcasting Stitches Using the overcasting foot 3.5~7.0 2.0~3.0 Change the presser foot to the overcasting foot (E). Sew the fabric with the fabric edge against the guide of the overcasting foot. Attention: The overcasting foot should be used to sew with patterns 06, 08,12 and 21 only and do...
  • Page 37: Blind Hem

    Basic Sewing Procedures Blind Hem 07 Blind hem/lingerie for firm fabrics 16 Blind hem for stretch fabrics 2.5~4.0 1.0~2.0 Please Note: 16mm It takes practice to sew blind hem. Always make a sewing test first. Fold the fabric as illustrated with the reverse side uppermost.
  • Page 38: Button Sewing

    Basic Sewing Procedures Button Sewing 2.5~4.5 Change the presser foot to the button sewing foot. Move the drop feed control to " " to lower the feed dogs. Position the work under the foot. Place the button in the desired position, lower the foot. 2.5~4.5 Select zig zag pattern.
  • Page 39: Buttonhole Stitching

    Basic Sewing Procedures Buttonhole Stitching 10: For thin or medium fabrics 47: For horizontal holes on blouses or shirts 2.5~7.0 0.3~1.0 made from thin or medium fabrics 48: For thin or medium fabrics 49: For horizontal holes on blouses or shirts made from thin or medium fabrics 3.0~7.0 0.3~1.0...
  • Page 40 Basic Sewing Procedures Position the fabric under the presser foot so that the centerline's mark is aligning with the center of the buttonhole foot. Lower the buttonhole lever. Please Note: When you select any buttonhole pattern, LCD screen will be demonstrated the figure "...
  • Page 41 Basic Sewing Procedures Raise the presser foot and cut thread. To sew over same buttonhole, raise the presser foot (will return to original position). After sewing the buttonhole stitch, raise the buttonhole lever until it stops. Cut the center of the buttonhole being careful not to cut any stitches on either side.
  • Page 42: Eyelet Stitch

    Basic Sewing Procedures Eyelet Stitch 5.0 6.0 7.0 Select pattern 55 to get the eyelet stitch. Attach satin stitch foot (A). Press the "-" or "+" stitch width adjustment to button select the eyelet size. Size of eyelet. A. Small: 5.0mm (3/16 inch). B.
  • Page 43: Darning Stitch

    Basic Sewing Procedures Darning Stitch 45: Simple darning stitch in thin and medium fabrics 3.5~7.0 1.0~2.0 46: Reinforced darning stitch in heavy fabrics Select stitch pattern 45 or 46 to get the darning stitch. Change the presser foot to the buttonhole foot. Baste the upper fabric and the under fabric together.
  • Page 44 Basic Sewing Procedures Position the fabric so that the needle is 2mm (1/16 inch) in front of the area to be darned, and then lower the presser foot lever. Please Note: When lowering the presser foot, do not push in the front of the presser foot, otherwise the darning will not be sewn with the correct size.
  • Page 45: Zipper Insertion

    Basic Sewing Procedures Zipper Insertion Attention: Zipper foot should be used for sewing width 1.5~3.0 center needle position straight stitch only. It is possible that needle could hit the presser foot and break when sewing other patterns. Inserting a centered zipper - Baste the zipper opening on the garment.
  • Page 46 Basic Sewing Procedures Inserting a side zipper - Baste the zipper opening on the garment. - Fold back to the left seam allowance. Turn under the right seam allowance to form 3mm fold. - Attach the zipper foot. Attach the right side of the presser foot pin to the holder when sewing the left side of the zipper.
  • Page 47: Invisible Zipper Insertion

    Basic Sewing Procedures Invisible zipper insertion * The invisible zipper foot accessory is optional. It is not included with this machine. 1.0~3.0 This foot is used to insert invisible zippers so 1/4" Surface that they are covered by the seam, and thus hidden.
  • Page 48: Narrow Hemming

    Basic Sewing Procedures Narrow Hemming * The hemmer foot accessory is optional. It is not included with this machine. 1.5~3.0 Fold edge of fabric over about 3mm, then fold it over again 3mm for about 5cm along the edge of the fabric. Insert the needle into the fold by rotating the handwheel toward you, and lower the presser foot.
  • Page 49: Cording

    Basic Sewing Procedures Cording * The cording foot accessory is optional. It is not included with this machine. Sew over one strand of cording to create a pretty swirled design on a jacket or vest or sew over three strands of cording for border trims.
  • Page 50: Satin Stitch Sewing

    Basic Sewing Procedures Satin Stitch Sewing 3.5~7.0 0.3~1.0 Use the satin stitch foot for satin stitching and sewing decorative stitches. This foot has a full indentation on the underside to allowed easy sewing over the thickness of the stitches form by closely spaced zigzag stitches, and even feeding of the fabric.
  • Page 51: Quilting

    Basic Sewing Procedures Quilting 1.0~3.0 Patchwork stitching Align the edges of the fabric with inside edge of guide on the side of the foot for accurate 1/4" piecing. 1/4" Note: Only the straight stitch in the center position can be used. The inside of the toes provides an accurate 1/8"...
  • Page 52 Basic Sewing Procedures 1.0~3.0 Hand look quilting You can duplicate the look of a hand look quilt stitch by using monofilament thread in the needle, 30 or 40 weight cotton thread in the bobbin, and increasing the needle tension. The needle tension will need to be determined by the thickness of your batting.
  • Page 53: Fagoting

    Basic Sewing Procedures Fagoting - Separate the folded edges of the fabric pieces with a gap of 4mm (1/8 inch) and baste them onto a piece of thin paper or water-soluble stabilizer sheet. Thin paper Basting - Align the center of the presser foot with the center of the two pieces of fabric and begin sewing.
  • Page 54: Gathering

    Basic Sewing Procedures Gathering gathering foot * The accessory is optional. It is not included with this machine. Gathered fabric Remove the presser foot holder and attach the gathering foot, lowering the tension setting to below 2. Place fabric to be gathered under presser foot to the right of the presser foot.
  • Page 55: Smocking

    Basic Sewing Procedures Smocking Adjust the stitch length to 4.0mm and loosen the thread tension. Use the all purpose foot to sew straight lines 1cm (3/8 inch) apart, across the area to be smocked. Knot the threads along one edge. Pull the bobbin threads and distribute the gathers evenly.
  • Page 56: Free Motion Darning, Embroidery And Monogramming

    Basic Sewing Procedures Free Motion Darning, Embroidery and Monogramming 3.5~5.0 Move the drop feed control to " " to lower the feed dogs. Remove the presser foot holder, and attach the darning foot to the presser foot holder bar. The lever (a) should be behind the needle clamp screw (b).
  • Page 57 Basic Sewing Procedures Embroidery Select zigzag stitch pattern and adjust the stitch width as desired. Stitch along the outline of the design by moving the embroidery hoop. Make sure to maintain a constant speed. Fill in the design working from the outline towards the inside.
  • Page 58: Walking Foot

    Basic Sewing Procedures Walking Foot * The walking foot accessory is optional. It is not included with this machine. Always try to sew first without the walking foot accessory which should be used only when necessary. It is easier to guide the fabric and you have a better view of the seam when using the standard, regular foot on your machine.
  • Page 59: Special Functions

    Special Functions Mirror Stitch Pattern Please Note: All patterns that can be mirrored are shown in the picture on the left Select the pattern. Press the setup button " " to open the setup program, starting with the mirror function. Press the stitch width adjustment button "...
  • Page 60: Elongate Stitch Pattern

    Special Functions Elongate Stitch Pattern 2.5~7.0 0.3~1.0 Select the pattern. Press the setup button " " to open setup program, then use the scroll buttons " .... " to select elongation function. Use the stitch width adjustment button to select the elongation multiple. The stitch can be elongated up to five times its normal length.
  • Page 61: Twin Needle Sewing

    Special Functions Twin Needle Sewing Please Note: Twin needles must be purchased separately. 2.0~5.0 They are not include with this machine. Insert the twin needle. Attention: When using twin needles, use the all purpose foot regardless of what kind of sewing foot will be carried out.
  • Page 62 Special Functions Press the stitch width adjustment button " .." to activate needle function. Press the setup button " " again to leave setup program. The LCD screen shows the twin needle icon and the machine automatically reduces the maximum width for twin needle sewing.
  • Page 63: Help Function

    Special Functions Help Function Some basic operating procedures can be displayed on the LCD for your reference. Press the setup button " " to open setup program, then use the scroll buttons " .... " to select help function. Select the desired help topic by pressing the stitch width adjustment button a.
  • Page 64: Warning Functions

    Special Functions Warning Functions Instruction icon display Lowering the buttonhole lever When you select any buttonhole pattern or darning pattern, LCD screen will show the icon " ". It is to remind you to lower the buttonhole lever. Bobbin winding When the bobbin winder spindle is activated for bobbin winding (in the rightmost position) this icon appears on the LCD screen as a...
  • Page 65: Buzzer Sound

    Special Functions Return bobbin winder spindle to left If you press any button on the machine when the bobbin is full or the bobbin winder is in the right position, then the machine will beep 3 times as a warning. Return the bobbin winder spindle to the left position.
  • Page 66: Memory

    Special Functions Memory Several stitch patterns may be combined to one sewing sequence using the memory function. These pattern sequences are stored for later use. Even when the sewing machine is switched off the memory contents are retained. Please Note: - The machine provides one memory with 30 spaces.
  • Page 67 Special Functions Switching between memory scroll and parameter edit mode memory scroll mode In memory mode the stitch width adjustment buttons serve two purposes: the stitch width adjustment as well as to navigate between the different memory locations. Please observe the memory scroll arrows on the LCD screen: - Arrows activated "...
  • Page 68 Special Functions Review and edit stored stitches Press the memory button to enter the memory mode, the screen shows the 1st memory location. 1st memory location (*Active memory location blinking) Use the stitch width adjustment buttons to navigate to different memory locations and 2nd memory location to review the parameters set.
  • Page 69 Special Functions Insert an additional stitch Press the memory button to enter the memory mode, the screen shows the 1st memory location. 1st memory location (*Active memory location blinking) Use the stitch width adjustment buttons to select the location to insert a new stitch. 2nd memory location Press the pattern group selection button several times to select the insert function.
  • Page 70 Special Functions Delete a stitch Press the memory button to enter the memory mode, the screen shows the 1st memory location. 1st memory location (*Active memory location blinking) Use the stitch width adjustment buttons to select the pattern that you want to d elete.
  • Page 71 Special Functions Please Note: - If you only memorize the alphabets, after pressing the "DEL ALL ?" to delete all the alphabets, the display will be afresh in the "alphabets group". - If you memorize both alphabets and patterns (mixture), after pressing the "DEL ALL ?"...
  • Page 72: Maintenance

    Maintenance Cleaning Caution: Turn main switch off ("O") Disconnect machine from electricity supply before inserting or removing any parts and before cleaning. Remove the stitch plate Raise the needle to its highest position. Remove the presser foot. Open the bobbin cover plate, remove the two screws, then remove the stitch plate.
  • Page 73: Trouble Shooting

    Trouble Shooting Trouble shooting guide Before calling for service, check the following items. If the problem still persists, contact the place of purchase or your nearest authorized dealer. Problem Cause Correction Reference 1. The machine is not threaded correctly. 1. Rethread the machine. 2.
  • Page 74 Trouble Shooting Problem Cause Correction Reference 1. The needle thread tension is too tight. 1. Lossen the thread tension. 2. The needle thread is not threaded 2. Rethread the machine. correctly. 3. The needle is too heavy for the fabric 3.
  • Page 75 EN - 0 /2013 502020.84.27 / 021D1E0104 BERNINA International AG Steckborn CH,

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