Bernina B820 QE

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BERNINA 820 QE: The high-end sewing and quilting machine

Raising sewing and quilting to a new dimension

One of the many advantages of the BERNINA 820 QE is its extra-large work area: more freedom of movement, a clearer view of your work, and absolute control over your sewing project make the BERNINA 820 QE the top model in its class.The BERNINA 820 QE’s 40-cm-long free arm lets you handle even large-format sewing and quilting projects with ease without sacrificing your clear view – an advantage that you’ll never again want to be without. And with a generous 30 cm space to the right of the needle, you won’t be short of room to rotate or move your fabric, even when free-motion sewing or quilting. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Raising sewing and quilting to a new dimension
BERNINA StitchRegulator: Perfect free-motion sewing

BERNINA StitchRegulator: Perfect free-motion sewing

Thanks to BSR functionality, precise free-motion quilting with the BERNINA 820 QE is easier than ever before. The innovative BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) corrects irregularities when guiding the fabric, so that each stitch is exactly as long as the previous one – with straight or zigzag stitch, and at any sewing speed. This globally unique, patented feature guarantees an even stitch pattern in any direction of movement, thereby also easing the novice’s progress in free-motion sewing. You decide on the direction of sewing – the BERNINA Stitch Regulator ensures an incomparably precise stitch pattern and provides immense creative possibilities, even for inexperienced free-motion quilters.

Precision with 1,100 stitches a minute

Precision with 1,100 stitches a minute

The BERNINA 820 QE is a genuine high-performance sewing machine: with up to 1,100 stitches a minute, it’s miles ahead in its class. And even at this impressive speed, the BERNINA 820 QE’s advanced technology always guarantee consistent, excellent sewing quality with precise stitch patterns, even at high stitch widths and – thanks to the BERNINA Stitch Regulator – even when free-motion sewing. That’s why the BERNINA 820 QE meets the very highest expectations for the performance of a precision sewing machine and wows users with its ease of handling and excellent results. The BERNINA 820 QE – taking sewing and quilting to the highest level.

Jumbo bobbin for a generous supply of thread

The space offered on the L860 is generous by any definition. The L860 has the room to the right of the needle and work space height you expect from a BERNINA serger. Sew closed items with ease by simply sliding sleeves or cuffs over the convenient free-arm.

Jumbo bobbin for a generous supply of thread

Basic Features

Hook System
Sewing space to the right of the needle
Color Touch Screen
LED sewing lights
30 LED
Multi-function knobs
Sewing in each needle position
Number of spool holders
Semi-automatic needle threader
Fully-automatic needle threader
Adjustable presser foot pressure
Manual thread cutter
Automatic thread cutter
Upper thread indicator
Lower thread indicator
BERNINA foot control with back-kick function
Create and save stitch combinations
Memory (long-term/altered stitches)
Slide speed control
Bobbin winding while sewing/embroidering
USB interface for PC connection
USB interface for USB data stick
Changing stitch settings while sewing
Needle stop up/down
On-screen help
Sewing tutorial
Personal program
History function (most-recently-used stitch patterns)
Language selection
Alarm clock
Eco Mode
Free Hand System (FHS)

Sewing & Quilting Specifications

Maximum sewing speed (stitches per minute)
Maximum stitch width in mm
Stitch length maximum in mm
Needle positions
Automatic buttonhole
Manual multi-step buttonhole
Memory (short-term/altered stitches)
Creative consultant
Pattern start/end function
Pattern mirroring
Reverse sewing
Programmable Securing Function
BSR functionality, straight stitch and zigzag
Start/stop button (stitching without foot control)
Number of stitch patterns (incl. alphabet) total
Sewing alphabets
Decorative stitches total
Button sew-on program
Buttonholes (incl. eyelet) total
Utility stitches total
Quilting stitches total
Tapering/skyline stitches
Darning programs


Machine Weight
35.3 lbs
Machine Size
22.7″ x 8.9″ x 14.2″


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