Have You Downloaded the BERNINA Accessory App?

Have you downloaded BERNINA’s new Accessory App? Currently available for Mac iOS 6 and 7 (iPad and iPhone) and Android 4.0 and up, the app will soon be available for Kindle devices in the Amazon app store.

BERNINA Accessory App - for Android

What does the BERNINA Accessory App do? Well…

  • Wondering what’s available? There’s a list of BERNINA accessories to browse, most with links to YouTube videos showing the accessory in action. Click to add to your “I Own” or “I Want” lists.
  • Looking for a particular item? There’s a search function for that.
  • Want to see lists of the feet you have and those on your wish list? Click to access that info.
  • But will the accessories fit my machine? Tell the app about your BERNINA machine(s)– models 180 and newer – and it will let you know whether an item is available for that model(s).
  • What else does it do? Check the What’s New link to find out about new accessories, BERNINA webinars, project instructions, and more.

Click HERE to visit the Google store

Click HERE to visit the iTunes app store


Update June 2016:

We regret to inform you that the My BERNINA Accessories App was discontinued in December 2014. As such, all future development such as updates, revisions or changes to the app have been placed on indefinite hold.

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5 comments on “Have You Downloaded the BERNINA Accessory App?”

  • I tried it, but it doesn’t list all machines, it wasn’t that helpful. When I emailed tech support, the machine that the tech suggested I pick instead ALSO wasn’t listed. So it wasn’t helpful at all and I have already deleted it from my phone.

    • Hi, Catanova – The accessory app lists most models from the last twenty years or so, but doesn’t list every model made. For instance, my 1030 from the 1980s isn’t listed. Let me know which machine you have and which presser feet you’re interested in and I can tell you if they’re available for your machine – Jo

  • I have been able to figure out which feet fit my machine, but that doesn’t change my original comment. Since your marketing blurb didn’t mention that it only applied to certain machines, I think it fair to mention that it was pretty useless for those of us with the “unchosen” machines. Mine isn’t old at all–it just didn’t make the list

  • I have a new 580 machine . My dealer sold me a foot 39 not the 39C and the app says it’s not for my machine. Although it fits on the machine, am I prevented from using 9mm width stitches because it’s not the 39C. Also on my machine if I check a stitch to see what foot to use, I never see the 39 or 39C as an option.
    What’s going on?

    • Hi, Trish – Clear Embroidery Foot #39/39C is an alternative to Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C and Embroidery Foot #6. Both 39 and 39C can be used on your machine, but – as you discovered – foot 39 restricts the stitch width to 5.5 mm (the size of the needle opening in the foot), while 39C allows stitches up to 7 mm wide (indicated by the “C”). This is a relatively new foot, and one of my favorites for decorative stitching and applique.

      When you select a stitch, your machine automatically suggests an appropriate foot, but doesn’t list all the possible choices. For instance, when straight stitch #1 is selected, the all-purpose Reverse Pattern Foot #1/1C is recommended. But if I were using a straight stitch for free-motion quilting, that wouldn’t be an appropriate foot for that technique; I’d want to use a free-motion foot such as Freemotion Quilting Foot #29/29C or Echo Quilting and Cutwork Foot #44C. The same is true for decorative stitches – the recommended foot is usually Reverse Pattern Foot #1/1C or Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C. I often use Clear Embroidery Foot #39/39C instead, especially for applique and embroidery or whenever I know my stitching will be bulky and might not move easily under the standard presser foot. The embroidery feet – Embroidery Foot #6, Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C, and Clear Embroidery Foot #39/39C – all have an extra cut-out space under the foot that gives heavy stitches room to move freely.( I’m fairly sure that the selection is limited to those included with the machine, but there might be exceptions.) The Creative Consultant will give a more specific presser foot recommendation based on the fabric and technique you select, but still does not cover all possible techniques and situations. The Feetures books are a good reference for learning all the things a particular presser foot can be used for; Volume 3 includes 16 sewing techniques featuring Clear Embroidery Foot #39/39C. The BERNINA YouTube Channel is also a good source of information on presser feet. Jo

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