Make It Yours: 7 Series Hover Feature

This is the first in a series of tips I am sharing with you, proud new owners of BERNINA 7 Series sewing machines, as I discover new and exciting features on my new B 780.

Today’s tip: How to adjust the hover position of the presser foot while the needle is down.

sewing machine

When you first turn on your new BERNINA some settings have not yet been selected for you. The welcome screen will look much like this:

information screen

The screen is blue and the presser foot does not lift when the needle stops in the down position. This can be useful if you are sewing very slippery fabric or do not use a lot of pins to keep your layers together. (I recommend using lots of pins myself.) To lift the presser foot with this setting you need to either use the up and down button manually or the use the knee lift (Freehand System). For a multitude of reasons you might want to lift the presser foot often, I know I do – and not just when sewing curves! For these times it is possible to set the machine to hover when the needle down option is selected.

The following pictures will show you how; just follow the stylus:

sewing machine screen
Select Setup Program


selection screen
Select Sewing Settings


sewing machine screen
Select Programming Function


sewing machine screen
Select Presser Foot Position With Needle Down


sewing machine screen
Select Hover (the option in the center)


sewing machine screen
Touch the x to save your changes

This last step is very important! By closing with the x you will save your new settings.

You might be asking yourself, “Why is her background green and mine is blue?” Well, I have a little bonus tips for you today.

Bonus tip: How to change the screen color.

Follow the stylus one more time:

information screen
Select Setup Program


sewing machine screen
Select Personal Settings


sewing machine screen
Select a color . . .


sewing machine screen
. . . and a texture

Only 4 steps to a “more you” background just Don’t forget to exit by pressing the x!





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2 comments on “Make It Yours: 7 Series Hover Feature”

  • Thank you for the information on the 780. I hope there is more to follow. I bought mine and then the shop went out of business so I have been trying to learn on my own. There are many features to this machine, but learning to use them is a task.

    • I understand the difficulties when your home sew shop closes. There are some Bernina dealer shops that have adoption programs for those Bernina purchasers that lose the shop where there machine was purchased. I recently discovered this very feature and am now my Bernina 880 and I are happily adopted by Bernina Stretch and Sew in Keizer, Oregon.

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