Ten Features of the BERNINA Q24 Longarm Quilting Machine in an overview

BERNINA Brand Ambassador John Kubiniec tested the BERNINA Q24 Longarm Quilting Machine and shares his favorite ten features.

 

Last year I had the privilege of traveling to Steckborn, Switzerland to be a tester for the new BERNINA Q20 and Q24 longarm machines that were being developed. It was love at first sight—yes, with Switzerland but really with the Q24 and Q20 Longarms.

 

BERNINA Factory in Steckborn Switzerland 

There are many great features on this machine and I would like to share with you my top ten that make set it apart from all the others.

 

Uses regular needles

This longarm uses conventional sewing machine needles that have a flat shank. No more need to determine if your needle is in straight—simply insert the needle, tighten it, thread the machine and off you go. This feature also helps to make an easy transition from a domestic machine to the longarm—no need to learn a new set of needle numbering.

 

BERNINA Sewing Machine Needles

 

In addition something this longarm can do that others can’t—it can use double needles!  Yes that’s right—just imagine all the fun you can have. 

 

Uses BERNINA Feet 

The longarm uses the same locking mechanism for feet that the domestic machines have. This means that any hopping foot you use for quilting on your domestic machine can be used on this machine. In addition a new 96 foot has been developed for ruler work.

 

BERNINA_Darning_Foot

BERNINA Darning Foot #9

 

Threads easily

The threading path on this machine makes threading a breeze. Threading and changing thread is so easy.  And because it loves all kinds of thread, you naturally want to use all sorts of thread. The ease of threading makes it easy to switch back and forth. (Add an extra thread stand on top of the machine and keep all your favorites for a particular quilt right at your fingertips.)

 

Threading the BERNINA Longarm Machine

 

A horizontal side spool is also available.

 

Adjustable and programmable handles

The handles adjust up and down, in and out, and they twist and turn. It is easy to change handle position to improve ergonomics and also improve sight lines.

 BERNINA Q24 close up with red and grey quilt---handles up 

Q24 close up with red and grey quilt---handles down_post

 

In addition there are four programmable buttons so that you can customize the handles. Programmable functions include: needle up/down, foot up/down, speed up/slow down, on/off, and tie off.

 

BERNINA Q Series Interface Handles

 

Interface

For people that own BERNINA 8 Series and newer BERNINA 7 Series machines the interface (screen functions) will look very familiar—making this a very easy transition.

 

BERNINA Q Series Interface home

 

Also included are helpful instructions and videos that answer many common questions about threading, maintenance, bobbin winding, etc.

 

BERNINA Q Series Maintenance Interface

 

Oiling the BERNINA Q Series

 

Digital Tension

One amazing feature of this machine is the Digital Tension—from 0 to 10 in .25 increments. The default setting should be fine for most threads but you can easily adjust the top tension as needed on the screen. 

 

BERNINA Q Series Tension Control

 

On-board bobbin winder

A bobbin winder is located conveniently at the front of the machine. Easily wind bobbins while you are right at the machine. It uses the larger M size bobbins giving you plenty of bobbin thread.

 

Winding a Bobbin with the BERNINA Q Series

 

Sturdy Frame

The frame is and sturdy ensuring that the machine can move with ease and without any wobbles. The poles that hold the quilt backing and top are solid and won’t bow or bend and the pole that holds the quilt top easily lifts so that you can adjust the batting between the quilt layers.BERNINA Q24 on full frame

 A great storage shelf is available as an add-on as well. 

 BERNINA Q24 Shelving for Storage

 

In addition there are great storage trays that hook onto the frame to store your various tools, and there will be a hydraulic lift available to make adjusting the height of the frame a breeze.

 

BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR)

The longarm has the renowned BERNINA Stitch Regulator (which is presently celebrating its 10th Anniversary), which has been adapted for the longarm. The machine has three Modes: BSR 1 and BSR 2 and they function in the same manner as on the domestic machines, it also features BSR 3—which is a basting stitch, as well as a Manual Mode.  

 

Q24_Display_BSR 1_Mode

 

The sensors are located in the stitch plate and the fabric moves over the sensors. Because of this the machine glides and moves smoothly when using the stitch regulator. The machine can stitch 2200 stitches per minute—yes, when you crank this machine up it can really fly!

 BERNINA Q24 Longarm Sensors for FMQ

 

Lighting

The machine head has stellar LED lighting that runs the full length of the machine head.  You will not be lacking for good lighting with this machine.

  BERNINA Q Series LED Lighting

 

These are ten of my favorite features, there are many more, but I believe these are some that help set this machine apart from all the others. Many of these features also are true of the Q20 Table Model. Take one of these for a test drive and see how wonderful they are—find them at a quilt show or visit a BERNINA store near you who is carrying the machine. 

 

BERNINA Q24 Test Drive

Class at BERNINA Sewing Centre, Lake Mary, FL—January 2015

 

Once you try it I think you will also fall in love with it. 

Dream Big with the BERNINA Q24

 

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