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Buttonhole applique on a Bernina

by Deb Tesch
(Troy, MI)

Which Bernina machines have the buttonhole stitch that can be used to machine applique? I know the Bernina 1130 has it, but not all machines do. I may be purchasing a Bernina that I would only use for piecing and quilting so I'd like some advice.



If you check the Bernina website you can pull feature lists up for most of their machines and even print a pdf brochure on your home printer. Just check under the 'Products' tab.

I'm a happy Viking gal and don't feel qualified to make a recommendation on a specific Bernina model. However, I can tell you that if you KNOW that you want the machine for quilting and piecing ONLY, then skip the embroidery unit. It's a lot of extra money.

It looks really cool when the salesperson demos it in the store, but if you're not into embroidery, it's a lot of extra expense and there is a learning curve to using it.

As far as needing a buttonhole stitch for machine applique...if you're using it like the buttonhole stitch used for wool's meant to be decorative...then, yup, you need it. But if you're planning to do invisible machine applique, personally, I like the tiny zigzag. I think it does a better job mimicking hand applique.

Readers, I you can help with advice on a new Bernina, please share using the 'Comment' link below.

Thank you!


Julie Baird

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Buttonhole Stitches
by: Carol J.

I have a Bernina 1230 which is very similar to the 1130. My buttonhole stitch is created as follows: St. 26 - reverse design, needle left (and as always needle down) Use a wide foot.

For the Bernina 220 it is Stitch 23 w - 2 l - 2.
Hope this helps. It is confusing that Bernina never calls it a buttonhole stitch.

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