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Understanding Bernina Sewing Machine Shanks

Bernina sewing machines are not your average machine when it comes to presser feet. Normally when picking out a new foot, you simply have to worry about High Shank, Low Shank, Slant Shank, or Snap-On. Bernina decided to develop their own shank systems that are not compatible with any other brand of machine.

Old Style Feet – Manufactured between 1954 and 1998
Bernina started producing the 530 Record in 1954, this is the first model that had what we call old style feet. The top of the shank has a rounded back and there is no cut-out (see figure A). In the early days of old style feet, the foot number was actually stamped into the metal of the shank. Eventually, Bernina started putting the numbers on a white sticker with black lettering on the front of the shank. During the production of old style feet machines, Bernina increased the stitch width of these machines from 4.5mm (ie-930s) to 5.5mm (ie-1001). There are some incarnations in-between as well including the optical feet. Wherever possible, they tried to make their Bernina presser feet backward compatible. Tweaks were made to the shank design to ensure that you could not accidentally put 4.5mm wide foot on a 5.5mm machine.

Some people say that the change in foot design from the old style to new style came because of the built-in needle threader. The new style feet allows room for the needle threader to come down and function. I haven’t been able to confirm this though.

New Style Feet – Manufactured After 1996
New style feet have red lines on the sticker and the foot number is also red, unlike the old style feet that are black. The top of the shank is squared off and has a notch cut out on the top back of the shank (See figure B). These feet are between 5.5mm and 9mm for the stitch width. Since Bernina increased the cone size on the new style feet, you can’t put the wrong size foot on your machine. You may now be wondering how to tell if a specific foot is for the 5.5mm or the 9mm machines? Bernina solved this by numbering their feet and adding one or two additional versions with a letter that follows the number, such as Edgestitch Foot #10C.

No Letter after the Number
If your new style foot has a number without a letter, it will fit your Bernina models that have the patented CB Hook and a maximum stitch width of 5.5mm. These feet can also be used on 9mm stitch width machines when a 9mm width is not needed, such as when making pin tucks with a #31 foot.
The Letter C after the Number
This indicates that the foot was made for models that have rotary hook systems and a maximum stitch width of 9mm. The ‘C’ stands for coded and refers to the sensor on the foot that tells the machine to engage the wider stitch width (this is a nice safety feature). The sole of the ‘C’ feet foot is usually wider since the 9mm machine’s feed dogs are wider. There are 2 exceptions: The 2A and 16C do not have a sensor since these feet don’t require the wider stitching.
The Letter D after the Number
The presser feet that have a D after the number are designed to work with the 8-Series (models 830 and 820) Dual Feed feature. After attaching the foot, the dual feed mechanism is positioned in the cutout on the back of the foot which engages the Dual Feed system. Bernina advises against using these feet, unless you are using the Dual Feed Feature.

Using Standard Low Shank Feet
There are 2 different adaptors available that will allow you to use standard low shank presser feet and snap on feet. Some people prefer this method instead of forking out $20-$50 per Bernina presser foot. If you have other sewing machines, it may make sense financially to invest in more low shank or snap on feet that you can take from machine to machine. If you decide to go this route, I just want to remind you that if your machine uses the presser feet with the sensors, these adaptors will not trigger those sensors.

Use Snap On Presser Feet
This snap on presser foot adaptor is available in both old style and new style. When ordering your generic snap on feet for this shank adaptor, be sure you’re ordering the correct maximum stitch width that your machine has. This is a very convenient shank since you’re able to quickly switch between many different feet without having to remove the shank.
Use Low Shank Presser Feet
Chances are if you sew, you have low shank feet laying around (or 40). This low shank presser foot adaptor is available in both old style and new style. Simply install this shank like a normal Bernina foot, and then screw your low shank foot to the shank. If you install a low shank foot onto this adaptor, be sure to test with a wide zig zag to make sure the installed foot is wide enough to accommodate your machines maximum stitch width.

I know that’s a lot of information to handle but I hope we simplified it enough to make sense!

311 thoughts on “Understanding Bernina Sewing Machine Shanks”

  1. Are the black and red sticker feet interchangeable?
    My machine is 350B I normally use red numbered stickers but saw a black sticker #35 that I would like. Will it work?

    1. Hello Suzanne. I do not think that the color of the sticker indicates if the foot will fit or not. You just want to make sure the foot is specified as the new style.

    1. Hello Anne,

      With Bernina machines, they actually do not have a low or high shank,

      They have a new or old style shank, yours is a Bernina – New Style

      I do hope this helps

      Have a wonderful day

    1. Hello Alexandra, I am unable to locate a 39C foot on our site. Your machine uses a new style Bernina foot, so as long as it is a new style, it should work!

  2. Hi
    I still don’t understand. I have several vintage Berninas – 830, 840, minimatic, 1120, 1130, 1008, and new 770qe

    Extra feet came with some of my vintage machines. There are more than two types of foot connection types. My 1230 and 1130 fit my 830 Record and 1008. But I have older Bernina feet – earlier than the Record – and those feet fit none of my machines. They do have two prongs but the prongs are thick and won’t any of my older Berninas.
    I also have a batch of older feet with fine pointy prongs and the code thingy off the side, and they fit none of my Berninas either (someone told me they fit Bernina 1600s, but I don’t have that series so cant say. And I’ve searched and searched and not found any info about it).
    Every place I go for info tells there are Bernina “old style” and “new” style. But I have 3 different older type of Bernina feet
    I have “new” feet in both 5.5mm and 9.5mm to fit my 770
    Where can I find info about the THREE different attachment shapes that I have and that are for older Berninas?
    Thanks for any help. It’s driving me crazy to find accurate info about these extra different Bernina feet I have.

    1. Hi There,

      I’m no expert, so I’m sorry if I share information you already know, but here’s what I’ve learned from trawling the internet for my own research. Maybe, hopefully, it can help either you or someone else. From what I can remember…
      (When I mention feet I am referring to the Bernina foot attached to the shank as one unit, unlike a Brother, or Bernette which has a ‘sole/ foot’ that attaches to a shank.)

      There are three types of Bernina feet; Ancient, Old (of which there are two versions), and New (three versions).

      The ‘New’ has a white sticker and red markings (and a different fitting at the top of the shaft, this was a new development for the newer machines). There are three types of the newer feet; the ‘normal’ foot accommodating up to 5mm wide stitches, the ‘C’ suitable for up to 9mm (and has a sensor I think), and the ‘D’ which works with a dual feed feature (I think it is similar to a walking foot, which attaches to the back of the foot). However, the machines I was researching use Old type feet, so I’m not too sure on the newer models.

      The newer, or latest, version of the ‘Old type’ of feet have a white sticker and black markings (this is also when Bernina switched to a two digit number system, which is still used with the New machines), the earlier of the old style feet don’t have any sticker (they might or might not have a piece of white plastic on the shaft), instead they have a 3 digit number engraved at the top of the shaft.

      The numbers aren’t interchangeable between the two versions of Old feet, but the feet are I think. For example: a ‘modern’ white stickered, black numbered #4 zipper foot is an engraved #007 foot; the #4 zipper foot should work on a machine using an engraved #007 foot. I was told (by a Bernina dealer who I bought Bernina feet from) that a foot that would fit a 1080, and an 1130 (DOB 1986/ 1987), would also fit a Nova 900 (DOB 1977). I think the Old type of feet work up to Model 1630, but I’m really not sure. By the way the ‘a’ on the 3A (button hole) refers to an automatic buttonhole (developed for the 1130). The 1130 was the first machine to include a ‘computer’, so I don’t know if the stickered shafts began to be used with this model.

      Lastly, the Ancient feet don’t have any number on them. I think these are pre the 1950’s, so some of the very first Berninas. I think the founder of Bernina was still involved in the development of the Ancient feet.

      As you identified the feet are not interchangeable between the three ‘generations’.

      A note: feet were generally developed to cope with the stitch development of machines. So the Zigzag foot was developed for the newly developed machines that could do a (a new) zigzag stitch (which involves width and travelling over stitches). So I think the Bernina 830 Record (think a vintage version of the newer (modern) Minimatic 1008) would fit the Old type of feet, but not the Ancient foot. Newer machines tend to be identified by a plastic body, opposed to the metal body of the Old and Ancient machines, (the chassis of the newer machines might still be metal). I think the Ancient machines are similar to the stereotypical vintage Singer machines (think beautiful black machine sitting on top of a wooden ‘box’), Ancient machines can still be electric.

      Here are two links I found extremely useful:

      I think I shall end my waffling there.

      I hope this helps you, or someone else, somewhat .

      1. I haven’t heard of the Ancient style, but I have heard of the 3 styles as “Old Old Style”, Old Style & New Style. I do have a foot that does not fit my Bernina 1010, but came with it. It has no sticker on it, but has a large raised number right in the metal. I believe that is the “Old Old Style” or what you are calling Ancient.

    2. Join the Bernina groups on facebook. They have information about the different feet. I think they also mentioned videos on YouTube about the differences. If you ask in those fb groups surely someone there knows the answer to your question.

  3. I have a Bernina 1008 and have been using the open toe for applique, works ok. I am puzzled about the screw on the back of the foot. What is it for? Also I have even feed feet which has rubber on the bottom. Doesn’t work too well. If i remove the rubber strip will the fabric move better?

  4. Thank you so much for this guide. It explained everything very clearly to me! I was just looking at a refurbished Bernina, found a review that said it needed “old-style” presser feet, and was going to be put off by the whole purchase until I read this guide and learned it’s not that complicated. Plus, there’s adapters. Thanks again!

  5. Gloria M. Holmstead

    I have a Bernina 830 Record. I am looking for a walking foot and am confused with all the different models. I bought the machine many years ago, and I am not sure if I have the old style or what. I did read the article, and I am still not sure if I need a D, for the shank length, Can you help? I was at a Bernina shop yesterday and they charged $199.00 for the foot. Is that the usual price?

    1. Hi there does anyone know if an old style walking foot with just one lug will fit my Bernina 1080 special which have feet with 2 lugs. Apart from the number of lugs they look exactly the same? Help, please?

  6. I want to know which walking foot works with my Bernina B330 machine? Does a three sole walking foot with seam guide #50 work?

    1. Hello Patricia, We do not have any information on a 200, but if your machine is the Bernina Artista 730, then it uses the new style feet!

  7. I have a Bernina Aurora 430 machine. I wish to purchase some of the new rulers for machine quilting. I do not have a ruler foot so what should I order? Thank you for your help.

    1. I am very sorry to report that we do not carry a ruler foot for your machine at this time. We will do some research to see if we will be able to carry the part in the future. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

    1. Hello Judith,

      It does appear that both the Bernina 440QE and the series 5 machines both use the new style Bernina feet.

  8. I have a trusty Bernina 807 minimatic, and am just now thinking about how to get the most out of it via additional feet other than the ones that came with it in 1974-75 (!). If I am understanding correctly, this uses old-style feet, but is also limited by a maximum stitch width of 4mm. Does this rule out any of the feet that I can use to successfully sew, overlock, serge, and coverstitch T-Shirt and other knit fabrics? Thank you in advance for any general and specific information to add to my understanding.

    1. Did you ever get a reply?? I have a Bernina 800 whick is old but sews remarkably well. I’m wanting to invest in new feet too.

    2. Hi Polly,
      Your machine uses old-style feet. You can use any old-style feet, even if they’re designed for machines with a wider stitch width.

  9. Nancy Mettler Galvin

    Hello! I have a Bernina 1030 and am looking for a ruffler foot. Would the #86 fit my machine, and do you sell this if so?

  10. I have a Bernina 807 which I have figured out uses ‘old style feet’ and I need an invisible zipper foot, what are my options and can you supply what I need?

      1. Bernina machines use neither a high or low shank adapter. Bernina’s have specialty feet, as described above. The Bernina Activa 240 takes ‘New Style’ Bernina presser feet. All of the feet noted for the 240 can be viewed here:

        If you were looking to utilize snap-on presser feet with a ‘New Style’ Bernina, you would use the following adapter:

        I hope this helps!

  11. I recently bought a Bernina 807. My machine didn’t come with accessories or a manual. I had it serviced at a local Bernina dealership and I’m excited to take it for a spin. I’m getting a digital download soon to help with some of my operational questions.
    I have questions about replacement feet. Am I correct that any foot without a letter in front of the printed or imprinted number is compatible?
    Thanks in advance for your advice.

  12. Hi,
    I just won an online auction for a Bernina 1230. I was not able to inspect before bidding but upon opening up after winning, it did not have the accessory box with the feet. I have just started quilting (and I do have an older singer), but what feet do you have to fit this (mostly) for straight stitching and free motion quilting? Thank you.

  13. I have a Bernina 801 Sport. What presser feet and accessories do you sell that would fit my machine? I also have an 807….same question. Thanks!!!

  14. I have a Bernina 1008 and I think it’s the foot #10 that I need. I need a foot Pressure guide that is going to help me get the same seam width all around my small Projects that I’m going to be selling. But I wanted to watch the video to be sure and how it works. But it’s not for the same foot:( please help??

  15. Hi
    I have a Bernina 770 and was hoping to use a Westalee foot for some machine work. What “shank” would I need for this machine? High, Medium or low?

    1. Hello, Pamela. I apologize for the delay. Unfortunately, there is not a Westalee ruler foot that will work with a Bernina. I would recommend contacting Bernina directly for a ruler foot.

  16. I recently purchased the Tula Pink 570 seeing machine, which zipper pressed foot should I use? Thank you for your assistance

  17. Hi, this post is really helpful – I hope this question is an obvious yes, but are the feet for the 1030 and the 1090 the same? I recently acquired both, and want to make sure that any feed I purchase will work with both machines. As in, the old style feet should work for both machines? Thanks so much!

  18. I’m thinking about getting a walking foot for my (older?) Bernina Activa 220. It’s listed here as fitting this foot, but when I look at the feet I have (which came with the machine) they all have the feet numbers stamped into the metal, which sounds like they’re old-style feet. (They’re also very easy to pop off without changing out the shank.) Can you help me figure out which foot would be appropriate?

  19. I have two Bernina 1630s and have bought a ton of feet over the years (black numbers on the feet). One of my machines is having trouble. If I buy a new Bernina, I’m looking at the 570 !E SE, will I be able to use my old feet on a new machine? One

    1. Hello, Vicki. I apologize for the delay. Your Bernina 1630 uses an old-style foot. While a Bernina 570, uses a new-style foot, so unfortunately, the feet between the two would not be compatible.

  20. Hi, Jeremy, I hope you can help me. I have an Aurora 440 QE and a Snap-On Presser Foot adaptor. When I use my Snap-On feet from either my Janome 4623LE Plus or Baby Lock Ellisimo (they are interchangeable), I find many of the feet do not align properly with the hole in the sole plate and therefore are not useable.

    One example is the button-hole foot (it looks like the one you have in this picture: If attached, the needle comes down on the blue plastic portion of the foot suggesting the sole is too far forward to be used. In other cases, the opening in the foot is off-center, being a bit to the left of the sole plate hole and not allowing penetration to the entire right side of the hole. An example: the pintuck feet (all of them).

    Have you come across this problem before? If so, what do you recommend? I can not afford the Bernina feet and really want to find a solution to this problem. Thank you for any suggestions you may be able to provide.

    1. Hello Jeanne!
      I am sorry to report, this scenario is very common. Bernina snap on feet are different from the more common snap on feet, such as the one in the 5011L kit. We do not currently offer snap on feet that work with the adapters. We do, however, carry a large variety of generic feet for Bernina machines. To view what we offer for your machine, click the following link: I hope this helps.

      1. Hi! I have the Bernina B 480 and I’m also looking for an alternative to the pricy Bernina feet. I was thinking of buying de Bernina snap on feet (or is the low shank presser foot adapter the one compatible with my machine?) so I could use my feet from my Emerald 118 Husqvarna Viking. But reading the problem Jeanne is having with this way of doing thing… Hum… I see that unfortunalely, it doesn’t work… Is it the case ALL the time ? So, there isn’t a solution when it comes to Bernina and we HAVE TO use there pricy feet ? Why then do they sell this snap on feet ? Thank a lot!

  21. Hi sarah, I am Charles Swan and I have a question about the feet between the Bernina 1630 inspiration plus and the Bernina Artista 180, what feet are compatible between the two machines.

  22. Hi – I have the 1020 model and it came without the presser foot #1. Would the old style presser foot sold through this web page fit my sewing mashine?

  23. Hi! I have a Bernina Record 830 bought in late 60’s/early 70’s. I was looking at the foot photos on the “UNDERSTANDING BERNINA SEWING MACHINE SHANKS” page, and both photos do not match what I have. Figure B is similar, but mine only has one “square” on the left side when the foot is facing towards you. The “forked or pronged” part is facing front, and the number is ‘stamped’ without color, positioned just below that fork/set of prongs. I am looking to purchase a ‘wide walking foot”/even feed walking presser foot and am confused on what to buy, can you help me with that? Thank you 🙂

  24. Hello and thank you so much for maintain this question forum. I have a Bernina 1230. I have an old style cone binder foot that sews a maximum finished size of 1/4 inch, 13 mm. I want to sew a wider binding but not quilt binding. What do you suggest?
    The binder cone mechanism itself is mounted onto the shank by a simple screw which suggests to me that there may be other sizes that could use the same shank? If not, what do you suggest?

    1. Hello, Susan. Sorry for the delay. Unfortunately, we do not carry any Bernina ruler feet. I would recommend contacting Bernina directly for a ruler foot.

  25. I have a Bernina Classic 1008 when I order it from the Bernina representatives in my country Costa Rica they sold me the wrong type of triple sole walking foot. They don’t care didn’t exchange it nor gave me my money back. Can I use a dremmel to open the front hole of the presser foot to see if it can fit? As I see it either I buy a new Bernina or a new walking foot.
    Help I’m desperate!

  26. I have a Bernina Artista 200 and looking for a walking foot or a 1/4″ foot with guide for quilting, what part numbers would I have to buy to work on my machine?

  27. Is the Bernina Ricky Tims Special Edition-old style or new style for feet- I bought the demo model at a place moving shops and did not come with much, the feet it came with have the red checkers and a number,did not come with a manual, having a hard time locating one on line, looking for a walking foot and a 1/4 inch foot
    Thanks Barb -e mail

  28. Hi,
    I have a Bernina 930 Record. I have lots of feet for it, but not the walking foot. I am confused by so many sellers saying that their walking foot will fit a wide range of Bernina machines,. I know my machine is “old style”. What foot can I buy that will fit and honestly work? Also, I read in a blog that the Bernina walking foot which was originally made for this machine doesn’t work very well. True?

  29. Hi I have bernina 830,my grandaughter has broken the foot and I can’t tell if she has done more damage to the shank it would attach to.Can anyone tell me or show me via a photo what it should look like please.

  30. I have a Bernina 1080 Special. I know it is considered an ‘Old Style” machine in terms of its feet. What adaptor would I need to be able to use the Westalee ruler and templates?


  31. Hello. Old style feet question. I have an old 830 Record, the serial number begins 14, so I think it was manufactured in 1974, though I bought it in about 19192. All the feet have the stamped number, except the darning foot which has no number. Mostly, at the top they have just one lug at the top projecting to the left as you look from the front. some have a lug at both sides. Some have a white plastic ‘sticker on the front, and of these, some say Swiss Made. Others have no sticker and are just bare metal. Can anyone tell me what is the difference between these? I’d love to know. And as all the Old Style feet available on line seem to have the double lug configuration, can I assume that they are right for my lovely machine? Thanks

  32. Sarah, I have a Bernina 1130 for which my local Bernina dealer says there is no ruler foot. The Clarity website indicates that their ruler foot will work for the old style Bernina with an adapter. Would that be your Presser Foot Adapter, Bernina #0019477000? Thank you for your help. Chell

  33. Hi I have a Bernina 910 and just ordered a P60446 walking foot for it as it said this would fit. Will this be okay? How does it differ from the P60445?

    1. Hi! The difference is the compatibility. We can guarantee that the P60446 will work with your machine. We cannot guarantee that the P60445 will work with your machine.

  34. I own a Bernina activa 135. I would like to do ruler work for free motion quilting. What do I need to be able to do so on my Bernina activa 135?
    Thank you very much for your assistance.

  35. Hi,

    I have a Bernina 1008 and am trying to attach the zipper foot. I do not see a way to attach the zipper foot toe the presser shaft. There is no way for it to latch on. Should I get a new presser foot?

    Thank you for your help.

    Ann Way

    1. Hi . I have a bernina 1001 and would like to start doing free motion embroidery . Is the number 24 foot compatible with this model. I also have a Bernina Record which I love would the 24 foot also fit this machine.
      Many thanks

  36. Hello! I have a Virtuoso 153 & I’m interested in doing quilting with the Westalee rulers. What number adapter from Bernina would I have to buy& what Westalee foot! I think my machine is a new style shank as my feet are numbered in red.

      1. I have been given 2 Berninas a 1090 and a 930. DO the feet interchage? And are there any other comparisons I should know about?

  37. Hi Sarah, I have a Bernina Artista 640 and am wonderinf if it is a low shank or high shank. I really want to start ruler work and don’t know what feet I would need.
    Thsnks Jennifer

    1. Hi, Jennifer! Bernina feet are a little bit different – they aren’t high or low shank. Your Artista 640 machine is classified as “New Style”. Unfortunately, you would have to contact a local Bernina dealer to get a Ruler Foot for your machine. I apologize for the inconvenience.

  38. Hi

    Hi Sarah I have a Bernina 1080 and would like to learn to quilt. What kind of quilting foot (feet) do I need to get and is my machine low or high shank?
    Thank you so much for your help!!!

    1. Hi! Bernina machines are a little different – your machine is neither high nor low shank – it’s the “Old-Style” shank. So, you can use (generally speaking) any Bernina foot labeled “Old Style”.
      To start quilting, I recommend a 1/4″ Foot:
      and a Walking Foot:
      If you can afford it, it’s nice to have a Big Quilting Foot:
      and an Edge Stitch Foot:

  39. Hello. I have a Bernina 765. It is a special edition manufactured in 2016/2017. Can I use a high or low or both adapter shanks? I would like to get this to reduce the cost of buying presser feet.

      1. Hello. My mother gave me her old Bernina 830.(originally bought sometime in the 1970’s) Can you tell me what walking foot I need for this machine? Thank you.

  40. I have the newer 830 Bernina and I can’t figure out if it is a low or high shank! I’ve been looking at different quilting feet and possibly using the Westalee rulers. Thank you.

  41. Hi Sarah,
    My mother had a Bernina she purchased in 1981 that I think was an 830 Record. I do have the serial number. Unfortunately, the machine was stolen (broke her heart) and now I am left with 10 feet, 1 adapter, an embroidery hoop and some other little things. I would like to sell them, but am not sure what machine they will fit. They are the old style (I know that, thanks to the great descriptive article) with the number stamped into the metal, and the rounded back. I was having trouble finding information about the models & their feet. Any help you can give me with the model(s) the feet will fit will be greatly appreciated. Thank you,

    1. Hi! The best you can do is tell a potential buyer that they need to have a machine that used old style feet. Otherwise, you can’t guarantee the feet you have will fit. I know that’s frustrating.

    2. I have an old 830 That I was given. It has no attachments. I do know that it uses the “old style”. If you still want to sale the attachments I would be interested in purchasing them. You can send a picture and the price to my email:

  42. I have the bernina B 880 and am looking into purchasing some of the new rulers for machine quilting. I also have a ruler foot but don’t know what the shank is. High, low?

  43. Hi, Pasha.. I have a Bernina 930 Record and just received a #2 foot for overlock stitching. What type of settings do I use with this? I thought it would help instead of zigzagging my seams since I don’t have a serger. Thanks– Melissa

  44. Hi Sarah:
    For Christmas I received a Bernina 570QE which came with 5 feet; #1Reverse pattern foot; buttonhole foot #3A; zipper foot #4; #5 blind stitch; open embroidery foot #20 and a BSR. I basically quilt (just new to it) and want to do stitch in the ditch and I presume I need a walking foot to do this?? what do I need?

  45. Hi Sarah,
    I recently purchased the Bernina 330. Will mainly sew with lycra. Can you please advise what presser foot is needed for this type fabric?

  46. I’ve seen some old style feet for sale with 1 of the side tabs missing, pictures look like it was designed that way. It would be the right tab if installed in the machine. What is the story on these feet? They appear to have the numbers as part of the casting.

  47. I have a bernina nova purchased in 1981. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to attach the walking foot. Help! Are there online instructions?

  48. Hello! My mom has a Bernina 807 and had asked for a walking foot for Christmas. I’m not sure which number she would be. Do you know which would be the correct for to her machine, or do you have a link to the right one? Any advice would help! Thanks!

  49. Victoria Ridgeway Gillis

    I want to purchase snap-on adapter as well as a low shank adaptor for my Bernina 880. Could you provide a link or directions for how I might do this? Thanks!

  50. Hi, can you tell me if there is a walking foot that will fit my 1630? I have an 830 and I have a walking foot that fits the 830 but it does not fit the 1630. I sometimes see people selling a walking foot and they say it fits the 830, 930, 1130, and 1630, but how can that be? My walking foot is genuine Bernina and as I said, it only fits my 830. Thank you for your help!

  51. Hello and thank you for your help, I have ordered from your company before. My issue is I have a Bernina inspiration 1630, which I have had all these years but as life gets in the way haven’t really started to use it fully until I retired three years ago. Of course I have forgotten any lessons I took originally. I am looking for the feet that would be useful to me like #23. Is that available for the satin stitch? I also would like to know more about the ‘plug in’ adaptor I have that looks like it offers more designs for the 1630. On line I have seen photos of more of these adaptors. Can I purchase them and where can I get information on how to use them?
    I have a brand new grandbaby so I have been very excited and busy sewing so I can use remedial help.
    Sincerely, Denise Hencmann

    1. Hi, Denise! Thank you for being a customer and congratulations on your new grandbaby! You will definitely have many sewing projects to create for your new angel. I believe we can help you get all set up and ready to sew. The best way to find all the parts you need would be to call us at 1-888-824-1192. We will likely need to contact Bernina directly to get the adapter you need and the extra feet. Please call us anytime and we will gladly assist you. Our phone number is 888-824-1192. We look forward to speaking with you!

  52. Hi. I have a Berninamatic 910. I am looking for a quilting foot and believe I can get an adaptor to make my machine compatible with the new style walking feet. What model adaptor must I look for? Many thanks. Ive read your blog with great interest. Regards, Liz South Africa

    1. Hi, Liz! Thank you for reading our blog! Unfortunately, you would have to contact Bernina directly for that part. I’m so sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

  53. I have a 930 and want to try quilting with rulers. Have read that the foot 72 does not work on the 930. Are there any options for quilting with rulers on the 930?

  54. Hi, I dug out my mothers old sewing machine and it’s missing it’s foot (any foot). What would be ca ompatible and preferably cheapest foot for a Bernina Artista 200? Also where could I fond it? Thank you!

    1. Hi! We carry a large selection of presser feet for the Bernina Artista 200 here:$2520Presser$2520Feet

      The most economical route is to buy the Snap On Presser Foot Adapter and just use snap-on presser feet:

      Or you could just use the standard Zig-zag Foot until your ready to explore specialty feet:

  55. Hi Sarah, I was recently lucky enough to purchase a Bernina 1130 at a local charity shop and after having it serviced, it runs like a dream. My problem is that it came without the accessories box so I only have the zig zag presser foot that was being used prior to donating. I do have a Bernina 1080 and am wondering if the feet from my 1080 will be compatible with the 1130. After reading several internet sites I am confused as to whether the 1130 is “old style” or “new style”. Also can I use snap on feet with the 1130. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

    1. Thank you for your response. Can you also tell me whether the old style Bernina feet with the numbers engraved on the shank will fit my 1130? Thank you.

  56. Sarah
    I have a Bernina 1260 that lost bobbins, all but two feet, along with almost my complete stash of fabric (decades in the making) in a recent flood. The only remaining feet are #1 (white label, black number) which was on the machine at the time and an original Bernina walking foot that was stored upstairs with the machine. It appears from your photos that I have an older style shank. I would like to replace the lost feet, bobbins, etc. After scouring the internet and horrified at the cost to replace 10 feet (0, 2, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9) I found your site. it would appear that in order to get back to sewing/quilting purchasing a fitting shank (search of your site came up with Presser Foot Adaptor, Bernina #0019477000) and then feet would be my best option. What would you recommend? Thank you.

  57. Sarah
    I have a Bernina 180E and am contemplating one of thw Clarity ruler feet which shank adaptor would I need to accommodate this foot? Thank you so much

    1. Hi! Unfortunately, there isn’t a Bernina shank adapter for that foot. You might have to try Bernina’s customer service center to find a ruler foot specifically for your machine.

  58. Can the bobbin of the 2014 model 330 be used on the bobbin of the 1985 model 830 record (vintage)? The new 330b bobbin systems seems to jam when sewing.

  59. Hi Sarah, I have just bought the ‘cut and sew’ attachment from a lady. I have no idea if it will fit my Bernina 730. I’m not even sure if it is an older style machine manufactured before 1990 as I got the machine almost new in 1992. I’m away at present so can’t check my machine or the shank. Do you think it will fit my model?
    Thank you for your help in advance.

    1. Hi, Maureen. If you have the Bernina 730 Record, then you need to use old style feet with the round shank (see blog post for pictures). If the cut and sew foot you purchased has a rounded shank then it should work with your 730. If it has the squared shank (see blog post for pictures) then it will not work.

      1. I just purchased what appears to be a generic ruffler foot for my Bernina 1080 machine (which was advertised as being compatible). When stitching using either the 6 stitch or 12 stitch the fabric will not feed so I am not getting 6 or 12 stitches between each gather, but rather the stitches stitch on top of one another . Do you know which #86 foot is compatible with the 1080 machine and where to purchase.

        Thank you.

  60. I owned the Embroidery Bernina 730 Machine which would be 5.5 mm and then I purchased the Bernina 830 Embroidery
    machine and before that I did have a Bernina 440. I no longer have any Bernina’s. My question is that I own alot of feet
    that I need to sell. So, if I remember correctly the 730 feet also fit the 830 and the 830 feet should fit all the 8 series
    of Bernina Machines? Are there any other machines the new 830 feet would work on? I want to represent them correctly. If
    you can help me with any additional information I would appreciate it so very much. Thank you for your time.

    1. The best way to explain it would be to look at the shank (the top of the presser foot where it plugs into the machine), on new style Bernina feet, the back part of the shank has two squares with a gap in between. With the old style feet, the shank is round. Your Bernina machines use new style feet. Follow this link and you’ll find a list of some other Bernina machines that use new style feet:

  61. Hi Sarah,

    I have a Bernina 1530 Inspiration and I’m trying the Bernina Walking Foot CH-8266. when i use the walking foot the stitch puckers on the bottom. If I use the regular foot there is no puckering. I have changed the needle, changed the thread and bobbin, used a variety tension settings with no luck. The walking foot doesn’t seem to work. I’ve taken it apart and can’t find the problem. put it back together and it still doesn’t work. Does anyone repair the foot?

    Any help you can give me would be appreciated

  62. I have a 1530 model Bernina sewing machine. Currently I have the “old style” walking foot which makes it very difficult to see where you are sewing when sewing “in the ditch”. I recently heard there is a new “open” walking foor that doesn’t have a cross bar so you can see exactly where the needle is coming down on your fabric. Can you tell me if there is an open toe walking foot for my machine and if so, what is the cost and where can I find it to buy it??

  63. I have an 1130. There are 2 feet that Pfaff makes that I would like to have. Bilevel topstitch for binding and a perfect quarter inch (which has an edge guide). Does Bernina have comparable feet or can the Pfaff ones fit my machine?

  64. HI! I have a Bernette 46… just beginning to quilt. Is there a walking foot I could get for this? If so does it need an adapter? I named my machine “Magnolia”. 🙂

  65. Hi Sarah, I have a Bernina 830 record. If I purchase the snap on presser food adaptor (old style) will I be able to fit any snap on presser foot? And also, what walking foot would fit this machine. I’m also interested in getting a ruler foot for this machine. Thank you so much, I’m quite confused with all the options out there.

    1. Hi, Elisabet! If you buy the snap on presser foot adapter, you will be able to fit standard snap on presser feet (which is most of the snap ons we sell). This is the walking foot for your machine:
      Unfortunately, we do not have the ruler foot for Bernina machines. Bernina only wants those sold at brick and mortar Bernina dealers. Do you have a local Bernina dealer?

  66. Hi Sarah,
    Currently, I have a 1630 and am interested in the #72 foot and rulers for quilting. Unfortunately, I’ve been told that this foot will not work for my machine. Have considered an adapter and trying to use Westalee Rulers. Do you have any suggestions and/or resources?

      1. Hi, Mary! Your machine is classified as having an “Old Style” shank. To do ruler work, you would need to purchase a Bernina Ruler Foot from your local Bernina Dealer.

  67. Hi Sarah, I have a Bernina Virtuosa 150 that I purchased in 1998. Is this old style or new style pressed feet. I am looking for the hemmed foot and a foot for attaching bias tape. What is the price for these?

  68. Hi Sarah

    I have a Bernina 1020 sewing machine so it uses old style feet. I want to buy a foot that sewing double welting/piping. What number foot is an old style double welting/cording foot for my machine, and where can I buy one please? I live in New Zealand so need a business/person that can ship to New Zealand. I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards – Elizabeth

  69. Hi, Sarah. Your knowledge is priceless. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone so knowledgeable and helpful as you. So thank you for helping so many of us with theses questions. I’ve bookmarked this guide for future reference.

    I have a question regarding the Bernina Teflon feet. I see some that have green teflon covering and some that have white teflon covering. Yet I can’t find anywhere which describes the difference between the two or if there even IS a difference (besides the color, of course). I own a 153QE so I know it takes the NEW style feet. I’m interesting in getting the 52 (all purpose) and 54 (zipper) teflon feet. When I first started looking into the teflon feet, the videos all demonstrated using the green feet. But when I search to buy them, the majority are white. My initial thought was that maybe the white ones aren’t ‘genune Bernina’ but I think I’ve discredited that theory. Can you help clarify this for me? Thanks so much!

  70. I have an Artista 180 machine and would like to know what Teflon zigzag foot I need for this machine.
    Thank you.

  71. Hi Sarah – -my wife has a Bernina Activa 140 that is probably 15-20 years old. She is looking to buy a walking foot to quilt for our new grandchildren but is not sure what style would fit the machine. Can you advise us? Thanks, John

  72. Good morning, I bet you have answered this question a hundred times. Please me more time and I will print out your response and tape it to my Bernina 73o artista. Does it have a high or a low shank? I don’t have others to compare it to…….I’m looking for a #30 pintuck foot if you just happen to know if they exist for my machine. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi, Ginny! Bernina has their own special shank system. Instead of the high or low shank system, they use “old style” and “new style”. Your 730 Artista is the “New Style”. I don’t currently have a #30 Pintuck Foot, but I will see if I can find it for you. In the meantime, we have these presser feet for your machine:

    2. Hi, Ginny – We looked into the #30 Pintuck Foot. Unfortunately, we are not able to obtain it from our suppliers. We only carry the Pintuck Feet listed on the link I shared with you earlier. I apologize for the inconvenience.

  73. I have a Bernina Record 730. Is there a Double Welting presser foot that would work with my machine? If so, would I need an adapter? Thanks for your help.

  74. Hi Sarah. I have a Bernina Virtuosa 153QE and have recently purchased the ruler foot for it. I was of the understanding that my machine is considered low shank and so I purchased some Westalee rulers for low shank machines. My dilemma is that a few days ago, I read something that said to use only 1/4 inch thick rulers with Bernina. The Westalee rulers I bought are 3mm. Is it safe for me to use these rulers, or must I have the thicker ones? Your advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi, Jean! Westalee makes rulers for long arm machines and home sewing machines. Home sewing machines are meant to use their 1/4″ rulers. That being said….as long as the ruler doesn’t slip under the ruler foot, you can use whatever you want. We were playing around with the Westalee ruler foot and used a coaster as a template and a thin acrylic ruler – just to see what would happen – and it totally worked. The big thing with the Westalee rulers and the ruler feet is just to make sure there is no risk of the ruler slipping under the foot. Thankfully, the Westalee foot is designed to be height-adjustable. But, if the ruler slips under the foot, not only will you damage your machine, but you could injure yourself. Safety first and good luck!

  75. Hi I just wanted to drop you a note regarding feet for Bernina. I have a circa 1970’s record 830, a 1230 from 1990 and a new 350. There are actually 3 kinds of feet. The feet on my 830 will not work on the 1230, some of the 1230’s will however work on the 830. They are referred to as really old style, old style and new style. I am not sure where the cutoff point is but I would guess with the ending of the 930 era. Hope this helps someone to keep them from buying the wrong thing. There are several places online that explain this with pics better than I just did.

  76. My daughter has an old Bernina 530 Record with many, many presser feet. I just bought her a used 1005 with no extra presser feet. Can the old feet be adapted for her new machine?

  77. Hello, thank you for this informative site and your videos. I have a Bernina 125 and Bernina 145 and fortunately have the new style adapter to use snap on feet that came with one of them. I can tell by testing my Singer (7444)’s feet that the needle does not clear them even though the appear to snap on and “fit” nicely. What type of snap on feet should I look for to be sure they are a true fit with my Bernina low shank new style adapter? Another site mentioned that some Janome feet fit so long as they are not for oscillating rotary hook machines, but I’m still a little boggled because I’m not well-versed in Janome model numbers. I sure can tell I need to steer clear of Singer’s feet (unless I only want them to work with my Singer and even then my model # isn’t listed for many of them). I’d love to get an assortment of rolled hem feet for starters and prefer to use my Berninas. What feet do you carry that would fit and work well? My max stitch width as far as I can tell on these (oscillating hook) machines is 5.5mm. And if the news is bad (I hate to shell out for one foot just to learn/experiment) I would take a recommendation for the Singer 7444 instead.

  78. Good morning Sarah, I have alot of presser feet from my old Bernina 1230. I recently bought the Bernina QE770. How can I fit my old feet onto the new machine? I have so many and I don’t want to waste them.

    1. Hi Sue,

      I am looking a set of feet for my 1230 (got the machine from neighbor but they misplace), would you sell them to me?


  79. Hi Sarah, I have the Bernina 630E and I wanted to play using different feet, for some reason I can not remember how to pop the foot off? Can you help?

  80. I have a model 802 – I can instal the old style zipper foot but I can’t remember how to with the needle fro side to side!

    1. Hi, Gail! I don’t have much information on long arm machine. Would you mind giving our customer service team a call? They may be able to find more information from the manufacturer. Our number is 888-824-1192

  81. Hi, Thank you for being so helpful…I purchased some 2nd hand Bernina feet that have the white and black label. I own an Activa 240…after examining several of the feet that I have duplicates for and even after putting them on my machine…I can’t exactly figure out what the “real” difference is. I’ve read that the stitch width is slightly larger on the new and/or the auto threader will not work with the old. Any really clear information you can shed would be appreciated since I’d like to use one of the “black and white” style feet but am now afraid to do so. Thank you in advance for clarifying…

  82. Hi! I recently purchased the patchwork presser foot for the Bernina 1010. Is there a way to adjust the blade fabric guide? Mine is a wee bit off and sews a little bigger than 1/4inch. Thanks for your help.

  83. Just found a 1980 Bernina 830 Record Electronic in exquisite condition! I won’t mention what $ I was able to get it for ( might get hate mail … Lol). It came with a generous assortment of presser feet, but I’m interested in a couple more and don’t know if new Bernina feet are backwards compatible. Here are the “original” numbers I’d like. 003/166 Hemmer, 179 Gatherer and 152 Button presser! Can you advise please? Bruce

  84. I just received my button hole foot
    A 3 written in black for my Bernina
    1230. It fits very well, but it is not making my
    Button holes automatically. Can you email me some information or explain to me what I might do to have it work? Nita

  85. I recently purchased a Bernina 770QE and would like to buy a presser foot adaptor. However, I could not find my machine model listed for any of the adapters. Bare thre adapters for my machine.

  86. Hello Sarah…..I have a 820 Bernina and I am looking for a quilting foot for straight stitching (ie. stitch in the ditch) I see that you have the big foot but it does more free stitching. Can you suggest a foot that will accomplish just what I need? I am interested, however with the big foot. It would be nice to have both. Thank you……Ginger

  87. I have a Bernina 740 manufactured around 1968. It is an industrie. That means an industrial machine. What walkng foot is right for my machine? I think I will have to buy used since my Bernina shop says the foot is out of production.

      1. My machine is Bernina 740 Industrie made in Switzerland prior to 1969. It is the industrial model. It takes a round shank needle. It is older than the “old style” by one generation. It is not a 740E. Will the walking foot fit? If not, is there an adapter? Ruth

  88. I have an 830 Record I bought new in 1976. I dropped the slide on bed and the bottom adapter broke in two. Do you have that part and if you do what is the price?

  89. I have a 1976 Bernini model 830. I need a 1/4 ” foot for sewing consistent size seams. Will this work? I also need a sewing table to fit it. Do you have one?

  90. Hi Sarah I need a walking foot and a 1/4″ foot for my Bernini model 1031 which one should I get. Is a walking foot better with the guide I am new at quilting


  92. You are a great site and the information you give is always and you can always find an item for any machine no matter how old they are like mine from the 1973/4 I wish I was able to buy mire from y
    as they are perfect for my Janome New Home I bought in the 1970’s , but the getting the items in to the UK and having to pay so much import duty stopped me buying several I saw you do but I do like to see your Videos of how and what to do on my sewing machine, and how to use them properly So please keep Sewing parts part of our lives , as with out you I would be lost for information. I hope may me when UK leave EU maybe trade will become so much more easier between your country and ours. As think we both countries could do well together thank you best wishes Elizabeth

  93. Hi Sarah, Some of my older feet have only one peg at the side of the shank top while others have two. What is the difference? Since they are both old style are they interchangeable? Thank you, Mary

  94. Hi, I have a Bernina 932 that I bought around 1984. It is a great (though heavy) machine, and every time i’ve had it serviced over the last 15 years, the repair guy has said”If you ever want to sell this machine, I have a list of people who’d like to buy it!”. I have recently started quilting and I want to get a walking foot for my machine. On my presser feet the number is stamped into the metal, which I gather means old style.. Looking at your site, Which walking foot do you think I need: Walking Foot, Bernina #P60445 or Walking Foot w/Guide, Bernina #P60446. I gather these are not “genuine” Bernina parts, but are made by another supplier. It looks like the genuine Bernini walking foot you sell is for new style machines. Anyway, what’s the difference (other than $22) between the P60445 and the P60446? They don’t look much different in the pictures and the write-up is about the same. What is the difference? Do I need an Old Style Adaptor 006261700 for the walking feet? Thanks for your help, Pasha Smith

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