Tutorials for Bernina 8 Series

BERNINA 880: first class sewing and embroidering

The most space. The most speed. The most precision. The B 880 boasts many cutting-edge features developed by a team of experts in Switzerland. It’s state-of-the-art technology combined with Swiss craftsmanship. The unprecedented functions and innovative features are designed with the sewist, quilter and embroiderer in mind.

For example, the Embroidery Shaping function of the B 880 offers the option of duplicating embroidery designs with one click and then arranging them in a desired formation. Whether in a circle, square or heart, new and unconventional designs emerge.

The BERNINA 880 offers hundreds of stitches that are clearly categorized and easily retrieved. With the innovative Stitch Designer you can edit these or create your own stitches. Simply draw your ideas directly on the screen. The B 880 converts the design with a click into a stitch pattern. You can also change and save existing stitches. The possibilities are endless and your stitch library is continually expanding.

Learn how to use this masterpiece of Swiss engineering to its full potential with our instructional videos in this Youtube playlist!

BERNINA 880: first steps in embroidery, how to thread and hoop the fabric

You can achieve impressive embroidery results in no time with the BERNINA 880. This instructional video shows you how to prepare your BERNINA 880 for embroidery and embroider your first, very own motif. The video is a step-by-step guide to changing the needle and foot, threading and basic settings. You can also familiarise yourself with another benefit of the BERNINA 880: clear on-screen animations that make it easier to work with your sewing and embroidery machine and which also help you to automate frequent actions quickly. So you are free to concentrate on your creative work and achieve precise, impressive embroidery results in no time.

BERNINA 880: how to edit stitches and use the Distortion function

The BERNINA 880 offers you countless options for varying the machine’s existing range of stitches. In this instructional video we show you how to change the stitch length and stitch width using the multi-function button or the display. All these changes can also be performed during the sewing sequence. With the BERNINA 880 you can create many attractive patterns by changing the stitch density, stitch length, stitch width and by pattern repetition and mirroring. The “distortion” option offers another exciting variation. Here you can compress the stitches and move them laterally. All changes can be saved in a folder and even be incorporated into the basic settings.

BERNINA 880: how to edit stitches and use the Distortion function

The BERNINA 880 offers you countless options for varying the machine’s existing range of stitches. In this instructional video we show you how to change the stitch length and stitch width using the multi-function button or the display. All these changes can also be performed during the sewing sequence. With the BERNINA 880 you can create many attractive patterns by changing the stitch density, stitch length, stitch width and by pattern repetition and mirroring. The “distortion” option offers another exciting variation. Here you can compress the stitches and move them laterally. All changes can be saved in a folder and even be incorporated into the basic settings.

BERNINA 880: how to embroider letters and numbers

In this tutorial we show you how you can embroider letters and numbers with the BERNINA 880. Various alphabets are available, which you can select via the touch screen. As our video shows, letters and numbers or even whole phrases and sentences can be exceptionally combined with the various stitch patterns of your BERNINA 880 to create your own designs. Once you have created a combination that suits you, you can select the option “Edit whole combination” via the display, which allows you to efficiently edit the combination. The patterns you have configured can be repeated as often as desired via the “Pattern repetition” option. And of course you can also save your pattern and delete it later if you wish.

BERNINA 880: how to create individual decorative stitches with the Stitch Designer

Do you always want to design your own stitches? You can do this with your BERNINA 880, as shown in this tutorial. You can freely design your own decorative stitches on the touch screen using the Stitch Designer function, simply by drawing them or editing existing decorative stitches. So you can create your own, individual stitches in no time! Using the multi-function button you can change each individual stitch within a pattern. And of course you can save all of your designs easily and delete them again when you no longer need them. You can also use a grid pattern to create graphic and geometric patterns, which helps you to design your stitch pattern with increased accuracy.

BERNINA 880: how to sew buttonholes and sew on buttons

In this tutorial we show you how to programme and sew precise buttonholes with the BERNINA 880 and how to sew on buttons with the sewing machine. To do this, activate the “Buttonholes” function and choose a buttonhole design. You can easily set the width of the buttonholes on the touch screen. To set the length of the buttonhole, hold the button against the display and measure the necessary incision using the display measurement, which even adds two millimetres to allow for the thickness of the button. It couldn’t be easier or more practical! Of course you can also easily incorporate your personal settings, such as a different stitch width. In doing this the settings are programmed automatically and can be repeated as often as desired. Sewing on buttons is just as easy. You can also correct and optimise individual settings at any time during the sewing sequence, and of course save them.

BERNINA 880: how to sew and quilt with the BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR)

In this instructional video you learn how to free-motion sew and quilt with the BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR). Thanks to the BSR foot, the sewing speed adapts flexibly to the movement of the fabric when sewing with the dropped feed dog. Thus the stitch length is regulated automatically and the stitches remain quite regular and the same length, regardless of how fast or slow you feed in the fabric. You can sew straight or zigzag stitches with the BSR foot. You can conveniently configure the desired stitches on the display of your BERNINA 880. You also have the option of starting sewing by pressing the button or using the presser foot. There are two different modes available. Either the needle moves permanently, whereby the stitch is automatically regulated and thus remains even, or the needle only moves when the fabric is also moving and stops a few seconds after the fabric stops moving. The second option is particularly recommended if you are not yet familiar with the system. So free-motion sewing and quilting with your BERNINA 880 is a pleasure from the start.

BERNINA 880: how to sew with the BERNINA Dual Feed (BDF)

This tutorial explains the functionality of the patented BERNINA Dual Transport of your BERNINA 880. This technology, which simultaneously feeds through layers of fabric from above and below, means that even difficult materials can be handled easily and accurately. The risk of the fabric slipping during sewing is as good as eliminated and even thick layers of material which is normally prone to gliding can be sewn perfectly with your BERNINA 880.

Our video clearly demonstrates how to activate the Dual Transport, how to regulate feed quantities and presser foot pressure, how to work on your sewing piece and how to deactivate the Dual Transport again after use. Particularly practical: the “D” in the presser foot designation tells you whether a presser foot is suitable for the Dual Transport.

BERNINA 880: first steps in embroidery, how to thread and hoop the fabric

You can achieve impressive embroidery results in no time with the BERNINA 880. This instructional video shows you how to prepare your BERNINA 880 for embroidery and embroider your first, very own motif. The video is a step-by-step guide to changing the needle and foot, threading and basic settings. You can also familiarise yourself with another benefit of the BERNINA 880: clear on-screen animations that make it easier to work with your sewing and embroidery machine and which also help you to automate frequent actions quickly. So you are free to concentrate on your creative work and achieve precise, impressive embroidery results in no time.

BERNINA 880: how to arrange embroidery patterns with the Shape Designer

In this instructional video we show you how to use the Shape Designer function of your BERNINA 880 to create impressive embroidery combinations from simple embroidery motifs or stitches.

This requires just a few steps on the BERNINA 880 touch screen: select a pattern or stitch, choose the arrangement along a specific shape, e.g. circular or rectangular, specify the size and rotation of the individual elements – done! If you experiment a little with the settings and combine or overlay various patterns, you can create a range of attractive variations to conjure up impressive clothing designs, home textiles or decorations in a flash. An impressive new function of the BERNINA 880!

BERNINA 880: how to create embroidery pattern variations with the Colour Wheel

The BERNINA 880 Colour Wheel is a versatile tool that you can use to adapt embroidery patterns and designs individually and precisely to your own ideas.

Our instructional video shows you how to change any embroidery motif to suit your exact needs using the Colour Wheel. For example, you can move all colours in the motif by a specific amount or select individual areas and change their colour values as desired until the motif design is perfect. With just one click on the colour palette, the matching thread is displayed automatically. It couldn’t be easier!