BERNINA 540

BERNINA 540

BERNINA makes sewing easy.

  • Powerful, fast & precise sewing
  • Handle big projects with ease
  • Perfect for decorative stitches
  • Your threads are cut automatically
  • Embroidery compatible

BERNINA 540 - the perfect machine for passionate sewists

Livia Naef & Nelia Puhze, Swiss professional sailors, talk about the BERNINA 540 and 535
"Sailing or sewing - it's all about speed and precision." Livia Naef & Nelia Puhze, Swiss Sailors and Sewing enthusiasts

When Livia and Nelia are not sailing, they love to tap into their creativity through sewing and embroidering. Because training is hard work, they appreciate the ease-of-use of the B 540 but love the machine’s power and precision to sew on anything from fine fabrics to old sails. Experience the BERNINA 540 difference today!

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Get a feel for this fantastic machine

Get a feel for this fantastic machine

The next best thing to seeing it in person. This 360-viewer shows you every stunning angle of the BERNINA 540.

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Perfect tension for perfect stitches

Perfect tension for perfect stitches

  • Precise & powerful sewing
  • Just sew without any worries
  • Achieve beautiful stitch results

Thanks to the Adaptive Thread Tension you get optimal thread tension for perfect stitch quality on both sides of the fabric.

More space for creative freedom

More space for creative freedom

  • Realize big projects with ease
  • Enough space for your creations
  • Embroidery module optional

The extended freearm offers 8.5" right of the needle. Therefore you will enjoy a grand sewing area for grand ideas.

Get the right pressure everytime

  • Sew any material with ease
  • Increase pressure for thin materials
  • Reduce pressure for thick materials

Ensures that the ideal pressure is always used for the selected stitch. The basic setting can be individually adjusted.

Ask your on-screen support

Ask your on-screen support

  • Modern colorful touch screen
  • Easy to use with simple navigation
  • On-screen support when needed

The Sewing Consultant helps you to find the right settings. Adjust suggested alterations quickly with the multifunction-knobs.

Sew quieter, faster, longer, better

Sew quieter, faster, longer, better

  • Sew perfect stitches with 9 mm stitch width
  • Jumbo bobbin to sew longer
  • Frontload the bobbin with new thread

The BERNINA Hook keeps the stitches consistent and precise with a maximum speed of 1,000 stitches per minute.

Automatic features save time

Automatic features save time

  • No manual thread cutting
  • Press a button to cut your thread
  • Save time for your creativity

Thanks to the automatic thread cutter your threads are cut automatically and the needle will be lifted afterwards.

Register your machine and extend your warranty

Register your machine and extend your warranty

Few brands can match BERNINA's reputation for quality of engineering, design and durability. You know that when you buy a BERNINA, you have a sewing companion for the long-term. And that's why we are happy and confident to offer a full 7 YEARS PARTS AND LABOUR WARRANTY on new BERNINA sewing machines purchased from an authorised BERNINA UK stockist. There are terms & conditions which apply (click the link to read them) and then register your machine to give you peace of mind.

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Personal advice at your Local BERNINA Store

Over 2,000 BERNINA Stores worldwide offer valuable services to all our customers. Your local BERNINA Store is there to proudly help you, with advice on machines and accessories that best suit your needs, selection of BERNINA Embroidery Software and also in servicing your BERNINA.

Features & Functions

  • Overview
  • Sewing & Quilting
  • Embroidery
  • General Features
  • Stitches
BERNINA 540

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Not all models and accessories are available in all countries. We reserve the right to make changes in both features and design.

Hook system BERNINA Hook
Maximum sewing speed (stitches per minute) 1000
Sewing space to the right of the needle 8.5”
Color touch screen 4.3” / 10 cm
Adjustable presser foot pressure
Start/stop button (stitching without foot control)
Maximum stitch width 9
Embroidery Module opt.
Maximum embroidery area 15.7" x 5.9"
Onscreen editing of designs: positioning, mirroring, rotating, scaling, combining
Freearm embroidery

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Not all models and accessories are available in all countries. We reserve the right to make changes in both features and design.

Pattern start/end function
Stitch length maximum in mm 6
Maximum stitch width 9
Programmable Securing Function
Pattern mirroring
Free Hand System (FHS)
Number of stitch patterns (incl. alphabet) total 1048
Utility stitches total 30
Buttonholes (incl. eyelet) total 14
Automatic buttonhole length measuring system

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Automatic buttonhole
Manual multi-step buttonhole
Button sew-on program
Darning programs
Decorative stitches total 300
Quilting stitches total 44
Cross-stitch programs 31
Sewing alphabets 5
Reverse sewing
Embroidery functionality
Embroidery Module opt.
Maximum embroidery area 15.7" x 5.9"
Maximum embroidery speed (stitches per minute) 1000
Onscreen editing of designs: positioning, mirroring, rotating, scaling, combining
Import/Export of patterns via USB
Invisible Secure
Smart Secure
Thread-up Command
Programmable jump stitch cutting
Midi hoop functionality (embroidery field: 265×165 mm, 10.5"×6.5")

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Mega hoop functionality (embroidery field: 400×150 mm, 15.7"×5.9")
Freearm embroidery
Personal memory for embroidery designs
WordArt
Color resequence
Sequence control
Basting
Position recall
BERNINA ArtLink embroidery software (downloadable from bernina.com)
Embroidery tutorial
Hook system BERNINA Hook

Hook system

The Hook systems of BERNINA sewing machines are constantly evolving over the years. The CB Hook is the traditional BERNINA mechanism that produces the legendary BERNINA stitch quality at 5.5 mm wide.

The BERNINA Rotary Hook offers the same stitch quality at 9 mm stitch width and bobbin thread monitoring.

The innovative BERNINA Hook maintains legendary BERNINA stitch quality at 5.5 mm and 9 mm stitch widths. An easy bobbin case insertion and large capacity bobbin make this ideal.
Maximum sewing speed (stitches per minute) 1000
Sewing space to the right of the needle 8.5”

Sewing space to the right of the needle

More sewing and embroidery space to the right of the needle offers comfort and more maneuverability when stitching large and small projects.
Color touch screen 4.3” / 10 cm

Color touch screen

Everything at eye level; it is clear and easy to use. Can be used with fingertip or stylus and offers touch-scroll selection.
Drag & Drop

Drag & Drop

Simple drag and drop allows for easy positioning of sewing combinations and/ or embroidery motifs. Swipe the layer to eliminate motifs.
LED sewing lights 12 LED

LED sewing lights

Bright illumination in the needle area and over the free arm. The brightness is adjustable.
Multi-function knobs

Multi-function knobs

Easily accessible knobs for making stitch adjustments before and during sewing in .05 increments for smooth stitch transitions. Used in embroidery for composing and design alterations.
Needle positions 11

Needle positions

Multiple Needle Positions allow for very precise sewing.
Sewing in each needle position

Sewing in each needle position

You can sew most patterns in any needle position.
Number of spool holders 2
Semi-automatic needle threader
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Semi-automatic needle threader

Thread the needle with ease.
Adjustable presser foot pressure

Adjustable presser foot pressure

Adjust the foot pressure to eliminate skipped stitches on thick fabrics and wavy seams on knits.
Manual thread cutter 4

Manual thread cutter

Conveniently placed thread cutters by bobbin insertion and winding areas and by the needle to control thread tails.
Automatic thread cutter

Automatic thread cutter

The upper and lower threads are cut automatically or at the touch of a button. The top thread is carried to the back side of the fabric. Program 2 types of tie-offs.
Adaptive Thread Tension

Adaptive Thread Tension

Once the tension is set according to the fabric and thread used, the thread tension is constantly monitored and adjusted automatically, if needed, resulting in the finest stitching without pressing a button.
Upper thread indicator

Upper thread indicator

When the upper thread breaks or runs out, the Upper Thread Sensor will provide an onscreen visual and acoustic signal, if selected and the machine will stop when the sensor is activated.
BSR functionality, straight stitch and zigzag

BSR functionality, straight stitch and zigzag

The patented BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) provides consistent free-motion stitching even at high speeds. Select straight stitch and zigzag free-motion stitching with the BSR.

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BERNINA foot control with back-kick function

BERNINA foot control with back-kick function

Enjoy consistent control plus a back-kick function to raise and lower the needle. Take 1 full stitch using the front and a half stitch with the heel.
Create and save stitch combinations
Memory (short-term/altered stitches)
Memory (long-term/altered stitches)
Start/stop button (stitching without foot control)

Start/stop button (stitching without foot control)

As an alternative to the traditional foot control, start sewing, quilting or embroidering using the Start/Stop button.
Slide speed control

Slide speed control

Regulate the speed with the Slide Speed Control.
Bobbin winding while sewing/embroidering

Bobbin winding while sewing/embroidering

Wind a bobbin quickly and even wind a bobbin while sewing!
USB interface for PC connection
USB interface for USB data stick

USB interface for USB data stick

Enjoy rapid and direct connectivity for information transfer including software updates.
Changing stitch settings while sewing
Needle stop up/down

Needle stop up/down

Basic setting is needle stop up. Some models allow for selection of needle to stop in the raised (up) or lowered (down) position.
On-screen help

On-screen help

Use the ‘?’ to identify functions and stitches. Built-in animations lead you through processes and provide reminders.
Creative consultant

Creative consultant

Access Tutorials for sewing techniques and use Creative Consultant for sewing different fabrics successfully.
Sewing tutorial
Setup program
Machine weight 24.2 lb
Machine size 18.1″ / 7.9″ / 12.9″
  • Practical Stitches

  • Buttonholes

  • Decorative Stitches

  • Quilt Stitches

Accessories

Unleash your creativity with the included accessories and be prepared for any creative challenge with a huge variety of optional accessories

  • Included
  • Compatible
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Note:
Not all models and accessories are available in all countries. We reserve the right to make changes in both features and design.

Tutorials

  • Sewing tutorial: First steps with the B 540

    This video shows you first steps with your BERNINA sewing machine – learn how to attach the sewing foot, wind the thread and use the bobbin, to thread your machine correctly.

  • Sewing tutorial: Screen functions of the B 540

    In this tutorial we take a look at all the areas and functions of your sewing machine’s screen. Learn more about thread tension, change stitches and about the "Help" function.

  • Sewing tutorial: changing and saving stitches with the B 540

    The video tutorial shows how to select a decorative stitch and to mirror a stitch pattern. All changes are stored in the sewing machine for a short time, but can also be stored permanently.

  • Sewing tutorial: Buttonholes with the B 540

    This video shows you how to choose from a selection of buttonholes and how to set the buttonhole width and length. You can also save the same buttonhole settings for future use.

  • Sewing tutorial: quilting with the B 540

    Presser foot # 97 is perfectly suited to patchworking. In these video instructions you will see how to attach the presser foot and align the fabric edges correctly.

  • Embroidery tutorial: first steps with the B 540

    Learn how to attach the embroidery module, to remove the stitch plate and to insert a straight stitch plate in its place. The video also shows how to use embroidery files from a USB stick.

  • Embroidery tutorial: editing designs with the B 540

    For particularly creative embroidery, this video shows you how to add letters and other patterns to an existing embroidery pattern.

  • Cleaning and Oiling the B 540

    This video shows you how to clean and oil the B 540 using the example of the BERNINA 4 Series machines.

  • Sewing tutorial: First steps with the B 540

    Sewing tutorial: First steps with the B 540

  • Sewing tutorial: Screen functions of the B 540

    Sewing tutorial: Screen functions of the B 540

  • Sewing tutorial: changing and saving stitches with the B 540

    Sewing tutorial: changing and saving stitches with the B 540

  • Sewing tutorial: Buttonholes with the B 540

    Sewing tutorial: Buttonholes with the B 540

  • Sewing tutorial: quilting with the B 540

    Sewing tutorial: quilting with the B 540

  • Embroidery tutorial: first steps with the B 540

    Embroidery tutorial: first steps with the B 540

  • Embroidery tutorial: editing designs with the B 540

    Embroidery tutorial: editing designs with the B 540

  • Cleaning and Oiling the B 540

    Cleaning and Oiling the B 540

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use off-brand bobbins?

We recommend to use only BERNINA quality bobbins because using off-brand bobbins can cause unsatisfying thread tension and other problems.

How often should the machine be oiled?

The frequency of oiling depends on the number of the sewn stitches. We recommend to place a drop of oil onto the hook race before sewing for a longer period, but at least when the machine prompts you. When sewing bigger projects, you can oil the machine once a day.

The machine is running very slow.

Check the slide speed control on the front of the machine and move to the right. Here you can set the  maximum speed setting when sewing with the foot control or use it to adjust the speed when working with the start/stop button.
 

What should I do if the message with gears appears?

Cut off the upper thread, raise the presser foot, carefully lift the fabric to cut off the lower thread and any twisted threads. Do not pull! Remove the fabric. Remove the bobbin case, open the hook to check whether any thread is tangled in the hook area and remove it. Also check whether there is any thread under the needle plate. Replace the hook, bobbin case, bobbin and needle plate. Check whether the upper thread is threaded correctly and rethread if necessary.

Whats the use of the vertical spool pin?

Necessary when using a second thread for example sewing with the twin needle.
For stacked (parallel wound) threads, use the vertical spool pin to allow the thread to evenly feed off the spool.
Important: use the foam pad as base.

What is the thread cutter to the right of the machine head for?

It makes threading using the semi-automatic threader easier, since the end of the thread no longer needs to be held manually. Instead, the thread is pulled over the thread cutter  after it has been laid into  the hook of the threader. The threader is then released and the thread is pulled through the eye of the needle. The cutter is available as an optional accessory for models where it is not included as standard.

Support for your BERNINA 540

To ensure that you enjoy your BERNINA for as long as possible, we recommend that you read the detailed operating instructions. Further support information and firmware updates can be found on the support page.

Download manual Support page BERNINA 540

Personal advice at your Local BERNINA Store

Over 2,000 BERNINA Stores worldwide offer valuable services to all our customers. Your local BERNINA Store is there to proudly help you, with advice on machines and accessories that best suit your needs, selection of BERNINA Embroidery Software and also in servicing your BERNINA.