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10 Years BERNINA Stitch Regulator

Top tips for getting great results

Also ideal for beginners

For the past 10 years, the BERNINA Stitch Regulator has not only made it easier than ever before for the experienced sewer, but also the two BSR modes have ensured success for less experienced sewers. In mode 1, the needle moves up and down constantly, even if the fabric is not moved. Mode 2 is slightly slower. Here, stitches are only sewn when the fabric is moved, letting the user decide for themselves how much time is needed for free-motion sewing.

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Top tips for great results

1. Choose the BSR mode that suits you or your project the best. The BSR mode 1 continues stitching when you stop and BSR 2 stops still when you stop, good for sharp corners.

2. Stitching without the foot control using the start stop button gives your foot a rest.

3. Reduce the presser foot pressure for easier movement of the fabric.

4. Free motion stitching on miniature quilts is very easy with BSR. Simply reduce the stitch length and the machine will automatically make a very nice stitch. No need to concentrate getting a nice stitch length.

5. Thread tension can be different with different threads, fabrics and battings. Be sure to check the thread tension on a test “sandwich” or piece similar to what you are using. The threads should be balanced ensuring a nice stitch quality both top and bottom. With a smaller stitch length the top tension may also need to be loosened.

6. How to find the best tension setting with any thread - simply mark a line and divide it into numbered sections: 1 – 6. Start with the tension at 1 and at each section, increase the tension. When you are finished it is easy to see which gives the best result.

7. Freehand double needle stitching with a double needle is easy with BSR.

  • Select 2 bobbins of embroidery thread (of a different color)
  • Insert a 2.0mm or 3.0mm double needle size 14/90
  • Attach your BSR
  • Freehand your design as desired! You have a very interesting and original result!

8. The BSR only functions when the lens under the foot has contact with the fabric. Always ensure to cut the fabric but larger than is required to ensure good results.

9. Take care not to scratch the lens and clean it on a regular basis to ensure it reads the fabric correctly.

10. It is important to use the correct sole, the large see-through one for textured uneven surfaces, the open toe sole for better visibility, but not long stitch lengths as it can get caught in the threads. The closed sole is good as the needle is in the center of the round sole of the foot making it easy for echo quilting.

11. BSR is excellent for quick appliqué. With most BERNINA machines both straight stitch and zig-zag can be used. If using straight stitch, be sure to stitch twice around each shape to ensure it is fixed.

12. If the beeper sounds, you are moving the fabric too fast for the BSR lens to have time to work correctly and therefore the stitch will not be regulated.

13. When working with monofilament thread check with the manufacturer’s instructions for correct usage, including recommended needle size.  In some cases it is necessary to reduce the upper and lower thread tension so the stitch is more flexible and to reduce the speed.

14. The BSR „eye“ – the sensor – always needs to be in contact with the fabric.  If you want to handle very small pieces or would like to sew an edge you have to make sure that the sensor is in a right position to “see” the fabric.