Q Series on frame

Q Series on frame

Longarm Quilting on Frame

  • 20" or 24" throat space to suit your needs
  • Stitch Regulation for perfect stitches
  • Unique digital thread tension adjustment
  • Easy threading, independent bobbin winder
  • Ergonomic operation, fully from the front

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SAVE UP TO $6,500 on Q 24 on Frame with Q-matic1 

Q 24 with Q-matic bundle includes:

• Frame Casters
• Batting Bar
• Zippered Leaders 
Q Series Gift Box $999 value  

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$30,998 or $485/Month†† Total payments including interest of $34,908 3.99% APR for 72 months on qualifying purchases of $5,000 or more made with your BERNINA Credit Card. 72 Fixed Monthly Payments Required. Financing not available online, available at participating store locations only.​

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BERNINA Longarm Quilting Machines on Frame

From the Very First Stitch, You Will Appreciate the Thought Behind Every Detail.

From the Very First Stitch, You Will Appreciate the Thought Behind Every Detail.

The BERNINA Q 20 and Q 24 are longarm quilting machines and only differ in the length of the throat space.

  • Q 24 has a throat space of 24 inches.
  • Q 20 has a throat space of 20 inches.
BERNINA offers the quilting frame in three sizes: "Small", "Classic" and "Large", allowing you to choose the frame that best fits your quilting space while maximizing your project size.
Hand-guided quilting made easy

Hand-guided quilting made easy

  • Precise regulated stitches (in BSR mode)
  • Four different modes for full flexibility
  • Simple customization via touch screen
Thanks to the integrated BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulator you achieve perfect stitches at equal-length no matter which speed you move the fabric. A manual mode with no stitch regulation is also available.
Fast threading and winding

Fast threading and winding

  • Threading becomes a child's play
  • Enjoy comfort all the way
  • Wind your own bobbin in no time
The well-positioned spool holders and forward threading path are easy to reach and simple to follow. The on-board bobbin winder makes it convenient to wind your own bobbins.
Quilt Artist Lisa Hagstoz Calle talks about her BERNINA Q 24
Having the Q 24 in my studio is a little slice of heaven. Lisa Hagstoz Calle, Longarm Quilt Artist

About Lisa: With a degree in Textile Management and Marketing, Lisa Hagstoz Calle soon began to explore the “other” side of textiles, the artistic side. She fell in love with quilting in 1997 and discovered longarm quilting in 2004. Her award-winning original designs have opened the door to teaching opportunities so that others can learn from her art and skills.

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Unique user interface

Unique user interface

  • Simple-to-navigate touch screen
  • Individual settings for full comfort
  • Built-in tutorials offer full assistance
Totally customizable, the user interface includes useful functions, such as five user profiles, a stitch counter, and built-in tutorials regarding maintenance.
Comfortable quilting has priority

Comfortable quilting has priority

  • 8-way, fully-adjustable handles
  • Quilt in your preferred position
  • Adapt position to any quilting method
The most frequently used functions are right at your fingertips. Fully-adjustable 8-way handles offer comfort, whether stitching edge-to-edge or custom motifs, reducing any potential fatigue. Simply quilt in your preferred position.
Beautiful stitches every time

Beautiful stitches every time

  • Achieve precise stitching results
  • Stitches are always consistent
  • Perfection is the new standard
With high-speed precision stitching up to 2.200 stitches per minute, you will complete more quilts quicker than ever.

Ergonomics matter

  • Full operation from the front
  • Adjustable frame height
  • Easy manual needle positioning
The machine can be fully operated from the front. Adjust the frame height to your personal preference. Dual handwheels (front and back) allow for easy manual needle positioning.
Working with bright lights

Working with bright lights

  • Naturally illuminated working area
  • Sufficient lighting even in darker rooms
  • Perfect illumination of the quilting area
50 bright LED lights along the throat space of the machine and above the needle illuminate the quilt for enhanced visibility.
Unique thread tension control

Unique thread tension control

  • Adjust thread tension digitally
  • Tension release for threading ease
  • No external tension assembly required
The exclusive tension system features numeric tension settings making it very easy to use a wide range of thread types with success, no external tension assembly required.
It's your choice

It's your choice

  • How much space you need
  • Which accessory you want to add
  • Build your individual long arm machine

Choose between 20 Inch (Q 20) or 24 Inch (Q 24) throat space. Our quilt frames are available in three different sizes.

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Get your BERNINA Q Series machine

Being a quilter, a maker, a creator is serious business. When it’s time to make, your creativity deserves the support of a great machine.

Features & Functions

  • Overview
  • General Features
  • Sewing & Quilting
Q Series on Frame

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

Hook system M Class Rotary Hook
Color touchscreen 4.3” (109 mm)
Illumination of the full length of the free arm 50 LEDs
Threader
Presser foot lift Electronic
Upper thread break sensor
BERNINA Stitch Regulator functionality Dual Stitch Regulators

Product brochure - All information at a glance

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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.

Hook system M Class Rotary Hook
Color touchscreen 4.3” (109 mm)
Illumination of the full length of the free arm 50 LEDs
Threader
Thread tension Electronically/digitally adjustable
Presser foot lift Electronic

Product brochure - All information at a glance

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Upper thread break sensor
Bobbin low indicator
BERNINA Stitch Regulator functionality Dual Stitch Regulators
Connection (basic) USB host / slave
Connection (additional purpose) HDMI
Update-able
Sewing speed maximum 2,200 spm
Stitch length minimum 1.05 mm (24 Stitches per inch)
Stitch length maximum 25.4 mm (1 Stitch per inch)
User profiles 5

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Bobbin Thread Indicator
On-board bobbin winder
Compatible with domestic machine needles
Compatible with BERNINA free-motion feet

Frame Options

For excellent quilting results, we have developed an ideal, high-quality frame which is available in three different sizes (Large/Classic/Small). All three frames are constructed from anodized aluminum for a light weight yet sturdy frame that can handle the weight, size and speed of the BERNINA longarm machines with ease.

Large Frame
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Classic Frame
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Small Frame
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Size (length & depth)
13' × 3.9'
4.0 × 1.2 m
12' × 3.9'
3.6 × 1.2 m
9' × 3.9'
2.75 × 1.2 m
Maximum quilt size
ca. 120"
ca. 3.05 m
ca. 108"
ca. 2.75 m
ca. 71"
ca. 1.8 m
Leaders
132” / 11’
3.36 m
120” / 10’
3.07 m
83” / 6.9’
2.12 m
Adjustable frame height
35” - 47”
0.9 - 1.2 m
35” - 47”
0.9 - 1.2 m
35” - 47”
0.9 - 1.2 m
Total weight*
352 - 552 lbs
160 - 250 kg
330 - 508 lbs
150 - 230 kg
330 - 508 lbs
115 - 120 kg
Number of legs 6 6 4
Hydraulic lift optional optional not available
Floorplan Floorplan
* (Includes Q 20 & Q 24 and all optional accessories)

BERNINA Q-matic: Longarm Quilting Automation

Teaming up with the innovative BERNINA Q Series machines, Q-matic will fulfill your automated quilting needs in just a few simple steps. Whether stitching out simple edge-to-edge designs or intricate custom patterns, your way to an original masterpiece will be extremely easy

Learn more about Q-matic

Tutorials

  • General
  • Operation
  • Frame and Machine Mounting
  • Accessories
  • Introducing the BERNINA Q Series Longarm Quilting Machines

    Get in touch with the new BERNINA Q Series longarm machine.

  • Manufacturing of the BERNINA Q Series

    See how the new BERNINA Longarm Quilting Machine is manufactured in Steckborn, Switzerland.

  • Introducing the BERNINA Q Series Longarm Quilting Machines

    Introducing the BERNINA Q Series Longarm Quilting Machines

  • Manufacturing of the BERNINA Q Series

    Manufacturing of the BERNINA Q Series

  • BERNINA Q 24: User Interface Tour

    Have a look on the user interface.

  • BERNINA Q 24: Stitch with and without the BERNINA Stitch Regulator

    How to quilt with or without the BERNINA Stitch Regulator.

  • BERNINA Q 24: Preparing to Stitch

    How to prepare a stitch.

  • BERNINA Q 24: Customizing Machine Settings

    How to customize the machine settings.

  • BERNINA Q 24: Raising the Quilt Top Rail

    How to raise the top rail of the BERNINA Q Series quilt frame.

  • BERNINA Q Series: Bobbin Tension Gauge

    How to check the bobbin thread tension by using the BERNINA bobbin tension gauge.

  • BERNINA Q Series: Threading for Twin Needles

    How to thread the Q Series machine for a twin needle and how to install the twin needle stitch plate.

  • BERNINA Q Series: Cleaning, Oiling and Maintenance

    How to clean your Q series longarm machine

  • BERNINA Q 24: User Interface Tour

    BERNINA Q 24: User Interface Tour

  • BERNINA Q 24: Stitch with and without the BERNINA Stitch Regulator

    BERNINA Q 24: Stitch with and without the BERNINA Stitch Regulator

  • BERNINA Q 24: Preparing to Stitch

    BERNINA Q 24: Preparing to Stitch

  • BERNINA Q 24: Customizing Machine Settings

    BERNINA Q 24: Customizing Machine Settings

  • BERNINA Q 24: Raising the Quilt Top Rail

    BERNINA Q 24: Raising the Quilt Top Rail

  • BERNINA Q Series: Bobbin Tension Gauge

    BERNINA Q Series: Bobbin Tension Gauge

  • BERNINA Q Series: Threading for Twin Needles

    BERNINA Q Series: Threading for Twin Needles

  • BERNINA Q Series: Cleaning, Oiling and Maintenance

    BERNINA Q Series: Cleaning, Oiling and Maintenance

  • BERNINA Q 24: Quilt Frame Assembly

    How to assemble the quilt frame.

  • BERNINA Q 24: Loading the Quilt Frame

    How to load the quilt Frame.

  • BERNINA Q 24: Installing the Leaders on the Frame

    How to install the take-up leader, the back leader and the quilt-top leader on the BERNINA Q Series quilt frame.

  • BERNINA Q 24: Quilt Frame Assembly

    BERNINA Q 24: Quilt Frame Assembly

  • BERNINA Q 24: Loading the Quilt Frame

    BERNINA Q 24: Loading the Quilt Frame

  • BERNINA Q 24: Installing the Leaders on the Frame

    BERNINA Q 24: Installing the Leaders on the Frame

  • BERNINA Q 24: Using the BERNINA ruler work kit

    How to use the ruler work kit.

  • BERNINA Q 24: Channel Locks

    How to attach the channel lock on the carriage and on the leg of the frame in a few easy steps.

  • BERNINA Q 24: Using the BERNINA pantograph kit

    How to use the BERNINA pantograph kit.

  • BERNINA Q 24: Using the Needle Point Laser

    How to use the BERNINA needle point laser.

  • BERNINA Q 24: Using the Palm Precision Handles

    How to use BERNINA palm precision handles.

  • BERNINA Q 24: Using the BERNINA ruler work kit

    BERNINA Q 24: Using the BERNINA ruler work kit

  • BERNINA Q 24: Channel Locks

    BERNINA Q 24: Channel Locks

  • BERNINA Q 24: Using the BERNINA pantograph kit

    BERNINA Q 24: Using the BERNINA pantograph kit

  • BERNINA Q 24: Using the Needle Point Laser

    BERNINA Q 24: Using the Needle Point Laser

  • BERNINA Q 24: Using the Palm Precision Handles

    BERNINA Q 24: Using the Palm Precision Handles

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a longarm quilting machine?

Let’s start with another question first: Have you been quilting on a domestic sewing machine until now? So, you might be frustrated with two things: having to move a very big and heavy quilt around with only a few inches of space between your needle and the machine, leading to sore shoulders and a hurting neck, as well as irregular stitches in free-motion quilting in case you did not have the BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) on a BERNINA sewing machine. A BERNINA Q Series longarm will help you to solve both problems.

Let’s begin with the latter: all BERNINA Q Series longarms have the innovative, two sensor BERNINA Stitch Regulator system, whether sit-down Model (Q 20) or Frame Model (Q 24 and Q 20), giving you a perfect regulated stitch, no matter how fast or slow you move the fabric or machine. A Q Series longarm will also give you much more space for your larger quilting projects compared to a domestic sewing machine. In case of the sit-down you will get 20” of throat space and a spacious dedicated longarm sit-down table or in case of the stand-up frame models 20” or 24” of throat space on a sturdy stand-up quilting frame.

Does the BERNINA Q Series longarm have stitch regulation?

Absolutely yes! All BERNINA Q Series longarms have the two sensor BSR (BERNINA Stitch Regulator) integrated – no matter whether the machine, in the case of the Q 20, is used as a sit-down machine or a stand-up frame model.

Stitch regulation is the most requested feature on a longarm quilting machine and especially on a sit-down machine. The patented state-of-the-art two sensor BSR will give always perfect regulated stitches on all Q Series machines at a variety of quilting speeds.

What kind of stitch regulation does a BERNINA longarm have?

All BERNINA Q Series longarms have three different kinds of stitch regulation: BSR 1, BSR 2 and BSR 3.
  • BSR 1
    Combines perfect stitch regulation with an idle speed, being a constant minimum speed with which the needle continuously stitches, should the fabric or sewhead not be moved. We like to call it the “power steering” of a Q machine, as it helps tremendously to move the machine especially with intricate smaller quilting designs like micro work or fillers. The higher the idle speed setting, the faster the needle will move when the fabric or machine is moved slower than the chosen idle speed.
  • BSR 2
    Is full stitch regulation, which means the machine will stop stitching when the fabric or sewhead is not moved. One particularity of the BERNINA stitch regulation: the movement of the fabric is detected by the sensors, and the sensors are very precise. This may mean on a stand-up frame model that leaning against the belly bar already moves the fabric and results in stitches although keeping the sewhead completely still.
  • BSR3
    Is a wonderful basting feature with the possibility of 1, 2 or 4 stitches per inch (SPI).

Why is a separate regulated mode for basting useful?

All Q Series machines offer a BSR3 which is a regulated basting stitch, which can be programmed at 1, 2 or 4 stitches per inch (SPI). Longer stitches do need less top tension, otherwise the fabric will “wrinkle” moving the fabric from one stitch to the next. This could mean up to 75% less of top tension necessary in the case of 1 stitch per inch. The BERNINA Q Series machines take the math away and will automatically correct the top tension for you without you even noticing it. Always perfect tensioned stitches even at 1 SPI!

Table or Frame – which solution suits me?

Again let’s start with a question first: have you been quilting on a domestic sewing machine until now? Then most probably you will feel much more comfortable with a sit-down model, as your brain and muscle memory already know how to move the fabric to perform wonderful quilting designs.

On the other hand, does moving a large and heavy quilt on a table hurt your back, shoulders and neck and is very tiresome? Probably a stand-up frame model will be better for you. The stand-up frame has the advantage to load your quilt project completely and you are moving the sewhead, aided, in the case of a BRERNINA Q Series machine, by a specific V-wheel system for easy, smooth and no-force needed gliding of the BERNINA Q Series machine. Another advantage of the stand-up frame models is the possibility to do pantograph quilting from the rear of the machine or add the BERNINA Q-matic automation system to your machine, which is the first step to be able to offer your quilting services to others and become a professional quilter.

Which accessories should I get?

It will depend on whether you have a BERNINA sit-down or a stand-up frame model.
For both machine types you will love the BERNINA Needle point laser, indicating the exact spot on your quilt, where the needle is going to stitch.

Stand-up frame users should be definitely looking at the BERNINA Ruler work kit, containing the ruler base (mandatory for quilting with rulers on a frame), the Ruler foot #96 and a versatile BERNINA basic ruler. Sit-down users are advantaged in this sense – they already got their base with the table, so they only need to get some rulers and Ruler foot #96!

Both sit-down and stand-up frame machines can use the Adjustable ruler foot #72.

As a stand-up frame user not having decided yet on the BERNINA Q-matic automation system, you should be looking at the BERNINA Pantograph kit with rear handles, rear screen, laser light and combined laser light and stylus holder, a beautiful pantograph from Urban Elementz and a pantograph cover.

Are you loving micro work? Always in the case of the stand-up frame model don’t forget about the BERNINA Palm precision handles, which will give you the possibility to sit down while micro quilting with full control of the machine, creating the smallest micro work ever. Don’t forget your glasses – your designs will be so perfectly tiny, it is going to be hard to see!

BERNINA longarm accessories at a glance:

Is automation available for the BERNINA Q Series longarms?

Yes, indeed! Get a chance to have a look and demonstration of the BERNINA Q-matic longarm quilting automation system at one of our many BERNINA longarm dealers. One of a kind, the BERNINA Q-matic automation uses state-of-the-art technology and is URL certified, the highest standard for safety while running an automated system. Q-matic can be added to your BERNINA stand-up frame at any time as a 100% add-on, not having to exchange or discard of any parts.

The Q-matic system consists of all hardware parts including an industry standard touch PC, the Q-matic software and an additional two licenses of the Art&Stitch software.

Where can I test drive and buy a BERNINA Q Series longarm?

There are hundreds of BERNINA longarm certified dealers worldwide. Please check the BERNINA dealer search to find the closest dealer to you. Would you like to test drive a machine first? Your BERNINA longarm certified dealer will have a floor model ready for you and will be happy to have you have a go on these wonderful machines.

Alternatively find us at one of the many quilt shows and exhibits for hands-on experience and the latest deal on one of the BERNINA Q Series models and/or accessories.

How big of a quilt can I quilt on a BERNINA stand-up frame?

The maximum quilt width you can quilt on a longarm depends on the leader width of the frame. Assuming you use the full leader width to attach your quilt back, subtract about 2 x 6” to get to your maximum quilt top width.

In the case of the BERNINA Q Series frames you will have the following measurements:
 
Frame Large Classic Small
Leader length 132” / 11’
3.36 m
120” / 10’
 3.07 m
83” / 6.9’
2.12 m
Maximum quilt size ca. 120"
ca. 3.05 m
ca. 108"
ca. 2,75 m 
ca. 71"
ca.1,8 m

You will need to have a classic frame for a classic King Size quilt and the large frame in case of a California Supersize quilt.

How much space do I need for a BERNINA stand-up frame?

The following chart gives all details for the three BERNINA quilt frame sizes:
 
Frame Large Classic Small
Size (length & depth) 13' × 3.9'
4.0 × 1.2 m
12' × 3.9'
3.6 × 1.2 m
9' × 3.9'
2.75 × 1.2 m
Variable working height 35” -  47”
0.9 - 1.2 m
35” - 47”
0.9 - 1.2 m
35” - 47”
0.9 - 1.2 m
Total weight* 352 - 552 lbs
160 - 250 kg
330 - 508 lbs
150 - 230 kg
330 - 508 lbs
115 - 120 kg

*) depending on machine and accessories

Two feet of walking space around the frame is recommended, but the frame’s left side (looking from the front) can be pushed against a wall in case of need.

How much maintenance does a BERNINA Q Series longarm need?

The hook area should be always freed of any lint whenever the bobbin needs to be changed. Otherwise the BERNINA Q Series longarm machines are very easy to maintain because they only need a drop of oil on the hook when you start quilting and then after every two or three bobbin changes. The exact oiling spot can be seen in this How To video.

 

Do I have to buy the high-end BERNINA Q Series longarm to get all features and accessories?

Absolutely not! The BERNINA Q Series longarm machines are a modular system – so you decide where you want to start from and where you want to go! The Q 24 and the Q 20 are truly big brother and little sister – the only difference is 4” of throat space!

For example: choose a Q 20 as a sit-down model and upgrade to a frame at any time. Any frame accessory can then be fitted to the machine, giving you the opportunity to add at your own pace without having to change the complete machine.

What kind of bobbin does the BERNINA Q Series longarm use?

All BERNINA Q Series longarms use M class bobbins. “M” stands for MORE, so they really go a long way, especially when you use the red BERNINA bobbins and the on-board bobbin winder. In the BERNINA machine manual you will find a two-page chart for the most commonly used longarm threads with the yardage for a full red BERNINA bobbin.

Tip: this chart is also useful to adjust your bobbin thread indicator!

What makes a BERNINA Q Series longarm different from other longarms?

BERNINA has a long tradition of focusing on quality and innovation and with over 125 years of experience, we build sewing machines with Swiss precision and engineering know-how.
So why not take all this knowledge and make a perfect longarm?

This includes:
  • Unique threading path
    The spool holders are positioned towards the front of the machine and the forward threading path is easy to reach and simple to follow. The short thread path supports perfect thread tension.
  • Unique upper thread tension control
    The thread tension control is a BERNINA exclusive, electronically adjustable and numeric. Easily adjust thread tension digitally with a few clicks and track the settings for your favorite thread types and combinations. There is no external upper thread tension assembly required.
  • On-board bobbin winder
    The integrated bobbin winder (M Class bobbin) makes it convenient to wind coordinating bobbin threads for your projects, independent of machine operation.
  • Ergonomic handles (Q 24 and Q 20 Frame Models only)
    The 8-way, fully-adjustable handles, place the most frequently used functions at your fingertips.
  • KickStart function (BERNINA Q Series Sit Down Models only)
    The KickStart function allows quilting in a continuous sewing mode without having to keep the foot control constantly pressed.
And by the way: style and beautiful design of our machines have always been our mission!  

Support for your BERNINA Q Series on Frame

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 Q Series on Frame

Get your BERNINA Q Series machine

Being a quilter, a maker, a creator is serious business. When it’s time to make, your creativity deserves the support of a great machine.


1Offer valid October 1, 2020 - February 9, 2021 at any participating BERNINA Longarm Stores in the United States of America. Offer applies to the purchase of a new BERNINA Q 24 on frame with Q-matic for a special price of $30,998 ($35,498 MSRP). Offer good for one BERNINA Q Series on Frame Bundle. Bundle is valued at $2,046 and includes the BERNINA Q Series Gift Box ($999 MSRP), BERNINA Q Series Zippered Leaders ($349 MSRP), BERNINA Q Series Batting Bar ($299 MSRP), and BERNINA Q Series Frame Casters ($399 MSRP). Total package savings are $6,546. Savings discount will be applied by the participating US BERNINA Longarm Store at the time of purchase. Not valid on previous purchases or with any other savings offers or coupons. Some exclusions may apply. Subject to availability. Available while supplies last. Taxes are not included in the total purchase calculation. Customer is responsible for all applicable sales tax. If customer returns the product(s) purchase discount will be lost. Cannot be redeemed for cash. Offer void where prohibited by law.  

Offer applies only to single-receipt qualifying purchases. Interest will be charged on the promo purchase from the purchase date at a reduced 3.99% APR, and fixed monthly payments are required until paid in full. These payments are equal to 1.564% of initial promo purchase amount and rounded up to the next whole dollar. These payments may be higher than the payments that would be required if this purchase was a non-promo purchase. Regular account terms apply to non-promo purchases. For new accounts: Purchase APR is 29.99%. Minimum interest charge is $2. Existing cardholders: See your credit card agreement terms. Subject to credit approval. We reserve the right to discontinue or alter the terms of this offer any time. See store for details. Participating Dealers Only. 

††The estimated monthly payment shown is equal to the promo purchase price (excluding [taxes and delivery]) multiplied by 1.564%, rounded to the next highest whole dollar, and only applies to the financing option shown. If you make these payments by the due date each month, the monthly payment shown should allow you to pay off this purchase within the promo period if this balance is the only balance on your account during the promo period. If you have other balances on your account, this monthly payment will be added to the minimum payment applicable to those balances.