BERNINA 480

BERNINA 480

Power, speed, perfection and ease

  • 9 mm stitch width for decorative stitches
  • Jumbo bobbin for fewer interruptions
  • Convenient Automatic Thread Cutter
  • Adjustable tension for perfect stitches
  • Easy threading saves you time
Discover the BERNINA 480

BERNINA 480: Highly sophisticated & brilliantly simple

Designer Yvonne Reichmuth talks about the BERNINA 480 and 485
"The B 480 is an essential part of my studio." Yvonne Reichmuth - "YVY", Swiss Fashion Designer

Highly sophisticated. Brilliantly simple. Like Yvonne’s beautiful designs, her B 480 expertly combines simple, easy-to-use features with innovative technology, ensuring that her stitches are impeccable on everything from leather to delicate fabrics. Her machine exceeds her expectations. You can expect the same.

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Automatic features save time

Automatic features save time

  • Automatic thread cutting
  • Press a button, thread is cut
  • Save time for the most creativity

Threads are cut automatically and the needle lifts leaving your hands free to keep on creating as easily and quickly as you like.

Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure

Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure

  • Thin fabrics? Increase pressure
  • Thick materials? Reduce pressure
  • Sew a variety of materials with ease

The basic setting can be individually adjusted, ensuring the ideal pressure is always used for whatever fabrics and materials you choose.

Big ideas need more space

  • More room for all kinds of projects
  • Slide-on extension table included
  • Spacious and hassle free

The extended freearm offers 7 inches right of the needle and allows plenty of room for projects, quilts and all kinds of creativity.

Easy to navigate touch screen

Easy to navigate touch screen

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

The on-screen, there-when-you-need-it, Sewing Consultant helps you find the right settings. Make suggested adjustments quickly with the multi-function knobs.

Hands free and in control

Hands free and in control

  • Hands-free sewing with the knee lifter
  • Your hands guide the fabric anytime
  • Simultaneously raises/lowers presser foot and feed dog
The BERNINA Free Hand System lets you lift or lower the presser foot using only the knee lifter, keeping your hands free to guide your projects.

Perfect stitches perfectly easy

Perfect stitches perfectly easy

  • Sew perfect stitches with 9 mm stitch width
  • Jumbo bobbin means fewer stops
  • Convenient, front-load bobbin

The BERNINA Hook keeps the stitches consistent and precise, and fast too, sewing at a maximum speed of 900 stitches per minute.

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
  • General Features
  • Stitches
BERNINA 480

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 BERNINA Hook
Sewing space to the right of the needle 7”
Color touch screen 4.3” / 10 cm
Adjustable presser foot pressure
Automatic thread cutter
BSR functionality, straight stitch and zigzag
Programmable BERNINA foot control
Start/stop button (stitching without foot control)
Sewing tutorial
Maximum stitch width in mm 9
Automatic buttonhole

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Pattern start/end function
Elongation
Automatic securing function
Pattern repeat (up to 9)
Stitch length maximum in mm 6
Maximum stitch width in mm 9
Pattern mirroring
Free Hand System (FHS)
Number of stitch patterns (incl. alphabet) total 994
Utility stitches total 29
Buttonholes (incl. eyelet) total 11

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Automatic buttonhole length measuring system
Automatic buttonhole
Manual multi-step buttonhole
Button sew-on program
Darning programs 2
Decorative stitches total 250
Quilting stitches total 27
Cross-stitch programs 21
Sewing alphabets 5
Reverse sewing
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) 900
Sewing space to the right of the needle 7”

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 8 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.
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.
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.

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Programmable BERNINA foot control

Programmable BERNINA foot control

Replace the back-kick function with securing stitches, cutting both threads and raising the presser foot.
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 20.9 lb
Machine size 16.6" / 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

  • Threading and getting started sewing with the B 480

  • Touch screen and functions of the B 480

  • Patchwork and quilting with the B 480

  • Sewing buttonholes with the B 480

  • Sewing decorative stitches and letters with the B 480

  • Changing and saving stitches with the B 480

  • Cleaning and oiling the B 480

  • Threading and getting started sewing with the B 480

    Threading and getting started sewing with the B 480

  • Touch screen and functions of the B 480

    Touch screen and functions of the B 480

  • Patchwork and quilting with the B 480

    Patchwork and quilting with the B 480

  • Sewing buttonholes with the B 480

    Sewing buttonholes with the B 480

  • Sewing decorative stitches and letters with the B 480

    Sewing decorative stitches and letters with the B 480

  • Changing and saving stitches with the B 480

    Changing and saving stitches with the B 480

  • Cleaning and oiling the B 480

    Cleaning and oiling the B 480

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 480

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 480

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.