BERNINA 500 E

BERNINA 500 E

For a perfect start to embroidery

  • More space for bigger embroidery projects
  • Jumbo bobbin to embroider longer
  • Edit embroidery designs via touch screen
  • Position your design exactly where you want
  • Achieve finest embroidery results
Discover the BERNINA 500

Embroiderers, the BERNINA 500 speaks your language

The freedom to create endless design combinations.

What do wildly-talented cosplayers love about the B 500? Everything. It’s faster than their looming deadlines. It’s powerful enough for crazy materials. And its embroidery capabilities are absolutely amazing. Cosplayers loves this machine and so will you!

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Embroidery features of the B 500 which you will love:

More space for creative freedom

More space for creative freedom

  • Handle big projects with ease
  • Comfortably create endless designs
  • Re-designed embroidery module

The extended freearm offers 8.5" right of the needle. Enjoy a large embroidery area of 15.75" x 6.5" to bring your embroidery ideas to life.

Edit your designs with ease

Edit your designs with ease

  • Simply undo & redo steps
  • Edit designs as a group or break apart
  • Customize the stitch-out sequence

With the Enhanced Editing Functions you can realize your ideas directly on screen and use your creativity to create new designs.

Easy design positioning

  • Position designs easily and precisely
  • No need to use the template anymore
  • Perfect results in short times

Use Pinpoint Placement to position your design precisely: select two points and match them with the markings on the hooped fabric.

Automatic features save time

Automatic features save time

  • Automatic thread cutting
  • Needle lifts automatically
  • Easy one-button operation

The automatic thread cutter operates with two steps in one: cuts the thread and lifts the needle.

Perfection is the new standard

Perfection is the new standard

  • Manage thread cuts with ease
  • No manual trimming on top side
  • Achieve perfect embroidery results

The Thread Away Mode pulls the threads down to the underside for clean embroidery results on the top.

Finest embroidery results for you

Finest embroidery results for you

  • Perfect stitches, fast & quiet
  • Jumbo bobbin to embroider 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.

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
  • Embroidery
  • General Features
BERNINA 500

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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.

Color touch screen 4.3”
Upper thread indicator
Maximum embroidery area 15.7" x 5.9"
Built-in embroidery designs 275
Pinpoint Placement
Undo/Redo
Group/Ungroup
Color Wheel
Midi hoop functionality (embroidery field: 265×165 mm, 10.5"×6.5")
Freearm embroidery
Endless embroidery

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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.

Embroidery functionality
Embroidery Module
Maximum embroidery area 15.7" x 5.9"
Maximum embroidery speed (stitches per minute) 1000
Built-in embroidery designs 275
Embroidery alphabets 8
Onscreen editing of designs: positioning, mirroring, rotating, scaling, combining
Import/Export of patterns via USB
Pinpoint Placement
Undo/Redo
Group/Ungroup
Color Wheel
Invisible Secure
Smart Secure
Thread-up Command

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Programmable jump stitch cutting
Thread Away Mode
Embroidery Consultant
Midi hoop functionality (embroidery field: 265×165 mm, 10.5"×6.5")
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
Endless embroidery
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.
Sewing space to the right of the needle 8.5”
Color touch screen 4.3”
LED sewing lights 12 LED
Multi-function knobs
Number of spool holders 2
Semi-automatic needle threader
Manual thread cutter 4
Automatic thread cutter
Adaptive Thread Tension
Upper thread indicator

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Lower thread indicator
BERNINA foot control with back-kick function Opt.
Start/stop button (stitching without foot control)
Slide speed control
Bobbin winding while sewing/embroidering
USB interface for PC connection
USB interface for USB data stick
On-screen help
Setup program
Machine weight 24.2 lb
Machine size 18.1″ / 7.9″ / 12.9″

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

  • First steps with the B 500 E

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

  • Embroidery tutorial: Screen functions of the B 500 E

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

  • Embroidery tutorial: first steps with the B 500 E

    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 500 E

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

  • Embroidery tutorial: grouping and ungrouping designs with the B 500 E

    In this tutorial we show you how to group and ungroup embroidery patterns in different layers or to change the order of embroidery pattern combinations. Embroider names with ease.

  • Embroidery tutorial: Pinpoint Placement of embroidery designs with the B 500 E

    Pinpoint Placement is so easy: simply select two points with grid placement, which determines the embroidery axes and size. Finally, check the size and position.

  • Embroidery tutorial: endless embroidery with the Mega Hoop and B 500 E

    In this video we show you how to hoop the fabric and adjust your sewing machine correctly. Endless embroidery made easy!

  • Cleaning and Oiling the B 500

    This video shows you how to clean and oil the B 500 using the example of the BERNINA 4 Series machines.

  • First steps with the B 500 E

    First steps with the B 500 E

  • Embroidery tutorial: Screen functions of the B 500 E

    Embroidery tutorial: Screen functions of the B 500 E

  • Embroidery tutorial: first steps with the B 500 E

    Embroidery tutorial: first steps with the B 500 E

  • Embroidery tutorial: editing designs with the B 500 E

    Embroidery tutorial: editing designs with the B 500 E

  • Embroidery tutorial: grouping and ungrouping designs with the B 500 E

    Embroidery tutorial: grouping and ungrouping designs with the B 500 E

  • Embroidery tutorial: Pinpoint Placement of embroidery designs with the B 500 E

    Embroidery tutorial: Pinpoint Placement of embroidery designs with the B 500 E

  • Embroidery tutorial: endless embroidery with the Mega Hoop and B 500 E

    Embroidery tutorial: endless embroidery with the Mega Hoop and B 500 E

  • Cleaning and Oiling the B 500

    Cleaning and Oiling the B 500

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.

The lower thread indicator is not responding

There may be several reasons for this:
The door of the hook cover is open. Close it.
The sensor of the lower thread indicator is dirty and needs cleaning.
The lower thread indicator has been deactivated in "Setup". Select "Setup", "Monitoring functions" and "Activating the lower thread indicator".

Support for your BERNINA 500

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 500

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.