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

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 5.9" 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

Note:
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” / 10 cm
Upper thread indicator
Built-in embroidery designs 275
Maximum Embroidery Area 15.7" x 5.9"
Freearm Embroidery
Endless Embroidery
Color Wheel
Pinpoint Placement
Group/Ungroup
Undo/Redo
Midi hoop functionality (embroidery field: 265×165 mm, 10.5"×6.5")

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.

Built-in embroidery designs 275
Embroidery alphabets 8
Embroidery Module
Maximum Embroidery Speed (Stitches per minute) 1000

Maximum Embroidery Speed (Stitches per minute)

Enjoy high speed for completing embroidery projects quicker.
Maximum Embroidery Area 15.7" x 5.9"

Maximum Embroidery Area

Large embroidery fields reduce multiple hoopings on a project.
Freearm Embroidery
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Freearm Embroidery

Easy freearm embroidery with all embroidery hoops without additional tools. For embroidering tubular items such as pant legs, t-shirts, onesies, etc.
On-screen Editing of Designs

On-screen Editing of Designs

Easily and quickly edit embroidery designs directly on the touch screen.
Duplicate/Add Designs

Duplicate/Add Designs

Increase the number of designs quickly with duplicate. Use add to combine designs and lettering onscreen.
Change Design Size Non-Proportionally

Change Design Size Non-Proportionally

Change the height and width independently. Increasing/decreasing in a range of +/- 20% provides the best results. Other ranges should be tested first.
Move, Rotate, and Mirror

Move, Rotate, and Mirror

Move designs through drag and drop or the multi-function knobs; Rotate in 1 degree increments and mirror image embroidery designs for optimal placement on projects.
Endless Embroidery
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Endless Embroidery

Perfect for embroidered borders that are longer than the hoop. Stitched reference marks and on-screen animations ensure precise re-alignment during rehooping.
Color Wheel

Color Wheel

Quickly change the colorway of your design on-screen to get an impression with other color design. New colors are assigned to the current thread library.
WordArt
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WordArt

Create vertical, horizontal and curved baselines. Adjust letter spacing to create the best look.
Drag and Drop

Drag and Drop

Simple drag and drop allows for easy positioning of embroidery designs.
Absolute Check Design Positioning

Absolute Check Design Positioning

Design placement tool – stitch by stitch. Check individual stitch locations for precise placement on the project from the Edit screen. the needle moves to that location in the hoop.
Pinpoint Placement

Pinpoint Placement

For easy positioning and alignment to place embroidery designs accurately. Rotate and align designs when the project is crooked.
Check Design Size

Check Design Size

Tool for placing designs. Check the embroidery design size. The center of the pattern can also be displayed.
Group/Ungroup

Group/Ungroup

Objects can be easily grouped and edited at the same time. Depending on the design, it can be split using the ungroup function in order to edit or delete individual parts.
Rearrange designs
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Rearrange designs

Change the stitching order of designs by changing the order of the layers.
Undo/Redo

Undo/Redo

Undo and redo steps when on-screen editing.
Adjust Stitch Density

Adjust Stitch Density

Change Stitch Density to complement varied fabric.
Change Stitch Type

Change Stitch Type

Change a satin stitch to a fill stitch to minimize long satin stitches that may catch.

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Change Thread Brand

Change Thread Brand

Quickly change thread color and/or brand on-screen to suit your project at hand.
Basting
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Basting

Stitch your choice of basting stitches before embroidering. Choose to baste around your design or the inner hoop.
Color Resequence

Color Resequence

Several identical colors of an embroidery design are combined into one color, thus reducing the number of color changes to a minimum. Saves time.
Stitch Design as Single/Multi-Color

Stitch Design as Single/Multi-Color

Stitch an entire design in one color without stopping or as a multi-color design.
Personal Memory for Saving Embroidery Designs

Personal Memory for Saving Embroidery Designs

Own combinations, altered embroidery designs or external designs can be stored.
Programmable Jump Stitch Cutting
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Programmable Jump Stitch Cutting

Set any length of jump stitches to be cut and eliminate manual cutting.
Smart Secure

Smart Secure

Missing tie-on/off stitches are added automatically if none were programmed.
Invisible Secure

Invisible Secure

Enhanced tie-on/off stitch formation is completely invisible under design.
Centering the Embroidery Design

Centering the Embroidery Design

Off-center design positioning can be saved to the machine and design position in hoop is imported as set in the BERNINA Embroidery Software.
Thread Away Mode

Thread Away Mode

An automatic, quick movement of the hoop ensures thread tails are transferred to the wrong side of the project. Set on/ off as desired depending on design.
Switch Unit of Measurement

Switch Unit of Measurement

Choose to view embroidery design dimensions and hoop sizes in inches or millimeters.
Creative Consultant Embroidery

Creative Consultant Embroidery

Get reliable support for various applications and fabrics from the integrated Embroidery Consultant. Makes suggestions regarding needles, presser foot, stabilizer etc.
Embroidery design formats EXP, DST, PES, PEC, JEF, SEW, PCS, XXX
USB Interface

USB Interface

Enjoy rapid and direct connectivity for design transfer and updates.
View Stitch-out Time, Thread Colors, Size, Stitches

View Stitch-out Time, Thread Colors, Size, Stitches

View design details at a glance.
Stitch Sequence Control

Stitch Sequence Control

This function helps to reposition the embroidery position after a thread breakage. You can move forward or backward stitch-by-stitch or in steps of 50.
Position Recall

Position Recall

The last embroidered stitch is always saved so that embroidery can be resumed at exactly the same point in the project in case of a power failure.
Mega hoop functionality (embroidery field: 400×150 mm, 15.7"×5.9")
Midi hoop functionality (embroidery field: 265×165 mm, 10.5"×6.5")
Embroidery tutorial
Thread-up Command
BERNINA ArtLink embroidery software (downloadable from bernina.com)
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 the stitch quality at 5.5 mm and 9 mm stitch widths. An easy bobbin case insertion and large capacity bobbin make this ideal.

The M Class BERNINA Rotary Hook for Longarm machines ensures the legendary BERNINA stitch quality, even at high speeds.
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.
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.
Number of spool holders 2
Semi-automatic needle threader
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Semi-automatic needle threader

Thread the needle with ease.
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.

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Lower thread indicator

Lower thread indicator

Warns when the bobbin thread runs low.
BERNINA foot control with back-kick function Opt.

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.
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.
On-screen help

On-screen help

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

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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.