BERNINA 540

BERNINA 540

BERNINA makes sewing easy

  • Powerful, fast & precise sewing
  • Handle big projects with ease
  • Perfect for decorative stitches
  • Your threads are cut automatically
  • Embroidery compatible

BERNINA 540 - the perfect machine for passionate sewists

"Sailing or sewing - it's all about speed and precision." Livia Naef & Nelia Puhze, Swiss Sailors and Sewing enthusiasts

When Livia and Nelia are not sailing, they love to tap into their creativity through sewing and embroidering. Because training is hard work, they appreciate the ease-of-use of the B 540 but love the machine’s power and precision to sew on anything from fine fabrics to old sails. Experience the BERNINA 540 difference today!

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Perfect tension for perfect stitches

Perfect tension for perfect stitches

  • Precise & powerful sewing
  • Just sew without any worries
  • Achieve beautiful stitch results

Thanks to the Adaptive Thread Tension you get optimal thread tension for perfect stitch quality on both sides of the fabric.

More space for creative freedom

More space for creative freedom

  • Realize big projects with ease
  • Enough space for your creations
  • Embroidery module optional

The extended freearm offers 8.5" right of the needle. Therefore you will enjoy a grand sewing area for grand ideas.

Get the right pressure everytime

  • Sew any material with ease
  • Increase pressure for thin materials
  • Reduce pressure for thick materials

Ensures that the ideal pressure is always used for the selected stitch. The basic setting can be individually adjusted.

Ask your on-screen support

Ask your on-screen support

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

The Sewing Consultant helps you to find the right settings. Adjust suggested alterations quickly with the multifunction-knobs.

Sew quieter, faster, longer, better

Sew quieter, faster, longer, better

  • Sew perfect stitches with 9 mm stitch width
  • Jumbo bobbin to sew 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.

Automatic features save time

Automatic features save time

  • No manual thread cutting
  • Press a button to cut your thread
  • Save time for your creativity

Thanks to the automatic thread cutter your threads are cut automatically and the needle will be lifted afterwards.

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
  • Embroidery
  • General Features
  • Stitches
  • Embroidery Designs
BERNINA 540

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

Sewing space to the right of the needle 8.5”
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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.
Centrally Located Color Touch Screen 4.3” / 10 cm
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Centrally Located Color Touch Screen

Everything at eye level; it is clear and easy to use. Can be used with fingertip or touchpen and offers touch-scroll selection. Display and backround color can be customized and the screen brightness can be set according to your needs.
Hook system BERNINA Hook
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Hook system

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.

The M Class BERNINA Rotary Hook for Longarm machines ensures the legendary BERNINA stitch quality, even at high speeds.
Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
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Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure

Adjust the presser foot pressure to eliminate skipped stitches and wavy seams on knits.
Maximum Stitch Width 9

Maximum Stitch Width

The variable Stitch Width can be adjusted while sewing. The 9 mm maximum stitch width available on some models expands your design possibilities.
Start/Stop Button (stitching without foot control)

Start/Stop Button (stitching without foot control)

As an alternative to the traditional foot control, power the machine using the Start/Stop button and regulate the speed with the Slide Speed Control.
Embroidery Area 15.7" x 5.9"

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
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On-screen Editing of Designs

Easily and quickly edit embroidery designs directly on the touch screen.
Embroidery Module opt.

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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.

Maximum Sewing Speed (stitches per minute) 1000

Maximum Sewing Speed (stitches per minute)

High speed with high power.
Maximum Stitch Width 9

Maximum Stitch Width

The variable Stitch Width can be adjusted while sewing. The 9 mm maximum stitch width available on some models expands your design possibilities.
Maximum Stitch Length 6

Maximum Stitch Length

The variable Stitch Length provides a smooth transition from length to length and can be adjusted while sewing.
Adjustable Needle Positions 11

Adjustable Needle Positions

Multiple Needle Positions allow for very precise sewing. You can sew most patterns in any needle position.
Presser Foot Recommendation
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Presser Foot Recommendation

Indicator shows recommended presser foot for general use of stitch selected.
Presser Foot Library
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Presser Foot Library

Access a built-in library of current presser feet and accessories.
Security Function for Needle and Stitch Plate
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Security Function for Needle and Stitch Plate

Select respective needle type (single, double, triple, etc.) and stitch plate type. Automatically limits width function respectively. Prevents needle from hitting foot and/or stitch plate, avoiding damage.
Automatic Buttonhole / Length Measuring System
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Automatic Buttonhole / Length Measuring System

Quickly set the length of the One-step Buttonhole. The same buttonhole size can be repeated as often as required. Remains in memory until another stitch is selected.
Manual Multi-step Buttonhole
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Manual Multi-step Buttonhole

The length of the beads is manually determined when sewing. Bartack, eye and securing stitches are preprogrammed. The individual steps can also be selected by scrolling via the arrow icons or by pushing the button «Quick Reverse».
On-Screen Buttonhole Measuring
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On-Screen Buttonhole Measuring

A button can be placed directly in the display. The size of the buttonhole is determined by turning the Mulitfunction knobs.
Adjustable Buttonhole Slit Width
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Adjustable Buttonhole Slit Width

Adjust the spacing of the beads appropriate for thick or heavy fabrics.
Personal Memory

Personal Memory

Record your individually altered stitches for future retrieval. Saved until deleted from the personal program memory.
Import/Export Stitches via USB

Import/Export Stitches via USB

To import and export sewing stitches via a USB stick.
Saving Settings of Stitch Patterns

Saving Settings of Stitch Patterns

Save over the factory default stitch settings to personalize a stitch; remains in effect until you reset to default stitch settings.
Temporary Altered Stitch Memory

Temporary Altered Stitch Memory

Stitch settings are remembered during the sewing session. This saves time when repeating stitches in a project.
Creative Consultant Sewing
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Creative Consultant Sewing

Get reliable support for various applications and fabrics from the integrated Sewing Consultant. Makes suggestions regarding needles, presser foot, stabilizer etc.
Swipe

Swipe

Immediate delete by selecting stitch in combination and sliding to the right or to the left. Great to use when trashcan not visible.
Drag and Drop

Drag and Drop

Stitch patterns of a combination can be positioned in relation to each other as desired using drag and drop or the multifunction knobs.
Pattern Repeat 1-9
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Pattern Repeat

Program the machine to stop at the end of a programmed number of repeats.
Pattern Begin
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Pattern Begin

Start sewing at the beginning of a pattern or sequence wherever you stopped.

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Pattern End

Pattern End

No more half-finished patterns; machine stops after pattern is complete. Programmable models offer tie-off and cut.
Mirror-image function
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Mirror-image function

Horizontal or vertical mirroring of the stitch expands the design possibilities.
Basting Stitch

Basting Stitch

Baste seams, hems and quilts. Maximize the basting stitch length by engaging the Long Stitch Function (on some models).
Continuous Reverse

Continuous Reverse

Sew backwards at a touch of a button.
Backstepping

Backstepping

The stitch pattern is accurately sewn in reverse stitch by stitch.
Securing Stitch

Securing Stitch

Automatically secures at the start and finish of a task with a short reverse sequence straight stitch.
Programmable Securing Function

Programmable Securing Function

Automatically secures a single pattern or combination by adding some on the spot stitches.
BSR Enabled
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BSR Enabled

Usability of the BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) on the machine.
Start/Stop Button (stitching without foot control)

Start/Stop Button (stitching without foot control)

As an alternative to the traditional foot control, power the machine using the Start/Stop button and regulate the speed with the Slide Speed Control.
Hopper Mechanism

Hopper Mechanism

The vertical spring presses the sole to the fabric, preventing the material from pulling up with the needle. The result is a neat consistent stitch pattern.
Freearm Sewing
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Freearm Sewing

The slim freearm is perfect for hemming small tubular pieces, such as baby clothes, pant legs, etc.
Total Number of Sewing Stitch Patterns (incl. alphabets) 1048
Alphabets / Monograms 5
Decorative Stitches 300
Button Sew-On Program
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Button Sew-On Program

Button Sew-On Foot #18 is the perfect tool for easy sewing of buttons, snap fasteners, eyelets and decorations.
Buttonholes / Eyelets 14
Practical Stitches 30
Quilting Stitches 43
Darning Programs
Balance Setting
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Balance Setting

Balance is used to balance forward and reverse stitches so that the stitch formation can be adjusted where necessary to suit the material.
Maximum Embroidery Speed (Stitches per minute) 1000

Maximum Embroidery Speed (Stitches per minute)

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

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.
Embroidery Alphabets 4
On-screen Editing of Designs
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On-screen Editing of Designs

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

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

Change Design Size Proportionally

Enlarge or reduce designs proportionally on-screen. Increasing/decreasing in a range of +/- 20% provides the best results. Other ranges should be tested first.
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
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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.
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.
Check Design Size
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Check Design Size

Tool for placing designs. Check the embroidery design size. The center of the pattern can also be displayed.
Adjust Stitch Density
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Adjust Stitch Density

Change Stitch Density to complement varied fabric.
Change Stitch Type
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Change Stitch Type

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

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Color Resequence
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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
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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.
Switch Unit of Measurement

Switch Unit of Measurement

Choose to view embroidery design dimensions and hoop sizes in inches or millimeters.
Multi-format Reading

Multi-format Reading

No need to convert. Reads EXP, DST, PES, PEC, JEF, PCS, SEW, XXX.
Embroidery design formats EXP, DST, PES, PEC, JEF, SEW, PCS, XXX
Embroidery Design Import/Export via USB Interface
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Embroidery Design Import/Export via USB Interface

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

View design details at a glance.
Embroidery Sequence Control
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Embroidery 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.
Embroidery Module opt.
Embroidery Module M (SDT) opt.
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Embroidery Module M (SDT)

  • Smoother movement and less vibration
  • Quieter embroidery
  • Less loop formation

The Embroidery Module M with BERNINA Smart Drive Technology (SDT) elevates your embroidery experience with enhanced stitch quality, as well as smoother and quieter movement.

Sewing space to the right of the needle 8.5”
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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.
Workspace Height 4,3"
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Workspace Height

The extra height presents more space for quilts and spacious large projects and makes sewing easier in general.
Centrally Located Color Touch Screen 4.3” / 10 cm
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Centrally Located Color Touch Screen

Everything at eye level; it is clear and easy to use. Can be used with fingertip or touchpen and offers touch-scroll selection. Display and backround color can be customized and the screen brightness can be set according to your needs.
Multi-function Knobs
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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.
LED Sewing Light 12
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LED Sewing Light

Bright illumination in the needle area and over the freearm. On some machines the brightness is adjustable.
Semi-automatic Needle Threader
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Semi-automatic Needle Threader

Easy threading of the needle.
Manual Thread Cutters 4
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Manual Thread Cutters

Conveniently positioned thread cutters in the area of the bobbin case, the bobbin winder motor and the needle to cut off thread ends.
Total Stitch Control

Total Stitch Control

Permanent or temporary altering of length, width, needle position and other creative functions of all stitches - even while sewing.
BERNINA Adaptive Thread Tension

BERNINA 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.
Hook system BERNINA Hook
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Hook system

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.

The M Class BERNINA Rotary Hook for Longarm machines ensures the legendary BERNINA stitch quality, even at high speeds.
Jumbo Bobbin with 70 % more Capacity
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Jumbo Bobbin with 70 % more Capacity

More thread on the bobbin ensures significantly fewer interruptions in sewing, which is particularly helpful for large quilts or when embroidering.
Bobbin Winding while Sewing/Embroidering

Bobbin Winding while Sewing/Embroidering

Fast winding of the bobbin, even while sewing.
Powerful DC Motor

Powerful DC Motor

Full power at all speeds provides for consistent stitching on multiple layers and heavy fabrics.
Hammer Mode

Hammer Mode

Built-in mechanism that drives the needle to stitch through more than 30 layers of fabric. The needle pulsates through the fabric to form the stitch.

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BERNINA Free Hand System (FHS)
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BERNINA Free Hand System (FHS)

Knee operated lever raises the presser foot, lowers the feed dog and releases the thread tension keeping your hands free for guiding the fabric and the height for the fabric passage increases so that even thick layers of fabric can be easily pushed under the presser foot.
BERNINA Foot Control
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BERNINA Foot Control

Consistent control and a back-kick function to raise and lower the needle. One single push onto the front sews one stitch, one heel push makes the needle move up or down.
Thread-up Command
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Thread-up Command

Push the needle up/down button to lower and raise the needle to bring the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric so the threads can be secured manually. Perfect for quilting and free-standing lace.
Automatic Thread Cutter
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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.
Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
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Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure

Adjust the presser foot pressure to eliminate skipped stitches and wavy seams on knits.
Needle Reminder

Needle Reminder

To save the settings for the needle type used.
Upper Thread Sensor

Upper Thread Sensor

Indicates when the upper thread breaks or runs out.
Tutorial
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Tutorial

Access Tutorials for sewing, quilting and embroidery techniques. Also provides information about threading, needles and other including animation videos.
On-screen Help
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On-screen Help

Use the ‘?’ to identify functions and stitches. Built-in animations lead you through processes and provide reminders.
Retractable Feed Dog
Slide speed control
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Slide speed control

Regulate the speed with the Slide Speed Control.
Machine weight 24.2 lb
Machine size 18.1″ / 7.9″ / 12.9″
  • Practical Stitches

  • Buttonholes

  • Decorative Stitches

  • Quilt Stitches

  • Quilt Designs

  • Embellishment

  • Flowers

  • Children

  • Seasons

  • Sport and Hobbies

  • Animals

  • Borders and Lace

  • Frames

  • DesignWorks

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.