BERNINA 550 QE

sewing and quilting to a professional standard

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BERNINA 550 QE

sewing and quilting to a professional standard

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BERNINA 550 QE – both creative and clever

easy handling, optimum sewing results

Absolute stitch control

Absolute stitch control

Thanks to numerous innovations, the BERNINA 550 QE’s extensive stitch package can be perfectly adapted to your sewing project. Stitch length and width can be altered almost effortlessly via the easy-to-use LCD display of the BERNINA 550 QE, while you have full control over all the stitch properties – including 11 different needle positions. Easy access to all settings makes for quick work and offers maximum convenience and ease when sewing or quilting. The changes can be saved either temporarily or permanently in the BERNINA 550 QE’s memory, for which 100 free storage locations are available. This means you can access your favorite stitches, stitch patterns and combinations whenever you want, without having to reset the stitch parameters – a considerable savings of time allowing you to focus on your creative project.

Built-in BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR)

Built-in BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR)

A special highlight of the BERNINA 550 QE is the BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) <>, which ensures highest precision when free-motion sewing. Even when the feed-dog is lowered and the fabric is being manually guided, the sophisticated BSR technology ensures stitches that are always of the exact same length, by recognizing and compensating for differences in sewing speed. This innovative BERNINA 550 QE function allows even inexperienced free-motion quilters to produce accurate and consistent stitch lengths for a precise stitch pattern – right from the get-go! Thanks to its BSR functionality, precise free-motion sewing with the BERNINA 550 QE is a relaxed affair – ideal for sewing and quilting at the highest level.
Built-in onscreen Creative Consultant

Built-in onscreen Creative Consultant

One of the many intuitive functions and features of the BERNINA 550 QE is the built-in Creative Consultant which can be accessed via the LCD display. This clever tool will help you achieve success when sewing and quilting. Step-by-step, you enter the basic information on your sewing project via descriptive icons, choose the fabric type, and specify the nature of your project – and the Creative Consultant will show you which combination of needle, presser foot and thread is best suited to your project, and which stitch patterns are available for it. The BERNINA 550 QE not only offers an excellent "jump-start“ for novices – it also lends a hand to experienced sewers with troubleshooting when there’s a problem with fabric feed, when the thread forms loops, or when the needle used doesn’t seem to suit the fabric.
Extensive stitch library

Extensive stitch library

With the BERNINA 550 QE, you’ll have access to a generous library of 22 utility and 155 decorative stitches, including 24 different quilting stitches. Ten buttonhole, eyelet, and button-sew-on stitches and four sewing alphabets also form part of the BERNINA 550 QE’s extensive stitch package. With features like these, the 550 QE offers everything you could possibly need to create ambitious sewing and quilting projects of the highest quality. What’s more, the properties of each stitch, such as length, width, and needle position, can be customized and combined with one another, and thanks to the BERNINA 550 QE’s built-in memory function, your changes can be saved permanently or temporarily. Of course, reverse sewing or mirroring of the stitch patterns is also possible.

Features & Functions

  • Overview
  • General Features
  • Sewing & Quilting
  • Embroidery
BERNINA 550 QE

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) 900

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 CB
Maximum sewing speed (stitches per minute) 900
Sewing space to the right of the needle 7.5” / 190 mm
LED sewing lights LED
Multi-function knobs -
Maximum stitch width in mm 5.5
Maximum stitch length 5
Needle positions 11
Sewing in each needle position
Number of spool holders 2
Automatic thread cutter -
Adjustable presser foot pressure
Manual thread cutter 3
BERNINA Dual Feed (BDF) -
Create and save stitch combinations
Fully-automatic needle threader -
Memory (short-term/altered stitches)
Memory (long-term/altered stitches)
BSR enabled, straight stitch and zigzag (separate BSR foot required)
Start/stop button (stitching without foot control)
Slide speed control
Upper thread indicator -
Lower thread indicator -
USB interface for PC connection
USB interface for USB data stick -
Changing stitch settings while sewing
BERNINA foot control with back-kick function
Needle stop up/down
Drag & Drop -
Bobbin winding while sewing/embroidering
On-screen help -
Built-in needle threader
Sewing tutorial -
Embroidery tutorial -
Creative consultant
Personal program -
History function (most-recently-used stitch patterns) -
Setup program
Language selection -
Alarm clock -
Eco mode -
BERNINA freearm slide-on table
Dust cover -
Accessories box / bag
Machine weight 15 kg
Machine size 556 / 382 / 458 mm 21.9″ / 15″ / 18″
Pattern start/end function
Elongation -
Programmable Securing Function -
Pattern mirroring
360° directional sewing -
Free Hand System (FHS)
Sideways motion feed -
Number of stitch patterns (incl. alphabet) total 434
Connecting stitches -
Utility stitches total 22
Buttonholes (incl. eyelet) total 10
Automatic buttonhole length measuring system
Automatic buttonhole
Manual multi-step buttonhole
Button sew-on program
Darning programs 1
Decorative stitches total 155
Decorative sideways motion stitches -
Quilting stitches total 24
Cross-stitch programs 9
Tapering/skyline stitches -
Sewing alphabets 4
Monograms (with sideways motion) -
Reverse sewing
Embroidery Module -
Maximum embroidery speed (stitches per minute) -
Built-in embroidery designs -
Embroidery alphabets -
Embroidery design formats -
Onscreen editing of designs: positioning, mirroring, rotating, scaling, combining -
Mega hoop functionality (embroidery field: 400 x 150 mm) -
Jumbo hoop functionality (limited embroidery field: 400 x 210 mm) -
Freearm embroidery -
Combine patterns -
Personal memory for embroidery designs -
Standard embroidery hoops** -
Lettering manipulation (WordArt) -
Importing stitch patterns -
Color resequence -
Cut jump stitches -
Sequence control -
Basting -
Endless embroidery -
Position recall -
BERNINA ArtLink embroidery software (downloadable from bernina.com) -
Mirroring, rotating, scaling -

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

  • The new BERNINA 550 Quilters Edition (BERNINA 5 Series)

    Step up to expert quilting results. Thanks to the exclusive BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) the BERNINA 550 Quilters Edition provides uniform free-motion stitches at variable speeds. The BSR offers confidence for the beginner and additional insurance for the experienced quilter. Discover the new BERNINA 5 Series and the many ways it will inspire you to write your own story. Get our free quilt and dress patterns with instructions today at bernina.com.

  • 1/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: getting started and prepared for sewing

    In the first part of the new BERNINA 530 and 550 QE tutorial you will get familiar with your new BERNINA sewing machine. We will show you how to prepare and use the basic features and the accessories for sewing and quilting. You will learn how to turn on the machine and plug in the foot control, change a presser foot, prepare the bobbin and thread the machine. Prepare youself for an unforgettable sewing adventure! For further information about the new BERNINA 5 series visit www.bernina.com/5series

  • 2/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: selecting and editing decorative stitches

    Watch the 2nd BERNINA 530 and 550 QE online tutorial about decorative stitches. Choose one of 155 decorative stitches using the menu or the direct selection dials. Step by step you will be guided through the menu and instructed how to alter stitch length and width and how to use the memory function. As you will see, working with decorative stitches is very easy. For further information about the features and accessories of the BERNINA 5 series go to www.bernina.com/5series

  • 3/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: combining lettering and stitches

    In the 3rd part of the new BERNINA 530 and 550 QE video tutorial you will learn that combining lettering and stitches is very easy. See step by step how to combine alphabet stitches with decorative stitches and save the combinations. Following this tutorial you can label bags, clothes and cushions with individual lettering and patterns. Learn more about the new BERNINA 5 series and visit www.bernina.com/5series

  • 4/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: how to sew a buttonhole

    The 4th chapter of the new BERNINA 530 and 550 QE Online Tutorial will show you how to sew a buttonhole. In the video you can see how to change size and length of the buttonhole and to choose the favored style for the buttonhole. With the buttonhole program of the BERNINA 530 or 550 QE you can sew perfectly regular buttonholes very easily and quickly. For further information about the new BERNINA 5 series visit www.bernina.com/5series

  • 5/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: how to sew on a button

    In the 5th part of the BERNINA 530 and 550 QE tutorial we will show you how to sew on a button with your new BERNINA 5 Series machine. The button sew-on program is so easy to handle! Step by step you can see how to sew on buttons by using stitch #60 and the optional button sew-on foot #18. You can also use foot #20. Save time and sew your buttons with your new BERNINA 530 or 550 QE. To get more information about the new BERNINA 5 series visit www.bernina.com/5series

  • 6/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: the setup program

    In this part of the new BERNINA 530 and 550 QE online tutorial you will learn to use the setup-program to adjust the screen settings and to return to factory settings if needed. Get important information about oiling your BERNINA sewing machine by using the practical setup-program. For further information about this feature go to www.bernina.com/5series

  • 7/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: free motion quilting with the BERNINA Stitch Regulator

    Watch this part of the new BERNINA 530 and 550 QE tutorial to encounter a true BERNINA exclusive: The BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) ensures total control in your creative endeavours. The revolutionary BSR System makes free-motion quilting a cinch and a sure-fire success. Your stitches remain consistent, whether you sew fast or slow. The BSR can be used in two modes (zig-zag and straight stitch). Find out more about the BERNINA 5 series and the BERNINA-Stitch Regulator on www.bernina.com/5series

  • 8/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: zipper Sewing with creative consultant

    Dicover the creative consultant in this part of the BERNINA 530 and 550 QE online videocourse. Thank to this feature zipper sewing is very easy. By aid of the presser foot #4 and the seam guide we will show you how to sew a zipper. The small presser foot has notches on each side of the foot to provide excellent fabric control around the needle and to help eliminate skipped stitches when sewing in zippers. At the same time, they allow the needle to stitch "just inside the edge" of the foot, for better precision. You can also use foot #4 for making and attaching pipings, welting and attaching snap tape. Please find further information about the new BERNINA 5series on www.bernina.com/5series

  • 9/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: easy applique with blanket stitch

    In the 9th part of the new BERNINA 530 and 550 QE online tutorial we will show you how to use presser foot #20 and the blanket stitch to perform an effectful and easy applique. You will learn how to adjust stitch length and stitch width and the presser foot pressure. You will find further information about appliques and the new features of the BERNINA 5 series on www.bernina.com/5series

  • 10/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: blind hem binding with walking foot

    The last part of the BERNINA 530 and 550 QE tutorial will teach you how to sew blind hem binding with the walking foot, a monofilament thread, using stitch #1331. Dresses, blankets and bags can easily be hemed. For further information please read the manual or visit www.bernina.com/5series

  • The new BERNINA 550 Quilters Edition (BERNINA 5 Series)

    The new BERNINA 550 Quilters Edition (BERNINA 5 Series)

  • 1/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: getting started and prepared for sewing

    1/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: getting started and prepared for sewing

  • 2/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: selecting and editing decorative stitches

    2/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: selecting and editing decorative stitches

  • 3/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: combining lettering and stitches

    3/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: combining lettering and stitches

  • 4/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: how to sew a buttonhole

    4/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: how to sew a buttonhole

  • 5/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: how to sew on a button

    5/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: how to sew on a button

  • 6/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: the setup program

    6/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: the setup program

  • 7/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: free motion quilting with the BERNINA Stitch Regulator

    7/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: free motion quilting with the BERNINA Stitch Regulator

  • 8/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: zipper Sewing with creative consultant

    8/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: zipper Sewing with creative consultant

  • 9/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: easy applique with blanket stitch

    9/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: easy applique with blanket stitch

  • 10/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: blind hem binding with walking foot

    10/10 BERNINA 530 and 550 QE: blind hem binding with walking foot

Support for your BERNINA 550 QE

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 550 QE

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.