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The new BERNINA 4 Series is here !

Do you want to watch a “good-mood” video? Then take a look at what the Canadian designer Tiffany Pratt has to say about the new BERNINA 435 and 475 QE:

Both of these sewing machines are part of our new 4 Series. This series, which includes the models B 435, B 475 QE, B 480, and B 485, is finally available in the stores.

In terms of their performance, the new machines are positioned ideally between the BERNINA 3 and 4 Series. Despite their compact size, they offer a comfortable sewing environment and ample “punching power” with strong penetration. Just like the 5 and 7 Series models, they come equipped with the BERNINA Hook. This is made completely out of metal and ensures a perfect stitch pattern with a sewing speed of up to 900 stitches per minute. Thanks to the jumbo-sized bobbin thread, which has 70% more thread capacity than standard bobbins, you can sew longer without having to stop. 

The new 4 Series is being launched as part of the BERNINA expert campaign. Designer Tiffany Pratt is not just a crafting star, stylist, and author, but also a popular TV host in Canada. She had this to say about the B 435 and B 475 QE: “It’s as if my hands have an extension.”

Tiffany loves the robust construction and the inimitable Swiss quality of BERNINA sewing machines. Knowing that these sewing machines will sew anything that you put under the needle, she can go wild sewing anything she pleases, safe in the knowledge that she can’t mess it up. As a designer, she also enjoys the elegant design of the sewing machines as well as the onscreen help function, which comes in handy for all types of sewing projects.

The award-winning Swiss fashion designer and stylist Yvonne Reichmuth alias “Yvy” grew up with BERNINA brand sewing machines: “The best gift I ever received was a BERNINA.”

The leather accessories and fashion creations under her label “YVY” have already been worn by numerous stars such as Iggy Azalea, Shakira, and Taylor Swift. Yvonne knows that she can always depend on her sewing machine when working with multiple layers of material or leather. She loves working efficiently, so she values the large bobbin and the simple but quick operation of her BERNINA. “I could never imagine my studio without the B 480 in it”, she says.

More information on the 4 Series can be found on our website

In addition, you can find a playlist on YouTube with video tutorials introducing you step-by-step to the machines and their functions: Video Tutorials for the BERNINA 4 Series.

Below I will present the four models with a brief description:


The B 435 is the entry-level model of the BERNINA 4 Series. It is equipped with an easy-to-use touchscreen, offers 150 embroidery stitches, three alphabets, and practical multifunction buttons that allow you to easily adjust the settings on the machine. Several important functions (such as sewing the final stitch at the end of a seam or sewing in a reverse direction) are available directly via separate buttons on the central console. Other setting options include the variable speed regulator or the setting dial for the presser foot pressure.

As with all models of the 4 Series, the B 435 is the perfect size for small sewing rooms and is well-suited for travel. Thanks to an extended free-arm (in comparison to the 3 Series) and a workspace of 18 cm to the right of the needle, there is still sufficient room to maneuver when sewing and quilting.


The addition of QE stands for Quilters Edition, and that says it all: The BERNINA 475 QE is designed for quilters. It offers 200 embroidery stitches, 40 quilting stitches, 29 utility stitches, as well as 4 sewing alphabets and comes with the patchwork foot 37 and the knee lever for the BERNINA Free-Hand System (FHS), allowing your hands to remain free when sewing. It is also equipped with a comfortable automatic thread-cutter and is compatible with the BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR).


The BERNINA 480 and 485 offer even more embroidery stitches than the B 475 QE (250 embroidery stitches, 5 sewing alphabets). An automatic thread-cutter, BSR functions, and a knee lever for the Free-Hand System are also included. These models also allow you to adjust the pattern length of a stitch on the screen. In the case of the B 485, the maximum stitch length is 5.5 mm for particularly precise stitch patterns. The stitch length of the B 480 is 9 mm, which provides more wiggle room when sewing embroidery stitches.

The new machines are available now in the BERNINA stores. Have Tiffany and Yvonne piqued your interest, and would you like to see if the machines actually have everything we promise? Simply make an appointment with a retailer in your area and let inspire you !

Kind regards


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  • Joyce Stafford

    Got my Bernina B435 yesterday.  When i turned it on today it is making a bumming sound, turned it off and back on – still hums loudly.  Can you help, dealer is closed for day.

    • Sarah Caldwell

      Hi Joyce,

      First congratulations on your new purchase , the B435 is a super machine. It could possibly be the bobbin winder.
      Happy sewing!

      regarda Sarah

  • lulu

    I am having trouble with threading the jumbo bobbin on my new Bernina 435.  Is there more detailed information than in the manual, especially with photos?  Specifically, I am having trouble getting the thread to come up.  The manual doesn’t cover this at all nor is it anywhere on the Internet that I can find.  The last thing it says is cut the bobbin thread with the cutter.  Then what?  It was covered in my lesson but it isn’t working at home.  I had a manual machine previously.  If I do it manually it bunches and I feel like there was a trick to it.

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