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BERNINA770QE: selecting presser feet

Many users of the BERNINA 770QE*, are asking me about how to select presser feet on their machine. They want to select a foot via the Presser Foot Indicator, having it shown on the screen. But it doesn’t always shows the right foot, or the screen just gives information about the foot (and used material) when touchinig the symbol. Allthough the B770QE is a very advanced machine, many users do not always use all possibilities, or search the manual to find something. They just place a presser foot under the machine and that’s that.  

Many presser feet are shown with the Presser Foot Indicator, 2nd icon on the left of the screen. You will have to scroll to find all of them, because of its numbers. Use your fingers or the stylus to do so.  There are a couple of different types of presser feet: A, B and C.

Some basic information about this: All feet have a number. There are regular feet and special feet with a prisma. 

A)If your new style foot has a number without a letter, it will fit your Bernina models that have the patented CB Hook and a maximum stitch width of 5.5mm. These feet can also be used on 9mm stitch width machines when a 9mm width is not needed, such as when making pin tucks with a #31 foot.

B)The presser feet that have a D after the number are designed to work with the 8-Series (models 830 and 820) Dual Feed feature. After attaching the foot, the dual feed mechanism is positioned in the cutout on the back of the foot which engages the Dual Feed system. Bernina advises against using these feet, unless you are using the Dual Feed Feature.

C) This indicates that the foot was made for models that have rotary hook systems and a maximum stitch width of 9mm. The ‘C’ stands for coded and refers to the sensor on the foot that tells the machine to engage the wider stitch width (this is a nice safety feature). The sole of the ‘C’ feet foot is usually wider since the 9mm machine’s feed dogs are wider. There are 2 exceptions: The 2A and 16C do not have a sensor since these feet don’t require the wider stitching.

Keeping the sensor from presser feet with a C or a D  clean is essential: your machine cannot ‘read’ anything if the sensor is full of dust.

With certain settings for sewing or machine embroidery (using the embroidery module) the B770QE indicates the use of feet. Using the Presser Foot Indicator shows you the adviced presser foot. All numbers etc. are shown in white, which means it is a deafult setting/advise. With turning on my machine I can see that presser foot 1C is indicated. 


But that doesn’t mean that this is the only presser foot you can use. Just click on the icon with 1C and a screen full of other presser feet is shown.


Just scroll down to see the full list (with the B770QE you will first see the first presser foot in the rectangular setting with a square/star, indicating that this section is for the selected presser foot. Therafter you can see the other presser feet:  0, 1, 1C, 1D, 2A, 4, 4D, 5, 8, 8D, 9, 10, 10C, 10D, 11, 12, 12C, 14, 14D, 15, 16, 24, 26, 29C, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 34C, 34D, 35, 37, 37D, 38, 39, 39C, 42, 43, 44C, 45, 46C, 50, 51, 52, 52C, 52D, 53, 54, 55, 57, 57D, 61, 62, 63, 64, 66, 70, 71, 72, 90, 95C, 97 en 97D. Other types of machines from the 7-series can have less or more feet showing ).


Clicking on a presser foot doesn’t mean that it is automatically selected. With many feet you will just get a menu with information about the foot, where it is used for (picture above shows my screen, in Dutch). With the B790 you can select the presser foot and it shows on your screen, but that is not the case with the other machines in the 7-series. When clicking on preser foot 2A, I can see where to use it for, which means I have to go to the Creative Consultant (symbol with mannequin) to actually select the foot. 

How to open the Creative Consultant? Check your manual, find the right page with directions.  
1) Press the symbol ‘Creative Consultant’
2) Choose the fabric 
3) Choose the application


The screen shows you 12 different materials/fabrics. Starting on the icon upper left: Light woven, Medium woven, Dense woven, Denim, Licht stretch, Medium stretch, Heavy stretch, Fur, Towel cloth, Fabrics with nap, Leather and Vinyl, Net and Lace. To find out more per material, click on the question mark first (below your screen) and on the material of your choice second. I have clicked on the first icon from the second row, 


after which a second menu lets me choose the application/practical stitches to use. In my case locking the seam allowances, which is the second icon. After clicking on that icon, it is selected and a small green V is added. On the right information about needle, thread, type of stitch and presser foot can be read, and I can see the pressr foot #2A is indeed advised. Clicking on the large green rectangle with V makes the selection compleet.


Click on the Presser Foot Indiator and the recently selected presser foot shows up in the rectangle on the left. 


The machine is now ready to use this presser foot, allthough the B770QE doesn’t show this above the stitch which is – by the way – automatically selected by your settings. It shows a piece of a general foot. (With the B790 the actual foot is shown above the stitches.) 


When attatching the embroidery module, lowering the feed dogs and inserting the USBstick with embroidery motifs, it shows presser feet which can be used at that time. With the Presser Foot Indicator it tells me to use #26 (regular embroidery foot) by default , but a red square with an exclamation mark tells me I still have to select this foot, because there are more possibilities. 


All free motion feet can be found on your screen: after all, sometimes you can also embroidery quiltmotifs or decorative stitches, if you have designed them via te BERNINA Embroidery Software V8 and placed them on your machine via the USBstick. Presser foot #26 is indicated, but it still gives a warning to select the right foot, even if it it presser foot #26. Just click on the icon and the exclamation mark dissapears.  


After selecting the presser foot of your choice, it shows up in the rectangle/first icon on your screen. You can see that a white border is placed around the square with the star,


and also the number on the Presser Foot Indicator is yellow, which means that this foot is .selected. My B770QE shows the following preseer feet after for embroidery: #15, #26, #43, #45, #48, #44C en #93.

When so much is possible with your machine, it is understandable that you don’t always know everything. But knowing that much information is available right on your machine, you just have to find it and select the neccesary feet. Sometimes users ask me if they really have to select presser feet, or if it is possible to work without selection. Your machine will let you know. If you are using a presser foot with a D for instance, always use the Dual Feed from behind/under the foot, otherwise it won’t work. Some machines will let you know by blocking, others don’t. But the end result of your work will improve if everything is done to choose the right tools and material. 

 

Happy stitching
Sylvia Kaptein
Sylvia’s Art Quilts Studio

 

 

*Machines B790 en B790+ do show the actual presser foot at the screen. 
** The embroidery motifs shown are © made for Muisje Sensitief:

 

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: Manual
Used Products:
BERNINA 770 QE
BERNINA 770 QE

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