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BERNINA Q 16 – Made for quilters who need more quilting space

Make your quilting dreams come true

Missing out on a longarm machine while still struggling to squeeze a large quilt through the small throat of your domestic machine, all because of limited space in your sewing room? Not anymore! We have the perfect solution. Meet the BERNINA Q 16. It’s the longarm machine made for quilters who need more quilting space. It has more throat space than your domestic, a spacious 16 inches. Pair it with a foldable, height-adjustable table and the Q 16 meets and exceeds all your small space, big quilting needs.


BERNINA has developed domestic sewing machines for over 125 years. Our longarm machines, including the Q 16, benefit greatly from our wealth of experience with innovative, proven technologies. We’ve worked hard to make sure the learning curve is a smooth, easy process for our customers with no roadblocks along their BERNINA longarm journey. Leaving you to fully enjoy your creative process. Nothing else matters more!

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 The most important features of the BERNINA Q 16

All you need to know about smart quilting.


BERNINA Stitch Regulator

The Q 16 is equipped with the BERNINA Stitch Regulator which makes freehand quilting easier than ever. It keeps stitches even and consistent, regardless of how slow or fast you quilt and no matter how complex your quilt design may be. The two sensors of the internal, integrated  BERNINA Stitch Regulator – one on each side of the stitch hole in the needle plate – allow for very precise sensing of the fabric movement. This is the first system with no mechanical encoders. The two sensors detect every fabric movement and regulate the stitches from 1 to 24 stitches per inch accordingly.

The Stitch Regulator has three different modes:

  1. In the first mode the needle continues to move even if you stop. This is especially useful when sewing corners.
  2. In the second mode the needle stops when you stop, so no knot is created on the backside, which is especially useful when quilting with rulers.
  3. The third mode is a basting stitch, where you can choose between 1, 2 or 4 stitches per inch. The whole quilt can be basted without safety pins.

The BERNINA Stitch Regulator is simple to activate and customizable using the machine’s touch screen. A manual mode with no stitch regulation is also available.

Digital thread tension adjustment

Easily adjust thread tension and track settings for your favorite thread types and combinations, no external tension assembly required.

No tools required for foot installation/removal

It’s never been easier to be as creative as you want to be with BERNINA feet that utilize tool-less installation and removal. Conveniently swap out feet to match the quilting technique you need to complete your design.

Needle Threader

No more struggles threading the needle. Let your BERNINA Q 16 take care of that for you. Simple, easy, done!

Compatible with domestic and twin needle  

No need for special needles that only work on one machine. Add convenience to the list of benefits as you utilize needles you already use on your domestic sewing machine. Also, you can use a twin needle and the twin needle stitch plate to achieve interesting ribbonlike effects. Or experiment with two colors or shades of thread to produce 3D effects.

Kickstart function for quilting without foot control

The Kickstart function allows quilting in a continuous sewing mode without having to keep the foot control constantly pressed.

User interface

BERNINA brings the best of the domestic machine world to longarm machines with a simple-to-navigate color touch screen. Totally customizable, it includes useful functions, such as five user profiles, a stitch counter and built-in tutorials that assist with threading the machine, oiling, winding the bobbin and other processes.

BERNINA Q 16 - Touchscreen

Integrated bobbin winder

The on-board bobbin winder (M Class bobbin) conveniently winds coordinating bobbin threads for projects. The integrated, separately-running bobbin winder is just one of the many details that make this machine unique.


Threading path

The front-positioned spool holders and forward threading path are easy to reach and simple to follow.

BERNINA Q 16 Foldable Table with Adjustable Height

Sometimes your quilting dreams are bigger than your space. The BERNINA Q 16 Foldable Table with Adjustable Height is the perfect solution. It is spacious enough for your biggest projects, sturdy enough to handle all the performance features of the Q 16 Longarm and discreetly tucks away when not in use. Like we said, perfect.


  • Only 9″ wide tucked away
  • Closed: 35.75″deep x 9″wide (adjustable height)
  • Open: 35.75″deep x 47.25″wide (adjustable height)
  • Adjustable to three heights: 28″, 30″ and 32″
  • Sturdy and easily handles speed, weight
    and performance of the Q 16
  • Fast and easy to set up in minutes–no
    tools required
  • Fabrics glide easily over smooth table surface

BERNINA Q 16 met klaptafel

We know quilters. That’s why we’ve developed all the features you except and many more that exceed your wildest dreams. These BERNINA innovations make your quilting life markedly better. Visit a BERNINA store today and become the longarm quilter you’ve always wanted to be – find your BERNINA store at

Best wishes and stay healthy,


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  • Candy Gutierrez EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    I have an almost new Q16.  In BSR 1 and BSR 2 it works intermittently.  We have made two trips to the retailer.  Software is up to date.  It’s very frustrating when you try and work on a project and the machine does not work.  This last trip to the stor, two hours away, a tech also looks at it and it worked fine.  Brought it home and last night it worked fine today.  It doesn’t work.  I suspect that it’s something with the software  or circuit boards as the machine works in manual.  It’s Saturday and of course no one is available.  Would i recommend this machine to my quilting guild?  NOT. They even suggested that the electricity could be “dirty” and a cause. The next option is to have them run some sort of diagnostics  but at this point I want a new machine.   If they can’t talk me through this, then it’s another four hour trip (round trip).  Not acceptable.

    • ramonawirth EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Dear Genese,
      It is different in every country, so it’s best you contact your BERNINA Dealer about the price.

      Best regards, Ramona

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