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Bernina BSR foot — feedback?

sophietoast | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

My first time here. Great website (I had no idea, although I’ve been a Threads-a-holic for years).
Have any of you quilters used the BSR foot on the Berninas? I’ve been “test driving” it at the dealership and am amazed by it. I do a great deal of free-motion quilting on my older Bernina and think I might put the feature to frequent use. I’m considering the Aurora because I’m not in need of the embroidery functions but would enjoy opinions about the other machines, too.
Is the BSR as good as it seems? Do you usually use the #1 or #2 function on the BSR? Any complaints? I’m grateful for any information. Thanks!


  1. EiQuilt | | #1

    I just purchased a Bernina Auora 440 with BSR a couple of months ago.  I am in love with it!!  Of course, it's my third Bernina.  My first was an 830 in 1977 which I still have and love.  The BSR is incredible.  What a difference in my free-motion quilting.  I can't say enough.  I usually use the #2 function, but am still not sure as to the difference.  I will be attending a class this Saturday to learn all about my machine.  Of course, I've produced two quilts, and quilted a third, since buying it.  I also still us it in conjunction with the foot peddle, as I don't feel quite in control otherwise.  That is another thing I may learn about on Saturday.

    1. sophietoast | | #2

      Wow-- I followed your link--beautiful quilts! And guess what? I bought the Aurora this afternoon! I'll pick it up tomorrow and can't wait to play... I got the felting needle attachment, too, so that'll be a new experience. Thanks for your reply. I love my 1260--wouldn't let go of my old Bernina just to justify the new one. That would feel like giving away a child! Happy quilting...

    2. user-154559 | | #3

      I have a Bernina 1005 that I bought from an Amish man in Lancaster, PA for $450. (very cheap price in 1992). I have 2 other sewing machines, but still love my Bernina best. What does this BSR foot do, and will it go on other machines, or only on the Aurora?

      1. EiQuilt | | #4

        Wow!  What a bargain you got!  Unfortunately the BSR foot only works on the Aurora, but I've heard that they may start making them to fit other Berninas.  What it does is make my free-motion quilting look like I know what I'm doing.  It regulates my free-motion stitches, keeping them consistant, no matter how fast or I you move the fabric under it.  I really love it, and recommend the Aurora 440 with BSR highly.

        1. Alexandra | | #5

          Thinking of getting new machines, sewing and serging both, I'm reading the equipment section.  Please enlighten what a BSR foot is, and what would be the purpose of a felting needle in a sewing machine.


          1. Kiley | | #6

            Alexandra, I don't have a Bernina but as for the felting needles, I think it works like Babylocks embellisher machine, rather like a needle punch to felt the fabric. I believe that the Babylock embellisher has something like 7 needles and uses no thread and the fabric's appearance is considerably changed after using it.

             As for the BSR as Eileen already posted..the stitch regulator makes her quilting have nice even stitches no matter the speed. I believe as you free motion and change your hand speed from slow to fast etc. the stitches do the same and remain even with no change in size.

      2. mjorymer | | #7

        The BSR foot can also be installed on the Artista machines.  Prices vary but look to spend about $1100 which will upgrade the machine with the BSR feature and USB stick capabilities.


        Marijo Rymer

      3. jchrist877 | | #8

        The BSR on the Aurora QE 440 or 430 is the best! I just had to do the border of a baby quilt I was working on and could not decide what to so with it, that's just when my 430 QE came in. I put animal designs all around the border and with the BSR got the whole border done in one afternoon, and it looked great. All the stitches were the same length, and all the animals ( a turtle, dolphin, eagle (with losts of wing feathers), a bison, etc. all looked wonderful. Can't say much bad about it.

        1. gwenc | | #9

          I tried the Aurora and a BSR on a sewing eweekend away last year and was very impressed.  However my other two machines are Brothers (one an embroidery machine) and I would really like to upgrade the embroidery machine to the Innovis but could not then justify or afford a Bernina as well.

          Am not really into quilting because my free motion skills are pathetic.  If I had the BSR I would no doubt do a lot more.

          Dilemmas, dilemmas .....

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