Bernina Q20 Long Arm Flash Event, April 26

BERNINA Q20 Freemotion Sit Down Quilting

by Cathy Ellsaesser, posted on

Thinking about purchasing a long arm quilting machine? Have you taken a look at the Bernina Q series? These long arm machines are simple enough for the beginning quilter, yet robust enough for the professional. On April 26, 2018 at our Aurora store, you can use the BERNINA Q20 sit down machine in a three hour hands-on Creative Quilting course.

BERNINA Academy brings the best of BERNINA education to you!  BERNINA educator, Heather Lofstrom, will teach you the basics of free motion quilting, ruler work, the BERNINA Stitch Regulator and the BERNINA Gripper Rings.

The Bernina Q20 Sit-Down

Love free-motion quilting but don’t have room for a long arm frame?  Then the Q 20 sit-down model is your machine. The BERNINA Q 20 is designed, engineered, and assembled in Switzerland and comes standard as a sit-down model machine. Quilt larger quilts than on a domestic machine as the generous longarm depth and height provide ample space for managing larger quilts.

Complete more quilts more quickly than ever with high speed precision stitching up to 2,200 stitches per minute.

The BERNINA Q 20 comes standard as a sit-down model machine, but if you should make room for a frame, the Q 20 can be upgraded to a frame model machine at any time.


Perfect Free-motion Stitches

Achieve perfect stitches with the integrated BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulation. Easily customize your quilting stitches via the machine’s touch screen. With three regulation modes, you can keep the stitch length constant at any speed. Dual sensors provide precise sensing of machine/fabric movement.

Photo of dual sensors on BERNINA Q20

Unique user interface

Navigate through the various options of the Q20 via a color touch screen. The screen is totally customizable with up to five user profiles. Select and watch various tutorials or view help screens.Want to know how many stitches are in your quilt? Keep track with a reset-able stitch counter.

Home screen on BERNINA q20 Tutorials available on BERNINA Q20

Effortless Quilting Without the Foot Control

Enjoy fatigue-free quilting, even on large projects with the KickStart function. The function of the foot control is replaced by an alternating start and stop (standby) function. This allows you to quilt continuously without having to hold down the foot control.

Photo illustrating no need to put foot on pedal when using KicksStart on Bernina Q20

Easy Threading and Bobbin Winding

Thoughtfully positioned spool holders and forward threading path are easy to reach and simple to follow.  The Q20 even has an automatic needle threader.

Easy thread path on BERNINA Q20 Needle threaded on BERNINA Q20

The on-board bobbin winder (M Class bobbin) makes it convenient to wind coordinating bobbin threads for your projects, independent of machine operation.

Unique Digital Tension Control

The BERNINA Q20 has an exclusive tension system with numeric tension settings making it very easy to use a wide range of thread types with success.  Raising the presser foot  releases the tension for threading ease.

Digital tension screen on BERNINA Q20


Prefer a Robust Quilt Table?

The table is designed to elegantly handle the speed and weight of the Q 20 for optimal performance with style. This table starts out at 36″ x 45″  but can easily be expanded to 36″ x 77″.  Sturdy and steady at 265 lbs, it provides generous storage space as well.

Sturdy table for BERNINA Q20 Sturdy table extended for BERNINA Q20

Have Only Limited Space?

You are looking for a solution for limited space or a table for easily carrying around? Then the optional Foldable Table for the BERNINA Q 20 could become your favorite companion. You can still manage larger quilts with full comfort. This table handles the speed and weight of the Q20 with ease, but is perfect for limited space. It folds for easy storage and opens up to 36″ x 45″.

Photo of folding table for BERNINA Q20

Gripper Rings

Optional gripper rings keep the desired area completely flat while quilting with the Q20. These rings are also useful for stitching in the ditch. The rings help keep the area you are working on flat and taught so you can relax your hands and focus on your quilting rather than how firm you have to hold your fabric.

Photo of BERNINA gripper rings

Learn More in Class

Discover stitch regulation without throat space restrictions with the BERNINA Q20. This three-hour session will give you the confidence you need to quilt your next project! Register for either the morning (10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) or afternoon (2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) class. Sign up soon, space is limited. The cost for either session is $49.00.