New Style vs. Old Style A Guide to BERNINA Feet & What Machines They Fit

If I had a nickel for every time I've seen this question posted. "Do the new style feet fit a 1260?"   Trust me, I've asked a few times myself. Today, I'm publishing you a straight forward look at what BERNINA presser feet styles fit which BERNINA sewing machines.

Let's talk a little about the presser feet- if you're not familiar with BERNINA that's okay. The foot design changed with the development of automatic needle threading capabilities on machines. In addition, the stitch width increased from 4.5mm (ie-930s) to 5.5mm (ie-440s), and then from 5.5mm to 9mm (ie- most Artistas) generation of feet. "Old Style" feet have white stickers with black numbers on the shank. "New Style" feet have white stickers with red numbers on the shank. (There's also a generation of really old feet which have the numbers engraved on the shank.)

"New Style" feet fit these machines... 
Activa (Late 90's) 
125
125S
130
135
135S
140
145
145S
210 (Early 2000) 
215
220 
230
230PE
240
Artista
165
170
180
185
200
730
Aurora
430
435
440QE
450
630
640
Virtuosa 
150
153
153QE
155
160
163 
3 Series
330
350PE
350SE (Limited Editions) 

380
5 Series— 
530
550QE
560
560E

570QE 
580 
7 Series—
700
710
720
740

750QE
770QE
720
780
790
8 Series – 
820
830 (debut 2008) 
880 (2014) 

"Old Style" feet fit these machines: 
730
801 (70's-80's 4mm stitch width) 

811  
830
Nova 900 (80's 4mm stitch width) 

910 
930
931
932
933
940
950
1000
1001
1004
1005
1006
1008
1010
1011
1015
1020
1021
1030
1031
1050
1070
1080
1090
1091
1120 (Mid 80's through 90's) 
1130
1230
1240
1241
1260
1530
1630 (Late 1990's, first machine to have 9mm stitch width)

I hope this guide helps you on your journey- whether you are discovering new accessories to use or buying a machine. Understanding what feet fit which machine became more interesting to me in the past few months as I searched for a quality used BERNINA sewing machine to add to my fleet here in the studio. If you don't already know- I love my presser feet and shared the Top 10 Presser Feet You Need last year on We All Sew.  I'll be sharing more about what was important to me and dishing out tips that might be helpful next week, here, on the blog. 

Comments

  1. Great article! Thank you! Neither of my machines were on your list though. Nor are their feet appearance. I have a Bernina 730 Record which came complete with all its original feet which are all steel, rounded shanks with no stickers or engravings or other markings. This machine used the old style feet. The other machine is a 811 Sport which only had one foot when I acquired it. The foot is similar to the ones that came with the 730 Record. This machine also uses the old style feet. Both machines are pre-1998 as are most machines that used the old style feet with the exception of a few post-1996 machines that had a wider zig zag width, which then use the new feet. It seems the stitch width is the primary factor in Bernina changing the foot style, though they have tried to keep them reverse compatible to some extent.

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