There are only a few things that we enjoy better than spending a Wednesday morning in a busy sewing shop.

We were honored to be invited to visit Once Upon a Quilt on a day when Lisa and the entire OUAQ staff were busy teaching class, helping clients and showing us the newest machines from BERNINA… the 530, 550 and 580.

At A Glance

The 580 stands apart from the others with its high resolution LCD touch screen and large embroidery unit.

Bernina 530 sewing machine

Bernina 530

The 550 and 530, however, look identical, and indeed, they are very close, but the resemblance almost stops right there. While the 530 and 550 have many similar features, there are distinct differences.

The new BERNINA 530, for example, while an excellent addition to any sewing room, is ideal for someone who is relatively new to the art of sewing.


The standard features available on the BERNINA 530 include:

  • Capability to sew up to 900 stitches per minute
  • 100 create and save stitch combinations
  • Adjustable stitch length and width
  • Semi-automatic needle threader
  • Adjustable pressure foot pressure
  • Adjustable speed control

Working on the Bernina 530

The on board thread guide and top winding bobbin are more than just user friendly.

The on board threading guide, semi automatic needle threader and front loading bobbin make the BERNINA 530 one of the easiest ever sewing machines to set up on the market.

The on board thread guide and top winding bobbin

The on board thread guide and top winding bobbin

The LCD screen, start/stop, needle up and down and reverse stitch function buttons along with the tutorial touch pads are so easy to understand and operate that even someone who never touched as sewing machine before would be at complete ease learning to sew on the BERNINA 530.

Darning and free hand sewing are simplified by the drop feed and finishing off seams is a cinch with the three on board manual thread cutters.

The slide speed control feature not only makes working with intricate projects easier for the advanced sewer, it also comes in handy for the beginning home sewer who might prefer to sew at lower speeds while perfecting the skill of operating a sewing machine.

Having the freedom of adjusting the sewing speed is also a plus when performing freehand quilting and darning tasks.

Selecting the right stitch is easily achieved by simply dialing up the stitch number on the numerical touchpad on front of the machine.

LCD and the numerical touchpad

LCD and the numerical touchpad

Changing the bobbin with the extension table in place is simplified with the new window that allows the user to see what they’re doing without removing the extension table to replace empty bobbins.

Bernina 530 extension table

Bernina 530 extension table

When the extension table is not in use, a functional free arm is exposed, making it possible to sew cuffs, sleeve hems and other small projects with ease on the BERNINA 530.

A functional free arm

A functional free arm


  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede
  • Fur
  • Canvas/Twill
  • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers


The list of standard accessories for the BERNINA 530 includes:

  • 5 snap on presser feet
  • Reverse pattern
  • Overlock
  • Buttonhole
  • Zipper
  • Blindstitch
  • Slide on extension table
  • Seam guide etched onto needle plate
  • On board ruler
  • Hands free presser foot lifter
  • Carrying case


After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
Clean loopers and feed dogs
Wipe head with soft dry cloth
Wipe head with soft damp cloth
Service by sewing machine repair professional

* more often if the machine is used for extended periods of time or if used frequently

**more often if the machine is used heavily or if it is not operating properly


No matter how long you have been sewing, the BERNINA 530 would be a wonderful addition to any sewing room. New home sewers would be thrilled to be able to learn the art of sewing on this state of the art machine.

Intermediate sewers would appreciate the 530’s styling and ease of operation; and the advanced home sewer would welcome the updated features.

The semi-automatic needle threader and the extension table with the window to access the bobbin housing is a definite plus for the long time home sewer.

A semi-automatic needle threader on the Bernina 530

A semi-automatic needle threader

When coupled with other standard features, like the 11 needle positions and free hand system, it is easy to see how the BERNINA model 530 is so desirable.

All of the great standard features and accessories that come with the 530 model, including an overlock foot, reverse pattern foot and blindstitch foot only add more fun and excitement to the overall sewing experience.

With a manufacture’s suggested retail price of $3099, the BERNINA 530 sewing machine is not only one of the most reliable and easy to use sewing machines on the market, it is a perfect fit for many home sewers’ budgets.

We recommend that anyone in the market for a new sewing machine, whether it is to be the main machine or an addition to an already established sewing room, take a look at the user friendly ergonomically sound 530 model from BERNINA.

To get a closer look at the 530’s features, visit the BERNINA website at, to find a certified BERNINA dealer near you.

Not only will your local BERNINA dealer be happy to show you the 530 and the other BERNINA models available for sale, they will support you in every way after you make a purchase.

From the day your new BERNINA sewing machine is delivered, you will have the full support of your BERNINA dealer, starting with taking the time to unpack your sewing machine with you, making sure you have all of your accessories and working with you to make sure you are able to get the most from all of your new sewing machine’s features.

BERNINA 530 Review
Link To Official Website
Skill Level:
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
Stitch quality
Ease of use
  • User friendly
  • More than 100 utility and decorative stitch patterns
  • Long and short term stitch memory
  • Stitch regulator available only as an optional accessory
5.0Overall Score
Reader Rating: (2 Votes)

11 Responses

  1. Marta Duarte

    Thank you so much for this wonderful review!!! It really clarifies many doubts for me 🙂

    But I have one question. On the fabrics topic you signal with a cross (as not beeing suitable)the following:

    Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
    Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
    Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester

    and with a check:

    Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers

    Is it so? Or is it the opposite? I ask because I am looking for a machine that suits the most commonly used fabrics (cotton, knits…). And with that fabric classification, maybe this is not the one for me?
    thank you so much

    • Vernelle

      Marta –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight. I appreciate you bringing this to my attention. You are correct. The fabric recommendations somehow got switched in cyberspace. The Bernina 530 is recommended for use on natural fabrics, synthetics, knits and fine fabrics like silk. I will ask the webmaster to make the change.

      Many thanks for having such a keen eye and bringing your question to me.

      Happy stitching.

  2. Ann

    Hello, regarding the question on fabrics above, would the 530 machine also work with drapery weight fabrics? I am looking for a machine that can sew well on silks and knits, but one that also would be able to handle the types of fabrics that are used for windows (ie. not as heavy as upholstery). Thanks!

    • Vernelle

      Hello, Ann –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      Your 530 should do just fine with light to medium weight drapery fabric.

      Happy stitching.

      • Karin

        I think that it is still hard to read, as both of those symbols means “not good” where I come from. I would be easier if you had a table with “Suitable” and “Not suitable”, like you have in the “Maintenance” table.

  3. Susan

    Will the bernina 530 sew denim? I’m referring to 8 1/2 ounce weight denim, used to make summer weight jeans. Thanks.

    • Carolyn Parker

      I would also like to know if the 530 will sew through heavy denim and leather. I have a old 1120 and it goes through many thicknesses, I have been looking at the 350 and the 530 but want to make sure it will sew through heavy denim,etc. Also do you know the weight of these two machines. Thanks for any help.

  4. jill

    i’d like a machine that sews leather and heavier weight fabrics as well. which bernina is suited for this? i’ve been told the 530 will sew leather with the correct needle…

  5. Cara

    Hello! I’m finally going to be able to upgrade from a cheap, entry-level brother machine to a really nice Bernina machine, and I’m very excited! I’m currently deciding between the Bernina B330 and B530, thanks to an upcoming sale near me. I’ve read both reviews on this site (amongst others), but I don’t have a particularly clear picture of the differences between them. Could someone help me out/point me towards where I could find that information? Thanks so much!

    • Angie

      Hi, I don’t know all the differences, but a big one is that you can use a bsr with the 530, but not with the 330.
      I’ve sewed on both at the store. I can’t tell you why, but I didn’t like how the 330 “felt” when sewing. The 530 was as smooth as butter!


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