BERNINA 530 Review
Ease of use
- 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.
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.
- User friendly
- More than 100 utility and decorative stitch patterns
- Long and short term stitch memory
- Free hand system (FHS)
- Access to BERNINA Creative Consultant
- Stitch regulator available only as an optional accessory
At A Glance
The 580 stands apart from the others with its high resolution LCD touch screen and large embroidery unit.
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 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.