How to Become a Better Free Motion Quilter

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Ready to master free motion quilting? Buying the right sewing machine can make or break your free motion quilting journey. 

If you are tired of paying other people to quilt your own quilts, it’s time to look at a BERNINA sewing machine with the BERNINA Stitch Regulator.

I personally have become a better free motion quilter using the BERNINA Stitch Regulator. I went from only being able to stipple to now custom quilting my own quilts.

What is a Stitch Regulator?

A stitch regulator is designed to sense how fast the fabric is being moved underneath the foot and then adjust the speed of the needle going up and down to create the perfect stitch length. The stitch length can be set from 1 – 4mm long depending on thread thickness and density of the shapes being quilted. For small intricate quilting designs, use a shorter stitch length and for a broader, more open quilting pattern, select a longer stitch length.

The BERNINA Stitch Regulator can even tell you when you are going too fast for the selected stitch length to help you stay within its stitch speed. Kind of like getting a ticket for speeding, the machine will warn the users with either a red light or a red light and a beep, to help you stay within the speed “limit”.

Did you know a BERNINA Stitch Regulator comes standard with many of the quilting models? The BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) arrived on the quilting scene in 2004. From day one it has turned novice free motion quilters into master machine quilters! Bernina is the only home sewing machine brand with stitch regulated technology built-in.

I used the Bernina Stitch Regulator to quilt all my Stitching Cosmos quilts! These quilts begged for a custom quilting in every block. Sending out all these quilts to be custom quilted would have cost a fortune. Thankfully I had mastered the free motion quilting skills needed to feel comfortable tacking my own show quilts. Click here to learn more about the Stitching Cosmos Online Course.

Many home sewing machine companies have tried to duplicate the technology of the BERNINA Stitch Regulator but all of them have come up short. Only long arm or sit down quilting machines have this similar technology. If you want it built into your regular sewing machine, a BERNINA is in your future. 

Personally I can quilt without the BERNINA Stitch Regulator, but why? My quilting looks so much more professional when I use it. It’s like all the new lane-assist features in cars. It’s not that you don’t know how to drive, but why skip on all the amazing safety features that the new technology brings.

Most people can not comprehend what a stitch regulator really is capable of helping with until they sit down and try it out for yourself. Plan a visit to your local BERNINA retailer today and try out the amazing BERNINA Stitch Regulator.

It will open up a whole new world for you.

Click here to learn more about the BERNINA Stitch Regulator.

  1. cindy heckenlaible says:

    Does the stitch regulator fit all Bernina sewing machines? If not, what is the lowest model in their line of machines that it will fit?

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Cindy,

      Of the current Bernina line up, the Bernina Stitch Regulator is available for the Bernina 475 and higher models.

  2. Doris Kenny says:

    Will the stitch regulator fit any other machine besides Bernina, such as Pfaff?

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Doris,

      The Bernina Stitch Regulator is an exclusive foot/technology that Bernina has built into their sewing machines. It is amazing and works very well. You should try it out next time you are in a Bernina retailer!


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