Although you can use a regular sewing machine for quilting, the Bernina Q 20 quilting machine has a variety of add-ons and capabilities that really separate the two. Compared with a regular sewing machine, this Bernina Q 20 quilting machine boasts a larger amount of workspace (also referred to as ‘throat’), which is perfect for sewing large and huge projects such as curtains, sheets, and bedspreads.
And of course, Bernina Q 20 can handle multiple layers with ease and is great for quilting projects. You can also easily sew through heavy materials without worrying about the fabric bunching up or getting stuck in the machine.
Moreover, this Bernina Q 20 quilting machine comes with a higher stitching speed, meaning that it not only saves time but can also be used on large numbers of projects at one time. When you have less time to complete a quilting project and more items to work on, the ability to sew faster is sure to come in handy – and that’s where this Bernina Q 20 high-speed quilting machine comes into play. This Bernina Q 20 quilting machine is certainly not for the faint-hearted, as it requires much more from the operator than a standard quilting machine does – and he or she will be rewarded with faster results!
All in all, Bernina Q 20 is a quilting machine for those who want quality results from their quilting efforts, and are prepared to work hard for it!
Frame, Construction, & Sewing Speed
As far as durability is concerned, this Bernina Q 20 has an extremely sturdy metal frame that will increase its durability and add to its performance and quality. This helps your work look professionally sewn at all times regardless if you are a beginner or experienced sewer in any way. The large sewing area of this Bernina Q 20 quilting machine allows you to work on larger pieces of fabric and huge projects.
When it comes to sewing performance, you won’t be disappointed with the Bernina Q 20. It has a high-performance motor that delivers up to 2200 stitches per minute. This allows you to finish your projects faster and better!
The Bernina Q 20 sewing machine also comes with an impressive range of additional features. For example, the adjustable stitch width and length capabilities enable you to easily alter these important factors depending on the type of design you’re creating. The stitch width adjustments are located on the side of the machine and allow you to change them easily without having to remove your hands from the machine. The maximum stitch width of this Bernina Q 20 sewing machine is 1.05 mm, and the maximum stitch length is 25.4 mm.
What We Like About Bernina Q 20
- The Bernina Q 20 uses lesser energy to operate, making it more efficient and durable
- It allows you to sew perfectly flat and even stitches or beautiful ruffles and lettuce edges without any difficulty
- Excellent design with a high-quality build and multiple features
- Sews perfectly flat and even stitches or beautiful ruffles and lettuce edges without any difficulty
- It works at a speed of 2200 SPM and has an LED to guide you through your stitching process
- Produces highly creative output easily on various fabrics
- The color-coded threading guides are clear and helpful for hassle-free threading
- It operates super quietly, giving you the much needed peaceful environment
- The stitch width and stitch length are adjustable
What We Don’t Like
- The instruction manual is not elaborate enough
- The warranty could be better
- The Bernina Q 20 vibrates on higher speed settings
- The customer service leaves a little to be desired
Features of Bernina Q 20 Sewing Machine
BERNINA Long Arm Stitch Regulator
Master hand-guided quilting quickly with the assistance of the integrated BERNINA Stitch Regulator. The BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulator is simple to activate and simple to customize using the machine’s touch screen. Set the stitch length as preferred for a variety of quilting styles. The BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulator keeps the stitch length consistent even at variable stitching speeds. Choose between three stitch regulation modes, including a basting mode or a fully manual mode.
Unique Tension Control
The BERNINA Longarm models offer the industry’s only presser foot tension release for threading ease. The exclusive tension system features numeric tension settings making it very easy to use a variety of thread types with success.
LED lighting along the length of the machine and above the needle illuminates the quilt for enhanced visibility. The brightness is dimmable or can even be turned off, an especially helpful option when working with white thread on white fabric.
A needle threader is a small sewing tool that often consists of a round metal piece to which a diamond-shaped wire is attached. The needle threader of Bernina Q 20 is made from thin metal and is stamped with the shape of the queen’s head. The needle threader is a life-saver, and you don’t need to struggle to rethread your machine.
Automatic Bobbin Winding System
Bernina Q 20 also boasts an automatic bobbin winding system that makes it possible for anyone to efficiently use this product without having the constant worry about running out of thread since when the bobbin runs low, just simply slide up and down the lever located at the center side of the machine until it is full again.
Who Is Bernina Q 20 For?
Bernina Q 20 has been designed especially for sewists who are looking for a high-performance model to boost their creativity. This particular Bernina Q 20 model comes with many amazing features that you’ll surely find useful.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective model, then Bernina Q 20 could be your great choice. It doesn’t have all those fancy features that are not necessary sometimes. Moreover, this Bernina Q 20 sewing machine is designed to minimize noise, so you don’t have to worry about disturbing others while working on projects. Another useful feature of Bernina Q 20 is its needle threader and cutter that saves much of your time! So you can forget about struggling when you need to thread the needle.
Tips for Using Your Quilting Machines
If you plan on machine quilting your quilts for shows or just to sell them, making sure your work is clean and neat is significant. Most professionals will say that the best way to make sure it’s done properly is by using a frame or hoop while stitching.
The main reason why this is suggested (instead of just hand-quilting) is because it will help provide even, accurate spacing between stitches, so the result doesn’t look sloppy.
High-speed quilting machines are generally heavier than standard machines. They need stronger motors to provide greater power so that the machine can operate properly; however, they also tend to cost more than standard models.
Many people who enjoy quilting use both types of machines depending on which project they’re working with; however, if you’re planning on using your machine for commercial production, then it is well worth investing in one of these all-around quilting machine models.