What is the BSR?

The BERNINA Stitch Regulator is an innovative accessory that is far more than just a presser foot...it is part of a dynamic interaction between quilter, accessory and BERNINA Sewing Machine. After extensive development and testing, the BERNINA Stitch Regulator was patented as a unique innovation that is still unparalleled today.

A step above traditional free-motion stitching, the BERNINA Stitch Regulator removes the challenge of maintaining a consistent stitch length as with the feed-dogs are lowered for fabric movement in all directions.

The hallmark of excellence in free-motion techniques is the ability to keep the stitch length even and consistent as the fabric is guided without the assistance of the feed dogs. The BERNINA Stitch Regulator provides beginners with the confidence to master increasingly popular free-motion techniques. For more experienced free-motion stitchers, the BERNINA Stitch Regulator offers the added security of consistent stitch length, providing the confidence to try more challenging techniques.

With traditional free-motion sewing techniques, once the feed dogs are lowered, keeping the machine speed, the fabric movement and the stitch length in harmony is the responsibility of the stitcher. Hours and hours of practice are required to master the complex interplay resulting in an even stitch pattern.

The BERNINA Stitch Regulator eliminates this challenge, reducing free-motion mastery to minutes instead of hours.

The BERNINA Stitch Regular allows any hobby sewer, whether a beginner or advanced, to master free-motion sewing technique!

With the BERNINA Stitch Regulator the sewer can concentrate exclusively on creativity.


A patented BERNINA innovation for mastering free-motion stitching.

With the unique BERNINA Stitch Regulator, anyone can master free-motion stitching.

Activating the BERNINA Stitch Regulator is as simple as attaching the accessory to your BSR compatible machine, lowering the feed dogs and selecting the mode of your choice. Set the stitch length according to your preference for the technique and hand and you are ready to sew.

How does the BSR work?

With the aid of technology, the BSR system reads (similar to a wireless mouse) the surface of the fabric under the presser foot. A sensor transfers information to the sewing machine as the material is moved. The sewing machine calculates the necessary sewing speed in order to sew consistent stitches according to the set stitch length.. A slower needle movement and motor speed is required if the material is moved slowly. A faster needle movement and motor speed is needed for faster fabric movement. In The BSR in tandem with the sewing machine, automatically adjusts to the sewer's speed for even and consistent stitching.

Cleaning and oiling your machine

No matter what brand or model sewing machine you own, cleaning and oiling the sewing machine should be done on a regular basis.

Follow these easy steps:

  • Turn power off 
  • Remove presser foot and needle
  • Remove needle/stitch plate (if not sure, check your instruction manual)
  • Clean the area with the lint brush 

Then you can do the following:

  • Remove bobbin case
  • Push locking lever and remove hook (if not sure, check your instruction manual)

  • Clean out hook race with brush or cloth
  • Replace the hook
  • Close the hook race cover

  • Check by turning the hand wheel once
  • Insert bobbin case
  • Replace needle/stitch plate
  • Insert a new sewing needle
  • Squeeze 2 or 3 drops of oil into the hook race area
  • Run machine for short time without thread to prevent oil soiling your work

NB: Your machine may vary slightly from the pictures above. The principals of cleaning and oiling remain the same, so if unsure please check your sewing machine manual.

Last Tip of advice:

A general full machine service by a reputable agent, +/- every 2 years, should keep your machine in tip top working condition and give you endless hours of hassle free sewing.

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