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Bernina Virtuosa
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Date: 12/21/12 5:57 AM

Hi, I have just bought a Virtuosa machine (160) second hand. It doesn't have any basic feet except the number 1 and walking foot.

There isn't an instruction manual with it so I can't see what the buttonhole foot is. I know I could use a number 3 foot but I would like to buy the automatic one. 3A or 3B? Can anyone let me know what one I need to buy?

Also... the knee lift is missing and also the extension table.

Does anyone know of a good site where I can purchase these items? sharp sewing doesn't seem to have what I need. I'm wondering how much a knee lifter would set me back?

I have bought this machine solely for freehand qulting when I travel to a group weekly. My other machines are either too big or don't have the needle down and knee lift facility.

I still think I need the number 4 zip foot, buttonholer and obviously a free motion foot just to complete the versatility of this lovely machine.

Fortunately I bought an absolute bargain or I would be very upset. The lady inherited the machine and isn't a sewer so didn't reaally know about the accessories.


Brother QC1000, Brother PQ1500, Pfaff 7570 x 2, Pfaff (old), Babylock BLCS, Bernette 1100D, Bernette 334DS

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Date: 12/21/12 7:28 AM

The auto buttonhole foot is 3A I believe. You need to get that calibrated at your dealer to work correctly. I think foot 37 as well as 57 would be good if you like to quilt and need a 1/4 seam. I also recommend foot 10 - it's one of my favorite go to feet.

They make a lot of accessories that will fit this machine.

So many projects, not enough time
At my house in VA:
Bernina Activa 220, B580, B790
Singer 201-2, 221, BL Enlighten, BL Sashiko, BL Cover Stitch, Consew 75T

At my Lake House in PA:
Bernina 1010, Artista 165E, Singer 503A. Bernina Serger 1100d, BL Evolution

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