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Vintage Bernina feet -- markings
Did Bernina ever make feet without numbers on them?
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Date: 1/10/11 9:15 PM

I bought an edgestitch foot for my vintage Berninas (830 Record and 807) on eBay recently.

The photo in the auction clearly showed the number stamped into the top of the foot -- 492, which was the precursor to the current #10 edgestitch foot. But the foot that arrived did not have a number on it at all.

I've contacted the seller, as I made my decision to purchase based on seeing that number in the listing's photo. She responded that the foot is a genuine Bernina edgestich foot, made before they were assigned numbers.

I'm fact-checking here at PR. Does anyone know if Bernina ever made feet without numbers on them? I want to rule out the possibility that this is a generic foot that fits early Berninas.

Yes, I could send the foot back, and may still do so -- the seller has apologized and agreed on a return if I want one. But it might be easier just to keep it.
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Date: 1/10/11 9:50 PM

The Bernina comparison chart says

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The presser feet did NOT have numbers on in those days - but the description I'm giving is the modern (numbered equivalent). BTW they look exactly the same still! These came with the machine. Zig-zag, Button sew-on, embroidery (with couching hole), rolled hem (narrow and wide), straight stitch, narrow flat felling, narrow gathering, zipper foot (only right side notch), darning, blind hemmer, and the circular embroidery attachment. The USA $ equivalent of the orignal purchase price would be (Rand R 400.00) $ 66.00! Can you imagine!!


I also looked through some of the out of date manuals. Although the 801 manual refers to feet by number., the manuals for the 707 and 730 do not.

It definitely postdates the Bernina 125, which used screw on feet.

So, assuming that it's perfectly compatible, and genuine, the only issue would be confusing it with Blindstitch foot 016.


Come to think of it, how do you know that it's a edgestitcher and not a blind hemmer?
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Date: 1/10/11 10:34 PM

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Come to think of it, how do you know that it's a edgestitcher and not a blind hemmer?

That's a question I can answer!

The blind stitch foot has a blade that runs through the open area of the foot where the needle stitches. It's a little 'wall' that puts more thread into the stitch, making it easier to flatten a blind-stitched hem. It helps prevent puckers.

The edgestitcher doesn't have that little wall. You could use it to satin stitch or with any other decorative stitch.

Here's the Bernina page on the edgestitch foot. And here's the one for the blind stitch foot.

Thanks for the info on the foot markings!
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Date: 1/10/11 11:16 PM

Ah. That makes sense. Still, it's faster and easier to grab a clearly numbered foot than it is to visually inspect the feet for subtle differences.


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Date: 8/10/11 7:35 AM

Quote: Sewandwrite
[quote]Come to think of it, how do you know that it's a edgestitcher and not a blind hemmer?

That's a question I can answer!



The blind stitch foot has a blade that runs through the open area of the foot where the needle stitches. It's a little 'wall' that puts more thread into the stitch, making it easier to flatten a blind-stitched hem. It helps prevent puckers.



The edgestitcher doesn't have that little wall. You could use it to satin stitch or with any other decorative stitch.



Here's the Bernina page on the edgestitch foot. And here's the one for the blind stitch foot.



Thanks for the info on the foot markings![/quote]
Thank you for answering that, as a new owner of an old Bernina I was trying to work out what the difference was between the two feet, so great to now know! You're explanation was much clearer than the Bernina videos too, lol. But that's a very useful link too!
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Date: 8/10/11 2:50 PM

I'm delighted this was of help to you. And I'm happy I could contribute a little bit to PR's amazing, ever-growing body of knowledge.

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Date: 8/30/11 12:44 PM

I thought I could add information on this...
I just bought a Bernina 530-1 from an old lady in my area who needs to get rid of her stuff as she is moving out of her house. She bought the machine brand new in 1958. She had many feet with it and none of them has numbers. I can't be sure they are genuine Berninas but I have it's hard to believe the machine didn't come with any genuine Bernina feet. My understanding is the 530 was the first one with this type of feet so I wonder if it could be before they added the number on them.

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Date: 8/30/11 12:48 PM

I've seen plenty of 830's on ebay with no number feet. I was wondering the same thing, so I'm glad this came up. I too wouldn't want to pay the $600 they are getting for many of these and they not be genuine B feet.

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Date: 8/30/11 1:04 PM

My 707 has the feet without numbers as detailed in it's accompanying manual.

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