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I’m wondering if someone here knows if there is an adapter that would enable an older Bernina to use the newer Bernina presser feet. I know that the difference looks small, but that the clasp part of the new style presser feet is different and incompatible with old machines.

I have a Bernina Designer 1000 (about 1988 or so), that uses the old style of Bernina feet. There are some feet that are only available in the new style, and I’d really like to use them on my machine. I’m wondering if there is some kind of adapter or a method for using the new feet on an old machine. Bernina users, any ideas? Thanks for suggestions!


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    Jan 31, 2014, 09.12 PMby katexxxxxx

    It isn’t just the fitting that is different. Some of the new feet plug into the machine and use an electronic sensor. Also, the newer presser feet don’t match the feed dog pattern of the older machines, and won’t feed properly.

    Many of the new electronic machines have feed dogs that feed sideways and diagonally as well as back and forward, and need a special, wider foot. The narrower feed dogs of the older machines may only hit the hole or the space UNDER the foot, ans not the foot itself!

    You can get a multitude of new feet that fit the older machines. There are about 30 that fit the 1000/1005/1008 machines. What in particular were you looking for?

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      Feb 12, 2014, 01.28 AMby jenss-1

      That’s interesting – I hadn’t thought about the feed dogs. I have a number of feet, but I was particularly interested in lap seam/flat felling feet recently. Not critical, but maybe nice to have. I think these feet probably existed for the old machines like mine, but they are hard to find these days. I bought a fake invisible zipper foot on Ebay, and it’s clearly not the same quality as a real Bernina feet. Just looking for some options until I can add a new machine!

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    Feb 12, 2014, 11.25 AMby katexxxxxx

    There is also needle position to consider. When I got my eyelet kit, they sent the one with the wrong foot: ir fitted onto the presser foot bar OK, but no matter where I positioned the needle, it hit the presser foot!

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    Feb 13, 2014, 02.53 PMby Koo104

    Sign up for Sew it’s for sale on yahoo groups. That is how I found some of my old style sewing feet for my 1630. You can also get a shank adapter that is for snap on feel for normal screw in feet that. I got the snap on adapter to use the felling foot and invisible zipper foot I have from my viking. My Bernina dealer would sell used feet for a discounted price when they got in trade ins. I would wait until they had a promotion to splurge on a foot.

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    Feb 16, 2014, 06.42 AMby motera

    I have an older Bernina, non electronic. The most useful adapter is the one that goes from old style Bernina to any standard short shank foot #75 If you are looking for a feller, this is a very easy foot to find in standard short shank, so with the Bernina to standard short shank adapter you will be able to get fellers in different sizes. Many Bernina dealers still sell the old style, in the old style they made two fellers, 4 mm #70 and 8mm #71

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    Aug 20, 2014, 10.06 PMby Sandy Parker

    Keep an eye out at thrift stores, ebay, and garage sales. Many people sell the machines with the feet at a reasonable price. I have purchased the machine and taken the feet I want and than resold the machine or I given them away to people that have an interest in sewing but do not have a machine.

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    Aug 23, 2014, 03.08 AMby jenss-1

    One thing I have learned is that there are a lot of fakes out there – in varying quality. I recently bought a felling foot on ebay which was listed as authentic, but I am fairly certain it is not. The finish just doesn’t have the same quality. I have also heard that it is still possible to order the old feet. I don’t like supporting counterfeiters, so I’ll probably look for a Bernina dealer that will do this (not many around here, unfortunately).

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      Aug 25, 2014, 10.34 PMby katexxxxxx

      Some of the dealers may have second hand older feet. I picked up a couple recently for slightly under half the price of new feet, and they looked almost unused. Not too shabby for a 40+ YO machine!

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    Sep 5, 2014, 12.01 PMby burden123

    look on yahoo or ebay for that feet

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    Oct 13, 2014, 04.10 AMby motera

    No advice to add, but I have searching in vain for old style #70 and #71 . Seem to be rare as hen’s teeth. I gave up and use the short shank adapter with fellers from old Singer machines, which are very common and easy to find.

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    Oct 15, 2014, 10.05 AMby melkina

    wow quite niceee

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    Oct 15, 2014, 12.50 PMby agolaszz

    amazing :D a lot of information!

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    Jan 26, 2015, 01.56 PMby mbuchanan1

    This site has both #70 and #71 old style presser foot. I ordered from them before and they have the genuine Bernina parts


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