Is your Bernina 590 defective ?

A number of Bernina 590 sewing machines were damaged during shipping and cannot be properly balanced. A specific gear also known as a “slider block” can get misaligned during shipping and prevents many of the longer satin stitches from properly sewing out. Newer machines were shipped in a “box within a box” to prevent damage during transport and should be ok. If yours came packaged in a “simple” regular box chances are your machine is affected. Stitch out stitch number #438 on a medium weight fabric with some stabilizer and compare it to the sample images below. With default stitch settings it should sew out to roughly 21mm without changing the stitch balance setting. If it looks like the first image then your machine needs to be exchanged :

Affected machines
Affected machines
Proper stitch
Proper stitch


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3 Replies to “Is your Bernina 590 defective ?”

  1. Hah. The not proper one is very unbalanced and indicative of one of the 590s that was damaged in shipping. You can easily reproduce it by going into the stitch setting and cranking up the balance value 🙂

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