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 :
You don’t need a Bernina 790 or 880 to use the Stitch Designer on your 740/770/570/590 or other 9mm Bernina sewing machine with a USB port. Just download the 790 or 880 simulator and modify or create new stitches directly on your PC ! And you can even use your mouse instead of the stylus to draw your stitches ! When you’re done simply copy the stitches from your simulator’s “virtual” USB drive to your physical USB drive and transfer them to your sewing machine.
You can also do this in reverse and modify existing stitches on your machine (like a 570/590) : save the stitch on your machine to your USB key in the favorites heart folder, then copy the stitch file over to the simulator’s virtual usb drive. Modify the stitch in the simulator and copy it back to your sewing machine !
- Download the Bernina simulator from the Bernina website
- Launch the simulator and create a new stitch, click the green “Save” check mark :
- Go to the Heart “favorites” and save the stitch to USB :
- Open the virtual USB drive by clicking the usb stick icon in the simulator.
- It will default to the virtual USB Embroidery directory (EBY_PC_CARD), so move up a level and go into the virtual USB sewing directory (SEW_PC_CARD) :
- Copy your new stitch file to your real USB drive and copy it over to your sewing machine !
If you own a modern 9mm Bernina that allows you to import stitches from a USB key (740/770/790/880/570/590/480) make sure you read my previous article about modifying Bernina stitches without using the built-in Stitch Designer on the more expensive 790 and 880 machines.
The density of many Bernina satin stitches can be changed through the “i” menu, but many are FIXED and cannot be modified so I decided to improve on many of the built in stitches. I started with #438, which is a lovely stitch currently only available on the Bernina 590, but depending on the selected thread and fabric it can sew out a little thin. I increased the density by 40% to give the stitch a much richer feel; you can download both the original and improved versions below and use them on ANY 9mm Bernina machine with a USB port.
A few months ago I bought this nightmare of a sewing machine. It’s obviously not swiss made, and doesn’t even feel designed in Switzerland. Honestly with all the annoying software bugs it feels more like some ex Microsoft employees were put in charge of the software.
I’ve started a playlist of all the Bernina 590 bugs on my Youtube channel :
Update : January 25, 2019
After all the problems I had with my two 590s, Bernina finally acknowledged that a number of 590s had problems during shipping; a part known as “slider blocks” that control the stitch length can get out of alignment during shipping which makes it impossible to balance all the stitches. You can do a quick test to see if your machine is affected by sewing out stitch #438. Bernina has since changed the packaging and is using a “box within a box” to prevent the machine from getting damaged in shipping.
I decided to get rid of the 590 and upgraded it to a 790+ instead – good riddance. A review of this superior machine will be posted soon – stay tuned.
A sewing machine ? Not many people know it, but yes, I LOVE to sew. And a Bernina no less. Designed in Switzerland – which is really code for SWISS NOT MADE. Maybe if it was I wouldn’t be having so many problems. You can search the web for Bernina 590 Review until you’re blue in the face, you’ll only find copy/pasted promotional material telling you how wonderful and flawless this machine is. It’s NOT.
Bernina is the ultimate FANBOY company, I’ve never seen such a devout group as Bernina owners, it’s almost like a CULT. I get it – very high end product, nice branding, excellent quality and finish. Believe you me when I tell you I want to LOVE my Bernina. The finish is fantastic and it has an endless selection of high end accessories that just make you want to BURN more money on Bernina products.
DON’T DO THAT.
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I’ve been trying to diagnose a serious SRAM Eagle shifting problem with my XX1 Eagle drive-train that no shop or SRAM is able of diagnosing or fixing, and I’m close to concluding that SRAM Eagle has a serious design flaw.
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Cartography became a hobby of mine when I started mountain biking in Ringwood and was eternally lost. I kept hearing about all these great new trails but I could never find them ! And neither could anyone I met ! I had just gotten a Garmin Edge GPS and thought how cool it would be to put a real trail map on the thing. And now I’m on a roll… so check back often because there are many more maps to come !
And if you have any suggestions for new maps or additions or changes to existing ones, please leave a comment below.
Blazing down gnarly single-track, some of the most beautiful flowers usually go un-noticed. Here are some of the more common flowers from the Chamonix valley.
Update October 16th, 2017
– All map versions have been updated to version 1.0.3
– Improved map accuracy
– Added new trail 12A – “H’s Way”, a better alternative back to Red from “Transfer”
Update August 6th, 2017
– All map versions have been updated to version 1.0.2
– Changed trail difficulty ratings
– Improved map accuracy
– Added missing uphill section to Ancients
– New trail added
Located in Northern New Jersey less than 10 minutes off state highway 287, High Mountain Park Preserve in Wayne township has become one of the premiere destinations for mountain biking in the state.
Rest assured, this is not your father’s High Mountain mountain bike destination. Yellow-Red-White blazed trails are a distant past (technically they’re still there) and you’ll never look at HM the same once you discover the endless miles of twisty single-track trails, the dozens of grueling climbs, and some seriously rad berms that will make even Steven Mancuso’s head spin. This is New School High Mountain.
Most of the trails are unmarked so it can be a little daunting for riders new to the area, but we’ve just made it easier for you with our High Mountain Trail Map :
If you have a Garmin Edge 800/810/820/1000/1030
Download the High Mountain Garmin custom map (it also works as a Google Earth overlay).
For you Smartphone junkies
If you don’t have the Maprika App – get it NOW ! Then download the High Mountain Trail Map (you can search for our map by name within the app “High Mountain MTB” or get a list of all our maps by searching for “paulsmaps“.
Now… if you’re over 40 and didn’t understand a word you just read
You can download and print the PDF version instead 😉
Now shut up and ride and come back once you’re a believer.
My father recently passed away and never got a chance to take my mother to her homeland, so I decided to take her for her 85th birthday. ireland is stunning and even greener than they say, and the people are super friendly. Here a few pictures from our recent trip.