Bernette B79 Review

The Bernette B79 Review, this is one of the best sewing and embroidery machines by Bernette, allowing you to sew all your home projects, as well as do embroidering.

The machine is very easy to use with its computerized functions that show on a 5-inch touch screen for easy visibility and use.

This model comes with all the modern up to date features, and includes 3 hoops of different sizes for the embroidering.

There is a 9-inch work space to the right of the needle for any larger projects when sewing or quilting, and you can slide on an extension table for even more space.

Is The Bernette B79 Good For A Beginner Sewer?

Bernette B79 Review - Sewing MachineFor anyone that’s new at sewing, they would find this machine very easy to use, and its computer system would take very little time to get used to, because of its easy navigation with the sewing and embroidery system.

Bernette B79 Review

Below we will go through some of its features, and you can see if the machine would be a good match for all your sewing projects.


The machine comes with 500 stitches, and a stitch designer with which you can change or create your own stitches plus they can be saved in the memory for any of your projects.

There are 17 buttonholes with this machine to chose from, and after sewing the buttonholes, the machine stitches a securing stitch automatically.

The stitch length and width can be adjusted with the multi-function dials just to the right of the display screen and have a maximum stitch width of 7 mm and 5 mm for the length.

The machine comes with a large variety of practical stitches, 133 decorative stitches, 35 quilting stitches, alphabets, buttonholes, and the stitch designer, so you will probably never run out of stitches to use.

There is also an extra stitch plate for straight stitches, which the machine will recognize automatically when installed.

If you’re looking for speed than this model will do 1,000 stitches per minute, and can be adjusted with the slide speed control on the front of the machine, as well as on the touch screen.

This machine can also embroider at 850 stitches per minute.

With this model you can program the securing stitches to be sewn automatically at the beginning and after the thread cut, or use the reverse button to tie off the stitches.

Winding the Bobbin and Threading

To wind the bobbin follow the guides on top of the machine, and with the thread in bobbin move it to the right, than press start/stop button, or the foot controller to wind it.

Loading the bobbin is easy on this top loading model, just press the button to the right of the cover to remove it, than drop in bobbin with thread coming off in a counter clockwise direction and follow the thread guides.

Then to thread the needle it is the same as most sewing machines, just follow the arrowed guides down to the needle and you can use the needle threader.

If you’re using a double needle, than one thread will go on the right side of the tension disc, and the other on the left, plus the double needle has to be threaded by hand.

With the thread, it is often said that the finer a thread is than a finer needle is used, and needle sizes 70, 75 are for light fabrics, and 80, and 90 needles for medium fabrics, and 100 for your heavy fabrics, and thicker thread.

Thread tension on this machine can be done on the computer screen and adjusted for individual stitches but the basic settings are done automatically.

Feed Dogs System

This model has a dual feed system meaning the fabric will move by the feed dogs as well as a dual feed mechanism that clicks into place under the back of the presser foot giving a very even and smooth movement of your sewing fabrics.

Dual feed is often used for more difficult fabrics, such as seams, zipper, patchwork, toweling, batted fabrics, and more.

To lower and raise the feed dogs, the sliding lever is located on the front, and is accessed by removing the accessory drawer, which is handy when doing free motion sewing or quilting.

Presser Feet

This machine comes with a variety of presser feet.

  1. Zigzag – for practical stitches
  2. Embroidery – for buttonholes, decorative stitches
  3. Zipper – for zippers
  4. Buttonhole foot
  5. Blind stitch 0 for blind hems with dual feed
  6. Button securing foot
  7. Overlock – for the dual feed, or over lock stitches
  8. Free Motion – Embroidering, quilting, darning
  9. Hopper Embroidering foot.

This machine also comes with the knee lift lever for raising the presser foot, giving you two hands to work with for free motion sewing or quilting.

On the computer screen the presser foot height can be adjusted for the thickness of different fabrics, from 1 to 6 mm, and it is also able to program the foot control for the presser foot position, and presser foot pressure can be adjusted.

Changing the presser feet is easy as they are the snap on type.

Free Arm Sewing

For free arm sewing just pull the accessory drawer off the end of the machine, and you can sew pants, cuffs, shirts, and other hard to reach sewing areas.

Embroidering With The Bernette B79

This machine has 208 embroidery designs, and 7 embroidery alphabets for you to be creative with.

The Bernina toolbox is an easy to use software for this machine by a USB flash drive, and the B79 will work with most embroidery designs.

You can combine design elements, flip them or rotate on the touch screen, and you can use lettering and editing modules that give 300 additional embroidery designs, and 100 additional fonts, plus each module has a large variety of embroidery motifs that can be downloaded from the Bernina cloud.

The machine comes with 3 different size embroidery hoops, a 10 x 6 inches, 5 x 7 inches and a 2 x 3 inches, and each have a quick release for easy opening, plus the computer will recognize which hoop you’re using and display the right size designs.

With the B79 the embroidery speed is 850 stitches per minute, but this is also adjustable on the touch screen under embroidery settings.

The embroidery module is easily attached to the machine by pushing it on from left to right until it slides into place, and can be removed by the release lever found on the end of the module.

The straight stitch plate that comes with this machine will give excellent embroidery results, and the computer system will detect which stitch plate is being used and shows what needles work best, plus automatically chooses the stitch width.

On the embroidery module the hoops will just click into place, and press the securing lever to remove them.

All the settings for the embroidery can be found on the touch screen from speed, thread tension, to even bringing up instructions, and much more.

Lighting for the B79

This machine has 4 bright LED lights for the sewing area, and both the lights and the screen can be adjusted for brightness.

Control Buttons.

  • Just above the sewing area is the quick reverse button for tying off stitches, and touching the icon, quick reverse will make the machine sew permanently in reverse.
  • Thread cutter button – which is always a time saver as it cuts upper and lower threads.
  • Presser foot up/down button.
  • Start/stop button – press for 2 seconds to start the machine, and pressed quickly will raise the presser foot to its high position when in embroidery mode.
  • Slide speed control.
  • Securing button, and the number of stitches for securing can be programmed.
  • Needle up/down button.
  • Upper and lower multi functional knobs for changing setting on the touch screen.
  • Needle left/right button, and there are 15 needle positions.
  • Feed dog lever – on free arm in the front.
  • USB port is at back of the machine below the hand wheel, and also the power switch.

Bernette B79 Accessories

  • Bobbins
  • Selection of needles
  • Felt disc
  • Spool net
  • Second spool pin
  • Touchscreen pen
  • Screwdriver
  • Brush and seam ripper
  • Seam guide
  • Spool disc
  • Spool disc niddle
  • Power cord
  • Dust cover
  • Foot control
  • Straight stitch plate
  • 3 embroidery hoops
  • Slide on extension table
  • Knee lifter
  • Lubricator

Specifications For the B79

  • 22.05 pounds – has a carrying handle
  • 20 inches long by 12 3/8 inches high by 7 inches wide.
  • 5 inch touchscreen
  • 500 stitches plus more
  • 208 embroidery designs plus more
  • 7 mm maximum stitch width
  • 5 mm maximum stitch length
  • 1000 stitches per minute
  • 850 stitches per minute embroidery speed
  • 3 embroidery hoops, 10 6 inches, 5 x 7 inches and 2 x 3 inches

Warranty For The B79

Bernette B79 Review - Sewing MachineThere is a 10-year limited warranty on Bernette machines, which is 10 years against defective materials or workmanship, and 2 years on the electrics.

Is best to always check the warranty when purchasing.

Pros and Cons For the B79


  • Has all the up to date features to make sewing, quilting and embroidery an easy sewing pleasure.
  • Easy to set up.
  • Not overly expensive for all that this machine can do.
  • One of the better brands on the market.


  • Might have a small learning curve for the computerized touch screen

Where To Buy The Bernette B79 Sewing and Embroidery Machine?

You can find the B79 in the specialty stores shelves or with the sewing machines dealer in your area, but you can also purchase it online.

Bernette B79 Review Closing Thoughts

As Bernina has been making sewing machines of high quality and for a long time, the Bernette (their second brand) is also of high quality, and the B79 would be a welcome machine in any sewer’s room.

If you are looking for a computerized sewing, quilting, and embroidery machine with a huge amount of built-in stitches and embroidery designs we suggest having a look at this model.

We do recommend this machine even though the price might be high for some, the Bernette B79 does everything with all the newer features.

Wishing you all the best on your sewing, quilting, and embroidery projects.

Happy Sewing!

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4 thoughts on “Bernette B79 Review”

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  3. I purchased the Bernette b79 because I needed an alternate machine in case my Epic 2 needed service. I have to say I was disappointed in the embroidery. The hoops are not tight and the fabric shifts if the design is stitch intensive, particularly in the middle of the hoop. I have done machine embroidery for many years and this is not a stabilizer problem. I always make sure to tighten the hoop completely. With 2 pieces of Wash Away this shouldn’t happen. Very disappointing. There should be a clip system or a fix for this issue. I like the machine very much and it is a good value for the money but this problem is a serious one and it should be addressed by Bernina.

    • Hi Keith D’Anna

      Thanks so much for sharing your comment about the Bernette B79, I think your comment will be helpful to some sewers that are looking to purchase this machine, and I think also Bernina might be interested to hear from you, you can send them your comment on Instagram, I’m sure they will be happy to help you out.
      Let me know if they reply to you and if you found the help you need with this machine.

      Alex B

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