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Bernina Q 20


Longarm Quilting Machine

  • BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulation
  • 20“ throat space
  • up to 2,200 stitches per minute
  • unique tension control
  • built-in needle threader


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BERNINA Q 20 – sit-down model for BIG quilting dreams


BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulation

Master hand-guided quilting quickly with the assistance of the integrated BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulator available on both sit-down and frame models. Equipped with dual optical sensors, one on each side of the stitch hole in the needle plate, the BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulator allows for very precise sensing of machine and fabric movement. Simple to activate and customizable using the machine’s touch screen, the BERNINA Longarm Stitch Regulator keeps your stitches even and consistent regardless of how simple or complex your quilt motif may be. Choose between three BSR modes one of which is basting. A manual mode with no stitch regulation is also available.

Unique user interface

BERNINA brings the best of the domestic machine world to the Longarm world with a simple to navigate color touch screen. Totally customizable, it includes useful functionalities with a stitch counter and built-in tutorial.

Unique threading path and integrated bobbin winder

The forward position of the thread stand is easy to reach and the threading path simple to follow. The integrated bobbin winder is just one of the small details that make this machine unique.


Unique tension control

The BERNINA longarm models offer the industry’s only presser foot tension release for threading ease. The exclusive tension system features numeric tension settings making it very easy to use a variety of thread types with success.


With 2,200 stitches per minute for hand-guided quilting, you will complete more quilts quicker than ever.

Built-in needle threader

Quick and easy threading of the needle thanks to the semi-automatic needle threader.


LED lighting

LED lighting along the length of the machine and above the needle illuminates the quilt for enhanced visibility. The brightness is dimmable or can even be turned off, an especially helpful option when working with white thread on white fabric.


Unique model

The BERNINA Q 20 is designed, engineered, and assembled in Switzerland and comes standard as a sit-down model machine. The generous freearm depth and height provide ample space for managing your larger quilts. Undecided? The Q 20 can be upgraded to a frame model machine.


Table for BERNINA Q 20: form and function

The BERNINA Q 20 comes standard as a sit-down model machine. The table is designed to elegantly handle the speed and weight of the Q 20 for optimal performance with style.

  • Table size basic: 0.91 × 1.15 m (approximately 36” × 45”)
  • Table size expanded: 0.91 × 1.96 m (approximately 36” × 77”)
  • Variable working height: 0.75 m (approximately 30”)
  • Total weight incl. Q 20: 120 kg (265 lbs)
  • Generous storage space

Different desktop colors are available, see detailed product information.


Optional upgrade to a frame model

It is possible to upgrade the BERNINA Q 20 to a frame model. For quality machine performance the optional frame is robust enough to handle the size and speed of the BERNINA Longarm machines.

  • Size (length × depth): 3.55 × 1.2 m (approximately 140” × 47”)
  • Variable working height: 0.9 to 1.2 m (approximately 35” to 47”)
  • Total weight: Approximately 150 to 180 kg (330 to 397 lbs)

Optional: Hydraulic height adjustment.


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Features & Functions

Throat space 508 mm (20”) 610 mm (24”)
Screen 109 mm (4.3”) 109 mm (4.3”)
Throat space area fully illuminated with LEDs x x
Operating system Touch Touch
Hook system M Class Rotary Hook M Class Rotary Hook
Threader Semi-automatic Semi-automatic
Thread tension Electronic Electronic
Presser foot lift Electronic Electronic
Thread indicator Upper Thread Upper Thread
BERNINA Stitch Regulator functionality Dual Stitch Regulators Dual Stitch Regulators
Connection (basic) USB host / slave USB host / slave
Connection (additional purpose) HDMI HDMI
Update-able x x

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Sewing speed maximum 2,200 spm 2,200 spm
Stitch length minimum 1.05 mm (24 Stitches per inch) 1.05 mm (24 Stitches per inch)
Stitch length maximum 25.4 mm (1 Stitch per inch) 25.4 mm (1 Stitch per inch)
Personal Program x x
On-board bobbin winder x x
Compatible with domestic machine needles x x
Compatible with BERNINA free-motion feet x x

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Accessories Included

Darning foot # 9

The vertical spring action of Darning foot # 9 prevents the fabric from flagging and produces a neat stitch pattern. This foot is also suitable for free-motion embroidery.


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