Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bernina Bernette 705 Sewing Machine

 The Bernina Bernette 705 is the most recent addition to my sewing machine collection.  This metal body machine was manufactured sometime in the mid 1990's.  It's Bernina's low end machine, without all the fancy bells and whistles, but still feels like a quality machine with all the basic stitches you need.  It does a straight stitch, zigzag, buttonhole, blind hem, stretch, and 3 step zigzag.  

 It came with a soft cover, the original manual, and a box of accessories.

 Oreo investigated the accessories box.  All the original feet, screwdrivers, seam guide, seam ripper, and lint brush were in the box.  The feet included are a general purpose foot, an embroidery foot, an overlock foot, a zipper foot, a darning/quilting foot, a buttonhole foot, and a blind hem foot.
  
 The only thing missing was the bobbin.  I found my box of Kenmore bobbins fit and worked perfectly - Yay!


After cleaning and oiling, this machine sewed wonderfully.  This isn't the most beautiful sample, but this is me, playing with the different stitch functions.  I'm going to try this machine for my next project.

Get creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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10 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer -
    You mentioned that your Kenmore bobbin fit into your machine. I just inherited a Bernette 705A but my bobbins from my Brother, 3 Singers, Prodigy do not fit. I have been searching on the internet and came across your blog. Do you happen to know what size your Kenmore bobbin is? Your help would be so appreciated.

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    1. Hello Michigirl, Thanks so much for your comment. I believe it is a class 15 bobbin. Have fun with your new Bernette!

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  2. I bought one without all the feet or manual n a lady on a site said it was not a Bernina. If it's not a Bernina like she says why does it carry their name ?

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    1. Hello Terry, I've never heard that before. I do believe that the Bernette is Bernina's low cost, low end machine. They are no longer in production, but you can download a manual for your machine from Bernina. Here's a link: https://www.bernina.com/en-US/Support-US/Out-of-Print-Manuals/bernette-manuals/Bernette-Sewing-Machines

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    2. My research has come up with this same answer. It was made by Bernina. And yes it uses a 15 bobbin 😊

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  3. I had 3 Bernette 705 machines I used teaching Kids Can Sew in the 1990's and they probably only have 30 hours each on them. They are a solid mechanical machine without all of the fancy computer boards but they sew beautifully and it's a great machine to teach with and makes a beautiful stitch. I am preparing now to sell them as I have always had Berninas and I have old 930's that I love which have a heavier duty system to sew. I love mechanical machines; and almost any sewing machine repairman can work on them. Yes, it's a Class 15 bobbin and easy to sew with. When the 930 was selling at $1000, these machines were $200 in the 1990's. The Two I have are like brand new. I'm in Charlotte, NC

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  4. did you sell the machines? I'd like to get a manual for my 705 couldn't find it on the bernina site.

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    1. Hello CCtaco. I'm sorry, but I'm not currently selling any sewing machines. Have you tried contacting Bernina with your inquiry, or done an internet search? I haven't searched for this manual online, but I've found downloads for other machine manuals this way. Have a lovely day!

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  5. i have found manuals for the other machines; however as a novice, the 705 I have does not have a manual and the threading directions don't seem to be helpful. Can someone help me with threading directions for a 705?

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    1. Hello! Thank you for your comment. I replied to you via email, however I was also thinking it may be most helpful for you to take your machine to a Bernina dealer, quilt shop, or fabric store. You should be able to get some hands on help to learn how to thread your machine.

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