Updated 4 Nov 2013

Bernina

Bernette 15

Snapshot: The Bernina Bernette 15 sewing machine has 28 stitch types and requires a foot control to operate. But how well does it sew?

Bernette 15
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$499

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Test results

Overall score
63
Sewing performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • OK to use.
  • Good back tacking and appliqués.
  • OK blind hemming.
  • Good straight and decorative stitching.
  • OK zigzag and stretch stitch.
  • Well lit sewing area.

But

  • Poor at buttonholes.
  • Needs a lot of adjustments to get a reasonable stitch.
  • Bobbin does not wind evenly and the flywheel is recessed and slippery.
  • Stitch selection is very small and not clear to see (selected stitch is illuminated through the translucent front panel).
  • Changing the needle is awkward with the small screwdriver supplied.
  • The foot control is light and doesn’t have an anti-slip base.

How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Performance (50 percent)
  • Ease of use (50 percent)

Prices are from an August 2013 survey except for the Husqvana Viking H Class 100Q. Price shown for this model is the manufacturer's recommended retail price.

NB: Bernina has advised the Bernette 15 has been replaced by the identical London 5.

Key data

Model

Price guide
$499

Specifications

Number of stitch types
28
Maximum stitch length (mm)
6
Maximum stitch width (mm)
6
Weight (kg)
7.7
Noise level (dBA)
72

Features

Protective cover
Vinyl
Bobbin fitting
Front-loading
Presser-foot pressure control
Operates without foot control
×
Automatic needle threader

More Info

Notes
Has been replaced by the identical London 5.