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Do I have to buy a Bernina foot in order for it to work on my Bernina Virtuosa 160

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Your Bernina can use other presser feet depending on the model. The Bernina Records (mechanical) can usually use other brand feet if you get an adapter, ie a short-shank Kenmore foot with a Bernina adapter will work on a Bernina. (I use a Big Foot with an adapter on my 930 Record. I can use the Big Foot on my 440QE electronic if I have the adapter for the new style.) Snap-on feet work well with an adapter on a Bernina. Adapters can be purchased on eBay, as well as snap-on kits. Just be sure you get the adapter that fits your Bernina (old-style vs new-style).

Newer Berninas can also use other feet with an adapter. However, if you have the newer 9mm Bernina, you may have more difficulty since the 5mm feet will create more challenges (and probably broken needles!).

HOWEVER, authentic Bernina presser feet generally are not interchangeable with other brand machines, ie Singer, Janome, etc.

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Hi I have Bernina Activa,
I have the snap on foot attachment also, but most other generic snap on feet don't fit as the needle is in the wrong position
(see below link for which ones work)
+also bought the low shank adapter -this fits some of my very old singer feet! Including a bias binder and rolled hem feet

The Bernina feet are very good though $$$,
so its good to be able to use or try other specialty feet esp if its only for one project!
You could join a sewing group and swap also!

I found these links helpful too:-

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You can buy an attachment to be able to Use brother And singer feet .I got Mine on Ebay.I have a Bernina virtousa 160.

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Yes. Bernina feet aren't interchangeable with other machines and non-Bernina feet won't fit a Bernina. Sorry.


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