The City Quilter & Bernina Sewing Machines

The City Quilter is an authorized BERNINA dealer, located in the middle of Manhattan. We carry a full line of BERNINA and Bernette sewing machines and accessories. Our goal is to support our local sewing community with top quality sewing education, as well as provide outstanding warranty and sewing machine maintenance and repairs.

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The Machines

Bernettes are affordable entry-level machines that can satisfy all your basic sewing needs -- from a simple machine to the computerized models -- even embroidery is possible with some of the Bernettes. The Seville, London 3 and London 7 in stock at The City Quilter. And we can order another model if you choose.

The Bernina line starts with the compact 215, and continue with the "3 Series", the 330, 350PE, & the 380. The 350PE is the "Patchwork Edition", which has features and accessories that particularly serve quilters' needs.

The "5 Series" consists of the 530, 550QE, 560 & 580, with the 550 "Quilters Edition" sporting stitches and accessories of great utility to quilters, including the Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR) and walking foot.   Our classroom features twelve 550QE 's.The 560 and 580 models both offer a 9mm stitch width. The 560 is the first machine as you move up the line that is capable of embroidery in a hoop.There are amazing things you can do with machine embroidery, and these are just a few examples. But you must visit us to really appreciate the possibilities.

The line continues on with the 7 Series, which sports a 10 inch throat, dual feed, and a bobbin that holds 70% more thread, in three versions: 740, 770 "Quilters Edition", and 790.   The embroidery module comes with the 790 and is an option for the 770.

The top of the BERNINA line is the 8 Series, which features automatic threading, multi-directional sewing, dual feed, a jumbo bobbin, and the amazing color wheel. Both the 880 and 790 feature the ability to design and save your own, original stitches.

In addition, we sell BERNINA’s five models of serger/overlock machines, and the venerable 1008 mechanical sewing machine, beloved by costume departments, fashion houses for pre-production runs, and the like.

Bernina Maintenance and Repair

Finally, we offer top quality routine sewing machine maintenance and repair. Our service technician has been repairing BERNINA machines for 38 years!


Since we sell all Bernina feet, accessories, & software our staff would be glad to respond to your needs and questions.


When you purchase a Bernina-brand machine from us, you receive a 2 to 3 hour "Guide Class" that provides an extensive orientation to your new machine.


We’ve fallen in love with machine embroidery. This is a truly different sewing art form offering an enormous range of creative possibilities. You are encouraged to check out our embroidery web page to see what we’ve been up to.

If you are interested...

If you'd ever like to talk through your sewing needs and how they might be addressed by a new Bernina, a foot, or other accessory, please be in touch with us by phone 212-807-0390, email or in person.  

If you'd like to receive email about our special Bernina-related classes, special events, and other Bernina-related support just drop us a note.

You can follow our Bernina doings via our Bernina in New York Facebook page .


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