The Festival of Quilts – Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting show – is back for 2015
Over 300 exhibitors, international artist showcasing their work and the competition featuring over 1,000 competition quilts.

Quilt Direct will be there at Stand C39 – come and see us and our fabulous range of Accuquilt Go, Bernina Sewing Machines and Mettler threads.

accuquilt go Accuquilt Go! Cutter!
This revolutionary hand-operated roller system uses AccuQuilt GO! dies to cut perfect pieces every time. Cut up to 6 layers of cotton in one turn of the handle.

B790_Header_VGBernina Sewing Machines
The ultimate in domestic sewing machines; Bernina are a family owned Swiss company that was founded over 100 years ago, known around the globe for their reliability, ease of use and outstanding quality we are proud to be a leading Bernina Agent.

mettler1Mettler Threads
Our quilts are made with the best cotton fabrics we can find, so we really should use the best cotton thread available. Quilters all over the world know and love Mettler thread, and its fabulous range of colours.



We look forward to seeing you there – we’ll have some great  special offers for you! Sign up to our newsletter to stay in touch.

Bernina have just unveiled their new updated generation of the BERNINA 7 series

The next generation of the BERNINA 720, BERNINA 770 and BERNINA 790 have arrived at QuiltDirect

Take a look at some of the great features and order yours today!


BERN720_longThe Bernina 720 offers traditional sewing on a contemporary longarm sewing machine. The New Bernina 720 range includes:

  • 5.5mm stitch width for precision stitching
  • An Extended Free arm
  • Ultra-responsive touch screen
  • BERNINA Adaptive Thread Tension
  • BERNINA Hook system


B770_Header_VGEnjoy sewing, quilting and endless possibilities. This machine offers a lot of space for big art work.

  • 9mm stitch width for precision stitching
  • An Extended Free arm
  • Ultra-responsive touch screen
  • BERNINA Hook system
  • Total Stitch Control
  • BERNINA Adaptive Thread Tension
  • The BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR)
  • BERNINA Dual Feed
  • Semi-automatic needle threader
  • New user interface


B790_Header_VGThe BERNINA 790  provides plenty of space for large, beautiful sewing and embroidery projects. The extra-large embroidery module lets you stitch out maxi-sized motifs. The BERNINA 790 features a Stitch Designer which allows you to create your own stitches by drawing your ideas right on the touch screen.  Embroidery mode lets you easily position, mirror, rotate and resize motifs. Design editing on the B 790 offers a wealth of additional options, letting you create curved lettering effects, alter stitch density, and combine decorative stitches or alphabets with embroidery designs. The finished design can be saved directly on the machine or on a USB stick.

  • 9mm stitch width for precision stitching
  • An Extended Free arm
  • Ultra-responsive touch screen
  • BERNINA Hook system
  • Total Stitch Control
  • BERNINA Adaptive Thread Tension
  • The BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR)
  • BERNINA Patchwork foot 97D
  • BERNINA Dual Feed
  • Semi-automatic needle threader
  • New user interface


Extended Freearm for Grand Ideas

ext freearmThe BERNINA 7 Series includes a meticulously engineered 12” extended freearm with 10 inches of space to the right of the needle




hookThe heart of the BERNINA 7 Series features a novel, centrally placed driver, which allows the BERNINA Hook to run fast yet quietly. The BERNINA Hook sews high-precision stitches up to 9 mm (5.5mm for the 720 range) in width with speeds up to 1,000 stitches per minute. The bobbin holds up to 70% more thread than standard bobbins allowing you to sew longer without interruption.


Total Stitch Control

stitch controlAll BERNINA 7 Series models provide an exclusive level of stitch control. Whether altering stitch length, stitch width or needle position, the machine will remember the stitch details for you. Your personal settings can be saved and retrieved at will. And the USB interface allows you to import and export stitches and stitch patterns or combinations.


BERNINA Adaptive Thread Tension

adaptive threadA BERNINA innovation, provides ideal thread tension while sewing to achieve perfect stitch quality on both sides of the fabric. Once the tension is set according to the thread and fabric used, BERNINA Adaptive Thread Tension will constantly check the thread tension, adjusting it automatically when needed. The result is the finest stitching without pressing a button.


The BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR)

stitch regThe BERNINA 770QE and the 790 range are equipped with the BSR function. The BSR foot assists you with free-motion sewing and quilting with a straight or zigzag stitch, ensuring stitches of the exact same length even at variable sewing speeds. Beginners quickly gain confidence with the BSR, while experienced quilters acquire additional self-assurance. The BSR foot comes in the standard accessories package of the BERNINA 770 QE.



dual feedThe innovative BERNINA Dual Feed tames hard-to-manage fabrics providing superb fabric feed and optimum visibility while sewing. Easy to engage when needed, the BERNINA Dual Feed tucks completely out of the way when it’s not.


The BERNINA Patchwork foot 97D

patchwork footWith movable guide rail. For patchworking, it provides extra reliability for when joining together the patchwork pieces. When used in conjunction with the straight stitch needle place, it enables you to achieve a perfect stitch result.


Ultra-responsive touch screen

The BERNINA 7 Series features BERNINA’s super sensitive touch screen, making it so simple to control and program your machine

Semi-automatic needle threader

needle threaderResponds to your needs. The presser foot automatically lowers at the start of a seam and lifts at the end. The machine will cut the thread for you at the end of your seam or color change. Also included is a practical extension table with ample space to hold your larger sewing projects.


New user interface

user interfceUser-friendly features and intuitive navigation: the Sewing Consultant and built-in tutorials offer direct onscreen support and answers to your questions at any time, day or night.


Love the machine! Spent today making a ridiculously complicated jacket, I had to adapt the pattern a fair bit – one day I might take the simple route – but its worked so well, no swearing at the machine, I haven’t spent hours trying to thread needles, even the unpicking was straight forward! (Needed major adjustment around the head of the sleeves), I have straight topstitching, not tackled a button hole yet, that will be next garment, but I love the precision, and the needle up/down makes life so simple. Love my new machine thank you.
DS from Devon


Find out more about these machines here or give us a call on 01822 810877

warr…and don’t forget these machines now have a 7 year Bernina UK warranty

Anyone been inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee?  Over 3 million viewers are watching series 3 of the  Great British Sewing Bee, presented by the fabulously quirky Claudia Winkleman.

If you were one of those that watched episode 4  you will no doubt have noticed a change of sewing machine in use and how effortlessly these machines handled the intricacies of corsetry and the demands of the heavy fabrics in kilt making!

To encourage the millions of people inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee to take up or further develop their sewing skills, and enabled by the partial recovery in the pound against the Swiss Franc, for a limited time we can offer special prices on the 330 and 350PE.


 Great British Sewing Bee Bernina Offers:


Bernina 330 Now only £599

Offer Valid until 30 April 2015

BERN330The BERNINA 330 leads the way in design and technology. Its modern LCD display, bright LED sewing light and automatic buttonhole function have proven to be real winners. This makes it the ideal sewing machine for creative sewing newbies who value quality, ease of use, and design. Includes Sew Table, 4 clip on soles and automatic buttonhole foot.



Bernina 350PE Now only £895

Offer Valid until 30 April 2015

 BERN350The new BERNINA 3 Series models lead the way in both design and technology. The contemporary style sets a new benchmark in the world of sewing machines and in the home of every sewer – from the creative beginner to the design conscious hobby sewer and quilter. Inside, cutting-edge technology and robust, long-lasting quality ensure that nothing stands in the way of your creativity. Outside, a beautiful user-friendly design – in other words, classic BERNINA.


Pintuck Feet -20% OFF all pintuck feet

Offer Valid until 14 March 2015

Episode 3 featured pintucking so we are offering 20% discount, both trade and retail, on our range of pintuck feet for everyone who was inspired by this episode. Get 20% off the following feet:

For older style machines: Foot 30, 31, 32, 33
For new models: Foot 30V, 31V, 32V, 33V, 46V

 Anyone seen the Bernina blog this month?

This useful blog has only recently been made available in English and it is truly inspirational.
There is a daily Bernina Blog Advent that is full of fantastic ideas – and not just for Christmas!

Bernina Blog

Some of the great Advent ideas include:

  • A Christmas Lampshade
  • Christmas baubles for BERNINA DesignWorks.
  • A couple of great Christmas tree ideas
  • Embroidered Christmas labels


Apart from the great Advent ideas the blog has posts from the rest of 2014 for sewing, embroidery, and quilting. Great ideas for like bookcovers, hankies, bags – there is guaranteed to be something there to inspire everyone.

There is also a community section to see and share news within the world of Bernina.

Pour yourself a coffee and take 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to have a look at this blog,- you deserve it!




Can’t make it to the ICHF Autumn Show in Exeter?

ichfNeither can we, but don’t despair we’ve got 3 fantastic offers for you to coincide with the show. QuiltDirect have got together with Bernina to bring you a choice of 3 great offerson 3 different machines this weekend only. Have a look at the offers below, but remember they’re only valid while the show is on.




From now until Monday we’ve got the following offers you:

£200.00 off the Bernina 750QE

A free plexi glass sewtable when you  order a Bernina 550

A straight stitch needleplate and 10 bobbins when you order a Bernina350PE


This offer is only  valid until Monday, so please call  01822 810877 or email to order yours!




Bernina have released a new version of firmware for your 830. This update seems to have ironed out a few wrinkles and white hairs that some people have come across. This update is available on the USA web site but we do recommend that we update for you as part of a Check & Adjust service as tensions and balance sometimes seem to need adjusting. If you purchased your 830 from Quilt Direct then this update is done free of charge.

In addition to technical updates in version V34.21.51, Bernina have given us some lovely new designs, some that have appeared on the 7series and new 880. Just to make sure we do not feel ‘left out’! There are also a few tempting designs for DesignWorks. (You would need the relevant DesignWorks tool in order to ‘sew ‘them out. (link to Design works page?)

Bernina Design Works

bernina 830



BEDSQuilt Direct has just added a new feature to the web site.

We are thrilled to announce that we have become UK agents for Embroidery Design Studio. Take a look!!!

It is a fabulous embroidery design catalogue that features the biggest and best selection of downloadable embroidery designs.

Designs are available by:


  • Freestanding Lace
  • Applique
  • Tufted Satins
  • Tiling Scenes
  • QuiltingLinework/Redwork
  • Stitch-n-Turn
  • In the Hoop
  • Glitz

  • Cultures
  • History & Religions
  • Decorative Accents
  • Food & Drink
  • Celebrations & Seasons
  • Floral & Garden


The following formats are available for immediate download:

  • .vip
  • .art
  • .vp3
  • .dst
  • .emb
  • .exp

Designs are also available by size and there is such a fantastic range to choose from- don’t take our word for it, have a look here or visit our Pinterest board to see some of the designs.

BF56VThis Open embroidery foot with non-stick sole # 56 is multi-talented, ideal for sewing on appliqués and decorative trims or elastic, as well as for Richelieu embroidery.

It’s also suitable for circular embroidery, and for sewing lines, curves and corners. The practical non-stick sole ensures smooth feeding, even over “sticky” materials, making it perfect for leather.
The large wedge-shaped channel under the sole allows easy feeding of the fabric, so the presser foot glides smoothly over dense stitch formations. The open toe configuration also guarantees a good view of the sewing area.




Episode 5 of The Great British Sewing Bee used leather and they’ve given us a clip on how to make a clutch bag using leather. Bernina has put together its own tutorial on how to make a clutch bag – we think it’s even better than the Sewing Bee one, and even easier using the Foot 56.



Don’t forget we have 20% discount on the Bernina Foot 56V Teflon Open Embroidery Foot  and Bernina Foot 56 Teflon for April only.



If you’re sewing leather (or any other material where pin holes may show) then don’t forget to order your binding clips, as used in the clutch bag tutorial.


Simple binding clips or Clover Wonder Clips are a great alternative to pins, especially when working with heavy weight fabrics, piles, and vinyls. Wonder Clips can hold layered sections of sewing projects such as handle connectors to handbags and piping without distortion. They will hold quilt binding while sewing and are so easy to find when dropped on the floor.


Contact Quilt Direct to order, or for any queries relating to Bernina or quilting – we’re happy to help.

If you’ve used the new Bernina Embroidery Software then you know how fantastic it is, and here is an excellent reason why you should consider an upgrade, and if you haven’t then here is one more reason why you should – Stumpwork!

Stumpwork is the technique that allows us to create raised designs to form a 3-dimensional effect. It dates back to Elizabethan England, and uses wire, padding and even glue to create 3D effects to add depth to embroidery. Stumpwork uses  variety of different materials and techniques such as silk, wire, beads and padding.  Stumpwork is far more freeform than other forms of embroidery, and your only limit is your imagination.

Visualizing, designing and then creating stumpwork used to be the reserve of only the most talented and confident quilters but the BERNINA Embroidery Software DesignerPlus 7 brings your embroideries to life. Turn a flat embroidery design into a three-dimensional masterpiece. Add petals to flowers for a naturalistic effect; create a flip flop design fit to be worn.

Bernina have a video on how to create stumpwork using the BERNINA Embroidery Software. It takes you through all the steps and you end with a  gorgeous design.  The video makes it look and dead simple, and almost too easy. With very little help and some basic instruction it really can be that simple!

If you’d like to find out more about creating stumpwork with the BERNINA DesignerPlus 7 then give us a call to find out more, or sign up for one of our workshops where we show YOU how to get the most from your Bernina, and guide you through the process.

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