Bernette Chicago 7 Sewing Machine

Thanks to its conveniently arranged one-touch buttons, the Bernette Chicago 7 sewing machine is easy to use, making sewing and embroidery a breeze. Sewists will be quick to appreciate the versatility of this sewing and embroidery machine, using the simple alterations, personalization, embellishments and particularly large projects, ie quilts!

The Bernette Chicago 7 has over 150 decorative stitches, 20 quilting stitches, two alphabets, a maximum stitch width of 7 mm, as well as 100 built-in embroidery designs. And thanks to the automatic one-step buttonhole and a simple threading system, all sewing projects can be accomplished quickly and easily.

And as most people who quilt also do other forms of sewing the automatic one-step buttonhole and simple threading system means sewing projects can be accomplished quickly and easily.

I also love the nifty scissor holder feature at the front of the machine!

Best of all, if you don’t have the funds right now, and REALY REALLY want this machine, Sewing Machines Plus offer generous payments terms, and, you get 50% off Craftsy classes with your purchase!

Main Features of the Bernina Chicago 7

As you can see, The Bernette Chicago 7 sewing machine comes with a raft of features!

  • Computerized sewing machine with 80 stitches, 10-year warranty on mechanical parts
  • Securing stitch, speed control, manual thread cutter, drop feed-dogs for free-motion stitching
  • Lightweight and portable at  13lbs, perfect for visiting clubs and groups!
  • Full-Size Machine
  • 6 1/4″ to the right of the needle
  • 7mm stitch width
  • Enlarge/reduce designs 20% up or down
  • 200 built-in stitches
  • Bernette Chicago 7 Sewing Machine2 Alphabets
  • 100 built-in embroidery designs
  • 1 built-in Font
  • Built-in Editing Tools
  • ARTlink/BERNINA Software compatible
  • CutWork Compatible
  • Flip Top Stitch Display
  • Start/Stop Button
  • Semi-Automatic Needle Threader
  • 2-Step Presser foot Lifter
  • 1-Step Buttonhole
  • USB capable
  • Needle-stop up/down
  • Hook System – Drop-In
  • Stitch Patterns – 200
  • Buttonhole – 1-step
  • Display – LCD
  • Embroider functionality
  • Embroidery Area – 110 x 170mm
  • Built-in embroidery motifs – 100
  • USB Port
  • Editing possibility (flip, rotate, scale)
  • Stitches per minute – 800
  • Utility Stitches – 14
  • Quilting Stitches – 20

There are plenty of embroidery patterns to choose from, but you can create your own by simply plugging in your USB stick (compatible with the BERNINA CutWork Software).

The Bernina Chicago 7 In Action

At the highest speed setting, the Bernina Chicago 7 moves more slowly than some other sewing and embroidery machines, but the stitch quality is excellent. I prefer accuracy over speed any day! And of course, when quilting, slow and steady wins the race.

The following videos give a much better idea than I can describe here:

And quilting in the hoop

What’s In The Box

As to be expected from a top notch company, Bernina always does well in the accessory department. This time though, there is no walking foot, this is an optional extra so bear that in mind.

  • Blindstitch presser foot – for attractive blind hemming on clothing and home textiles.
  • Overlocker presser foot – The perfect presser foot for tidying up edges as well as creating decorative cuffs, hems and buttonhole seams.
  • Zipper foot – Get creative with the zipper foot for easy and challenging sewing projects, as well as zippers and beading work.
  • Zig Zag foot – The ideal companion for ongoing sewing projects as well as for decorative stitches and patchwork projects.
  • Seam guide right – An invaluable tool for achieving straight edges and parallel seams.
  • Button sew on foot – For sewing on buttons and rings, as well as other ornaments.
  • Embroidery foot -For decorative embroidery, buttonhole seams and sewing projects.
  • Darning/embroidery foot – For free-hand sewing, such as darning holes and tears.
  • Chicago Embroidery Hoop – Large embroidery hoop – for large motifs.
  • Buttonhole foot with slide – The perfect foot for sewing buttonholes, with or without cording.
  • Needle Assortment – Contains needles in different sizes for varying applications.
  • Bobbins – Bernette bobbins always maintain the thread tension consistent s0 you can produce accurate sewing and embroidery projects.


This machine isn’t quite as solidly built as the more expensive models being constructed with a hard plastic which is prone to becoming brittle. Proper care is needed if you want this machine to last.

It’s not the quietest machine and there is some vibration.

No walking foot.

No auto tension.


Conveniently arranged one touch buttons.

Compatibility with the BERNINA CutWork Software.

Good selection of quilting stitches.

Neat stitches.



There are a few issues with the Bernette Chicago 7 Sewing Machine, however, it has a lot going for it. If you’re on a budget and want a Bernina sewing machine then this fits the bill. If you’re a serious, expert quilter then the Bernina 780 would serve you better.



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