Bernina Activa 125 Sewing Machine Review

Bernina Activa 125For casual hobbyists who are planning to start a sewing career and upgrade to a capable and versatile sewing machine, the Bernina Activa 125 is ideal. This excellent model from the world-renowned Bernina boasts of a variety of customized stitches as well as a convenient and compact design.

This model is quite portable which makes it easy and comfortable to travel to and from sewing classes or sewing jobs. Just like the other Bernina models, the Activa 125 offers a wide selection of stitches in its library, giving the sewer limitless choices ranging from practical stitches to decorative stitches.

It has an ergonomically designed foot control that has its own power cord. The small compact size of the machine belies the immense range of top-notch features.

Some of the notable features include an easy-to-view LCD screen, customized stitch memory, programmable and repeatable buttonholes, quick reverse button and a freehand sewing system. Sewers can have more creative control over their projects with the adjustable stitch length and width feature.

The compact size of the Bernina Activa 125 makes it easy to carry it around to sewing engagements.

Despite its small size, the Activa 125 sewing machine can help sewers create their best projects. This is a highly recommended machine for novice sewers who are looking to upgrade their careers.

It has a versatile stitch library allowing the sewer to choose the best stitch style that will work best with the project.


  • Adjustable stitch length and stitch width
  • Compact and convenient size


  • Beginners will need to familiarize themselves with the machine


  • Bernina Activa 125Easy-to-view LCD screen
  • Automatic buttonholes
  • Customized stitch memory
  • Stitch library
  • 19 stitches and 1 buttonhole
  • Programmable and repeatable buttonholes
  • Five snap-on presser feet
  • CB hook
  • Infinitely variable stitch length and width
  • Quick reverse button
  • Freehand sewing system

To conclude, this is a high quality sewing machine that is best suited for beginners who want to start on their sewing careers.

Bernina Artista 180e Sewing & Embroidery Machine Review

Bernina Activa 125The Bernina Artista 180E is considered an upgraded version of the Bernina 180. This embroidery and sewing machine has all the functions of the Bernina 180 but with additional features that sewers will surely appreciate. Made using top notch Swiss technology, it is built to last.

It offers superior precision and craftsmanship that ensures high quality stitches all the time. Beginners and new users will not find it difficult to start working with the Bernina 180E with the help of a comprehensive owner’s manual. With its ease of use, durability and precision results, it is ideal for homeowners, hobbyists and even for small businesses.

It offers hundreds of different stitches: from the most common and practical stitches to decorative stitches. There are also several quilt stitches, sideway motion stitches, and other decorative stitches such as the alphabet and embroidery design stitches.

This model is also equipped with stitch functions such as continuous stitch adjustment, unlimited stitch adjustment and long basting stitch. With the Bernina 180E, one only needs to press the right buttons to select the desired function. It also offers eleven buttonhole choices giving the sewer more options for more creative control.

A feature unique to the 180E  and SE350 is the third version of Bernina’s artlink and the fourth version of the CPS software. The artlink allows the user to download any art format from the Internet and load it directly into the 180E.

There are literally hundreds of other sewing stitches and embroidery patterns that can be used and modified with the Bernina artista. You can even digitize you own designs and stitches for added creativity and personalization.


  • Touch screen feature to make sewing projects easier
  • Can sew all types of fabric from heavy materials to the most delicate fibers
  • Offers a superb buttonhole feature


  • The wide set feed dogs may make sewing projects more tedious


  • Automatic stitch settings
  • Variety of decorative stitches
  • Free-hand system
  • Innovative sewing system (Directional Sewing)
  • Completely customizable
  • Accessory case
  • Thread cutter
  • 597 stitches
  • Free hand system pressure foot lifter

Overall this is a highly recommended sewing machine offering a diverse and comprehensive range of features that any sewer, whether beginner or professional, will surely love and appreciate.