Did you know that with Bernina’s snap-on shank, you can use Janome feet on your Bernina? Not many Bernina models come with the snap-on shank, but it can be purchased as an accessory from your local Bernina store. The snap-on shank’s part number is 006082.73.00.
The snap-on shank that we tested here at Temecula Valley Sewing Center was the one that comes with the Bernina B 330. The foot, or sole that we used was one of the ones for Janome horizontal rotary hook type machines. When browsing the foot selection at your local Janome dealer, you will see that many of the feet are labeled accordingly.
The snap-on shank will fit most Bernina machines made in the last 15 years. If your machine takes the Bernina “white package” feet, then the snap-on shank will fit on it. This would include, but is not limited to the following models:
125, 130, 131, 135, 140, 145, 150, 153, 155, 163, 165, 170, 180, 200, 210, 220, 230, 240, 430, 440, 450, 630, 640, and 730.
Keep in mind that most Janome feet accommodate a 7mm stitch width. This may be more narrow or wider than your Bernina machine can handle. Most Bernina oscillating hook machines have a 5.5 milimeter stitch width, and most Bernina rotary hook machines have a 9 milimeter stitch width.
If you already own a Janome sewing machine and the bobbin loads from the top rather than through the front of the machine, you have a horizontal rotary hook type machine.
Janome feet that are labeled to fit oscillating hook type machines will most likely not work well with the Bernina snap-on shank. Also, Janome feet, like their walking feet and darning feet, will not fit the Bernina snap-on shank. Please remember, whenever you are trying to fit a presser foot to your machine, make sure to turn the handwheel by hand to ensure that the needle and needle clamp are not striking the shank or foot.