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Bernina L860

Bernina L860

Overlocker with color touch screen

  • One-step BERNINA Air Threader
  • Easy on-screen stitch selection
  • Convenient freearm
  • Total Stitch Control for perfect seams
  • Grand sewing space


Julian Collins is fascinated by the L 860 – and for good reason. Because the L 860 is the perfect overlocker for beginners and professionals alike. From easy looper threading with the One-step BERNINA Air Threader, to navigation on the large touch screen for an easy stitch selection, to the built-in Needle Threader and swing-out presser foot, the L 860 simplifies his entire sewing process. Like Julian, you’ll appreciate the Expert and Guided Modes to help you create your perfect stitch.


The One-step BERNINA Air Threader

  • Thread the machine by one simple step
  • Now, you're ready to sew
  • Imagine threading that is actually fun

The looper threads are magically moved through the machine by air with one simple step on the foot control. Now both hands are free to guide the threads. The L 860 automatically sets the loopers in the correct position of the air threader – no turning the handwheel or searching for the correct position. Simply press the foot control and you're off!

Extremely fast, precise & quiet

  • Sew up to 1,500 stitches per minute
  • Strong and consistent at any speed
  • Program speed via touch screen

Not only can you sew quickly, but you can also sew stitch-by-stitch, making the flawless production of precise lines and curves a simple process. Plus, you will enjoy how extremely quiet the BERNINA L 860 sews. Best of all, you can easily adjust the maximum and minimum speed at any time on the color touch screen. 

Sew in comfort

  • Raise and lower presser foot easily
  • Both hands free to guide the fabric
  • Easy access to the needles

With the BERNINA Free Hand System (FHS) you can raise and lower the presser foot with your knee. In addition, the presser foot easily swings out for convenient access to the needles.

Intuitive operation via touch screen

  • Centrally located color touch screen
  • Sewing Consultant, Stitch Optimizer & helpful animations
  • Expert Mode or Guided Mode

Stitch selection, individual stitch settings or personal memory – the touch screen has all available & allows you to make changes while sewing. Advanced users can apply all settings directly in Expert Mode, while the Guided Mode offers step-by-step instructions. Both modes automatically set the thread tension, stitch length and differential feed along with stitch selection.

Grand sewing space

  • 5 5/8" right to the needle
  • Easy on/off Slide-on Table included
  • Convenient freearm

The space offered on the L 860 is generous by any definition. The L 860 has the room to the right of the needle and work space height you expect from a BERNINA serger. Sew closed items with ease by simply sliding sleeves or cuffs over the convenient freearm.

Total Stitch Control

  • Save 100 Stitches in your Personal Memory
  • Adjust stitch parameters while sewing
  • Set needle stop permanently up or down

With the L 860 you can change all settings individually and save up to 100 stitches in your Personal Memory. Also, stitch length, differential feed, thread tension, cutting width or any other stitch parameter can be adjusted while sewing. A simple turn of the mtc (Micro Thread Control) lets you modify the amount of overedge thread.

Quick threading

  • One-path, color-coded threading
  • Automatic needle stop function
  • Integrated Needle Threader

The integrated Needle Threader and automatic needle stop up function make threading the needles simple. You can easily change from an overlock seam to a rolled hem or flatlock seam in no time because the thread remains in the same threading path.


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Features & Functions



One-step BERNINA Air Threader (for looper threads)  
Expert Mode and Guided Mode  
Sewing space to the right of the needle 143 mm / 5 5/8"
BERNINA Free Hand System (FHS) with knee lifter  
Swing-out presser foot with auto swing back  
Workspace height 86 mm / 3 3/8"
Total number of stitches 18

Stitch Variations

Total number of stitches 18
4-thread overlock 1  
3-thread overlock (wide / narrow) 2  
3-thread super-stretch 1  
3-thread flatlock ( wide / narrow) 2  
3-thread narrow seam 1  
3-thread rolled hem 1
3-thread picot stitch 1  
2-thread rolled hem 1  
2-thread wrapped overlock (wide / narrow) 2  
2-thread overlock (wide / narrow) 2  
2-thread blanket stitch (wide / narrow) 2  
2-thread flatlock (wide / narrow ) 2  

Comfort Features

One-step BERNINA Air Threader (for looper threads)  
Color touch screen 4.3"
Expert Mode and Guided Mode  
Stitch selection / Settings on the screen  
Personal Memory for 100 individual stitches  
Helpful animations and tutorials  
Creative Sewing Consultant  
Stitch Optimizer  
Sewing space to the right of the needle 143 mm / 5 5/8"
BERNINA Free Hand System (FHS) with knee lifter  
Speed control via touch screen  
Integrated upper looper converter  
Easy to engage and disengage the knife from outside  
Rolled hem lever integrated under stitch plate  
Adjustable cutting width while sewing  
Thread tension release when presser foot raised
Adjustable thread tension while sewing  
2-step presser foot lifter with front-foot-lift  
Swing-out presser foot with auto swing back  
Workspace height 86 mm / 3 3/8"
Built-in needle threader  
Color-coded threading path  
Needle-stop up/down programmable  
Needle up/down with BERNINA foot control  
Automatic needle stop up  
Stitch-by-stitch sewing  
Micro Thread Control (mtc)  
Adjustable stitch length while sewing  
Adjustable differential feed while sewing  
Safety switch for open cover and raised presser foot  
2 LED sewing lights  
Thread cutter  
Accessories in the threader cover  

Technical Specifications

3– 9 mm overlock seam width  
Weight of machine 13.1 kg
6-step presser foot pressure
Motor DC
Sewing speed, stitches per minute 1500

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Glastonbury, CT
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