Bernette 33 Sewing Machine Review & Overview

The Bernette 33 is the first of the two mechanical machines in the 30 series of sewing machines from sewing machine brand Bernette. The other models in the series are the Bernette 37 and the bernette 38 which are both computerised models. The other mechanical sewing machine is the Bernette 35, which is slightly more advance then the b33.

The b33 is a basic entry-level machine, but it still has a lot of features, a lot of stitches, and is a great sewing machine for the money. In this bernette b33 sewing machine review, we will go over all of the features and functions, as well as the pros and cons.

Main Features of the Bernette b33 Sewing Machine

The Bernette 33 sewing machine from bernette has a ton of great features that makes it perfect for any novice and experienced sewists. With easy-to-use design and intuitive controls.

The Bernette 33 model does have a four-step buttonhole, it can sew with a twin needle and it got two spool pins. There is a nice carry handle on the top for when you want to take it class or move it and the machine weighs around fourteen fifteen pounds. It has metalworking parts and on the throat plate it is possible to put a seam gauge and screw that in place. The needle plate also has markings into it to help us with a seam allowance. It does have the removable free arm and a drop feed lever for when you are doing free motion work. The free motion foot is however not included but can be purchased as an stand alone accessory.

The needle threader is not fully automatic but is super simple to use and works really well. It also has a manual thread cutter that works great and is well positioned on the machine. Even though the Bernette 33 is a fairly basic model it still go through a multitude of fabrics and materials even up to a kind of lightweight denim. So if you are just starting out sewing and not sure if you’re going to like it or how much you will use it, the Bernette 33 is not a huge investment but it will get you through loads of different fabrics and have a lot of useful features.

Bernette 33 Features
bernette 33 Features
Bernette 33 Sewing Machine
Bernette 33 Sewing Machine

Ease of Use

The Bernette 33 is a very simple machine to operate. It has simple dials and everything is labeled clearly. The manual tension dial, stitch selection dial, stitch length dial, and reverse lever are all located on the front. Front loading bobbins are also very simple to use. However, keep in mind that it only has a four-step buttonhole, which is slightly more complicated than a one-step buttonhole. The user manual from bernette is helpful in explaining all the features and functions that comes with the Bernette 33 sewing machine. Bernette has also made a great series of tutorials that can be seen on YouTube on how to thread, wind bobbins, select stitches and so one. The first video in the series can be seen here below.

b33 Threading Tutorial


The Bernette 33 model features a good range of kind of beginner stitches as well as a four step button hole. The front of the Bernette 33 has is a stitch diagram with the corresponding letters, so it is very easy to select the stitch with the dials. It has 15 built in stitch patterns and 14 utility stitches, including stretch stitches. You can adjust the length and adjust the width on the stitch with a maximum stitch length of 4 mm and stitch width of 5 mm.

Bernette 33 Stitch Pattern
bernette b33 Stitch Pattern

Included Accessories

The bernette 33 comes with the most basic accessories but everything you need to start off with. It comes with 5 presser feet, a needle set and a foot control, everything you need to get going. The included presser feet are a four step buttonhole foot, a blind hemming foot, a zipper foot and a button sewing foot. The accessories tray on the Bernette 33 is well positions and easily opens up to get all presser feet, bobbins and needles. The machine of course also comes with a printed manual. All the additional accessories that can be added to the Bernette 33 can be seen here.

Bernette 33 Included Accessories
bernette 33 Included Accessories

Pros & Cons of the bernette b33

When it comes to the bernette 33’s pros, it has several great qualities such as high-quality construction, simple controls, and comprehensive features. It lacks a few features, such as a speed regulator, needle stop up/down, and some users have reported vibrations while using it.


  • Easy to use controls and dials
  • Good value
  • Lots of features


  • No speed regulator
  • No needle stop up / down button
  • Some Vibrations


The Bernette 33 sewing machine is a great option if you’re seeking for a dependable sewing machine that can handle most sewing projects for a reasonable price. For those who are just starting out with sewing or who want a budget choice that doesn’t need a lot of very advanced features the Bernette 33 may be a great choice. If you are interested in some of the features that are not included, have a look at the Bernette 35 which is the other mechanical model in the bernette 30 series and comes with a few more included features.

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