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My bernina (home art edition 160) needle just hits the case where the bobbin goes in, didn't know if anyone knows how to fix this?

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If you've changed the needle & it still hits the bobbin case then it's a good chance the machine is out of time & needs to be repaired

Posted on Feb 24, 2012

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SOURCE: Needle hits bobbin outer casing

Your hook/needle timing is off and it needs to be seen by a technician before you damage the hook. Some dealers can do a 24 hour repair for an additional charge.
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It sounds like the machine is out of time.. However, it is not an easy fix at home.

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

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SOURCE: using a bernina gold latch bobbin case on the Bernina 435 machine

There isn't a Bernina 435. If you are referring to the 430 than the gold latch bobbin case will not work in that machine. If you are talking about the Bernina 450 the gold latch will work in that machine, with or without the embroidery module.

Posted on Aug 15, 2009

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SOURCE: needle hitting bobbin case model 750

This is a timing problem the hook timing needs adjustment, and possible the needle timing also

Posted on Oct 13, 2009

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If the needle hits the bobbin case the are only 2 things that could be wrong. Lets hope its the easy one, there are more than one length of needles, if the needle is to long or it is not all the way up in the neelde bar, the needle will hit the inside of the bobbin case. Now if that is not the problem then the machine is out of time. ALWAYS check the easy stuff FIRST.

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The lower tension on my bernina 1005 stitches ok for a couple of inches then goes loose for a bit and then back to normal - normal checks done including a new needle?


Is your bobbin case a genuine Bernina bobbin case? If not, replacing the bobbin case will solve the problem. It is a common problem to find a Oriental copy of a bobbin case in a Bernina machine for a number of reasons, such as where the casing was swapped by accident or intentionally. Most often, repair technicians don't know the difference and would rather pay $7.00 for a Chinese casing rather than $56.00 for an OEM casing. Whatever the case may be, if the machine tension nests on the bottom side, stitches erratically, or breaks thread, changing the casing can solve the problem.
The bobbin cases may have similarities but there are subtle physical differences that prevents thread escapement over the bobbin case.
Much more information would be needed in order to discover your problem, however.
Other problems can occur by incorrect starting of the machine such as beginning sewing by holding the top thread rather than turning the machine hand-wheel in the direction so that the take-up lever is at the highest position. Machines like the 1005 do not have an automatic "Needle Stop' function.
There can also be similar problems if an industrial cone spool is used where thread is being pulled off of the spool's side rather than from the top center of the spool.
If the bobbin case is an OEM casing it is possible that the "loop lift (needle and sewing hook) timing" has been knocked out such as having had a collision of the needle with a button, zipper, straight pin, etc. Bernina 1005's and all of the newer machines are not constructed in such a way that would prevent this from occurring. As mentioned, more information would be needed here.
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Jul 04, 2014 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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Bobbin Mechanism


There are two types of bobbin mechanism, rotary and oscillating, rotary goes one way and oscillating goes back and forth, if the needle is hitting the bobbin case or raceway either the needle is bent or thge machine needs retiming

Sep 29, 2013 | Sewing Machines

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My Bernina Activa 140 (12 yrs. old,first time to have any trouble with it) has stopped stitching properly. The top thread looks normal but underneaty(the bobbin thread I guess) is just giant loops an


Almost every time this will be due to the machine being not threaded correctly. I've been sewing for 45 years and still mis-thread my machine occasionally. It's also possible that the bobbin thread didn't seat quite right when you put in the bobbin. Or, I've had mine do that if I didn't quite get the presser foot lever down completely. (working with heavy fabrics usually)

If that is not the case here, try replacing your needle with a new one, as it might have developed a small burr, and be certain that it's the correct needle for the fabric. Sometimes it can also be that the needle is in backwards. Also, cleaning it, (the bobbin area), out thoroughly by using a soft brush and some canned air can do wonders for it. Then use a drop or two of sewing machine oil where your manual indicates it to go in that area.

If none of that fixes the problem, let me know and I'll see if there is a problem specific to your machine that can happen.

Happy Sewing! :)

Oct 27, 2012 | Bernina Activa 140

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Needle wont catch bobbin thread. Think timing is out.


First change your needle... it's probably bent and make sure you are using a needle FOR Denim in a size 18. Hand run the machine... if you still feel it hitting something... it is out of time. Take it in for repair.

Oct 05, 2012 | Singer 8763 Curvy

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Clanking noise & won't sew


Are you sure you put the correct type of needle in? Normally, if you have any problem, cleaning and oiling will fix it. It sounds like you either didn't tighten the needle screw or you put the wrong type of needle in.

Jun 24, 2012 | Janome Sewing Machines

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Singer Athena 2009 needle hitting plastic in bobbin case


here's something to check
is the needle inserted all the way in to the needle holder?
needle--flat side goes to the back of the machine
is the needle clamp screw tight or loose?
if the needle is correctly in the needle holder & the needle clamp screw is tight --then the needle bar is out of time & need to be serviced
IF YOU DO HAVE TO TAKE IT TO BE SERVICED AFTER YOU GET IT HOME STOP RIGHT THEN & SEW ON THE MACHINE TO MAKE SURE THEY FIXED THE MACHINE & IT SEWS LIKE IT SUPPOSE TO, I HAD ONE CUSTOMER THAT TOOK THEIR MACHINE TO A SHOP & THEY CLEANED IT AGAIN & DIDN'T FIX IT BUT CHARGED THEM FOR IT & THEY BROUGHT IT TO ME TO FIX & IT HAD TO BE RETIME
did you get a instruction manual for the machine if not check at singer
Go to the singer website
Click on customer support--there will be a drop down menu
Choose instruction manual
In the box type the model number---2009
Click search--if you don't see a manual--contact singer customer service

Feb 11, 2012 | Singer Sewing Machines

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My needle has started hitting on the bobbin case in the mahine,can anyone tell me how to fix this problem.


Could be a couple of things:

Could be a bent needle? please change it for a sharp new one and make sure it goes in correctly, flat shank to the back.

Bobbin case dislodged or not in correctly ; I think these are vertical rotary hook machines with the bobbin inside a removeable bobbin case? Check that you have put the case in correctly, there is usually a long finger on the case that latches into a point on the rotary hook, holding the case in the correct position. Probably also a latch on the front of the bobbin case, which you use to fit it into place and remove it.

Lastly could be that the machine timing is out. Manually turn through a stitch sequence with no thread or bobbin, the needle needs to be at its lowest point down into the bobbin area when the rotary hook brings the thread around to catch at the back of the needle.

If you suspect it is the timing, you may want to get a technician to do this repair but certainly try the first two items first.

Oct 13, 2011 | PfaFF Creative 7570

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I have a bernina activa 130 and when you turn the wheel to insert the needle into the fabric the needle breaks. I am not sure what to check.


Check that your needle is centred when straight-stitch is selected and / or that you have the correct stitch-plate fitted. Is the needle breaking because it is hitting the stitch-plate or is it breaking when the needle goes down through the slot/hole in the stitch-plate. If you are sewing zig/zag or patterns, you must have a slotted stitch-plate fitted. If it's breaking when the needle passes below the stitch-plate, then take the bobbin /bobbin case out and the hook/shuttle and see if it still happens. If it does, the timing on your machine may be out and need professional adjustment. If it doesn'y happen after removing just the bobbin case, make sure the bobbin case is being correctly fitted.

Sep 19, 2011 | Bernina Activa 130

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The needle is hitting the bobbin caseing


Needle is either bent, not fully into the needle housing or your timing is out.

So change the needle and make sure it is fully up into the housing before tightening the thumb screw. Now gently turn machine through a stitch sequence manually.

If you can hear it any noise from the needle at the bottom of its movement touching the bobbin casing, then the timing is out and needs adjustment. I've always left this to the technician so suggest you take it to your local Bernina service centre.

If you don't know where one is you can locate via their website. http://www.bernina.com/country_search-n111-sEN.html , then search your country and go to the local website. The Contact Us page should give you address telephone number and email details.

Jun 28, 2011 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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