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Bernina 430 aurora will not sew, beeps when pedal is pushed...

I was sewing fine & then I got the oil light so I stopped and cleaned the fuzz and dropped a drop of oil in the hook race. Rethreaded & now all I get is a beep when I press the pedal. I think this is a simple problem but there is nothing in the instruction book about this.

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  • melmack2 Feb 24, 2009

    same problem. Please help.

  • slcsam Mar 12, 2009

    I'm not sure what you mean by the bar. Are you talking about the door to the hook? I've taken it out a few times and put it back on, but I'm still having the same problem. It just beeps at me and won't do anything. Please help!


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Ok, I feel like a fool but I figured out the problem. I didn't have my presser foot down! duh!

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If you took the door off check and make sure the lower thread sensor on the door is snapped on correctly. Many times it gets put on beneith the bar rather than over it.

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    Rick Dec 01, 2008

    Displayed: 180,000 stitches = sewing stitches + (embroidery stitches/2) (a200 principle).

    The stitch counter (up-counter) triggers a flashing symbol on the display as a reminder to the


    The counter is reset if the user confirms the message by pressing OK twice (refer to Instruction

    manual page 58)

    The counter is reset by the service technician by pressing OK twice in service programme 12.2.

    The message is cleared by pressing ESC but it will reappear the next time the machine is

    switched on unless acknowledged by pressing OK before that. After it has been cleared three

    times by pressing ESC, the message will not reappear. The counter is then reset automatically.

    In the

    user programme, the CLR

    key corresponds to ESC, and

    the # key corresponds to OK.


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