I CANNOT get my fingers close enough to insert a new bulb. It took forever to get the old one out, but inserting the new seems to be impossible. Is there an easy way to do this? I would gladly remove the casing but cannot see how to do this either. Thanks for you help.
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Ah-ha--have had the same problem. When you remove the old bulb, there is a black flipper inside that is spring-loaded and closes. You have to hold that flipper open in order to push the new bulb into place.
Try using rubber gloves, like surgical gloves and moisten them slightly. Usually, that will provide enough grip while trying to insert it. Very difficult from experience. But, can be done.
There is a bulb insertion accessory tool included with some newer machines (although not Bernina--another brand) that is basically like a cut-off plastic chopstick with a suction device on the end. If you are creative, you may be able to fashion something of your own.
Check the bulb model number old versus new and make sure you have the same number bulb. The bulb number should be on the base of the bulb somewhere. If the bulb has tabs sticking out of the base, check to see that they are placed such that both tabs are on the same plane on the bulb base. Some bulbs have offset tabs that only go in one way to the socket. Try rotating the bulb 180 degrees and insert it again to the socket before trying to rotate it. Check your manual for bulb replacement procedure. Make sure also that you didn't rotate the glass bulb out of its base when you pulled the old one out, leaving the old base still stuck in the bulb socket. If this is the case, unplug the machine and use needle-nose pliers to remove the old bulb base before trying to replace the bulb.
On the left hand side of the machine on the end cap.
Changing the Light Bulb
The sewing light is located behind the face plate.
UNPLUG THE MACHINE. Wait until the bulb is COOL before you touch it!
1 2 3 Remove screw cap , screw and face plate .
To remove: pull out bulb from socket.
To replace: insert bulb into socket.
Attach face plate and insert screw and screw cap.
NOTE: Replace bulb with same type rated 12V, 5W.
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The needles are changed by inserted the hex wrench into what looks to be holes on the front and left side where the needles go into the machine.I'm not sure what size the hex wrench is but it's pretty small. From the manual, "Removing Needle: Unplug the machine. Turn the handwheel
counterclockwise to raise the needle bar to its highest position.
Loosen the needle clamp with the allen wrench and pull the needle out."
and "Inserting needle: When the neddle bar is at the highest position, insert a new needle in the needle holder, making sure that the groove of the needle faces you. Push the needle as far up as it will go and tighten the needle clamp screw." "Removing Needle: Unplug the machine. Turn the handwheel counterclockwise to raise the needle bar to its highest position. Loosen the needle clamp with the allen wrench and pull the needle out."
The machine takes DB x 1, or 1738 needles, and a size 14 needle is recommended.