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My machine is giving me an error 88 and keeps flashing fast when I turn it on.

I have embroidered several things but am not having a problem with my embroidery unit. When I attach it to the sewing maching and turn it on it gives me an error 88 and the start button flashes fast red. Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    I have a futura 350 and just turned it on and it is flashing 88 and all the buttins are flashing red! Brand new machine, only used it about 10 times! I hope there's an easy fix!

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    when the embroidery part is attached the machine light up and the number 88 light up in the display window.

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My machine is giving me an error 88 and keeps flashing fast when I turn it on.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010

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Attach the hoop ONLY after you turn on the machine.

Posted on Aug 01, 2007

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I had that problem when the machine was not threaded correctly. I now floss the thread back and forth through the tension area everty time I thread the machine, to make sure the thread is in the right place.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007

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    R.A. Ellis Nov 16, 2017

    Ooh, be careful "flossing" up and down. Thread should only be pulled DOWN between the tension disks. Instead, try RAISING the presser foot when threading. Raising the presser foot releases the tension disk so the thread will seat completely in the tension disk.

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