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Activia 130 Thanks for thehelp here but the machine is not sewing at all!!! i HAVE put it in the corner of my sewing machine and back to my ole Kenmore. It seems like the Kenmore is more of a better machine if you ask me. Never ever had these kind of problems with my Kenmore.

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  • Kath713 Dec 13, 2008

    I meant to say I have put the Bernina in the corner of my sewing room! And now sewing with the Kenmore. Seems like the Kenmore is more reliable the Bernina.

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2009

    My Activa 130 stopped sewing on me while I was working on a fleece blanket one day. I thought my kids had unplugged the cord or switched off the power switch, but no, that wasn't the problem. Took it in to my local Bernina dealer they anylyzed said it was a power suppy issue from an electrical power surge. I had never thought to purchase a power surge protector unit for my sewing machine! Has anyone else ever had this problem, if so are there any used power supplies out there for these machines? The repair estimate was between $ 400.00 and 500.00. 10 yr old Activa 130 is not worth that, in the meantime I am without a machine, help!

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Is the Activa a lower end machine? It sounds like it might simply need a service. The only time I have experieneced a machine refusing to sew when was it was gummed up with old oil and seized. Check all points of electricity when the cables plug in. It might sound obvious, but I've been caught out before :)

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