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Bernina 1630 Hi my machine works great but I can't remember how to get the needle back to center position. I haven't used it in a while. dee

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I have a Bernina Virtuosa so not the same machine - but this may help. There is an icon on the front of the machine - it is a needlepoint pointing at a dot in an oval - there are arrow buttons on either side. These move the needle left or right of center and it shows on LED screen. I checked mine just now and if you turn machine off and on it resets to center automatically. Hope this helps - Happy Sewing!!

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Yes, turning off your machine automatically resets the needle to the middle position.

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