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I sew a jeans with my Bernette 55, but it became heavy on the left and right sides. I stopped and tried and tried again. After that, there was something wrong with the bobbin driver (where the bobbin

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I hate to say it but I think you broke it. take it in.

Posted on Nov 06, 2012

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It could be that there is a loose piece of thread, or some fluff which is obstructing the tension gauge. Try blowing around the theading area (or even run the hoover pipe near it to see if you can **** it out). I cleared mine by folding a piece of non fluffy material and rubbing gently between the tension dial and machine.

Good luck

Posted on May 22, 2008

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SOURCE: need help making a bobbin...

Ahah! I was having a similar problem, but figured it out. What you do is you first put the spool of thread you want on the bobbin in its normal place, just as if you were sewing. Then you take the end of the thread and wrap it around the metal button-looking thing on the top of the metal string catcher on top of the machine. Wrap it around once in a figure eight sort of pattern (or kinda like a Jesus-fish symbol). Then you take the end and put it through one of the holes on the bobbin. Make sure there's enough so that it won't slide out, because it will wind at sewing speed. Now, you take the bobbin and put it on the metal post on the right-hand side of the machine, the one in front next to the white plastic round with a screw in the middle. It should fit on tightly.

Now, here's the part that took me forever: on most machines I've encountered, there's a switch somewhere that tells the machine to wind the bobbin. On the White Fashionaire 2380 that switch is the bobbin-holder itself (the metal post it is on right now!). Push the post, bobbin and all, towards the white plastic thing (sorry, but it's late and proper teminology eludes me). It should click over, and your thread should be going from the spool, around the metal button (in a figure eight fashion) and should be threaded through one of the holes in the bobbin. Now you hold the end of the thread and press the pedal, and after a short while the thread will be pulled out of your hand (or possibly not, if it's long enough). Keep going until you have enough thread on the bobbin, and cut it loose! You're done!

Posted on Aug 20, 2008

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SOURCE: Bernette sewing machine making a mess of thread on back of fabric

I once heard from a great sewing instructor that if the problem is on the back of the fabric then it is a spool to needle problem.... if the problem is on the top of the fabric, then it is a bobbin problem. Check your machine for dust and stray threads. Check your bobbin casing for dust and stray threads.

Posted on Dec 14, 2008

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SOURCE: Bernina Bernette 65 sewing machine

I had the same problem. I'm a novice sewer. I just bought my machine. It did the samething, tension didn't work, the thread kept knotting up underneath, and the fabric kept curling up in the back.

I adjusted the tension knobs to no avail. Then it kept bothering me that it was curling up. I then decided to set the dials back to where the factory had them and adjusted the presser foot just a hair counterclockwise and I haven't had anymore problems.

The other day the needle almost broke because the tension was tight on the thread. You have to make sure that the needle is at it's highest point to get it to release the fabric so you have a thread tail.

This is my first purchased machine. I had a New Home years ago that was given to me, however it blew away in the tornado of 1991 in Kansas and I never replaced it. I really do love this machine. I don't believe I will ever want another.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009

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my bernette do not teke tha low strak

Posted on Dec 28, 2009

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How do I turn off THE BOBBIN winder on a Bernette 65 sewing machine?


The bobbin spindle needs to be moved to the left in the slot to disengage the winding mechanism. (It may be easier to do this with the bobbin on the spindle. The bobbin and spindle should be moved to the right after putting the bobbin on for winding.)

The directions and pictures for winding the bobbin are on page 30-31 of the manual. The manual is available from Bernina on their support page for the out-of-print Bernette machine manuals: .http://www.bernina.com/en-US/Support-US/Out-of-Print-Manuals/bernette-manuals/Bernette-Sewing-Machines . The direct link to the Bernette 65 manual is here: http://www.bernina.com/getdoc/6d2754b8-af09-4edb-a6a6-7a4c57965b8d/bernette-55-65-80e-90e .

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Oct 13, 2015 | Bernina BERNETTE 65 Mechanical Sewing...

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I'm trying to sew jeans hem and stitches are uneven on top and loops are showing underneath. Also the foot and needle will not sew over cross seams and thread keeps getting snarled up underneath. Tha


a lot of machines struggle with denim because it is such a heavy and dense textile. Many domestic machines won't stitch it at all due to this. Things you can try however:
  • Denim needle, this has a deeper groove at the back and is a heavy gauge needle, or use size 110 if you don't have denim needle.
  • Bash the side seams with a hammer in the area you will be stitching, to soften up the fibres.
  • Use a seam jumper, this is a piece of plastic to put in back of the presser foot as you approach a cross seam to help keep the presser foot pressure even across the fabric. Sometimes called a "thingy-a-jean" or similar.
  • Don't bother trying to use the heavy gauge yellow jean thread unless you put it through the bobbin and sew with the right side down. But even then, many machines can't handle having this heavy thread underneath and the regular 50 cotton on top, my Janome 1600 won't do it.
  • put your machine on slowest speed if you have a variable setting and turn the flywheel to assist it through the heavy side seams.
Personally, I never bother with the twice turned hem on denim if shortening, I just overlock the raw edge, turn up 1 cm and stitch around in a matching blue thread so it is seen as little as possible.

Feb 03, 2014 | Elna Sewing Machines

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I have a 2011 Juki DDL-8300N. Has always worked fine but while sewing on denim it suddenly seized up and stopped sewing. The needle is in the lowest postion through the jeans. I am unable to turn the


Your needle probably bent and got jammed. clip threads top and bottom of the fabric and remove... then get in the bobbin area and look for issues.

Sep 30, 2012 | Juki DDL-8300

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This is the 2nd time I have had to buy a new bobbin case base for my Bernette. I can't figure out what the heck I am doing wrong. It will jam and then after awhile it no longer wants to sit in...


That sounds like a horizontal bobbin case held in by a magnet like the Janomes have now: if so, then yes, I understand your frustration as I've replaced it on my Janome 1600P twice, always when I try to push the machine with sewing denim hems, it just won't hack it, the case will dislodge, then the needle strikes it and it jams up, again and again and again. However, my machine was serviced last year and the mechanic fitted a longer finger that holds the case down and it did fix the problem. So have you spoken to a Bernina dealer and voiced your dissatisfaction with it? Maybe they need to look at an after market fix too.

Otherwise, only other option is really to change the machine; I now use my trustly old Singer 20U when I need to seam heavy thicknesses as it can handle the heavier weight fabric okay.

Oct 21, 2011 | Bernina Bernette 75

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I have been sewing denim, and the top thread keeps breaking at the needle. What adjustments do I need to make. It also bunches from the bobbin.


Are you trying to use a heavy thread like buttonhole twist through the needle like the yellow thread on store bought jeans? Most domestic machines will not cope with this heavy thread and it will be too large for the eye of the needle too.

If you are using regular weight 50 polyester thread and its breaking then it could be because the top tension is too tight. Just loosen off 1/2 a number on top tension dial and see if this helps.

If possible, buy a pack of jeans needles size 100 too, these are blue coated with teflon I think, and makes it easier to slip through denim which is a very dense fabric.

Hemming denim jeans is probably one of the toughest jobs for a domestic sewing machine so if you are trying to do this, its a good idea to take it slowly and use a "humpjumper" which helps to maneouvre over the thick side seams.

However, even with all the above, many machines won't sew more than one layer of heavy dense weave denim.

Jul 20, 2011 | New Home HF-106

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Should the right hand needle be slightly longer than the left after changed? The right hand needle hangs a bit longer than the left. Is this correct?


Yes, needles are usually offset on sergers, one will be lower than the other.

You can download a manual from here: http://www.jukihome.com/products/mo644d.html its a pdf icon on left of screen, page 11 covers needles and the right needle is lower. It also says to change the right needle first, then the left one and to use a JL x 2 needle in the left side for heavy weight fabric.

Don't know with the Juki but I know my Bernette prefers the serger needles as they have a scarf/groove in the front as well as the back, ELX705, otherwise they are the same length as the standard domestic needle 130/705H.

Also, never unscrew the needle screw too far out, just enough to get the needles out and in, as there is sometimes a ballbearing up in the housing between the two needles and if you wind out the screws too far, this may drop out.

May 23, 2011 | Juki MO-644D Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Loops on bobbin side


Typically loops are a tension problem. Have you tried resetting your tension? You may have to also adjust your bottom tension, but be sure you mark (with fingernail polish or a sharpie) the original position so that you can put it back if it doesn't solve the problem. Also, what type of needle are you using? Try a jeans needle, maybe a 90 or 100. And, what kind of bobbin thread are you using? If you're using the same jeans thread, it may be too heavy for the bobbin. Try regular cotton or poly in the bobbin.

Oct 01, 2009 | Singer Featherweight II 117

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Breaking needles


It depends on how thick and strong your needle is- try getting a stronger or thicker needle and see if it works. Or it could just be the machine, something might be broken inside

Jan 17, 2009 | Bernina Bernette Deco 600

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Bernina bernette 65 tension


my bernette do not teke tha low strak

Jul 13, 2008 | Sewing Machines

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Thread tension problem when sewing on heavy fabrics


Sometimes when I need to use heavy thread for top stitching to reinforce a seam that has come undone, I will use the heavy thread on the top and regular thread on the bottom. I haven't tried it the other way around for hemming but I would think it would work. I do not currently have a Bernina.

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