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I removed the bobbin holder of the Bernina 540-2. Want to reassemble. How do I set this properly on the shaft

Not difficult once you've done it. Some pretty good videos on how to clean and oil, removing the bobbin case & hook. FWIW, there are lots of videos showing how to remove and reinstall the bobbin case, hook, etc.
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I have a 440 that I clean and oil frequently. My machine also has a retaining ring behind the race cover that is removable to be cleaned. There is only one way that it will fit. Just remember what order you took things apart. The hook is probably the most difficult to replace. You just have to be patient and not force it. Turn it around until it sets. It's like the two pieces are in the shape of the letter C and they have to face each other to fit together to form a complete circle.

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The wheel won't move, cleaned out dust and put oil where instructed

Please tell us the make & model. If an older mechanical machine, it quite possibly needs a thorough clean and oil as the old oil dries out over time and seizes the machine.

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How to clean and oil machine

Depends on the make/model of your machine. Different machines require different care. It is important to clean and oil frequently as directed in the owner's manual. Be sure to use the correct oil--no 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil, or old and stinky sewing machine oil. (If it is brown, throw it out!!!) Also, one or two drops each spot is sufficient--do not over-oil!

Problems with tension? Install a brand new needle.

Remove the upper thread completely from the machine. Raise the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. Confirm that the thread path is correct.

Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low numbers (this is a good beginning point, but may need some tweaking, especially when dealing with different threads and fabrics).

Confirm the bobbin is loaded in the bobbin case correctly and threaded properly.

Test your machine. If the upper thread is showing under the fabric, the upper tension is too loose. If the bobbin thread is pulling to the top of the fabric, the upper tension is too tight.

Tension is correct when the upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.


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Thehook assembly will not move when you turn wheel

Could be a multitude of issues depending on your machine make & model. If it is an older mechanical machine, it most likely seized due to lack of regular cleaning and oiling. Consult the owner's manual for maintenance instructions and use ONLY fresh good quality sewing machine oil & applying only 1-2 drops of oil each spot.

You can take it for the standard sewing machine checkup service.
If you have the patience and time, you can try fixing it yourself:

In the future, be sure to clean and oil regularly (every 40 hours of sewing, every 6 months if not in use). Use ONLY fresh good quality sewing machine oil, applying 1-2 drops of oil each spot. Consult the owner's manual for instructions.


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Remove sewing maqchine case

Plate on bottom: Remove screws. Keep screws in safe place and oil moving parts with good quality sewing machine oil. Zoom with spout for sewing machines & servers is what I use purchased online...lubricate gears with Singer lubricant (in tube). Tip machine back onto a towel to remove screws. Just one drop oil on moving parts & dot of lube gear only if not showing signs of grease already. Please remove bobbin and presser foot before cleaning/oiling. One drop oil then generously SMEAR oil on oscillating hook, open right front door & one drop top of needle bar. Clean out race shuttle for lint, fuzz balls, broken threads with soft sewing machine brush & clean your feed dogs gently with bristles too. Hope this helps. Do not clean machine near children or curious pets! I run my machine with pedal on table top so I don't accidentally step on it. Control with right hand to see moving parts. At your own risk, of course. Safe and effective but only if you are extremely careful. Replace all screws securely. Put in new needle all the way UP into needle bar groove, presser foot UP turning handwheel towards you, flat end of needle to back, Thread Front to Back of needle.. Keeping presser foot raised @ highest position ensures thread locates the tension slots properly. Jimmy

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I think you need a different repair man, one who know what he's doing, please find another repair shop,,one that clean & service the machine for you.

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The brother website has free operation manuals
On the home page,, on the left hand side down towards
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Click on it & it will take you to another page where you can
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