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Bernina 830 I've had this machine since the early 80's and have hardly used it as it has never worked properly. my latest issue is that the zigzag selector will not turn back to straight stitch. A Bernina 830 sewing machine was given to me and had not been used in quite some time. I threaded it and started it up to see if it still worked and everything was running smoothly, then it suddenly stopped, but the light still worked. Manually moving the needle also still worked smoothly. It suddenly began to work then stopped again. I'm going to clean it and oil it, but I was wondering if there may be a more serious problem? Thanks for your help.

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Pop the top open. (push up on each end with thumbs). With the top off and you watch the mechanism as you move the stitch selector up and down you will notice this moves between a forked shaped part on the right side in back that is supposed to click in place back and forth. Its very common for this to be gummed
up. Oil it and keep moving it back and forth and oil it again. It will
start clicking in and you will be in business.

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