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When I sew it my machine makes a grinding noise within the bobbin area. I think I need to clean around the hook race but I have no idea how to remove the hook. There is a lever but I can't see how it does anything... I have no idea how to remove this so i can clean it. Please help!

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SOURCE: Bobbin Carriage clanking noise, yet the machine sews fine??

If your bobbin area is making a noise, then do NOT sew with the machine until a reputable technician looks at it. You may have thrown something just a little off line - not enough to affect sewing NOW, but it could easily cause troubles down the line.

I suggest you call ahead and talk directly to the repair person - not to the sales person. Ask if you can bring in the machine while he/she is in the shop so they can listen while you run it.

You aren't trying to cheat the store out of the repair charge, just ensuring that the problem is diagnosed correctly.

You paid lots of money for this machine - it deserves good care.

Posted on Dec 30, 2007

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SOURCE: There is a noise when I sew in the bobbin case

Sounds to me as though you're not pressing the hook retainer back into place properly, or that the spring retainer is not properly engaging with the metal 'pip' on the left-hand-side of the 'U'-shaped hook retainer. You should press the hook retainer back until there is a definite 'click' and you should see the spring clip on the left just move a little bit when it clicks. You definitely shouldn't be able to 'loosen the hook race cover' at all - if you can, the hook will be able to rattle-around in the hook race causing noise and (probably) inconsistent stitch formation. The other thing you mention is that you 'cleaned-out' the hook race, but you didn't mention oiling it. If your machine has got the lightweight hook/shuttle that is black plastic with a metal hook around the outside, Bernina claims these dont need oiling, however, I've found that a small drop of oil will improve the performance of these machines immensely (note a SMALL drop of oil !). If you have an all-metal hook, you most-definitely need to oil it after cleaning ... lack of oil is probably the biggest cause of noise in machines of this type.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011

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If your bobbin area is making a noise, then do NOT sew with the machine until a reputable technician looks at it. You may have thrown something just a little off line - not enough to affect sewing NOW, but it could easily cause troubles down the line.

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You aren't trying to cheat the store out of the repair charge, just ensuring that the problem is diagnosed correctly.

You paid lots of money for this machine - it deserves good care.

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