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Bernina 830 fabric not feeding through

SO, my machine has a very nice stitch and sometimes feeds through and sometimes just sits in place with motor revving. I lifted up the feeddogs, and doesnt change it and lowered them and it feeds through with a push to the wheel...what is the deal? I finished several projects with a perfect stitch but had to nudge occasionally after stopping...

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Your clue is "just sits with the motor revving." your motor belt is about shot. If an internal motor... take it in to replace BOTH the motor and timing belts, might as well have it serviced and adjusted too while the repair person is in there.

Posted on Nov 07, 2012

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    thank you for your response...



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Your machine needs oiling. The feeddogs are stuck. Could be in several places. You would have to remove the back and side covers to get to what needs cleaning and oiling. Especially behind that knob. Just removing the covers is a job so I can't recommend you do this unless your trained. But you can try. Don't forget the screws beneith the machine. But really, there is too much behind the handwheel for a novice to deal with. Maybe see if you can just let some sewing machine oil just run down behind the feedog knob and work it alot.
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Oil might help but it sounds like you don't have enough pressure on the foot. You can take the casing off where the light is and there is a screw back there that controls the tension on the pressure foot. It is not meant to be changed by anyone but a professional. I've changed the tension but it wasn't easy. If you are still interested let me know and I will try to explain.

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