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430 will not recognize wembroidery unit.

My 430 refuses to recognize the embroidery module. I had to stop in the middle of an embroidery project and I cannot get it to start again.

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  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2009

    I had the same problem. Did you get it solved? I read somewhere that too much stabilizer will cause the machine to do this. I had been padding the edges of my hoop with folded paper towel when this happened. I removed and it seems to be working now...

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I am the person who posted the solution about too much stabilizer. Unfortunately that did not solve the problem in the long term. I spoke with the Bernina dealer and found out that the sewing machine needed to be recalibrated. I found out how to do this from my user manual and the problem appears to be solved for now... hope that works for you

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

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