Question about Bernina Artista 180
I know it's user error that I can't make the zigzag stitch work since I've used it before but now I can't remember what settings everything needs to be at.
Hi, open the top cover and if you watch what goes on inside from the top when you move the top change lever you will see part of it goes through a fork or U-shape part. This part is probably stuck and needs some oil. After oiling and working it back and forth a bunch eventually it will start snapping into the notches its supposed to. I beleive then you will have your zigzag back.
Either that or you have the stitch width set on zero.
Posted on Feb 07, 2009
I purchased an 830 Record and my top was stuck shut too. I youtubed the problem and found the cure which worked perfect. The top door catch is located dead center at the front, under the stitch pattern lever. Slide a thin stainless steel spatchula from the right edge of the machine through that thin gap between the top and the body of the machine to just stop to the right of the stitch pattern. Then pry with it. It will pop open. Don't use a screw driver or anything narrow like that or you can chip the paint or deform the metal itself. After it pops open your next problem is freeing up that catch. It takes oil and force to get it to start moving front to back, back to front. Once its freed up, it will open and close perfectly again. If you don't understand these instructions, go to you tube and type in "my Bernina 830 top door is stuck shut" and you will find the 5 minute tutorial on this fix. Good luck!
Posted on May 25, 2015
To open the top of an 830 Record, open the side cover where the light is located (left side opens like a door--right to left). The gently pull up on the top lid (opens front to back).
If your machine has not been professional serviced recently or you have not cleaned and oiled it lately, then you might refer to your owner's manual instructions for oiling. I would suspect that perhaps the oil has hardened and is preventing the machine from operating properly--perhaps some of the selector lever/dial mechanics are not moving internally. Use liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil (usually available at the hardware store) and put a drop or two every place that the manual recommends. Direct a hot hair-dryer into the internal works of the machine. (I usually let it get pretty warm to the touch - but make sure to stop periodically because your hair dryer may overheat.) Test your machine. If you can determine that the selector lever/dial mechanics are not moving, you can try putting a drop or two of oil in its metal joints and working it gently back and forth to loosen. Depending on how hardened the oil has become, you may have to repeat oil/hair-dryer process several times before things loosen up. Once it is working again, be sure to clean and oil regularly. (I recommend a good quality oil, ie Bernina oil for mechanical machines. It may seem expensive but it lasts a long time if you use only one or two drops each spot and, IMHO, is worth it in the long run. I do NOT recommend 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil, or the cheap sewing machine oil from fabric departments.) You have a wonderful machine and it will continue to serve you well if you treat it well. Suggest cleaning/oiling every time you change a bobbin, every 8 hours of continuous use, or every six months if it is not in regular use.
Posted on Mar 25, 2015
I have the same problem with a bernina 830 record that won't ziqg zag, but I just can't open the top cover, it is locked!
Is there a trick to open it?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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