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I have a Bernina Activa Patchwork Edition 140. Does it have "needle stop down" capability? (I can't find any button, and it's not shown on the screen.) If not, can I manually place the needle down (by turning the wheel) without damaging the machine? I have to do some tight curves in a satin stitch, which means I'll have to lift the presser foot and rotate the piece around the needle pretty frequently.

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I have a Bernina Patchwork 140. How do I change the needle to stop in the down position? The sewing manual is no help.


As far as I know, the Patchwork 140 doesn't have a needle stop up/down button. You'll need to use the hand wheel to bring the needle up or down, as needed. The Bernina machines that have a needle stop up/down button have this button below the LCD screen. (On those machines, it's usually the left-most button below the LCD.) I suspect the index giving a page number for the Needle Stop Up/Down button is a artifact of using the same index for multiple machines.

The manual for the Patchwork 140 is available at Manuals Lib here: https://www.manualslib.com/manual/1002243/Bernina-Activa-131.html . The Bernina 135 has the needle stop up/down button. See https://www.bernina.com/en-US/Support-US/Machines/BERNINA-activa/BERNINA-activa-135 . The manual for this model is https://www.bernina.com/getdoc/90f75840-2b12-4f46-88f2-76f09e35d8d4/030529-52-04_0303_a135-a145_EN .

I hope this helps.

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Jul 31, 2017 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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What is smart pedal foot control for Bernina? I have a Patchwork Edition 140 and needle stop down should be controlled by pedal according to shop. I don't understand.


The foot control you are talking about will activate the needle down function on your machine. You need to press down on your heel on the foot control. This was the precursor to the automatic needle up/down option that is found on newer sewing machines that will automatically stop with the needle in the down position.

Mar 12, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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What needle do i i need for a bernina patchwork 140 ?


The 130/705H needle system is standard across most domestic sewing machines so should be what your Bernina takes too.


Aug 31, 2011 | Bernina Activa 140

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On other Berninas you are able to take one stitch and end the stitch with the needle in the down position. I can't seem to find a lever, button or anything to allow me to do that on my Bernina Activa...


If you don't see a button that you can select for needle up / down, then you can't. Your foot control might might have a symbol at the lower side that shows and up / down arrow. If so you can tap the bottom edge of the foot control and the machine will half cycle, stopping with the needle in the down position.

May 12, 2011 | Bernina Activa 140

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My bernina patchwork 140 will not sew in reverse when I press the reverse button has the button gone bad the button hole won't sew ithe back stitch either?


Some machines will not do any of their automatic forwards and backwards movement type stitches in reverse, are you trying to reverse in straight stitch or a more complex stitch.

The Activa is a late model quality machine, do you have a Bernina dealer locally you could ring up and ask or take it to?


Mar 10, 2011 | Bernina Activa 140

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I can''t remember the steps to make a button hole using my Bernina patchwork 140. I have the # 3 foot. What button do I push to turn the corner manually?


you can download a manual for the Activa 145 here, buttonholing steps would probably be very similar for your model
http://www.bernina.com.au/webautor-data/888/0305295204_0303_a135-a145_EN.pdf

It says you sew one bar, then press the reverse button and the automatic function then sews the bar tacs, other side, bar tack and finishes.


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Jan 29, 2011 | Bernina Activa 140

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Bernina Patchwork 140 handwheel is getting stiff to turn


A stiff handwheel can be a simple as a thread stuck in the raceway or as severe as a failed uppershaft bushing.

Using your instruction manual, perform the basic maintenance and see if that helps. If not, take it to a repair person for evaluation.

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