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Needles near the plate on my bernina 1008

The needle keeps breaking and after a few needles later.... i realized that the needle is closer to the front of the plate... what can I do to fix it?

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There is a few things that could be going on here.
Short answer is, something has slipped, take it to a pro and get them to sort it.

If you are hell bent on fixing it yourself then the best case problem is if the needle plate has just moved back slightly.
open the bobbin case door and on the left you will see there there is a locating pin holding the needle plate in the correct spot. It from memory takes a 1.5m or 1/16th hex screw driver to loosen, move and retightly. DO NOT STRIP THE SCREW!!!!!!!!
An 80 size unaversal needle (do not use ANY other type, not ball point, not stretch, just no)
should sit about a third of the way off the back of the hole in the needle plate

But before you go about shifting the needle plate position, take it off.
take your bobbin out, top thread out, put in a fresh needle, have the machine set to straight stitch in the centre and turn the machine over by hand (torch or lamp may be requiered to see)
as the hook passes behind the needle look at the clearence should be about 0.1mm. You will have to check this by eye.
If this looks fine, you can move the needle plate. if the gap is greater, or the needle touches the hook take it to a proper repair person. Unless you are one, I do not recomend trying to retime a machine like this yourself. You will only do more damage and cost you more to fix the original problem and what you caused.

Posted on Apr 27, 2009

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