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Needle won't move on Bernina 930

I am using a Bernina sewing machine and the needle will not move up and down. It will go side to side. It stopped while sewing and won't restart. I have checked all of the common troubleshooting things on the machine and none of them worked. The owner of the machine is on vacation in Ireland, so can't ask her. Help!!!

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Re: Needle won't move on Bernina 930

If the needle moves when you manually turn the wheel but won't move when you press on the foot control, there's a good chance the problem may be in the foot control. The foot controller parts do wear out. Fortunately, I was able to find instructions on the internet to resolve my Bernina 930 foot control issue. If you are mechanical, you can most likely fix a 930 controller yourself at a very small expense for replacement parts. Otherwise, you might want to buy a new controller.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013

Re: Needle won't move on Bernina 930

I have had this same problem. Check to see if your bbin is in right. If the bobbin carrier or holder is not in the correct place then the needle nor the wheel will work. Check your manual how to reinsert the bobbin holder and yes, do the oiling.

Let us know what happens as I have this machine also. Love it Have had for 25 years no trouble, would never have another.

Posted on Feb 01, 2008

Re: Needle won't move on Bernina 930

If the machines motor is running but the needle isn't going up and down then the baste stitch finger is gummed up and needs to be serviced.  This is a simple fix and it happens all the time on those machines.  Take it to your local Bernina dealer for a standard service.  Also if you really need it in a pinch try pushing up on the needle bar that sometimes will fix the problem but it will still need serviced.

Posted on Oct 22, 2007

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