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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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  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2008

    I have a mechanical Bernina and the zig-zag function won't work. The straight stitch works perfectly. I'm stumped as it ALWAYS worked without a glitch. Wht could the problem be?

    I've adjusted the knobs for width & straight stitch and double-checked the bobbin function, all to no avail.

    The machine is 30 years NEW.



  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2008

    I was sewing and developed a problem with the tension. The stitching was loss on the bottom and I was trying to adjust. The thread broke and I changed the needle and threaded the machine but it would not start back. The needle is locked. I cannot find any broken thread in the mechanism' What do I do.

  • patmck Mar 08, 2008

    Out of the blue at a quilting class , my bernina 930 would not start ! I checked the plugs and the foot pedal. Had to turn the wheel to get it started again !

  • kapuas4 Apr 17, 2008

    My machine, The Bernette Deco 500, is failing to recieve/pick-up the "bobbin" thread. May I get a step-by-step on how to correct this problem?

  • C Marie May 21, 2008

    Our machine was bought in 1975. Allways worked perfectly, my husband used it and now it will not zig zag. Strait only...Thanx...Carol

  • Mesa Mom Aug 25, 2008

    My Bernina 930 is locked. The needle won't move, the bobbin
    won't wind, and nothing happens. I've checked it over, made sure
    the settings were correct, but it simply seems to be locked and won't
    budge. Period. It's not been used for awhile but has been
    covered and protected. It was serviced before it went into

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My Bernina 930 sewing machine will only do straight stitches when I set it to do zigzag and other decorative stitches

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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


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

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.

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