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Bernina 180 Artista sewing machine

Keep getting a
check upper thread message;
have re-threaded several times;
changed needles
cleaned hook area;
turned machine off and on
no luck

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  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    bernina artista 180 replace upper thread sensor



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You may have to replace the upper thread sensor

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This is usually because there's fluff in the optical sensor that's fixed to the bobbin door, or alot of fluff in the rotary hook. Remove the bobbin case and give the hook a good brush-out with the supplied brush and also get a cotton bud and gently clean the lens on the lower thread sensor. This is a black 'box' attached to the bobbin door ... if you look carefully, you'll see a small lens and an opening next to it; make sure the lens is clean and the whole area is free of fluff. If it's still giving a lower thread breakage indication (not an upper thread breakage - this is a different sensor), it may be a faulty sensor or the sensor may have become disconnected from the main processor board. Get it checked-out by a qualified Bernina service agent.

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Thread goobs up underneath.. I have changed needles, changed thread. It still does it. Jaent

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Thread the machine properly ensuring that the take-up lever is threaded. With the presser foot up, pull a few inches of thread through the machine, needle included. Then lower the presser foot and pull again. You should fee the thread get very tight. If not, make sure that the upper tension knob is on the red line (around 5).

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I agree with Rick, it could be several things. It's not something a person can just start loosening screws and trying to line things up, you can do more harm then good trying to fix it yourself without the proper tools, take it to a local dealer for service!

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Bernina artista 180 keeps warning to check top thread and it is threaded right

Refer to your manual for maintenance and clean the machine as indicated. A sensor may be blocked by lint.

If this continues, the machine will need to be serviced by an authorized Bernina repair tech.

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Best scenario is that the needle hit deflected and hit the hook that the bobbin snaps on to. When needles hit hooks they can leave a mark or burr that the thread will catch on when it comes around. Take out the hook and run your fingernail over the edge from the point back. If you find a burr get some crocus paper (very, very fine sanding paper and polish the burr off.
Next would be that your machine is knocked out of timing meaning a trech will have to reset it.

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The machine stops because the sensor near the check spring(in the tension area) tells it the thread is broken or not there.. You can try to clean it out again but it's probably going to have to go in for service.


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