My son has been learning to sew on my Bernina 1530. He turned the light switch off (the one above the presser foot) and now we can't get the lights to stay on. If you press the button all the way in, the lights come on briefly and then turn off as the button is released, so I believe the bulbs are fine. I have tried turning the machine on and off again but that doesn't seem to help either.
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Hm, I'm at a loss here unless the presser foot you have is not the correct one for your machine. I believe some presser feet for older Berninas may not work on the 1030-1230 machines. If you have the original #37 1/4" foot for your machine, you might compare the differences between the two feet and you might see where the problem lies.
FWIW, I have both the #37 and #57. The #57 (or actually any of the 1/4" presser feet that are touted as "accurate 1/4") really does not solve the "scant 1/4" seam" for quilting because it still makes a 1/4" that is too wide. The best method I've found is to set a ruler under the presser foot. Set it so the needle tip rests lightly on the 1/4" mark and then mark the outside edge of the ruler with painter's tape on the needle plate. Then use the edge of the painter's tape as your 1/4" edge. If you find your 1/4" is still not "scant" enough, move the painter's tape a tinge until you get it where you want it.
You need to use a darning presser foot--there are several designs of darning feet made by Bernina or generic brands (be sure the generic model has the appropriate attachment for your particular Bernina). You can find metal or plastic, clear or solid foot, open or closed toe, spring-loaded hopper or not, etc. Drop the feed dogs. If it is thinner fabric (lighter weight than denim), it sometimes helps to put the fabric in an embroidery hoop (upside down with the fabric next to the needle plate). If the hole is small, you can use the little hoop that should have been included in your Bernina accessory kit. Then you manually move the fabric back & forth, up & down under the presser foot while stitching.
Has that particular presser foot worked in the past? Do the other presser feet work?
If it hasn't been used before, check that it is the correct foot for the machine. Is it perhaps a darning foot or free motion foot? If so, those particular feet are made to Not rest on the feed dogs so that the fabric can be manually moved without the use of the feed dogs.
If none of the presser feet work with the machine, then the needlebar has probably shifted. It may be best to take it for service as it may require specific tools and gauges to adjust it properly.
Is it possible you're using a later foot with the sensor lenses on it ... your machine has the optical sensor for the automatic buttonhole foot and I'm wondering if you're getting it confused by using a foot that is not designed to go with that machine ?
are you using a stretch twin needle; without one you'll get skipped stitches. However, the feed sounds more like a feed dog issue. Have you lowered the feed dogs for any reason? Will it sew on a woven cotton okay? If yes, but not feeding the knit then you could try turning up the presser foot pressure and see if that helps with the feed.
If you look across the needle plate with the presser foot removed and manually turn it through a stitch sequence, can you see the feed dogs coming up above the needle plate??