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My relatively new Toyota sewing machine will not work when switched back on this morning after using it for an hour. There is no power at all and I have checked the plug and fuse etc

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Unplug the lead from the machine, then reinsert it firmly. Is there still power at the outlet?

Posted on Oct 19, 2013

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Possibly like my Bernina. Needs new on/off switch.

Posted on Sep 01, 2008

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I kept looking for a bobbin problem (because this is what the book that comes with the machine indicated as the cause. As it turned out, somehow the thread on the TOP slid off the wire thingy that goes up and down when sewing. I noticed it totally by accident. After re-threading the machine, it worked like a charm.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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Hi Joan,
Regarding your New Home machine--your problem is LACK OF LUBRICANT--take to a reputable sewing repair place and ask them to clean, oil and put on a new belt--usually around $50. Totally worth it. Just got mine back from doing a 2 yearly maintainence of what I just suggested and it is clean, oiled and runs better than ever! DO NOT SEW with a machine that sits for over 1 year without use. The oil drops to the bottom and parts become extremely dry. Take it right now to a dealer for a regular cleaning, oiling, belt replacement--it should run like a dream after that.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

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Hi, sorry to say but very rarely is it the fuse when this happens. You can unscrew the one screw on the ouside and pop the cover open. (carefull as there are wires attached and make sure you are grounded or have discharged any static from yourself).
The fuse will be self-evident but I suspect you will need a visit to your Bernina dealership for a new circuitboard.
Certified Bernina tech

Posted on Dec 07, 2009

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given that the machine is only a month or so old, the best advice i can give you is to do nothing to the machine and call the sewing machine guy out to repair it for you. a brand new machine like this will be covered by the warranty. as long as you have actually switched the machine on properly, any faults are the responsibility of the supplier at this stage.

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Will not zigzag or decorative stitches. New to these newer plastic style machines Always used older steel machines. This was given to me my by my sister who used it very little. Could cam be broken?

Hmm, I'm wondering if it has been cleaned and oiled recently. Older mechanicals require frequent TLC. Consult your owner's manual for cleaning and maintenance instructions:

Is your sewing machine mechanical (ie, not computerized)??? CAUTION--if your machine is computerized, do NOT proceed with the following suggestions.

If it is mechanical, have you cleaned and oiled your machine recently? Most mechanical sewing machine failures are because they have not been adequately and routinely oiled, the old oil has solidified and frozen the mechanics. I recommend Bernina oil or liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube (or similar good quality sewing machine oil) for mechanical machines--do NOT use 3-in-1, cooking oil, WD-40, or the sewing machine oil from your grandmother's sewing basket. (I am not associated with any Bernina dealer.)

If it is in fact frozen, pick up a bottle of liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil at the hardware store. Oil one or two drops in every oil hole (see your manual) and also every place where metal rubs on metal. But DO NOT oil any plastic gears, rubber, or belts. If it is still stiff or frozen, direct a hot handheld hair dryer into the top and bottom mechanism of your machine. See if that loosens it up. You may have to repeat.

Once your machine is working again, place a drop or two of good sewing machine oil as directed above. Be sure to use a small brush to clean the lint and dirt out of your machine, especially around the feed dogs and bobbin area. (Caution: Compressed air will sometimes force the dirt and lint into areas that cannot be cleaned.) And continue to use good quality sewing machine oil to keep it running. Recommendation: every time you change a bobbin, after 8 hours of sewing, or every six months if it is not in regular use.

Dec 30, 2015 | Singer 6038 Mechanical Sewing Machine


Turn on your unused sewing machine every now and then. It may not turn on the...

This was posted on a Bernina group site. Probably good advice for other sewing machine brands as well. Wish I could give more credit to the poster but don't have more information:

Turn your machines on every now and again - Bernina advisory

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  • ietzman Message 1 of 4 , Jun 18, 2014
I don't post much here but I am a constant lurker.

This was posted on one of my FB groups by a well respected Bernina tech.

"Bernina recently issued a technical advisory note that backs-up a post I put on FB a while back in relation to the 'regular' use of sewing machines. I previously advised that you should make a point of switching-on your machine every so-often, even if you dont want to use it, and leaving it on for an hour-or-so. This mainly applies to older electronic machines from the Activa/Virtuosa/Aurora/Artista vintages, but is equally good advice on later models. The Bernina tech advice relates to failure of electrolytic capacitors on power supply boards if unused for a long time - this applies to stock held on shelves but, equally, to machines too. I have also seen this problem on motherboard/control boards, which are much more expensive and particularly with a variety of electrolytic capacitors called tantalum. This problem is NOT unique to Bernina and is a technology problem rather than a manufacturing quality problem. This is sometimes experienced when you put away a piece of electronic equipment such as a video camera or recorder or some-such and dont use it for years and find its faulty when you get it out to use again. Modern capacitors are much better in this regard. So, if you're an 'occasional' user of your machine, of whatever make, my advice is, every 6 months, get it out, switch it on and just leave it for an hour-or-so powered-up and this should (and I emphasise 'should' !) protect it against failure of these components and save you the price of a potentially costly repair. This is especially important for the many of you who cant part with their old machines, but never really seem to get-around to using them !!"

on Apr 28, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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My foot pedal stopped working on a relatively new machine. Will sew by using the button on the machine.

if you have the receipt take the machine and foot pedal back and get another one..

Jun 20, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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My Brother PC 8200 was doing an embroidery pattern and suddenly sped up and went crazy! I can't get it to stop sewing motion except to turn all power off. Stop/Start button is red but non-responsive

*Grin* I use to have this machine! It's a very old machine and may not be worth repairing. *tear* It sounds like the on/off switch is broken and un-responsive. The "Sped up and went crazy", part sounds Motherboard related. You never know; take it to a Authorized Brother repair shop motherboard....

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Jan 01, 2015 | Brother Sewing Machines

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While sewing my machine powered off and will not come on, even after I changed the needle which broke while I was sewing

Check carefully eachplug to make sure it is properly connected. Then check to see it the switch is turned on properly. SHort of that, you may have something else wrong internally. Post your findings, maybe we can help. What make and model of machine do you have??

Sep 27, 2014 | Singer Futura Xl-400 All-In-One Sewing And...

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It does not stitch

Install a new needle.

Check your manual, most newer machines require the flat side of the needle shaft face the back of the machine.

After around 20 hours of sewing, clean the bobbin case and shuttle - refer to the maintenance section of the manual.

May 16, 2010 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Hand wheel won't turn and machine won't work

  • Sewing machine has been run at a low speed for an extended period of time.
  • To prevent overheating, motor power is automatically turned off.
Turn power off and wait about 20 minutes. Safety device will reset, and machine will be ready to operate, If this by chance doesn't work, Here is a diagram of a typical sewing machine. This fuse should be in the back next to the power box or motor564d4f7.gif

Jan 18, 2009 | Sewing Machines

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Just bought a serger profinish. Have threaded it correctly but the machine won't run. Spent several hours trying to see what was wrong. Checked with the book and rethreaded it and still will not sew. It is...

Ensure the front door is fully closed, some machines have a safety switch to protect user.

If this is a new machine, ask the dealer where you bought it for advice, phone to arrange a demo with them, even a lesson might be worth considering......if there is an issue with the machine, they will need to assist under their warrantee obligations.

It is very rare, but some machines will slip past quality control, after all 10% of things are made on Monday morning !!

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