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1080 manual the material grippers under the stich plate are not coming through the holes so will not move the material along. They move back & forth but are too low to grip. What's the problem?

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SOURCE: My machine Bernina 830 does not run.

Hi Rose Mary,

I'm assuming you are talking about the original Bernina 830 (their newest machine is also an 830!)

If you've not had your machine professionally serviced in awhile, it could be as simple as a good, thorough cleaning and adjusting. Your machine should be professionally serviced about every 1-2 years....not a bargain service that blows out the dust and puts oil on the hook, but a service that checks all the gears for wear, adjustments, hook timing, feed timing, grease for the gears (if required), removes lint build-up deep in the machine - very thorough.

There are various gears in the 830 that control these functions. It sounds as if one of the gears may be either broken or jammed. Unfortunately, unless you are trained in machine repair, this isn't something you should attempt. When gears are replaced or adjusted, generally the timing of the machine must be reset as well.

We would recommend that you take your Bernina to your nearest authorized Bernina dealer (they'll be trained on your specific machine and have easy access to any parts that may be needed).

If you do not know a dealer in your area, you can search on the Bernina website.

The original Bernina 830 was one of the greatest models Bernina has made and is well worth putting the money into keeping it running. Great machine!

Hope this helps narrow down what may be happening.

Happy stitching,
Kim & Linnette

Posted on Nov 29, 2008

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SOURCE: I have an older 1998 portable Bernina with feeder problems.

Maybe just working that bullet shaped part will get it going. If it's a 930, you need to turn the handwheel to make the dogs get back into 'operational mode' after you move the knob.

Sometimes the mechanism is stuck behind the knob. Don't force the knob. It's possible to take the motor casing off and work it loose. Use TriFlow lubricant (small black bottle Sherwin-Williams) and leave for a while. Push gently with a pencil. Whatever you do, don't whack it with a hammer, like some folks say. It likely needs to move in the other direction (if it's stuck in 'regular' mode) i.e. towards the needle end.

Posted on Jan 18, 2009

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SOURCE: feeddog only moves up and down instead of in a

look in your manual there is a switch, slide or something that will move the feed dog back to the original position, you have it in the free hand mode lij=ke for free hand embroidering or darning

Posted on Aug 27, 2009

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SOURCE: The thread keeps tangling and


The first will be bobbin winding. When finished, make sure the bobbin is placed into the bobbin case so the thread is feeding counter clockwise and be sure the thread is slipped through the guide on the side of the bobbin case. Pull out a couple inches to make sure.

Always be sure the presser foot is up when threading the sewing machine or this might cause the thread to tangle

After threading, hold onto the end of the upper thread then lower and raise the needle so it picks up the bobbin thread. Take the ends of both threads to the back of the machine and ensure that the bobbin thread has not popped out of the guide on the bobbin case.

Drop-in bobbins collect a lot of lint in the bobbin case and need frequent cleaning. The bobbin thread can sometimes pull out of the guide on the side of the bobbin case.

Make sure the tension is set according to the recommendations in the manual.

Place a folded scrap of fabric under the presser foot and lower the needle into the fabric. Stitch a few inches to see how the stitching looks. Do this test each time you change any of the settings.

If you have been sewing a fabric with a lot of nap (such as fleece) lint can accumulate in the bobbin case and surrounding area. Refer to the maintenance section and follow the instructions carefully to insure the correct placement of the bobbin case after cleaning.

If these steps do not solve the problem then the timing needs to be re-set and this means a trip to the shop.

Posted on Jan 03, 2011

SOURCE: my stiches keep missing a stich

1.the needle is not inserted correctly
2.the needle is damaged
3.the wrong size needle is being used
4.the foot is not attached correctly
if these suggestions don't help the the machine could be out of
time & the machine would need to be taken to a sewing machine
shop to be checked

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