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Artista640 bernina message : main motor failed please check hook system

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Could have threads wrapped around hook. Remove the bobbin case, the hook lid and the hook and clean this area. Hope this helps

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I assume this is a message you've got on your machine - you dont state which model it is, but there are only a few Berninas that do this and I'd guess its one of the new 820/830 or 530/550/580 range ??? The message is telling you that there's been a jam-up of the mechanics and the main motor has been overloaded - it will have turned itself off, so isn't, hopefully, a fatal message. You need to check the hook/shuttle area ... where the bobbin case is fitted - is the bobbin case properly in place ... indeed, did you forget to put one in !!! Check if there is a big pileup of thread around the hook/shuttle - take out the stitch plate and check underneath for blockages. One prime candidate is sewing pins that can get dragged under the foot and in through the stitch-plate - have a thorough look around and make sure that you can turn the handwheel freely, but DO NOT force it if there's a jam-up - you could damage something. Get back to me with more details of which machine it is and what you were doing, if you cant resolve this yourself.

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