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Can not set up timing. For catching time needle bar should be a little bit down but it does not going down any more.

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Check that you have the right needles for your machine, plus that the needle isn't bent, can happen from striking the meddle plate.

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SOURCE: Timing for Bernina Virtuosa 153

Timing these machines gets pretty involved such as in just removing the covers. You need a grounding ******** your wrist as the cables all need to be unplugged and you don't want to send a static charge from yourself to the circuit boards. They are expensive. Then you need special sized metal pins to pin several pinning points so the needle, hook, stepping motors and feed dogs all co-ordinate with each other. Also several places need certain guages to set less than .1 millimeter size distances between different places to avoid other problems. You also need several sized torx screwdrivers and the knowledge to adjust the upper and lower tensions. The upper tension alone has at least 3 or four places that need to be in the correct position.
All of the above has to be done in a certain order also.
Its complicated enough. If someone is going to walk you through this over the phone expect it to be complicated. Even if you had a copy of the manual (which could be a copywrite infringment on newer machines) you can expect it to be difficult.
My advice is to leave it to the professionals to have it done right.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008

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your problem must be fixed by now but here is timing. If you are mechanical enough to pull covers off and find why the timing is wrong, A stripped gear or belt or a loose lock screw. Retiming: A new needle must go to the bottom and begin to rise. At this point the rotary or oscillating hook tip must pass through the escarpment on the back of the needle just above the eye.. Repeat for left and right hand needle swing on zigzag machines. There should be no space between the needle and the tip of the hook at this point. There may be needleguards to correct or limit this. Be aware the timing slip could just be the needle bar. Usually thst this be rotating the needlebar. If it mooves it will have slipped upward. Lower it according to the above. A n eedle always threads towards the flat on the top.

Posted on Jul 31, 2008

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SOURCE: How do I adjust the timing on my SINGER CG590C

If you have a zig-zag machine check to see if the needle is set to the correct position. If you are trying to zig-zag, be sure you have the wide holed throat plate on.

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If you're having the same problem we did, the attachment is installed too high on the bar. Move it down as far as possible and see if that solves the problem. If it doesn't, check to see whether the machine is belt-driven; did the belt break or slip off?

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SOURCE: wont pick up the bobbin thread. Cleaned out,

If the machine is not picking up the thread it may need retiming.

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I am using a Juki DDL 8700 thread to tight & not pulling through needle & cactching bottom thread

needle too small or machine out of time. to time machine theres a mark on needle bar. lower needle bar till mark shows and raise bar till even with bar guide. take off feeder plate so u can see needle in relation to hook. when mark on needel bar is even with bar guide the hook should be 1/16 fron passing the needle. if not loosen 3 screws and trial and error it to get it right. use a small screwdriver and tighten just on screw when u hab aglined the hook to needle. do a full rotation and watch where needle is and needle bar mark. needel should be as clost to hook without touching.

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Make sure that your needle is all the way up. With many needle clamps, loosening it enough to remove a needle is not enough to insert one -- you have to loosen it a little bit more. You can determine that by looking right above the clamp on the shaft -- there is what looks like a grey bar and the end of the needle should be right under it. If your needle is too low, it will not catch the thread.

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Elna Carina won't zigzag

The machine's needle arm is not swinging left and right correctly, do I understand your problem correctly? I assume that you have the stitch selector set to zig zag, stitch length dial to 2 (green zone on the dial) and stitch width set to 4 to select a zig zag stitch. Needle up, push the needle bar to the right of the machine. Push above the needle thumb screw, dont push onto the needle itself. Pull the bar to the right, then release. It should return smoothly to the middle position. If you set the width to four and push the needle bar to the right, there is a spring that returns it to the middle, if this is not happening then good chance the needle bar cradle is seized up and the spring cant move it. You will need to take off the top of the machine and get some oil down the needle bar into the bearings, then apply pressure to the side of the needle bar, push to the right side to free up the bar movement. triflow oil is best and a means to deliver a drop or two down deep inside. I dabbed oil onto the needle bar with cotton swap stick on my machine that had this problem. You should be able to see a horizontal metal tube down there above the needle, the needle bar slides back and forwards on this but machines left can seize up due to dust, and dry old oil forming gunk on the moving parts. you need to lubricate and get it sliding freely again, you should be able to free it up with a bit of time, oil and gentle movement. mine took a couple of days to get it moving freely fully, it would give it a wiggle, dab of triflow oil, leave it, then have another go. I got triflow from a bicycle eshop on ebay, great stuff. Hope this helps you with your Carina, if not, post again and I'll try to help

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Elna Carina makes clicking noise each downstroke of the needle. Just cleaned and oiled the machine. Also put in a new needle. Help?

sounds like it's out of time just a little bit and the tip of the needle is just catching the shuttle.

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How do i fix the timing on my pe770

Timing this machine is not so easy but if U want to try... Remove the left bottom panel (one central screw), and look under. U will see by the rear the vertical gear making the hook turn. At the bottom of this gear, U will see a small allen. Slack this allen screw, LEAVE A TENSION ON THE ALLEN SCREW: eitherway the hook will not follow the gear when U bring back the assembly to retight the allen screw.
U can now turn the hook on the gear, allowing to change the timming.

Send the needle completely down and when it come up, the point of the hook has to arrive at 2.5mm. on the top of the hole on the needle.

A TRICK : It might be easier to slighly change the position of the needle in the needle bar. Check the timing and try to correct it but lowering a little bit the needle before tightening the scew, or cut a little bit top part of the needle with a grinder.

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My Viking 980 sewing machine does not catch far right stitchs. I would like to fix it myself. I have been advised it is likely a timing or needle position problem.

It could still be either problem. Lowering the needle is kind of like curing a cough by not breathing. You still don't know if you have bronchitis or emphysema, but you will stop coughing.

Is the needle centered in the plate side to side?
Does your zigzag have equal clearance on either side in the plate?

Check timing by lowering needle bar to lowest position and then raise it 2.5mm, push the hook back into the driver and the tip of the hook should center on the needle. (raising the bar 2.5mm is easily done with a setting gauge available to authorized technicians)

If timing is correct, set the needle bar height by loosening the screw in the cross head and adjust the bar up or down so that the hook crosses above the eye of the needle while in the far right needle position.

Adjusting the bar height will be the equivalent of lowering the needle but check the timing first. If it is off, the machine will sew but the stitch quality will be poor.

You really should try to find an authorized repair technician in your area. If you change the wrong thing you may make the problem worse and it will just cost that much more when you have someone fix it for you. Also, the tolerances are very close on these adjustments. You may thing that raising the needle about 2.5mm is close enough on the timing check. For that measurement, there is no tolerance. If you go to 2.4 or 2.6 your stitch quality will suffer.

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There is a spring loaded catch on the needle bar assembly. It is designed to keep the needle bar from going up and down on command for basting. That way it can take fewer stitches while basting. Anyway, over time, with lint build up, use and not enough oiling, the needle bar clamp release can stick. It is located in the machine cover and hard to get at. It is located right at the point where the needle bar clamp (middle of needle bar) is. It looks pointed on top and about 3/8" tall and SHOULD be able to move front to back (as you are sitting at the machine. If you want to fix it your self, lay the machine on it's back to see up into the needle bar area, you can also see through the threading slot as oil it with SEWING MACHINE oil (read not 3 n1 oil) and try to work it front to back until it breaks free and play with it until it springs back every time you push it. I hope this helps.

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