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Bernina 830 is frozen fly wheel will not turn

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: bernina 830, worked fine until today... think it

there is a board inside the foot pedal that goes out sometimes you can check this by flipping the foot pedal upside down and at the top right there is a small hole where you can adjust the speed with a flat head screwdriver but be gentle it breaks easy, if its out you can take it to a bernina dealer and they might have a reapired one or they can send yours off for repair since that part is repair only

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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SOURCE: Top cover on my Bernina 830 is crooked

there are two screws on the top one by the bobbin winder and the other by the take up lever, you should be able to adjust it from there

Posted on Jul 07, 2009

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SOURCE: Bernina 830 stuck

You probably have a crack in the cam gear.

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

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SOURCE: old bernina 830 stitching problem: tight

Sounds like you need to adjust the tension. Probably a good idea to oil this older machine before you adjust. Also look for and clean out any lint or debris in bobbin case and around foot area.

Posted on Aug 29, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a Bernina 830 - the zig zag stitch looked


in order to assist you more I have a lot of questions
-did you remove the shuttle to see if something is caught in the race area where shuttle rotates back and forth? If there is thread caught in this area or a broken needle jamed in there it will lock up the machine, go to the instruction manual and it will show you how to remove and replace the shuttle
- Did you remove the needle to be sure it is not a bent needle?
-does them top lever (1-20) move freely and if you open this lid (tip it backward)look to be sure the above lever is in fact activating the "Fork" inside the machine so that it activates and deactivates the fancy stitches
-have you ever oiled the hole behind the feed dogs? when you remove the open arn lid it is located behind the feed dogs. if not it may be siezed due to being very dry
Get back to me if you still have questions , I have feen fixing these machines since 1971 and I know nothing better
Wayne Buss

Posted on May 02, 2010

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How to remove the top cover of Bernina 830. My machine keeps telling me to rethread. It stitches about 10 stitches then stops

Which Bernina 830 are you referring to? (Yeah, it was crazy of Bernina to use the same numbers to identify different models...). There is the old Bernina 830 Record and the new computerized Bernina 830.

Have you tried rethreading the machine? If so, be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot. Verify the thread path is correct.

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I have a Bernina Record 830 that was stored in attic a few years. The dual knobs above the Buttonhole knob seems to be frozen and will not turn independently. One function of the knobs is for width.

Try putting a light spray or drop of machine oil and leave a good while even over night and then try to turn it .itmay need a good tight turn just to free it once it get that first click to turn the rest is easy if the machine had been lying for quite a while my advice is get it serviced .

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Where is the feed dog lever on my bernina record 830 sewing machine

On the Bernina 830 Record (older mechanical model), it is usually the very bottom knob on the right side (directly below the Stitch Length Lever). It should turn right or left about a quarter turn to switch between feed dogs up or down. If the knob is frozen, then it has seized due to old dried oil (a common occurrence with older mechanical machines that have not been serviced regularly). Stuck feed dogs, stitch selectors, buttonhole knobs, and the handwheel are some of the most frequent victims of seizure. However, with lots of patience, time, fresh good quality sewing machine oil or liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube, elbow grease and a handheld hairdryer, these issues can usually be successfully addressed.

Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...

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I have a Bernina 830. Using #03 foot....bobbin thread through the hole in the arm of the bobbin. Why does it not go in reverse to finish the buttonhole?

If it is the older Bernina 830 Record, could be some of the parts have seized due to lack of oil. Frequently, seldom used functions (levers, dials, feed dog control) are the first signs.

Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...

Be sure to move the dials/levers and apply oil there as well.


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My old Bernina 830 has ceased after not being used for 8 years what can I do?

I have resurrected several older Berninas with lots of patience and elbow grease. Here's how:

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My Bernina 830 will not switch stitches. It says the number but shows straight stitch and sews straight stitch

Is it a new 830 computerized model or the older 830 Record mechanical?

If it is the 830 Record, it needs oiling--1-2 drops of good quality sewing machine oil (specifically concentrate on the stitch selector lever and oil the metal parts that move against other metal parts) Do NOT oil the cams, plastic gears, any rubber parts, ie belts, bobbin winder wheel.
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The button hole knob on my Bernina 830 is very hard to turn. Is there anything I can do to fix this myself?

Do not force the dials, or they could break. I have resurrected some older Berninas whose knobs were totally frozen. The dials usually get stiff when the oil is drying out. Be sure you are cleaning and oiling your Bernina 830 on a regular basis. Use only NEW good quality oil (not 3-in-1, WD-40, or cooking oil). Only one or two drops in each spot per your manual. To help loosen things, direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the interior of the machine (direct it toward the buttonhole mechanism). See if that helps loosen things. You should perform regular maintenance on your machine every 40 hours of use or every six months if not in use.

If the dial is still sticky, slowly rotate the dial and study how the mechanics work in the machine and apply a drop or two of oil to the places where metal rubs against metal.
Hope this helps.
Carol--glad you were able to get it operating again. Using +40 yr old oil is probably not the best choice. If the oil is dark yellow or brown, you should discard it as it will eventually become gunky too. You can pick up a fresh bottle from a Bernina dealer--be sure to tell them that you have an oldie (but goodie) Bernina 830 Record to get the correct oil. You can get the dispenser with the long spout to get into hard-to-reach spots. There are other oils you can use (can't remember the specs right now), so unless you want to do some research, Bernina oil will do just fine. (You can join the Yahoo Group for BerninaThirtySomethings where there is a ton of suggestions on oiling, operating, maintaining, and using your wonderful 30-Something vintage machine. There is also a long conversation about types of oil to use.)

If it seems your machine is kind of sticky (difficult to turn the handwheel, or the motor seems to strain to get things moving, etc.), then a good suggestion is to put a drop of oil on every moving metal-to-metal joint. (Slowly rotate the handwheel, the dials, and levers and watch where things move.) Do NOT oil the two plastic gears or the metal cams!!! And, use only 1-2 drops of oil. Be sure to get the 4 or 5 oil holes on the needle take-up mechanism (they look like rotating knuckles) and adding a drop where the needle bar rubs would help. Look for a couple of other oil holes just to the right of the cams that help keep the stitch selector operating, and don't skip the oil hole on the right near the handwheel. Be sure to get the oil holes in the bobbin area (there's usually one on the far back behind the bobbin mechanism next to the case that is difficult to see, and also one on the far right that helps the feed dogs. Once you've hit all the moving joints, you can hand rotate the handwheel to get things distributed. Then try sewing slowly. You should notice your machine runs much quieter and smoother now. Such a happy sound!!!

Once things are moving well, you probably won't need to oil the individual moving joints again unless you notice things are getting a bit sticky again. Too much oil is not a good thing too, so don't over-oil!!!

Cleaning the bobbin area and putting a drop of oil in each oil hole and the hook race is probably sufficient to keep your machine regularly maintained. (The manual does not show all the oil holes, so you might have to look for them. Once you are able to recognize them, they are relatively easy to locate --be sure to rotate the handwheel as some oil holes are not always visible.) Some machines have a red dot to help you locate the oil holes, but sometimes not all of them are marked. (The picture below will help you locate the oiling spots.)

Be sure to run your sewing machine on some scrap fabric after oiling to make sure you don't stain your nice project!

Enjoy your lovely machine! Treat her well (oiling and cleaning), and she will treat you well for many years!f8ddf002-f79d-4ad0-a6d1-deee606a0728.jpg

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Knobs frozen on 830 bernina

Needs a good cleaning and oiling. Might try directing hot air from a handheld hair dryer into the internal mechanism concentrating on the selector mechanisms.

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