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Bernina needle off-center I have an older Bernina 1000 and the needle is off-center. When facing towards the machine the central needle position is farther to the right than it should be. If the needle is repositioned to the extreme right, it will then strike the plate. The needle positioning knob seems slightly off too. In the center position it seems to be stopping a slight bit more to the counter-clockwise position than it should be. There seems to be a little odd "springiness" to the dial when it is put to the extreme right. The left position seems to lock the dial in place relatively normally-or a least it seems that way. I'm not working these days, so I would appreciate any suggestions that would help me repair this myself rather than going to the shop. Thank you for your help! Jen

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  • jenshop1 May 17, 2009

    Okay...after fighting with this for a couple of days, I figured out the problem about 20 minutes after making the post–of course!  So for the benefit of future readers:  The problem was the needle.  Not sure how I managed to make this mistake twice, but this is the story:  My first act (yesterday) was to replace the needle in case it was bent (didn't look it).  The new needle had the same problem-horizontally misaligned.  After doing more research today about how the bobbin assembly functions, I observed that the needle was hitting the bobbin case when fully descended.  Weird.  Turns out that the needle was not fully inserted into its socket (or whatever that thing is called).  Maybe I didn't tighten the screw enough when replacing the needle; I'll have to watch it.  Anyway, I took the new needle out, then replaced it, paying careful attention that it was full inserted and the locking screw was fairly tight. Miraculously, the needle was then perfectly aligned.  Sews fine; no skipped stitches.  

    Lessons for me:  1) Check every detail, don't assume anything.  2) The needle doesn't travel perfectly straight necessarily, but the important thing is its position when it reaches the bobbin.  (This is what clued into a problem with the needle's *length*.  3) Double check.

    Hope that this helps someone else out...!


  • jenshop1 May 17, 2009

    Solved.  Please see my follow up comment.  This solution may work for machines other than Bernina that have a similar needle assembly.



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