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My bernina artista180 won't power on


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My Bernina Activa 220 won't turn on. This has happened before, and I've always tried plugging/unplugging, switching outlets, etc. In the past something has eventually "worked" and once...


Could be almost anything ! Do the usual simple checks - fuse in the mains plug (should be 3A), have you got another piece of equipment (radio etc.) that uses the same 2-pin plug for power - use it to check that the mains cable is OK. If the mains cable is OK, it maight be the switch on the power supply module or the power supply module itself ('L'-print), but could be more ... check if the sewing light or display backlight is coming on, but if completely dead, your only solution is to get it checked-out by a Bernina service agent.

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Bernina Activa won't turn on


Lets start at square-one. Have you checked the plug fuse ? Have you checked that the 2-pin mains plug is firmly inserted into the socket on the back of the machine ?
If yes to the above ... are there any lights on at all ... sewing light, display backlight ?
If it's completely dead, it's most likely the power supply 'L'-print which is a separate module screwed into the back of the machine below the spool holders. Your best bet is to get the machine checked-out by a Bernina service agent.

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With the bernina activa 230, it will randomly stop sewing so i have to switch it off and switch it back on again. But it keeps happening, how do i solve this?


Unfortunately this could be a number of reasons, ranging from simple to hard. Taking the simple first - make sure the 2-pin plug is properly inserted into the machine - if it stops, try wiggling the plug first to see if that 'resets' the machine. If it's OK, it might be the switch on the power supply - I've had a couple that needed replacing, but in all honesty, the problem is probably internal and could range from a poorly-inserted plug on the main control board, to a component problem on the board itself, which could be costly to replace. Is your machine still in warranty (2 years on electronic parts) - if-so, get it checked-out by your Bernina service agent, just in case ... dont go messing-about with the machine yourself. Before doing this ... check exactly what happens when it stops sewing ..... I assume that the foot controller doesn't make any difference ..... check if the sewing light is still on, or the display backlight, and is the display still showing any information, or has it gone blank ? Does it happen on all patterns - straight/zig-zag etc. or a memory pattern ? This may help to identify the likely cause.

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I went to use my Bernina 640 after 18 months of storage, and it will not turn on. The screen is blank and the light is not on. The outlet is working, and I triple checked all connections. It just...


Are none of the lights on .... for example, is the sewing light on or the display backlight, even if there's nothing displayed on the screen. If it's completely dead, there may be a problem with the power supply 'L'-print module, but before you go poking-around, please make sure that the machine is dry and has not got damp in storage. Open the bobbin door and check that there's no sign of brown stains around the rotary hook (shuttle). Does the mechanism move OK when you turn the handwheel ? It's important to know whether damp has got into the machine because if-so it's essential to have the machine properly dismantled and dried BEFORE applying power for a long time, since this can destroy the main processor board, which is very expensive to replace.

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Artista 180 no power, had mother board replaced once in 08. Hope not to have to replace it again. Any suggestions or tips.


Firstly, check if there are any lights on - sewing light, display backlight etc. if nothing at all, first port-of-call is the power supply module 'L'-print which is in the back panel. If you've already had a new 'S'-print, check the date when you got your machine back - 2 year warranty on boards ... may be a fine point but if only a couple of months out you might get a sympathetic ear.

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There are two fuses on the 'L'-print power-supply module - this is in a separate compartment on the back panel, secured by a single long screw. These are both glass fuses and you MUST use the correct type if one has blown. Unfortunately, I have had a couple of this family of machines that have been subjected to mains glitches during local storms and it has taken-out the secondary power-supply on the main processor board 'S'-Print, which requires a very expensive replacement of the whole board. Symptoms of this type of damage range from intermittent 're-booting' of the machine, to complete failure, usually identified by the backlight on the display still being on without any displayed data, but the sewing light is off.

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