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Can I use compressed air to clean out my Bernina? The needle is getting stuck when I try to use the decorative switches and I thought maybe everything was just too dirty. It is okay to use and can I use any machine oil on it or do I have to buy a special kind? Thanks

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  • jc3ngallegos Jun 17, 2009

    It is sewing machine oil that I bought at a fabric store so that should be okay. It will sew a few stitches and then the needle will stay in the up position for a few stitches. I am trying to quilt a certain stitch so I don't know if maybe that stitch is not one intended for this heavy duty use. Thanks!

  • jc3ngallegos Jun 26, 2009

    Unfortunately I already used it. My machine seems to be working better but I will be taking it to the only dealer 2 hours away to be serviced sometime soon. I wish I would have seen your advice sooner! Thanks anyways!



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Yes, you can use compressed air. However, bear in mind that the debris must go somewhere and, without the outer shells removed, it may go where it will interfere with the mechanical parts.

What do you mean by "getting stuck"?

Use only sewing machine oil, not 3 in 1 oil.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009

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    Paul Howell Jun 17, 2009

    When the machine is feeding the fabric while the needle bar stays up, the machine is in Bsating Mode.

    If the basting stitch is not selected and the needle bar stays up, the basting clutch on the needle bar is sticking. The clutch and pin are inside the machine and not easily accessible.

    Can you pull the needle bar down manually? (It's spring loaded)

    Turn the machine off and rotate the handwheel. Does the needle bar go up and down?

    If not, you'll need to take it to someone who knows how to repair this problem. Most of the time it is an easy fix, but can get extremely complicated requiring explicit knowledge of the solution. I know how to do this but it's nearly impossible to convey in words.


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NO!!!!!!!!!!! Do not use compressed air from a can you may use compressed air from a compressor; however the best solution would be to go to a local shop that carries notions and see if they sell the vaccumm attachments for cleaning out your sewing machine/serger. Trust me on this I'm a certified Bernina, Viking, Brother, and Pfaff service tech.

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