Question about Bernina Sewing Machines
Sounds like it needs a good COA (clean/oil/adjust) if it hasn't had one in three years. My guess is that the lubricants have gotten thick. You may be able to effect a temporary improvement by just taking the needle out and running the machine full tilt 15 minutes at a time. Sometimes the heat and vibration generated from doing that will unstick something. (Machines need about 5 minutes of "exercise" every month or they stiffen up; if I don't use a machine that month, I run it 5 or 10 minutes without the needle on the first day of the next month.)
Otherwise, talk to anyone who sews and find out where they take their machines for maintenance. If you're in the US, and don't know of anyone else who sews, try your local ASG chapter for recommendations (http://asg.org/) or groups like patternreview.com or the yahoo group "creativemachine" (these both are international, btw). Most competent machine mechanics can service any brand, though there may be some problems getting parts. I've been using a Brother certified mechanic for my Jukis, for instance, and he's doing a wonderful job.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: backward stitching
Knowing which kind of machine you have helps alot. Just guessing but maybe the reverse mechanism is stuck and needs some oil in it to free it up. Or the buttonhole mechanism is stuck in reverse part of it.
Probably you should have it looked at.
Posted on Jan 11, 2009
The clutch has fallen off the shaft. Remove the very small screw in the clutch release screw to remove the clutch release. Place the clutch(round thing with ears on it) back on the shaft with the center ears pointing towards the outside. Put the clutch release screw back on. Tighten it to make sure it works
properly. Put the small screw back in the clutch release screw and test it again. If it will not tighten or release properly, remove the clutch ,rotate it180 degrees and try it again.This should solve your problem.
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
Th cam stack gears have gummed up on you you can try getting the back cover off along with the side and soaking the machine down with wd-40 and running it while forcing the reverse button in and out if it breaks free try and soak up as much of the wd-40 as you can and then oil anything that moves. I know this may be discouraging but viking no longer supports this machine and you might be better off taking it to an older viking dealer for help.
Posted on Jul 14, 2009
SOURCE: Brother Machine!
The reverse mechanism is stuck. The machine has to be completely disassembled to get to the problem. It is usually not a big deal to get it "unstuck" but taking it apart can be a pain. A good machine tech. can do it easily or you can give it a shot. Just look what the reverse lever actuates and see how it is stuck in the reverse position. It is usually the stitch length/reverse block.
Posted on Aug 06, 2009
You might be in "Stopmatic" mode. Check if your pressure lifter bar is in the upper most position, if it is the machine is disengage and you are set to wind your bobbin. Lower it to the 3 o-clock position this will engage the machine and the needle will operate.
Posted on Aug 10, 2009
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