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I have 1080 quilter edition machine that will not sew forward but will sew backward. Any ideas and what is causing this to happen and how to fix it?

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  • Gail Bennett
    Gail Bennett May 17, 2014

    Anyone know wher I can find specs or diagram for this machine?

  • Gail Bennett
    Gail Bennett May 17, 2014

    When I bought this machine used it would not sewing and my repair man took it a part and ffound and clean it but that was 3 years ago and he has passed away since then and the place I took it to waned to send it to Bernina for them to repair and would cost $500

  • Joe May 17, 2014

    If you go here and pay $18.99 you'll get the 54 page Manual:

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  • Coreen Murphy Jun 05, 2014

    Gail, Go to the website for the manufacturer of your machine. Most manuals are available free on line.



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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 ( or groups like 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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I assume the needle motors and and down... are the feed dogs transporting the material... it works in reverse you say.

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    Gail Bennett May 18, 2014

    Yes the needle moves and feed dogs too

  • Kim Bentley
    Kim Bentley May 26, 2014

    I got one. my feed dof doesn't seem to move up and down. don't know how long its been sitting. estate sale for $10. Any suggestions? Thank you.

  • Coreen Murphy Jun 05, 2014

    Kim, check to see if the feed dogs are down. Some machines have a switch where you can lower the feed dogs for darning. Check your manual for the location of this switch. If you don't have a manual, go to the website for your machines manual. You can download most manuals for free.



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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.

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SOURCE: can't tighten clutch on Kenmore zig zag sewing machine.

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.

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SOURCE: Viking sewing machine model 6430 will only sew backwards

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.

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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.

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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.

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