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I'm trying to get my Grandmother's Bernina Favorit 740 running again. I cannot get the zigzag lever to pull down so buttonholes can be made. Any suggestions?

The zigzag lever that pulls down to work together with the fixed stops won't pull down. Believe me, I've tried. I even tried with a pair of plyers. This is an old machine and it hasn't been used for quite a few years. I've got it cleaned, oiled, and running again, but this lever just will not budge.

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Awesome! Glad you were able to get it working. To loosen things even quicker, after oiling with penetrant, use a hand-held hair dryer to direct hot air into the internal sewing machine mechanisms. Even if you aren't able to lube the internal levers for the selector switches/knobs, the hot air will frequently free them up.

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The lever could be rusted in place; ie. the parts that move across/over each other when the lever tries to move down, don't.

Here is a list of Internet searches for Diagrams; not all of these will be for your exact machine but all are similar. Cast about and you can see how your lever is supposed to work.

Bernina 740 diagram Google Search

Posted on Mar 29, 2015

Testimonial: "I found this solution on another website: spray the part with lubricating oil, use a hair dryer and work the part until it moves. I was able to do this and it now moves great!"

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