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I have a 1973 Bernina Record that I have been using quite regularly in recent months. It suddenly started running by itself. Is there a fix for this problem?

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Generally, it is a problem with the foot control.

http://www.instructables.com/answers/How-do-you-fix-a-sewing-machine-that-wont-stop-ru

BTW, if the foot control has the number 213 on the bottom and there is not a "T" or "S" etched or label somewhere, these control units have a risk of catching fire. (The T or S indicates it has been repaired.) You can have the foot control repaired or pick up a replacement.

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I have been away from sewing for a while but have recently begun again. I have a Bernina 1010. The fabric feeder has quit working. Any trouble shooting tips? I no longer have my manual.


Hm, I'm more familiar with the Berninas older than the 1010. The old mechanicals will seize if they haven't been regularly oiled. Could be the feed dogs on your machine have seized for the same reason.

I've resurrected several seized Berninas from a 930 on down to some 530s by opening the top, side, and bottom and applying a couple drops of oil where metal rubs on metal. After the 830 Record, Bernina stopped including any extensive oiling directions in the owner's manual, even though the 930 requires it frequently. (Some say Bernina really wanted the repeat maintenance business, but the 930 also presented some special issues with the basting stitch and the electronic board.) However, I am uncertain how much a user can oil a 1010 without causing damage. Most Bernina manuals provide information for oiling the race but don't go beyond that. Something that may be worth trying is directing hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the area that houses the feed dogs to see if that loosens anything.

Whatever you do, don't use WD-40, 3-in-1, cooking oil, or anything other than fresh good quality sewing machine oil.

You can find a manual for the 1011 here. It may be close enough to your model to be of some use:

BERNINA Sewing Systems

There are some Yahoo groups whose specialty is the Bernina owner/lover, ie BerninaThirtySomethings, and some others. They are a very helpful and knowledgeable group that could be of assistance to you.

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I cant get my stitch Width Zig zag knob to turn om my bernina record 930. Any one have this problem?


Most likely because your machine has not been serviced (oiled & cleaned) in a long time and the old oil has turned to glue and seized. This is probably the most common problem with mechanical sewing machines. A mechanical sewing machine should be regularly maintained..ie every 40 hours of sewing use or at least every six months when not in use. You may want to take it to a Bernina service technician. Ask for a bottle of Bernina oil for CB hook machines and ask if they will show you how to oil it.

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Why bernina electronic wheel won't turn and motor bogs down


You don't mention which model Bernina you have. If it is a Bernina mechanical, ie 930 Record, it sounds like it hasn't been cleaned or oiled in a while and the oil has hardened making it difficult for the motor to move the parts. Pick up some Bernina oil for "mechanical" machines, or for a quick fix a bottle of Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil at the hardware store. Following the diagram in your manual, put one or two drops of oil every place indicated (be sure to oil both the top of your machine and the area below the sewing surface). In your case, pay particular attention to the oil holes located nearest the handwheel. That is probably where the problem is worst. To help loosen things up, you can direct heat from a hand-held hair dryer into the interior of the machine. In the future, be sure to keep your machine cleaned and oiled on a regular basis. My policy is every time I change bobbins, after 8 hours of continuous sewing, or every six months if the machine has not been in use.

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How do I unjam the gears in my bernina 830?


If this is a Bernina 830 Record and the handwheel is stiff or does not turn, about 98% of the time the machine needs oil. Another problem could be a cracked or broken gear (one or both of the white plastic gears in the top but unless you are very handy, your Bernina tech should probably take care of this repair.)

Mechanical machines need to be oiled regularly just like your car. If the machine sets in storage for a while or is used often but not oiled or cleaned regularly, the oil that exists in the machine will eventually thicken and acts like glue. (Sometimes you can see a dirty-looking dark gold or brownish goop which is usually old oil.) Then your machine is frozen.

There are quite a few oil holes (both in the top and bottom of a Bernina mechanical) that require periodic oiling (see your machine Manual). If the handwheel is frozen, buy a bottle of liquid Tri-Flow Synthentic Oil (from the hardware store) and put one or two drops in all the spots shown in the manual. (DO NOT oil the two white plastic gears or the metal CAMs!!! NEVER use 3-in-1 oil, cooking oil, WD-40, or a generic sewing machine oil from the fabric store. And do not put more than one or two drops of oil at a time as over-oiling will also damage your machine.)

Then, using your hand-held hair dryer, direct hot air into the internal part of the machine (top and bottom). The metal may become very warm to the touch. Then try to gently move the handwheel. Repeat. Even letting it set overnight may help.

Once the handwheel loosens, slowly hand-rotate the handwheel and watch where metal parts move against each other, put a drop of oil in each of those. Be sure to move the selector knobs and oil where metal moves against metal to keep those working.

To maintain your machine, a good recommendation is to oil every time the bobbin thread is changed, every 8 hours of constant sewing, or every six months if the machine is not in use. Use a good quality oil, ie Bernina oil for "mechanical" machines. When oiling, also be sure to brush out the dust and lint (especially around the feed dogs and bobbin works).

If the oil in your tube looks dark colored, throw it out and get some new. I've run across some old sewing machine oil in the can that looked like dark honey and stunk to high heaven. Get rid of it!

Treat your machine well and it will serve you well for many years.

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How can I fix the needle assembly on my Bernina 930 Record...it all of the sudden doesn't move up and down?


There is a screw-in "hub", a round thingie, to tighten on the end of the machine, in the middle of the big spinning wheel. Hold the wheel and turn the hub clock-wise to tighten it ("Righty-Tighty, Lefty-Loosy).

It may be a bit tight to start with, they can "jam" open. Just turn it firmly as needed.

The reason the hub tightens and loosens is so you can run the machine quite fast when filling a bobbin up with thread without having all the gears and werkin's clatter as you do so.

Here is a VIDEO (better than just a photo, yes?) on how to operate your very model sewing machine! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drLD66Wa7U0

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I believe the 1030 has a basting stitch, similar to the 930 Record. If the basting stitch is not run regularly, it may lock up the machine requiring a technician's expertise to get it working again.

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Hi, open the top cover and if you watch what goes on inside from the top when you move the top change lever you will see part of it goes through a fork or U-shape part. This part is probably stuck and needs some oil. After oiling and working it back and forth a bunch eventually it will start snapping into the notches its supposed to. I beleive then you will have your zigzag back.
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