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I would like to know the secret to installing a new light bulb in my machine - I cannot for the life of me get it in! Please help

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  • Brad Brown Dec 22, 2016

    Hi Ruth Wolfson-Solomon, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box? what machine

  • Ruth Wolfson-Solomon
    Ruth Wolfson-Solomon Dec 22, 2016

    thank you Brad, I know I need to push up and twist, but I cant get my fingers in enough to twist - It is a Bernina 807. the door housing the light fitting only opens a little way - no where near enough room for hands to get in...

  • R.A. Ellis
    R.A. Ellis Dec 22, 2016

    There are some special tools available from other sewing machine vendors that use something like a rubber suction cup to grip the bulb. In my case, my fingers are small enough that with rubber glove (grippy--I use rubber garden gloves), I can use my finger tip to push up and the grip allows me to turn the bulb.

  • Ruth Wolfson-Solomon
    Ruth Wolfson-Solomon Dec 22, 2016

    Thank you - I tried using washing up gloves - but no good


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Depends on your model machine. If it is a bayonet light bulb, you need to push up and then twist. The other is simply a screw-in bulb.


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