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Your machine (Bernina 600 Record) has most likely frozen (seized) due to lack of regular maintenance. Don't panic. It can be fixed with a lot of elbow grease, good quality oil and a hairdryer. The following method has resurrected several Berninas I've picked up as "nonworking."
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I have a Bernina 930 Record that will take twin (even triple) needles, so I don't know why your 1080 wouldn't. Just be sure your machine does not have the straight stitch plate on it, that your presser foot can accommodate zig-zag stitch, and that you carefully adjust any zig-zag stitch width so the needles do not hit the presser foot or stitch plate. I'd suggest installing the double needle and then carefully hand rotate the handwheel to see if the needles will hit anything. If you can make a full rotation of the handwheel without anything hitting, then slowly try it with the motor engaged.
Bernina 880 - the dual feed will suddenly start making a loud "clunking" noise and making very tiny stitches. Then just as suddenly it will begin to work again - but the stitching is clumped, uneven with loops on the back. Then it will start working fine again until the next time... I called the dealer and talked directly with the repair person. He had never heard of that before. Anyone have any answers? Did I get a lemon?
First-off, make sure your needle is new and properly inserted - make sure there's no fluff in the needle retainer. If it was serviced only a month ago, you should take it straight back and get them to check it out and put it right. It sounds like the synchronisation might be a bit out - try doing a maximum-width satin-stitch with zig-zag stitch-length on the third or second tick-mark up on the display. If it looks like the thread is pulling-through on one side more than the other, or it's just not forming the stitch, it's likely to be timing/synchronisation and your service engineer should put it right for free, since this should always be checked during a service. It could also be that the needle depth is incorrect - this can happen if the adjuster hasn't been screwed-up tightly on the needle-bar and thick material as used during embroidery can 'drag' the needle down, or up. You can check the needle depth and rough synchronisation yourself by; With the machine switched-off, remove the bobbin case, gently push the needle all the way to the right and rotate the handwheel until it descends through the stitch-plate and just starts to come up ... stop there. Tip the machine backwards so that you can look into the bobbin door at the hook/shuttle. Drop the hook/shuttle retainer by releasing the metal lever on the left, but dont remove the hook/shuttle. The pointed part of the hook/shuttle should be at the top, below the stitch-plate. Rotate the handwheel slowly until the point of the hook/shuttle is directly behind the needle. Look carefully - the point of the hook/shuttle should be just above the top of the thread-hole in the needle. If not, the needle could be at the wrong depth or the timing/synchronisation may be out - it's a specialist job to put that right - you cant do it yourself. There are a number of other things that can cause these symptoms, so insist they do a sew-off sample in front of you after checking it, to prove the problem has been solved.
Needle is either bent, not fully into the needle housing or your timing is out.
So change the needle and make sure it is fully up into the housing before tightening the thumb screw. Now gently turn machine through a stitch sequence manually.
If you can hear it any noise from the needle at the bottom of its movement touching the bobbin casing, then the timing is out and needs adjustment. I've always left this to the technician so suggest you take it to your local Bernina service centre.
There isn't an automatic button hole on this machine. You can do it manually. Thread the bobbin thread as usual, but put it through the little hole on the hook in the bobbin case. Set the stitch length between 0 and 1, like a nice satin stich. Set the needle position to the far left and the stitch width to 2. Sew down the left side. Center the needle, set the width to 4 and lower the feed dogs, stitch about 6 stitches across the bottom. Then reverse the direction, set the needle to the right, stitch width to 2 and go back up the right side. Lower the feed dogs again, set a wide stitch and finish the top.
Another good option is to buy a universal presser foot shank from Bernina and then attach an old cam type buttonhole attachment from Singer. They make beautiful buttonholes and you can even do a keyhole button hole.
you will most likely find that just adjusting the stitch length and width controls for a while will correct the problem (if the machine has been sitting idle for some time the stepper motor linkages seem to stiffen up a bit but i have good success with continual adjustment until they free-up.
also try switching machine off and on again to ensure it resets correctly.
the combination of both above fixes works 95% of the time - otherwise, as you mentioned circuit board and or stepper motor replacement may be necessary (however if both length and width are playing up it is unlikely to be an electrical fault).