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My Bernina 880 makes a ticking noise. It seems to come from the right interior of the machine and I hear it every stitch BEFORE the needle touches the fabric. Any suggestions?

I live in Hawaii, and there is no Bernina technician on this island, so I would love to discover a simple solution. The machine sews fine, but the noise ticking noise shouldn't be there.

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Mostly any sewing machine repair place can fix your machine

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