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My Berna 1230 has been very tight turning the round release needle control(round thing on right) Now if I hit the pedal to run a stitch it makes a horrible sound and won't run at all

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Oooh, take it for service. There could be thread wrapped where it shouldn't be but could also be something serious.

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SOURCE: foot pedal and thread guide

Same thing happened to my CE-200. It would only stitch one stitch at a time or else it would run full speed. My husband made an adjustment through a small hole on the back of the pedal and it now works much better. The adjustment hole apparently allows you to set the sensitivity of the electronics inside the pedal. He turned it slightly toward the + direction. It took a couple of small adjustments to get it to work nearly normal again.

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SOURCE: kenmore 10 stitch needle won't move

hi there,
push or pull hand wheel clutch to engage
motion of needle and shutter.

if not check belt on downside of hand
wheel open cover motor,loosen bolt cover
see belt check if engage on pulley by
holding hand wheel move belt if
hand wheel move,if not tighten screw on
pulley from hand wheel and moter.
have a nice day and thanks

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SOURCE: needle hits inside of bobbin case.


Posted on Mar 03, 2010

SOURCE: Serger won't chain off a stitch. Stitches won't chain and hold to fabric. Added new needle, rethreaded whole machine. Stitches won't connect to fabric or make a chain.

is it possible that the needles are in backwards?
it's very possible that the machine is out of time & would have to be taken to a sewing machine repair shop to be retimed

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SOURCE: My Singer Simple 2263 is not sewing. The needle won't move up or down. The machine makes a dull hmmmmm sound. When I try to manually turn the hand wheel, it is very tight and hard to turn. I t

Sounds like the motor might be having problems. I would take it in for a proper servicing.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012

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Make sure to install a brand new needle. Sometimes a damaged needle will not connect on a zig-zag stitch.

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Might need to double check your threading. What is your sewing machine model? Check your tension as well (it might be too tight). What are you experiencing exactly when you say that it is not making a stitch? Is the sewing machine running at all? Is the machine struggling to make a stitch? Is there something that appears to be stuck? Check your bobbin threading and the way your sewing machine needle has been screwed on. Are there any safety buttons or levers that you may have accidentally left on? Are you running on hand controls or foot pedal? Check if they are plugged in properly or securely.

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Test: Put needle on straight stitch. Put needle all the way to the left and turn the hand wheel forward.
Now move the needle to the right and do this again.
Did the hand wheel move all the way for one of the two sides the needle was placed?
If your answer is yes then you need to get the machine timed.
Also, make sure that your brake used for winding the bobbins is tight. If it is tight then loosen the small screw (usually on front of hand wheel). Move the brake forward a little more to tighten and then tighten the small screw again. Look at my picture.

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I have recently bought Singer Quantum 9940 and I am not happy with the stitch. For zigzag stitch, I can see too much of the upper thread on the bottom side. This happens unequally: more on the right hand...

1. Make sure your needle is correct for the fabric. Go buy some good needles in several sizes. You'll need a 90 for jeans, rounded points for fine fabrics... get a few sizes. Your manual should provided you with clues to the right needle for the fabrics. (BTW... there really is no such thing as a Universal Needle... toss it.)

2. Re-read your manual and carefully follow the instructions on threading the bobbin and the upper thread...

3. Check your tension on the upper thread... it is too loose for the application. The tension on the bottom thread is handled by a spring on your bobbin case or race. If you do not have that threaded properly you'll have problems. Same with the direction the bobbin turns... have in it backwards... problems.

Barring all these things... It might be time for a qualified Singer repair person to look at it. Sadly Singer has seriously lowered it's standards in the last 20 years.

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If your needle is hittle the face plate, then it is out of time.. I would take it to your local repair center.

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Those round items are more than likely stitch cams. I had an older model similar to this and my machine would run zig-zag or straight stitch without any cam installed.

Being that your machine is older, I'm wondering how long it has been since it has been cleaned and thoroughly oiled, These old machines tend to be forgotten for long periods of time and the oil dries out causing the machine to seize. It is important to keep them oiled EVEN when not used. To avoid damaging your machine, give it some well-appreciated TLC. You'll be amazed at how well it will run!

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Foot pedal and thread guide

Same thing happened to my CE-200. It would only stitch one stitch at a time or else it would run full speed. My husband made an adjustment through a small hole on the back of the pedal and it now works much better. The adjustment hole apparently allows you to set the sensitivity of the electronics inside the pedal. He turned it slightly toward the + direction. It took a couple of small adjustments to get it to work nearly normal again.

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Can't change needle/machine freezes!

Hi Ana...To remove/replace needles, loosen the screw on the right side that is attached to the Needle Clamp, which is located at the bottom of the Needle Bar. Your sewing machine should have come with a "kit" that included a small screwdriver. Use this screwdriver, or any compatible screwdriver to loosen the set screw by turning it "towards you" in a counter-clockwise direction. Discontinue turning once the screw is loose, and the needle clamp has a little play on it. While holding your replacement needle in your hand, observe that the top of the needle, which you insert into the needle clamp, has a flat side, and a round side. You want to have the round side facing you, and the flat side away from you to properly insert the needle. Ensure that you continue to apply upwards pressure on the needle until it stops, then finger tighten the Set Screw firmly, but there is no need to clamp down on it. Also observe that with the round side facing you, the majority of the remaining needle has a groove in it. This groove is designed to accomodate the thread as the needle penetrates the fabric, hence creating a hole diameter not in excess of the needle size. As for the physical malfunctioning of your machine I may need more specific information, including whether the beeping is continuous or not. If not continuous, count the number of beeps. If it beeps more than one cycle, count those beep numbers as well, and post the numbers here in chronological order. However, I suspect that the machine is simply running/sewing while you are locking your stitch by hitting the reverse. Normally, hitting reverse while sewing is not an issue, however, if your particular machine has the slightest Feed Dog timing flaw, it can cause needle breakage, fabric bunching, and lockups. So as a test, sew some scraps, and recreate your forward/reverse steps, but this time, do not press or release the reverse unless the machine is at a complete stop, and the needle is in the up position, and free of the fabric. You can manually move your needle vertically by turning the Balance (hand) Wheel located on the right of your machine. Note that should you have to manually turn the wheel to reposition your needle, always turn it in a counter-clockwise direction only......I hope these steps resolve your issues, but please update your post if we still have some work to do.....good luck my friend.

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