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I have a Model 830 Bernina. The winder spindle will not turn with bobbin on it. It spins fine when bobbin is off but when holding with a finger it stops.

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As you have probably deduced, something is defective with the bobbin winder mechanism. Other than taking it for service, there's probably not much that can be done.

For ~$30, a standalone bobbin winder (Sidewinder) can be purchased several places (JoAnn's, Amazon, etc) that is a very handy accessory. It winds bobbins quickly, saves wear and tear on the machine, and can be used without having to remove the thread from the sewing machine.

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SOURCE: bernina 830, worked fine until today... think it

there is a board inside the foot pedal that goes out sometimes you can check this by flipping the foot pedal upside down and at the top right there is a small hole where you can adjust the speed with a flat head screwdriver but be gentle it breaks easy, if its out you can take it to a bernina dealer and they might have a reapired one or they can send yours off for repair since that part is repair only

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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You probably have a crack in the cam gear.

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

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SOURCE: bobbin spindle won't spin

Check the bobbin winder rubber, it may be worn or broken and insufficient friction against handwheel to turn.........or a thread jam around spindle is stopping the spin. In this case, carefully unwind, DO NOT cut thread.

Posted on Sep 01, 2009

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SOURCE: Bobbin winder will not spin on sewing machine

If you take the top off you will see a tiny rubber tire that engages the winder to the handwheel. Over time they get really soft are really hard and disintgrate. If you have a local sewing shop take the old one in and get a new one to slip on it takes only a few minutes and cost usually less that $2.00

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SOURCE: I have a singer 503A. The bobbin winder will not

When you have the winder rubber on try and turn the winder by hand, if it does not move the chances are the winder has seized, if the winder wheel is moving but not the spindle then the grip (thread) has worn, if you cannot move the whole winder by hand and it has seized you need to get some WD40 and spray a few drops down the spindle, take an electric drill and put it over the top of the spindle and switch it on slowly and it will probably free it off, be aware of oil splashing out.
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Posted on Feb 24, 2010

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you mighjt get a digram from www.tandtrepair.com

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