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Bernina 730 locks up, had to turn it off & back on 3 times before it would do anything. I switched it from sewing to embroidery, totally locked. It's been to the shop twice recently.

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Typically, ther are two problems with locked up Bernina 730's:
1. Look for a split in the worm gear on the cam stack...(white Delrin systhetic gear attached to the steel cams.
2. Look for a crack in the vertical shaft gear...(Delrin synthetic gear as well)
These gears have given great performance for over 40 years and may need to be replaced...

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By 'locking-up' do you mean a mechanical problem where the mechanism wont move, or is the machine just stopping any response to trying to change things on the touch-screen ? If the latter I would advise you try leaving the machine on overnight, without using it and see if it works OK the following day. If it does, turn it off, leave it off for a few days and re-try ... if the problem returns and responds similarly to leaving it on for a while, I have found that this can be an indicator of a potential impending problem with the main processor board ('S'-print). If your machine is still under warranty, I would ensure that the problem is demonstrated to a competent Bernina service agent who should change the 'S'-print, otherwise, if it finally fails (symptoms being that the screen will fail to have anything on it, but the backlight is on and the sewing light is off), you will end-up with an expensive replacement of the board.

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I have the new Bernina700 embroidery machine.It has locked up on me five times already during embroidery.When it does this,nothing works on screen or machine.I have to turn it off and back on again.


Since your machine is still under warranty, it may be a good idea to take it back to the dealer for a checkup. Otherwise, there are some Bernina groups on Yahoo that may be helpful. You'll need a Yahoo email account, then locate a group and request to become a member. Once admitted, you will have full access to post questions and answers, as well as previous conversations and files.

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I just bought a 730 Bernina sewing and embroidery system. I just tried to send design to embroidery machine and got the message I have no memory left. How can I add memory?


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With embroidery card inserted into module, no motifs appear on the display screen.


Here are two other possibilities other than electrical problems with your Bernina. There are embroidery design cards that were made for the 200 & 730 that simply do not work in a 180. There is nothing marked on the card or the packaging that will tell you what model machine the card will work in. I sold a bunch of my design cards on eBay last winter and I tested all of them in both a 730 and a 180 before making the ad discription. I found that most of the design cards worked in the 180 & 730, but there were a few that only worked in the 730. So if your design card is one of those that won't work in a 180, that could be your problem.
You did not say if you have other design cards that do work or there is only one you tried. Possibly the card itself is bad.
A static shock to the card could possibly damage it.
So if you take your machine to a dealer to have it looked at, take your design card along.
The 180's memory for storing designs is located in the embroidery module, not the machine itself. If that memory is filled up with other designs this can cause a problem.
So your problem is most likely with the design card or with the embroidery module. Should you need to get another embroidery module, that module needs to be the same version number as your machine or it will not work. I have a. video posted on YouTube that shows you how to check the version number of your machine and module. That information is in my "Bernina check hours 165, 170, 180, 185" video. Put that in the YouTube search box and you will find my video. Plus I have other helpful Bernina videos posted.

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A 200e that locks up usually need a memory and a firmware upgrade. The original 200's only have 32mb of internal memory. The upgraded mini print board that is used in the 730 has 64mb of memory. This 64mb board was used in the 200 as a upgrade and this stopped the lock up problem. Also over the years Bernina has improved the firmware and this also cures the lock up problem. The latest and probably last firmware version for the 200e is version 5, also called the cutwork version. The easiest thing for you to do would be to take your 200 to a dealer and have them install a 64mb mini print board and also upgrade your machines firmware to the latest version 5. Also if you have loaded embroidery designs in your machine, remove them as they use up the machines memory. When you get too many designs loaded even if you have a 64 MB board in your machine you can still have lockup problems.

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If you bought the embroidery unit with the machine, I would try to take it back to the place of purchase & ask for a sewing tech to check the machine & unit for you.
I recently had a similar issue with my machine-took it to a local bernina agent & within a week, it was back in my sewing room, at no cost to me. I hope this helps you, & yes I have a 180 with the embroidery unit like you mentioned

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For other versions and probably yours...
You'll need the following service packs to use BERNINA Embroidery Software V5 aand under Windows® 7 / Windows Vista™ operating system:
  • Service Pack 2 for BERNINA Embroidery Software V5 (V5.0W)
  • Aurora driver for 64-bit Windows® operating systems
  • Latest dongle driver
  • EConPC 3.1 & ADX 7.14
You'll find them at www.bernina.com\downloads
Hope this helped.
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I do not believe the bobbin thread is the reason for the problem.

Refer to your manual for maintenance, especially cleaning the bobbin area.

When you replace the bobbin case be sure the needle is in it's highest position and this will also set the shuttle in position to properly accept the case.

If the problem continues, then machine will need to go into the shop. If the timing needs to be adjusted, this is best done by a Bernina tech.

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