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When the needle passes below the plate area, it feels like it rubs against something. I'm not sure how to remove plate to see. Is this posibly an alignment issue, and if so,is it something I can fix?

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Put in a new needle and make sure it is inserted all the way up in it's holder. Then look at the machine sideways and check the needle clearance to the plate. When the needle is decending it should either be dead center or just behind center. Never forward of center. If it is, the thread will rub against the front of the needle plate hole and shred the thread. If the bobbin area is properly assembled and the needle is centered properly, you need a service tech. The clearances in a sewing machine have to be set in a proper order. By the way, make sure the flat part of the needle faces the rear of the machine. Hope this helps!

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Have been very displeased with getting parts for my machine locally. Is there a better way? Also my machine will not turn on or will not sew it is if it is jammed. How to fix would help me out. Thanks


Use this business for parts: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needle-threader-singer-503277.aspx

1. Make sure the outlet is a good one. Plug something else in to make sure.
2. Look at your cord carefully to check for breaks, cuts, etc.
3. Plug in. If no power slightly bend the connections and plug back in.
4. If you still can't get the machine on you may need to get a professional to help.
5. Check your bulb/replace if necessary. This will indicate power.
6. Do you have a connector under the machine with two plug in's? If the light doesn't come on except when you push the pedal then you have the plugs reversed.
7. If you can turn the hand wheel with your hand it isn't stuck. Clean the bobbin, replace needle, check needle isn't rubbing against sides of throat plate opening.
8. If it feels stuck take out the bobbin case assembly and turn the hand wheel without any thread on the top either. Get it unstuck and oil all gears, wheels, etc where you see metal against metal movement. When you move the hand wheel pay attention for movement of the needle. Is it rubbing anyplace or do you year pings?
9. Some of these will help you to get it going or give you an idea whether you need to go to the repairman.

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Bernina 1630 needle plate won't stay tight--when you put the plate on it moves around and is easy to take off


For heaven's sake Michael D. Hannan, do your home work, understand specific features of the machine and get your facts right before you mislead somebody with an incorrect answer: the Bernina 1630 needle plate is not fastened by screws but by spring clips.

To Anonymous,
If the needle plate was properly held down before, then you have either not replaced it correctly or you have removed it clumsily and bent the spring clips that retain it. Read the manual or follow my directions to remove and replace below.

First, examine the needle plate:
Pick up the needle plate and turn it over. Look at the two spring clips: they should be firmly fastened to the needle plate by the two small screws - if not, use a very small screwdriver to tighten them. Now look at the other end of the spring clips: the gap between the spring clips and the needle plate should be very close to 3mm. If significantly over that, the needle plate will not be held firmly. You cannot bend them back into place without removing them first.
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For each clip, you need to hold the end with the hole in a vice, right up to the first bend. Gently bend the rest of the clip bit by bit back to the correct position, testing each time you bend it. Refit the clip and repeat for the other. Don't use heat or you will destroy the elastic properties of the clip. If the clip is bent too far, it will break and you'll have to order replacements from your Bernina dealer.

How to remove the needle plate:
Open the bobbin cover. From the front of the machine and using your thumb, push up under the curved front edge of the needle plate just enough so the locating dowel comes out of the hole at the front left. Simultaneously slide the needle plate back a bit. Lift up slightly against so the curved front of the needle plate comes over the edge of the free arm casting. Slide the plate back a bit more to free it completely and you can then lift it out.
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How to refit the needle plate:
Place the needle plate in the gap with the curved edge about 20 mm behind where it will end up. Slide the needle plate forwards until the curved edge comes up against the locating dowel and lift it sightly over the dowel. By this time the spring clips will be partly engaged. Now push the needle plate forwards from the rear until it goes forwards and drops into place. 25543442-pehiy0tulmvwe1t4xzm3pcfl-1-14.jpg 25543442-pehiy0tulmvwe1t4xzm3pcfl-1-20.jpg 25543442-pehiy0tulmvwe1t4xzm3pcfl-1-27.jpg I hope this helps. Foot and needle removed for clarity. Pictures taken on a Bernina 1030 which is the same in this area.

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If the needle gets stuck with no thread, The needle is hitting something. Could be needle not up all the way or something needs adjusting. If it gets stuck with thread. It is probably an upper thread tension or threading issue.

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This could be for several reasons. I would try the easiest "fixes" first, such as: remove the needle plate and bobbin cover plate, and clean all lint from these areas, including between the feed dog teeth. Lint can quickly accumulate and bog the feed dogs from advancing correctly; oil all moving parts of your machine after removing the top covers, side covers, and the needle plate & bobbin cover plate as mentioned previously--oil anywhere in which metal moves against metal, but make sure you remove all lint or dried oil gunk first; check the belt of your machine to see if it is too tight if it was recently replaced--if it hasn't been replaced or adjusted in a long time, it would more than likely be too loose rather than too tight, but if too tight, it will bog the motor down by making the motor pulley too hard to turn; slowly turn the machine's hand wheel by hand without power with all of the covers off as previously stated and watch everywhere the machine moves--see if anything looks bent, is hitting something it shouldn't or making clanking or clacking noises somewhere as a part may be bent and rubbing somewhere, slowing-down the machine (and of course, if you know the machine has been dropped or damaged, something bent is highly likely which may require a repair tech); check your foot controller--is there something physically blocking the pedal from depressing completely?--these controllers also sometimes just need replaced, so as a test, you may borrow one to test on your machine and see if that helps; if your machine has a fast and slow sewing speed, make sure that setting is not governing the machine from sewing fast; check all of your power cords, plugs, and controller connections to make sure everything is plugged in securely, and maybe try your power plug in another outlet; and lastly, it could be your motor--the motor may need new brushes, some motors require a drop of oil now and then for the bearings (your manual should tell you this if so), or the commutator may have a common build-up of carbon residue that can be removed, and you may have just worn-out your motor that can be replaced. And as always, make sure you are using a new needle after encountering and hopefully fixing an issue.

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