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How do I oil my Bernina 1008, I was told to remove the bobbin casing and remove the o ring, but where do I put the drop of oil?

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I put it right at the bottom of the place where you put the bobbin case.

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Where put oil on Bernina 1008

Consult your owner's manual, if you have one. Your machine is probably mostly electronic. The newer Bernina electronics require oil only on the hook/race. It would probably be best to use Bernina oil meant for your model machine. Oil every 8 hours of constant sewing, or every time you change the bobbin, or every 6 months if the machine is in storage. Keeping it cleaned and oil will insure your machine will last for many years to come.


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I have a Bernina 1008. The thread is bunching up underneath when sewing. I've cleaned and oiled the bobbin area, rethreaded and adujusted the upper tensnion- the topstitch looks fine, it's lumpy on the...

Hello. Make sure the bobbin is not backward. It seems the upper tension is still not adjusted right. If the bobbin pulls smooth focus on the top tension. Good Luck

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My bobbin case jumps out while I am sewing on my bernina 1008.

it sounds like the bobbin case needs to be replaced, have you cleaned under the needle plate & bobbin area for lint & loose threads
I also would suggest to take the machine to a different sewing machine repair shop.

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My mother has a bernina 1008 and now that we have taken the bobbin casing out to clean it won't catch when threaded. Any ideas?

Are you threading the bobbin case correctly - the bobbin should rotate clockwise when pulling the thread out under the tension spring. Are you ensuring that the bobbin case is firmly clicked back into position when replacing it. Check your needle is OK. Did you remove the hook from the hook race when cleaning out - have you oiled the hook race ?

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How do you oil a Bernina Activa 130? The manual doesn't say anything about it.

Remove needle, needleplate, presser foot and bobbin case. Now take a lint brush and clean under the feed dogs and hook area. take the bernina oiler(must be bernina oil only) now place a drop just below where the bobbin case clip on and one small drop under the feed dog area. replace items, sew out a test sample and away you go.

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How do you oil a Bernina 170?

Remove needle, needleplate, presser foot and bobbin case. Now take a lint brush and clean under the feed dogs and hook area. take the bernina oiler(must be bernina oil only) now place a drop just below where the bobbin case clip on and one small drop under the feed dog area. replace items, sew out a test sample and away you go

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Thread balls up under plate I think it is the shuttle tension, but I havent used it in years,it worked fine then. I did oil the area under the shuttle to se if that worked. It still balls up Bernini...

We have about 100 of these machines in the schools around out city. so I know a bit about the 1008/ 1020 Bernina machines.
Sometimes the tension discs get sticky if you have not used the machine in some time.
raise the presser foot then check to see if the disc in the center of the top tension is sort of loose as you try to move it slightly/
-be sure the top thread is securly in the tension when you thread the machine. after putting hte thread through the top tension, pull on it slightly while the presser foot is in the top tension and it should be loose.
now lower the presser foot and now pull on the thread it should now have some resistance.

Now check the bottom tension on the bobbin case and be sure the bobbin rotates easily when you put in the bobbin whilst putting the thread under the bobbin case tension spring. The tension at this point shold be fairly easy to pull from the bobbin case.

if this still does not help,
remove the shuttle/hook (see instrutions at bact of instruction book. check to see if there are any nicks in the shuttle. if there is then use emery cloth of some fine crocus cloth to refinish and make the pointed part of the shuttle very smooth.
That should do it, if not contact me at

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How do you oil a bernina 1008??

Probably the most important is the inside of the hook ring. Remove the bobbin case and open the hook retainer by pressing the catch on the left-hand-side. The hook can then be removed by just gripping the shaft on which the bobbin was mounted and removing the complete hook. NEVER OIL BEFORE CLEANING. This is the single biggest problem I come across - continually oiling any kind of machine without first removing the old, contaminated lubricant will attract grime. So ... get yourself a few cotton buds and carefully clean around the inside of the hook ring (the circular aperture where the hook was), paying particular attention to the small groove running round the outside. Rotate the handwheel to bring the hook driver round halfway to allow the whole hook ring to be cleaned. Use the opportunity to remove any clogged lint and grime that may have built-up on the underside of the stitch table. WHen you're satisfied it's all clean, then run a very light bead of oil around the groove in the hook ring, turn the hand-wheel fully to bringthe hook driver back to the left-hand-side and oil the other side of the hook ring. Before replacing the hook, take a good look at the groove that runs around the back side of the hook near the edge and thoroughly clean that too, before smearing a drop of oil around that edge with a finger. Replace the hook, making sure its properly seated in the hook ring and click the black plastic cover back into place before replacing the bobbin case. Your machine should now sound a great deal quieter, if you haven't done this for a while !! Good Luck !

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Where is the shuttle race on a Bernina Artista 180? I'd like to be exact as to where to put the drop of oil.

Just to the left of the bobbin case you will see a small lever. Remove the bobbin case and push the lever and that will release the latch which holds the race cover and shuttle (hook).

Clean well with a toothbrush and place one small drop of oil on the edge of the hook where it makes contact with the raceway. Place the hook back and snap the race cover back on.

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