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Bernina 1300 dc overlocker skipping stitches

Hi, my machine has recently started skipping stitches on the chain stitch when i use it to overlock and chainstitch together, i have replaced the needles and am using the recommended bernina overlocker needles, im using size 80/12 on slightly stretchy medium fabric i dont know a lot about what needles to use but ive used these before on this fabric and its been fine.i have checked all the tensions and rethreaded the machine several times but this keeps happening and its driving me mad!

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  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2008

    Bernina 1300dc:I have been sewing for nearly 50 years and have never been as frustrated with a machine as I am currently with this Bernina. I have run costume departments, sewing is my life, it's my profession, to be honest with you I don't believe that there is a solution, getting this machine to preform the way that it should is just not going to happen. I tried different threads, different needles and found that my old Bernina serger works better than this one. I purchased this model because I deal with a lot of high-end clothing, knits which may need the cover stitch, and I can't use it....very frustrating.
    Sorry, not much help. I plan to speak with the local Bernina shop, I've had this machine approximately eight months and find myself avoiding using it because it's just not worth my time. I always trusted Berninas, have recommended this brand of machines to others and, had them in shops I ran but, no more. Bernina need to admit that they put out a lemon!

  • QueenAnn Apr 18, 2008

    Bernina 1300dc:I have been sewing for nearly 50 years and have never
    been as frustrated with a machine as I am currently with this Bernina.
    I have run costume departments, sewing is my life, it's my profession,
    to be honest with you I don't believe that there is a solution, getting
    this machine to preform the way that it should is just not going to
    happen. I tried different threads, different needles and found that my
    old Bernina serger works better than this one. I purchased this model
    because I deal with a lot of high-end clothing, knits which may need
    the cover stitch, and I can't use it....very frustrating.

    Sorry, not much help. I plan to speak with the local Bernina shop, I've
    had this machine approximately eight months and find myself avoiding
    using it because it's just not worth my time. I always trusted
    Berninas, have recommended this brand of machines to others and, had
    them in shops I ran but, no more. Bernina need to admit that they put
    out a lemon!

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2009

    I have the exact same problem as Queen Anne, with my Bernina 1300DC. I bought it for the cover stitches and I have yet to have them work without skipped stitches.

  • martylev Mar 29, 2009

    I have the same problem and have had the Bernina Serger 1300DC serviced by a VERY REPUTABLE Bernina dealer. They cannot fix the problem. Before I have this sent off to Bernina does anyone have a suggestion. How is the needle depth adjusted? This was a suggestion in one of your notes. Thanks for your help.

    MartyLev@verizon.net

  • kmnr2000
    kmnr2000 Nov 19, 2012

    I'm having the same problem. After hours of frustration and finally finding a video in line I was able to thread and set up machine properly. i hemmed a light weigt knit top with only a few skipped stitches. a sample on cotton fabric, two layers, had turned out perfectly. I am now tryin g to hem another knit shirt, medium weight, and am having no luck what so ever. I'm playing with adjusting the needle tensions but am getting no where fast. I hate to say how many hours I've been sitting here ripping out bad stitches. If someone has a solution please pass it along. Thanks, Kathy

  • genaburtch Jun 03, 2013

    well, I agree about the Berninas...I have an old 2000DCE and hate hate hate to change anything on it. It is so tempermental. If I get it working, I don't change it. Recently had to try to get it converted to coverstitch for something. What a mistake, I the stitch is horrible! I have been sewing since I was four. I had an old basic Bernina that lasted forever and never failed me. But not this thing. It looks beautiful and sews terrible. Very, very finicky. I always tell people that I sew for that it will take from 1 day to 1 month depending on whether my machine funks out or not!

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Hi, I have broken a needle. Is there a brand or certain size I should use?
    Thank you in advance

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    I have a Bernina serial number 397445 I would like to know what size needles and bobbin's ? and what year this machine is ?

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Make sure the chain stitch thread is threaded exactly as it should be, make doubly sure the thread comes off the bobbin vertically and runs through all eyes smoothly. Any faults in the threading causes extra tension at the needle despite what the tension is set on.
If this is not the cause then the needle depth and the looper timing needs checking.
Rob

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