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Feed dogs won't work

The feed dogs are only coming up part way, or it seems they are still moving up and down, but the fabric only moves very slightly along, even after turning the machine on and off. I have to pull the fabric through myself to get it to sew a complete seam.
PS this is for a Bernina 135

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Take your machine to an authorized Bernina dealer for service.

Proper service and care will ensure the value of the machine.

This brand holds it's value better than any other brand and always resells for good prices on Ebay.

You can check the Bernina website for dealers in your area.

Posted on May 07, 2010

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