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I have a bernina 135 and when I press the foot pedal, it whirs, but the needle doesn't move. I've turned it off and on but nothing happens.

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Check to see if your bobbin winder is on.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010

  • rdibden May 30, 2011

    This was the solution. Thanks a lot.

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