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Bernina 930 where to put oil

I need a diagram showing the places to oil a Bernina 930 after taking off the top cover.

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There are two key points I suggest customers can do themselves to help lengthen the life of their machine. One is your hook and the other is the needle bar...
Hook - Open your bobbin door, removee the bobbin case/bobbin. On the upper left corner there is a small latch, push in the latch and your shuttle race ring will fall down forward. You can now remove your stainless steel hook. You need to keep this hook clean and the lip it fits back into clean and void of lint and debris. On the back of this hook or the "lip" that the hook fits back into apply a small amount of hook/sewing machine oil.
Needle Bar - Open up your head cover, the needle and needle bar clamp is attached to a long stainless steel rod that travels vertically inside your head. All sewing machines have a needle bar that looks like this. This bar travels thru two brackets attached to the frame of the machine. Rotate your handwheel and clean the needle bar well of debris. Rotate the handwheel so that the needlebar is in it's highest point and apply a small amount of oil to the upper and lower bracket of the frame, rotate the handwheel so the needlebar slides back down and therefore lubricating it and the inside of the brackets.
Hook oil or sewing machine oil is relatively inexpensive from all quilt, sewing machine, repair shops.

Be sure to take your machine in a minimum of every three years for proper cleaning and lubricating of all the other parts (This is of course for average home sewing machine use 8hours a week)

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First of all, refer to your machine's manual. There should be a diagram showing where to oil.

Second, there are oil holes, if you look closely, you will recognize them. Only one or two drops of oil in each. Be sure to get the 4 holes on the mechanism the raises and lowers the needle bar (sometimes difficult to reach without a long oil tube). There are several oil holes to the right of the metal cams. Also, get the one by the handwheel. Underneath, get the one behind the bobbin works and the moving bars.

Third, you can gently rotate the handwheel and watching the moving parts, place a drop or two every place where metal rubs against metal.

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Needle is not moving up or down. How do I fix my self?

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Bernina 930 record oil diagram

Yes, your Bernina 930 does need regular and thorough cleaning and oiling. Liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube (from the local hardware store or bike shop) is great!

Wiggle the handwheel and apply a drop or two every place where metal rubs against metal. Red arrows below show the oil port locations, but if you miss a couple, you will get them by using the "wiggle" method. Do NOT oil the nylon gears or belt, and STAY AWAY from the basting stitch mechanism in the middle of the needle bar. Be sure to wiggle the stitch selectors and dials and oil those too. There are some very important oil ports on the take-up lever that will require the handwheel to be rotated slowly to see them all. And don't forget a very important oil port behind the bobbin case/hook mechanism next to the machine's metal case. Also, get the feed dog mechanism--a frequent part that seizes without oil.

_930 oiling-midqa4xt2jjuv4lxb4gbt5zn-2-0.png Of course, a drop of oil at the base of the hook every 8 hours of sewing is a necessity to keep your machine sewing happily.

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My bernina 930 speed has basically came to zero. the wheel is turning but the needle is moving very slow and even stops moving even when the wheel is turning. what could be the problem?

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I am looking for a bernina 930 service manual. I dropped the feed dogs and they will not come back up.

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You don't mention which model Bernina you have. If it is a Bernina mechanical, ie 930 Record, it sounds like it hasn't been cleaned or oiled in a while and the oil has hardened making it difficult for the motor to move the parts. Pick up some Bernina oil for "mechanical" machines, or for a quick fix a bottle of Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil at the hardware store. Following the diagram in your manual, put one or two drops of oil every place indicated (be sure to oil both the top of your machine and the area below the sewing surface). In your case, pay particular attention to the oil holes located nearest the handwheel. That is probably where the problem is worst. To help loosen things up, you can direct heat from a hand-held hair dryer into the interior of the machine. In the future, be sure to keep your machine cleaned and oiled on a regular basis. My policy is every time I change bobbins, after 8 hours of continuous sewing, or every six months if the machine has not been in use.

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Bernina Record 930 Electronic, seldom use, like new. Wheel will not move. Was doing stright sewing, machine slowed down then froze. Maching is clean. No instruction book or manual. Machine belongs to my...

Bernina 930 Records are notorious for the basting stitch sticking which eventually locks up the machine. To prevent this from happening, be sure to run the basting stitch for a few minutes every month. If it is stuck, you'll need to take it to a Bernina technician.

If it is not the basting stitch, it could be a broken plastic gear (trip to the Bernina technician) or it needs oiling.

If it is not a broken gear, then it probably needs oiling. Your Bernina mechanical requires regular oiling and cleaning even if you don't use it (ie, every time you change the bobbin, every 8 hours of sewing, or every 6 months if not in use). HINT: recommend Bernina oil or similar good quality oil for mechanical machines, NOT 3-in-1 oil, WD-40, or cooking oil!!! One or two drops of oil in every oil hole and every place that metal part rubs against metal part.

Treat your Bernina well and it will serve you well for many years.

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You will need to remove the top cover. 2 screws one of which is under the bobbinwinder lid. They only turn a half turn to release. After opening the top cover and if you watch what goes on inside from the top, move the top change lever you will see part of it goes through a fork or U-shape part. This part is probably stuck and needs some oil. After oiling and working it back and forth a bunch eventually it will start snapping into the notches its supposed to. I beleive then you will have your zigzag back.
Either that or you have the stitch width set on zero.
Hope I helped.

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