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Bernina 1130 not catching bobbin thread

A needle broke on my Bernina 1130 and I had to take off the plate and remove the bobbin to get it out. Don't know if I damaged anything in so doing but then cleaned out lint and oiled and put case back in and the machine does not catch the bobbin thread. When I put the thread up manually to simulate the correct thread position and try sewing I cannot do a straight stitch at all but the zig zag stitch makes a straight stitch -- not perfectly -- moving the needle in a zig sag position but stitching straight. Is this something I can fix or does the machine need to go in for repairs?

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  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    My old Singer Stylist sewing machine model 533 (manual copyright date is 1976) has developed a problem with the zigzag stitch. The needle goes into the fabric, comes up, goes straight back into the fabric a little, and then just after the tip of the needle gets back into the fabric, the needle will shift to the side. Then the needle lifts, slightly shifts to the opposite side, goes into the fabric a bit, then shifts to the side the rest of the way. The result is a slightly zigzag stitch that waves down the fabric instead of going where you're trying to put it. I'm not very mechanically inclined, and I'm fairly new to sewing so, before I take it apart, what could cause this so I know what I'm looking for? Thanks!

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    When I switch my singer curvy on the needle moves to the right, it awkwardly corrects its self with the first stitch. It's making a dreadful clunking noise as it sews but the stitches look fine. This has happened since using a ruffler foot, which worked fine for about 8 metres before it started jamming, as if the tucker was catching the needle, have I knocked something out of place? I've taken the needle out and put back but still not right. (The automatic needle threader hasn't worked for ages, just not swinging around, but that's not my main concern)

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    When any decorative stitch is selected the same problem appears-some stitches catch and some don't

  • Neal Iund
    Neal Iund Sep 01, 2014

    Hi MOMX4....Regarding the Bernina 1130, all newer Bernina machines made from 1986 to present which includes the 1130, 1230, 1530, 1630, and subclasses, the Classic line up to the 330, 440 machines do not have a fool proof means of maintaining needle and hook timing (loop lift) due to the modern manufacturing construction. If you break a needle by hitting a button, zipper, finger, etc. the machine can slip out of time. An easy way is to check for correct timing is to follow these steps: 1. Install a new size 90/14 needle. 2 Remove the needle plate, open the hook race ring, remove bobbin case but leave the hook in the machine. 3. Switch the needle position to the far right position. 4. Turn the hand-wheel to the botton dead position. 5. Now carefully turn the hand-wheel in the direction of motion until the hook point becomes flush with the right side of the needle. Under normal conditions, you will be able to look through the needle eye and detect that about 1/4 of the upper left corner of the needle eye will be occluded by the hook. If this is not the case, then you have a timing problem and you will need to take the machine in to a qualified Bernina technician.

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There will be a adjustment in that you should select the stiching mode and in that give the straight mode the problem will be solved

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