Hi, I have just bought the abovel sewing machine from a friend , I have given it a good clean and change the oil. I am trying to get it to stitch, every time I try to stitch the thread breaks, infact it is not stitching at all, the thread just breaks. I tried re threading it (from the manual) but everything fails, please help, I know it works, before I took it home it was just missing stitches, but now its doing nothing.
thanking you in advance
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UPDATE: It appears that your machine is computerized. Probably best to take it for service. Oiling will most likely damage your machine and do nothing toward resolving the issue.
Please provide the make & model of your machine. If it is a mechanical machine, most likely the machine has seized so that the needle does not do the appropriate swing for zig-zag or decorative stitches. A good cleaning and oiling with fresh, good quality sewing machine oil will take care of a mechanical that is seized.
Hmm, I'm wondering if it has been cleaned and oiled recently. Older mechanicals require frequent TLC. Consult your owner's manual for cleaning and maintenance instructions:
Is your sewing machine mechanical (ie, not computerized)??? CAUTION--if your machine is computerized, do NOT proceed with the following suggestions.
If it is mechanical, have you cleaned and oiled your machine recently? Most mechanical sewing machine failures are because they have not been adequately and routinely oiled, the old oil has solidified and frozen the mechanics. I recommend Bernina oil or liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube (or similar good quality sewing machine oil) for mechanical machines--do NOT use 3-in-1, cooking oil, WD-40, or the sewing machine oil from your grandmother's sewing basket. (I am not associated with any Bernina dealer.)
If it is in fact frozen, pick up a bottle of liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil at the hardware store. Oil one or two drops in every oil hole (see your manual) and also every place where metal rubs on metal. But DO NOT oil any plastic gears, rubber, or belts. If it is still stiff or frozen, direct a hot handheld hair dryer into the top and bottom mechanism of your machine. See if that loosens it up. You may have to repeat.
Once your machine is working again, place a drop or two of good sewing machine oil as directed above. Be sure to use a small brush to clean the lint and dirt out of your machine, especially around the feed dogs and bobbin area. (Caution: Compressed air will sometimes force the dirt and lint into areas that cannot be cleaned.) And continue to use good quality sewing machine oil to keep it running. Recommendation: every time you change a bobbin, after 8 hours of sewing, or every six months if it is not in regular use.
See the suggested answers for your question. If it is a mechanical machine, the oil has probably solidified and is not allowing you to change the stitch length selector.
Something you might try is opening the machine and directing hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the internal mechanism concentrating on the location of the stitch length selector. This may help loosen it up.
Consult your owner's manual and follow the instructions for cleaning and oiling your machine. Use ONLY fresh good quality sewing machine oil and apply only 1-2 drops each spot.
Is it a mechanical (NOT computerized) machine? If so, your machine probably hasn't been cleaned and oiled and the selector mechanics are stuck. Consult your owner's manual, clean and oil as directed using only good quality sewing machine oil and apply only 1-2 drops of oil each place.
Try this ONLY IF IT IS A MECHANICAL MACHINE: gently try to move the selector bar and see where things should move and apply a drop of oil. Then direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the mechanics and see if that helps free things up. You may have to repeat multiple times.
Once it is working again, clean and oil every time you change a bobbin, every 8 hours of constant sewing, or every 6 months if not in regular use.
doesn't sound like he tried real hard, my suggestion is to find a sewing machine shop that will take the machine apart & find out why the selector doesn't move, it's possibly a worn or loose or broken part, & the repair man is suppose to open the machine & find out what's wrong.
Hi. Skipped stitches are usually caused by a mismatch in your thread and needle. Wrong thread type, wrong needle size, or even old thread can cause skipped stitches. If all else fails, change the needle. If that doesn't work, clean the machine. Sometimes just getting rid of all the lint and giving her a good oiling does a world of good.
I found my answer by going to the dealer here and asking questions. They were very helpful and friendly. Said that if I need any more help to let them know. I bought a Bernina from them about a year ago. I really like it.