My machine has been going slow. The past couple times I used it,
it would start out slow then go to normal speed, like it had to warm up
or something. I haven't used in it a month or so, and this time it started out really slow and I only sewed about 6
inches when the machine stopped working altogether. The
light is on but the pedal does nothing. During my sewing I also
started to smell something burning... not sure if it's a wire, the
motor, or what. It's a distinct smell, not quite like rubber but maybe
a little? I unscrewed the plate on the bottom and looked inside but
didn't see anything not that I know what I was looking at. I can't take
apart the foot pedal--there are no screws to unscrew it--but the smell wasn't coming from there anyway. The smell is
coming from the machine. Is it time to take
the machine in to service it or is there something I can do? I hope I don't need a new motor. Do those pretty expensive?
Grand Lake Sew and Vac does not repair sewing machines. They send them to a repair place in Alameda. Someone comes to pick up the broken machines every Tuesday. Repairs are not timely and can be pricey,
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Can you describe your problem a bit better. From what you describing it sounds like the machine does start to embroider, it starts slow then it stops. It is normal when you first start to embroider that the machine runs very slowley, does just a few stitches and stops. This is normal and all Berninas do this. The machine stops after these first few embroidery stitches so you can cut off the extra piece of thread. Cut off the extra thread then push the reversing button again and the machine should start to embroider. It will stop again if a color change is needed. This information is provided in your owners manual. Make sure you have lowered the feed dogs for embroidery and there is no need to have the foot control attached for embroidery though it won't affect anything if it is attached to the machine...
This sounds like a bushing in your serger or the upper looper shaft heats up with use. This the swells the metal and seizes the machine. This is always hard to fix right because there are many points on the serger that need regular lube and can heat up. it is an eliminate 1 joint at a time and try agein
This is most likely a fault in the foot control. Normally supplied with this machine is a Type 10 and this can be fixed quite easily but probably not by the machine's owner unless you have some electrical and mechanical experience.
If you have knowledge of and access to a multimeter, you can test it. What working properly, you will find the following:
Pedal released: resistance is infinite (anything around 4k Ohms or less and the machine will run).
Heel pressed: resistance is about 10k Ohms.
Toe steadily pressed from nothing to all the way down: resistance is infinite then after a small depression, jumps to about 4k Ohms steadily decreasing to zero as the pedal reaches all the way down.
Your problem, being at the point where the pedal isn't pressed suggests that there's some contamination in the pedal. It's also possible that you have a type 365 pedal (as used on the 930) and this is more likely to give this kind of trouble due to the use of carbon brushes in this foot pedal.
Sewing machines need regular oiling as you use them - it sounds like you have or are close to seizing the bearings.
In future, when you smell burning and a machine that should operate at full speed slows down - stop, don't persist in using it.
It clearly has something wrong with it.
Your users manual should cover oiling the machine - there are predetermined points at which you drop the sewing machine or 3-in-1 oil into. Only a few drops are necessary, but you should oil it every few hours of use.
I suggest having the machine checked at a sewing machine shop to see if there is something wrong with the motor, or the foot pedal but first check to make sure the power cord & foot pedal are connected correctly