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My needle won't move even with hand wheel. Feed dogs move. Bobbin turns. Bobbin winder is off. Did same thing last night then worked when I turned it on this morning. Quit with 6 inches left of 12 yard ruffle.

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You have a gumed up basting device, You can try to fix yourself but should be taken to a bernina teck for a fix. Take the end cap/head cap/ side panel/ needle bar panel off. It is one screw on the left side.
Remove neddle
Find the needle bar
On the needle bar there is a black small pice, it is round and has a little tab that stitcks off it.
Pull the needle down and push/pull/wiglle soft on the small black tab.
There is a small pin inside that should clip into a hole in the needle bar.
This should get your machine sewing again but the basting device realy should be cleaned and adjusted, should be around $45-100.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011


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