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I have a 1030 Bernina sewing machine and for the first time in 10 years the needle will not move up and down. It will go side to side. It stopped while sewing and won't restart. I have checked all of the common troubleshooting things on the machine and none of them worked. Please, can you help me? Thanks,Tania

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There is likely a frozen linkage on needle bar that requires servicing to free it up take it to your Bernina dealer for full service

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Have you tried cleaning and oiling your machine? Refer to your owner's manual and use good quality sewing machine oil, ie Bernina oil for mechanical machines.

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Take it to your Bernina dealer, they should be able to determine what is wrong and hopefully fix it, free. You really do not want to do something that could void your warranty. My Bernina dealer is super nice and always helpful, they are very professional. I hope that it is just some silly thing, like mine was.

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As far as I know, the Patchwork 140 doesn't have a needle stop up/down button. You'll need to use the hand wheel to bring the needle up or down, as needed. The Bernina machines that have a needle stop up/down button have this button below the LCD screen. (On those machines, it's usually the left-most button below the LCD.) I suspect the index giving a page number for the Needle Stop Up/Down button is a artifact of using the same index for multiple machines.

The manual for the Patchwork 140 is available at Manuals Lib here: https://www.manualslib.com/manual/1002243/Bernina-Activa-131.html . The Bernina 135 has the needle stop up/down button. See https://www.bernina.com/en-US/Support-US/Machines/BERNINA-activa/BERNINA-activa-135 . The manual for this model is https://www.bernina.com/getdoc/90f75840-2b12-4f46-88f2-76f09e35d8d4/030529-52-04_0303_a135-a145_EN .

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If you have knowledge of and access to a multimeter, you can test it. What working properly, you will find the following:
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