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Foot control has no power

Yes everything is plugged in and the light on the sewing machine is on, but nothing happens when the foot control is pressed

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I've just fixed this problem by replacingthe main capacitor in the foot pedal. I have a Bernina 830. I needed a soldering iron, and I had to buy the right capacitor, but it fixed this exact problem. Btw, a few months ago this problem initially appeared (on my machine) as an issue where the speed was either zero, or full speed). After a white it wouldn't work at all.

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Slide the bobbin spindle from the right to the left. You may have the clutch disengaged. Just push or the spindle. Do you hear a motor when you depress the foot pedal?

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