20 Most Recent Bernina 1008 Questions & Answers

You may just need to clean it. Many times when people use hand lotion or other things oil etc. it gets on the ball and interferes with the board. Try cleaning the ball with cottonball and alcohol. It really makes a difference.
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Bernina 1008 | Answered on Aug 28, 2020

What is your top tension set at?

Bernina 1008 | Answered on Jun 24, 2020

There is a spring loaded catch on the needle bar assembly. It is designed to keep the needle bar from going up and down on command for basting. That way it can take fewer stitches while basting. Anyway, over time, with lint build up, use and not enough oiling, the needle bar clamp release can stick. It is located in the machine cover and hard to get at. It is located right at the point where the needle bar clamp (middle of needle bar) is. It looks pointed on top and about 3/8" tall and SHOULD be able to move front to back (as you are sitting at the machine. If you want to fix it your self, lay the machine on it's back to see up into the needle bar area, you can also see through the threading slot as well.to oil it with SEWING MACHINE oil (read not 3 n1 oil) and try to work it front to back until it breaks free and play with it until it springs back every time you push it. I hope this helps.

Bernina 1008 | Answered on Apr 01, 2020

Sometimes the foot control switching unit is faulty. Is it an electronic foot control?
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Bernina 1008 | Answered on Jun 10, 2019

It is sometimes not obvious whether a color coded component is a resistor, capacitor, or inductor, and this may be deduced by knowledge of its circuit function, physical shape or by measurement. Resistor values are always coded in ohms (symbol ?), capacitors in picofarads (pF), and inductors in microhenries (µH).
To distinguish left from right there is a gap between the C and D bands.
  • band A is first significant figure of component value (left side)
  • band B is the second significant figure
  • band C is the decimal multiplier
  • band D if present, indicates tolerance of value in percent (no color means 20%)
For example, a resistor with bands of yellow, violet, red, and gold will have first digit 4 (yellow in table below), second digit 7 (violet), followed by 2 (red) zeros: 4,700 ohms. Gold signifies that the tolerance is ±5%, so the real resistance could lie anywhere between 4,465 and 4,935 ohms.
Resistors manufactured for military use may also include a fifth band which indicates component failure rate (reliability); refer to MIL-HDBK-199 for further details.
Tight tolerance resistors may have three bands for significant figures rather than two, and/or an additional band indicating temperature coefficient, in units of ppm/K.
All coded components will have at least two value bands and a multiplier; other bands are optional (italicised below).
The standard color code per EN 60062:2005 is as follows:

Color Significant
figures Multiplier Tolerance Temp. Coefficient (ppm/K) Black 0 ×100 - 250 U Brown 1 ×101 ±1% F 100 S Red 2 ×102 ±2% G 50 R Orange 3 ×103 - 15 P Yellow 4 ×104 (±5%) - 25 Q Green 5 ×105 ±0.5% D 20 Z Blue 6 ×106 ±0.25% C 10 Z Violet 7 ×107 ±0.1% B 5 M Gray 8 ×108 ±0.05% (±10%) A 1 K White 9 ×109 - - Gold - ×10-1 ±5% J - Silver - ×10-2 ±10% K - None - - ±20% M -
  1. Any temperature coefficent not assigned its own letter shall be marked "Z", and the coefficient found in other documentation.
  2. For more information, see EN 60062.
  3. Yellow and Gray are used in high-voltage resistors to avoid metal particles in the lacquer.

A resistor which (read left to right) displays the colors yellow, violet, yellow, brown. The first two bands represent the digits 4, 7. The third band, another yellow, gives the multiplier 104. The value is then 47 x 104 ?, or 470 k?. The brown band shows a tolerance of ±1%.
Resistors use Preferred numbers for their specific values, which are determined by their tolerance. These values repeat for every decade of magnitude: 6.8, 68, 680, and so forth.
Zero ohm resistors are made as lengths of wire wrapped in a resistor-shaped body which can be substituted for another resistor value in automatic insertion equipment. They are marked with a single black band.

The 'body-end-dot' or 'body-tip-spot' system was used for radial-lead composition resistors sometimes found in very old equipment; the first band was given by the body color, the second band by the color of the end of the resistor, and the multiplier by a dot or band around the middle of the resistor. The other end of the resistor was colored gold or silver to give the tolerance, otherwise it was 20%
Extra bands on ceramic capacitors will identify the voltage rating class and temperature coefficient characteristics. A broad black band was applied to some tubular paper capacitors to indicate the end that had the outer electrode; this allowed this end to be connected to chassis ground to provide some shielding against hum and noise pickup.
Polyester film and "gum drop" tantalum electrolytic capacitors are also color coded to give the value, working voltage and tolerance.

Bernina 1008 | Answered on Nov 13, 2018

it is possible that the foot pedal needs to be checked or replaced

Bernina 1008 | Answered on Jul 11, 2018

the forward reverse lever is in the middle ( neutral)
the needle thread tension needs adjusting tighter

Bernina 1008 | Answered on Nov 25, 2017

Are you able to remove the top cover of your 1008? The 930 has a "lid" that can be removed to access the internal mechanism. Am suspecting that perhaps the selector has seized from old oil solidifying. If able to open machine, apply 1-2 drops of liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube to every place where metal rubs against metal. Do NOT oil belt or nylon gears! Be sure to move the selector dials and levers and oil those moving parts too. To help speed things up, direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the internal mechanics.


Bernina 1008 | Answered on Dec 27, 2016

Most Berninas have adjustable presser foot pressure. The new machines are pretty obvious as Bernina has added dials that do that. The older machines, you have to look for a screw above the needle bar that will loosen or tighten the pressure. There is usually a long spring associated with it.

This is a picture of a 930 oiling diagram. But, if you look at the arrow second red arrow from the left (top picture), points to the adjustment screw on the 930. You might find something similar for your machine.


Bernina 1008 | Answered on Jun 27, 2016

Could you please clarify what you mean by bobbin post? Are you talking about the post on which to wind the bobbin, the post in the bobbin case?


Bernina 1008 | Answered on Apr 10, 2016

could be a sensor problem, having the machine checked would be a good idea

Bernina 1008 | Answered on Feb 18, 2016

i was able to find one at www.ifixmachines.com

Bernina 1008 | Answered on Dec 29, 2015

I am struggling to find a manual online. Will keep looking. In the meantime, if it is urgent, buy one here: Sew4Less Manuals Service Repair

Bernina 1008 | Answered on Nov 05, 2015

Call the dealer who sold it to you. It is a barbequed board. That's what your warranty covers.

Bernina 1008 | Answered on Nov 02, 2015

Stitch length @ 2.5mm (between 2 and 3 on the scale).
Stitch width @ zero.
Top selector lever @ 1 / 2 or (1 slash 2).
Needle position @ center.
That's it, no rocket science here. Stitch length will vary per application and per user choice. The 2.5 setting is only a suggested default.

Bernina 1008 | Answered on Oct 19, 2015

If you can get acess to or borrow another foot pedal to try I would do this first any of the Activa, Artista range fit to try. The fault may not be in the foot pedal but in the main CB of the machine. This can give a fualt of lights on but no motor drive. In this case the board would need replacing by a technician. Hope this may help.

Bernina 1008 | Answered on Sep 28, 2015

I believe the 1030 has a basting stitch, similar to the 930 Record. If the basting stitch is not run regularly, it may lock up the machine requiring a technician's expertise to get it working again.

Bernina 1008 | Answered on Jun 08, 2015

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