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There are two tension adjustments, which should be done with a proper set of weight gauges - top and bottom thread tension should be carefully balanced to get the best stitch formation. It is best that you assume the top tension is correct and adjust the bobbin tension to match. Load the bobbin with thread of one colour and put a spool of the same thread but a different colour on the top. Thread-up the machine, load the bobbin and sew-off a satin-stitch on max width zig-zag. In this configuration, there should be a very small 'bead' of the top thread showing along each side of the satin-stitch on the underside of the material. If there's excessive top showing, the bobbin tension is too high and if none, the bobbin tension is too low. To adjust the tension, remove the bobbin case and you will see a spring around the edge with two screws through it. One of the screws holds the spring in place and the other adjusts the tension - this is furthest from the edge of the spring and is in a small 'cup' in the spring itself. To reduce tension, turn the screw VERY SLIGHTLY anticlockwise and to increase it turn it clockwise. Make very slight adjustments and re-check sewing-off the satin-stitch every time until you get the required thin line of top showing down each side of the stitch on the underside. Ideally this should be done with Mettler Metrosene thread, but as we're just balancing against the top tension, it shouldn't matter too much provided you use a good thread top and bottom.

Bernina Artista... | Answered on Jun 02, 2020

see your local dealer and tell them you have a bad power board. or l-print. this is a known issue and bernina is covering it under there 5 year warranty. the 5 volt output is faulty on some some models

Bernina Artista... | Answered on May 15, 2020

If the machine won't power up its most likely a problem with the power board inside of the machine. I have replaced a bunch of bad power boards on the 600 and 400 series Berninas over the years. The 600 and 400 series machines use the same board. I service and sell lightly used Berninas on eBay under the user name bushvideo.

Bernina Artista... | Answered on Apr 27, 2019

I'm not real familiar with this issue but my first thought is the format of the program is wrong. You have to have the right format or the program is similar to you reading Chinese.

Bernina Artista... | Answered on Feb 02, 2019

Often it has to do with overload and or the side port has a faulty soldering joint. Either replace at cost of $120 including labour or remove port and solder loose joint

Bernina Artista... | Answered on Jan 27, 2019

You can get back into the touch-screen calibration routine if you start up the machine with both of the needle offset buttons pressed at the same time ... once you've calibrated the touch-screen you'll be OK again.

Bernina Artista... | Answered on Jan 09, 2019

Do you mean the multi-part condenser that's used across the motor windings, or the one in the foot controller ?

Bernina Artista... | Answered on Jan 20, 2018

Suggest taking it for service. This appears to be a machine malfunction that probably calls for a professional to resolve.

Bernina Artista... | Answered on Jan 19, 2018

working with Electrical parts "wires" is not something i would recommend unless you are an electrician but how ever i would try a new bulb first if that doesn't cure it i would take it back to your repair man who repaired it before

Bernina Artista... | Answered on Dec 27, 2017

Oh, you may need to have a technician do that. The feed dogs need to be installed to certain specifications that are difficult to do without the proper tools and knowledge.

Bernina Artista... | Answered on Nov 16, 2017

Hi, most likely your bobbin sensor is being blocked by something. Common causes are a dirty sensor. Q-tip on the eye of the sensor inside the bobbin door. Or there is fuzz blocking it. Next take out the bobbincase and the bobbin. Look in the bobbincase and you will see a round spring. This spring acts like a brake for the bobbin. Sometimes these springs will get moved and out of position blocking the little space that the bobbin sensor reads through. Reposition the spring so you can see through it and the bobbincase.
That should do it.
Good luck.
Rick Engel
Bernina tech

Bernina Artista... | Answered on Nov 08, 2017

The complete manual is available at:


A reset can be done as follows:
press the clr button. The altered stitches will be set to basic when you turn the machine off

Bernina Artista... | Answered on May 21, 2017

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