20 Most Recent Bernina Activa 130 Questions & Answers

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How do I use the button hole foot on the Bernina

There isn't an automatic button hole on this machine. You can do it manually. Thread the bobbin thread as usual, but put it through the little hole on the hook in the bobbin case. Set the stitch length between 0 and 1, like a nice satin stich. Set the needle position to the far left and the stitch width to 2. Sew down the left side. Center the needle, set the width to 4 and lower the feed dogs, stitch about 6 stitches across the bottom. Then reverse the direction, set the needle to the right, stitch width to 2 and go back up the right side. Lower the feed dogs again, set a wide stitch and finish the top.

Another good option is to buy a universal presser foot shank from Bernina and then attach an old cam type buttonhole attachment from Singer. They make beautiful buttonholes and you can even do a keyhole button hole.
8/19/2021 12:18:38 AM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Aug 19, 2021
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With the bernina activa 230, it will randomly stop

Unfortunately this could be a number of reasons, ranging from simple to hard. Taking the simple first - make sure the 2-pin plug is properly inserted into the machine - if it stops, try wiggling the plug first to see if that 'resets' the machine. If it's OK, it might be the switch on the power supply - I've had a couple that needed replacing, but in all honesty, the problem is probably internal and could range from a poorly-inserted plug on the main control board, to a component problem on the board itself, which could be costly to replace. Is your machine still in warranty (2 years on electronic parts) - if-so, get it checked-out by your Bernina service agent, just in case ... dont go messing-about with the machine yourself. Before doing this ... check exactly what happens when it stops sewing ..... I assume that the foot controller doesn't make any difference ..... check if the sewing light is still on, or the display backlight, and is the display still showing any information, or has it gone blank ? Does it happen on all patterns - straight/zig-zag etc. or a memory pattern ? This may help to identify the likely cause.
8/4/2021 11:29:27 PM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Aug 04, 2021
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Monofilament thread nesting up underneath

Mono thread can develop a memory and curl itself around things. I hate the stuff.
6/2/2020 4:55:21 AM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Jun 02, 2020
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Issue with Bernina Activa 130:

Check that you have got the thread correctly routed on the bobbin case and that there is noticeable 'drag' on the thread when you pull the thread out of the bobbin, in its case. If there's little or no drag, it is likely that the bobbin tension needs increasing. I'm assuming you've set the top tension to thered line. A good check is to load two colours of the same thread type top-and-bottom - when sewing on wide zig-zag, the top thread colour should be the only one seen on the top of the material and the bottom colour should be mostly seen on the bottom ... it's OK to have just a spot of the top colour showing on the underside on wide zig-zag/satin stitch.
6/2/2020 4:51:16 AM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Jun 02, 2020
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How do I find out what model of bernina i have?

Bernina usually puts the model number somewhere on the front of the machine. It is also on the plate that has the serial number, etc.
9/7/2019 11:01:24 AM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Sep 07, 2019
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Bernina Activa won't turn on

Lets start at square-one. Have you checked the plug fuse ? Have you checked that the 2-pin mains plug is firmly inserted into the socket on the back of the machine ?If yes to the above ... are there any lights on at all ... sewing light, display backlight ? If it's completely dead, it's most likely the power supply 'L'-print which is a separate module screwed into the back of the machine below the spool holders. Your best bet is to get the machine checked-out by a Bernina service agent.
4/27/2019 8:46:39 PM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Apr 27, 2019
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Owners manual

Unfortunately this is a purchase site. The closest I could get would be for an Activa 220 230 240 . You can download the manual.
Check the picture on no. 7 and see if this isn't your machine.

http://www.sewingmanuals.com/Sewing_Machine_Manuals/Bernina.htm
Hope this helps. Luck!
12/26/2018 11:54:57 AM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Dec 26, 2018
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Have a Bernina Activa 131

Do you mean Bernina Activa 130? - ussualy you have to change just cables 000659.71.13 CABLE CPL. 5-POL or 000659.71.12 CABLE CPL. 5-POL - order nr. for circuit board is 408832.70.00 L-PRINT CLASSIC UNIVERSAL - see internet for "where can I purchase ..."
2/21/2018 4:12:10 PM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Feb 21, 2018
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My Bernina Activa 130 is

Turn your on/off switch to off, unplug from the machine, wait 30 seconds and plug cord back into machine, then into socket. Turn your on button on. See if this will reset it. Be sure to turn any lights off when in the off position.
2/7/2018 3:00:12 AM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Feb 07, 2018
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The handwheel on my activa 130 has jammed. It happened after the machine got stuck on a thick obstacle of fabric. In order to release the fabric I had to detach the needle and presser foot. ( I Sus

Have you removed the bobbin and inspected the area? Quite possibly there is thread or lint that is preventing movement in that area.
7/17/2017 1:05:07 PM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Jul 17, 2017
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Hi, my Bernina activa 130 is bunching and chopping

If the thread is bunching under the fabric, most likely it is bird nesting. Bernina artista 180 bottom stitch bunching The other possibility is that there is an incompatibility of needle/thread/fabric. Be sure to use a brand new needle! Use only good quality sewing machine thread--AVOID old or bargain bin threads! All About Needles
5/25/2017 3:57:31 PM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on May 25, 2017
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Intermittent sewing problems

You have two problems: 1) Sometime it sews fine, but other times it will sew like there is no tension on the thread and create a "birdsnest" in the bobbin compartment. Cause : Threading the upper thread - clean upper thread tensions discs - do not forget "• raise the needle and presser foot" (see manual page 18) 2) Sometimes it just randomly changes ... Please open new ticket. Give tu us more info. It seems like Short circuit on S-print, but your description is chaotic (not usable)
4/27/2017 3:18:26 PM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Apr 27, 2017
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Bernina activa 210/how do i switch reverse sewing back to statight stitch

Perhaps the manual would be helpful: BERNINA activa 210 Support BERNINA You may want to download and keep this manual. A lot of manuals for older Berninas are no longer available. ...
1/30/2017 3:53:38 PM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Jan 30, 2017
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My bernina activa 130 is suddenly making very fine, tight stitches. How do I solve that?

Remove the needle plate (by pushing on right rear corner of plate) and clean out any lint build up from the feed dogs and replace plate.
11/17/2016 3:45:23 AM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Nov 17, 2016
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Bernina activa 130 tension loose after needle breaking into bobbin area

Is it the bobbin tension that is very loose? Try tightening it. Also check that the bobbin has been installed in the bobbin case, turning the correct direction and that the bobbin tension is threaded properly. Bobbin Tension How and Why Tension is Adjusted Understanding Bobbin Tension Understanding Thread Tension Threads If it is the upper tension that is loose and creating "thread nests" under the fabric, the machine is either misthreaded or possibly the thread is not seated completely in the tension disk. Remove the upper thread from the machine. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread the upper thread from the beginning--verify the thread path is correct. Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low number (the factory standard--although it may need tweaking later for your particular machine). Retest your machine. Hopefully, the issue has been resolved. If not, it may need service. Tutorials Urban Threads Unique and Awesome Embroidery Designs What causes Bird Nests Superior Threads Sewing Machine Thread Bunching Up Here Why ...
10/3/2016 3:23:20 AM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Oct 03, 2016
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Pressure foot wont go fully down

The pressure foot is only made to push down on the material, not the feed dogs. If you put it too low it will destroy the feed dogs and the pressure foot as well as the material. 1. To adjust, lower the pressure of the pressure foot as much as you can. 2. Place a thick piece of material under the foot. Turn the hand wheel until the feed dogs are up. 3. The pressure foot rod has a screw that holds it into place. You will adjust the rod by moving it up and down until there is a small amount of pressure on the material. Tighten the screw and try your machine without a needle to see if the material will move. Now, try other thicknesses of material. The rod may need to be slightly adjusted a small amount to get it "just right". 4. PUT IN NEEDLE AND CHECK FOR ALIGNMENT TO THE HOLE. (DANGER IF NOT ALIGNED).
9/3/2016 6:29:06 PM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Sep 03, 2016
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Thread Knotting underneath

plug it into your charger cable and 110volts, there is only one connector that the charger cable will go into.
12/17/2015 5:00:28 PM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Dec 17, 2015
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How to remove end cover from bernina 830 record (handwheel end)

There is one screw on the bottom of the machine in the center of the handwheel end. Remove this screw fully. Then the cover should come off fairly easily. The top of the cover has two pins that slide up into the housing of the machine. So be careful not to break these while removing the cover. Also, the screw that goes in from the bottom is held tight by a metal washer that rests in a plastic channel on the cover. Be sure not to lose this washer. If you do, you will not be able to reattach the cover.
11/3/2015 8:05:08 PM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Nov 03, 2015
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What kind of oil do I use for a bernina 830 record electronic

I agree with Tally Girl in using a good quality, preferably clear, light machine oil. Do NOT use 3-in-one or cooking oil as both will become "varnished" over time leading to a gummed up machine. I have been repairing both commercial ad domestic sewing machines for 45 years.
6/5/2015 6:18:55 PM • Bernina Activa... • Answered on Jun 05, 2015
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