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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ..."
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.
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)
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).
Thread Knotting underneath
plug it into your charger cable and 110volts, there is only one connector that the charger cable will go into.
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.
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.
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