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Bernina minimatic 707 - needle isn't going up and down. I've turned the hand wheel away from me but the machine isn't sewing? Is there something else I have pressed?

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Ooh, do not turn the handwheel backward. Most newer machines have a lock that prevents this.

If you had it serviced recently, take it back immediately. This indicates to me they didn't address some existing issues.

It would be difficult to diagnose without seeing the machine operate. If it worked for a couple hours and then seized, I would be tempted to oil again with Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube and follow up with heated air from a handheld hairdryer. (I've had to repeat the process several times on some seized machines before they are fully loosened and operating smoothly.) However, the clunky sound could be disconcerting.


Posted on Sep 19, 2016


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SOURCE: Can't get bobbin to wind on bernina 707 minimatic

Are you talking about when you thread the bobbin or when you are trying to pull the thread through and begin sewing?

If you are trying to put thread on the bobbin and it won't wind, you can always do it by hand and manually loop it onto the bobbin.

What happens when you try and wind the bobbin? Does it do nothing? Does it start and stop? What is the actual problem you are experiencing? Go to your question posted on Fixya and click on the comment or reply link to answer these questions and I will help you solve this issue.

If you are trying to thread the machine to start sewing and you can't get the bobbin to operate correctly - snap the bobbin in holding the little lever open on the bobbin with your finger. When you put it in place, let the lever go and turn slightly right or left until you hear it click into place. You know you have it in the right place when it no longer turns in a circle. Then thread your needle and manually let the needle down into the bobbin area and when it comes back up, get a pair of scissors and run the blades sideways under the needle to grab both pieces of thread (one from the bobbin and the other from the needle). Then just pull enough thread and separate the bobbin from the needle and insert your material to start sewing.

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SOURCE: My bernina 707 minimatic..isn't working!! My needle keeps getting seized an won't move up an down...Then when i try to sew it sews blanks....

Have you cleaned and oiled your Bernie recently? Older mechanical machines need to be maintained regularly to keep them working. Use only good quality sewing machine oil (preferably Bernina oil), NOT 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil, or the sewing machine oil from your grandmother's sewing basket.

Consult your owner's manual Maintenance Section:

Slowly hand-rotate the wheel and place one-two drops of oil every place that metal rubs on metal (in the top and bottom of the machine). Do NOT oil plastic gears or belts!!!


Posted on Aug 25, 2015

Testimonial: "Hi i have had it serviced an it worked for about two days than it seized up has been oiled an cleaned with the bernina oil....i have dusted all the dust bunnys out an gave it a good vaccum...It is not making funny noise...kinda like a clunking noise...i hope the engine hasn't burn out..."

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I am looking for a Bernina Minimatic (Probably a 1967-1969 model) please

Hello, Louise -

Are you looking for the sewing machine itself (to purchase) or are you looking for the manual for the sewing machine?

If you are seeking a manual, you MAY be referring to the Bernina 707 model. If so, you can find the manual to download for free (PDF format - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software, fee) from the Bernina website, here:

If, when you look at your Bernina Minimatic sewing machine, you find a model number and it is not the 707 model, you can add the model number information to your question by clicking or tapping on Comment and entering the model number.

This is the link to the Bernina Customer Service web page where you can fill out a form to send an email message:

Best wishes.

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The zig zag on my Bernina minimatic 707 is not working. How will do I fix it.

Most likely the machine is seizing due to lack of regular cleaning and oiling. The old oil dries and turns to glue preventing the parts from moving like they should.

Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...

You can take it for service, however, you should know how to clean and oil regularly to keep your machine running smoothly. I perform a thorough oil approximately every 3-6 months on my mechanical Berninas. They purr like kittens.

Apr 19, 2018 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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MY Bernina 707 minimatic. It just gets stuck sometimes when I am stitching.

Be sure that your machine is well lubricated. Most older machines suffer from lack of regular maintenance-- old oil turns to glue over time and sticks things together. Use only good quality sewing machine oil, ie Bernina oil for older machines or Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil. Apply a couple drops each place where metal rubs on metal (that includes inside the upper machine, around the needle bar on the left, and in the base area, especially bobbin hook, feed dogs, etc.) Do NOT oil cams, nylon/plastic, or belts. To speed things up, you can direct hot air from a hairdryer into the internal mechanics of the machine.

If cleaning and oiling does not resolve the issue, you should probably take it for service because it could require replacement parts or technical adjustment.

FWIW, your machine is a great machine, so spending some time/dollars on it reward big dividends.


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My bernina 707 minimatic..isn't working!! My needle keeps getting seized an won't move up an down...Then when i try to sew it sews blanks....

Replace the needle.
Make sure the needle is inserted the right way. If the needle is installed the wrong direction the machine will get stuck.

Check and correct tension of the bobbin. (Guide attached)

Start the top tension at four and adjust as needed.

When threading do it with the pressure foot up so any snags can be felt. If there are snags they must be corrected. While threading, little tugs of the thread along the way will help. The snags can be felt this way.



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How can I fix the operation of the hand wheel release for a Bernina 807 Minimatic?

Over time the oil in the machine will evaporate or denature, if the machine has not been well lubricated for quite a while, it is likely that the clutch mechanism has gotten dry or gummy. If you remove the small screw in the hand wheel release, you will then be able to unscrew the hand wheel release all the way. Under that there will be a washer with two or three bumps on the outer edge and two or three tabs on the inner edge. Pay attention to how this is positioned. Especially noticing if the tabs are facing toward the machine or away. When you re-assemble the clutch you will want to put this back on the same way. Once that is clear, you may remove that washer, and pull gently on the handwheel away from the machine. The belt is still on at this point so it will not come off all the way. All you need is to be able to see about a quarter of the inside of the inside of the handwheel barrel. Put 5-8 drops of white sewing machine oil inside the barrel and rotate the handwheel. As you are rotating slowly push the handwheel back onto the shaft.

At this point, it can be helpful to run the machine to distribute the oil and loosen that contact. You may find it helpful to hold onto the needle bar, while running the machine slowly to ensure that they machine is not running. Be careful as holding onto any moving part can be quite dangerous. Use extreme caution, or do not do this at all. After running the machine for a bit without the clutch system installed, the machine should be loosened up enough to function properly. You can check this by letting go of the needle bar and running the machine, The needle bar should not move. If this is not the case, repeat the lubrication process and run the machine until it is loosened up enough to work. Once the handwheel will run without the needle bar moving, it is time to reassemble the clutch system. Put the washer piece back on the handwheel the same way it came off. Them put on the handwheel release, and finally insert the screw. Test the fuctionality of the clutch again at this point. With the screw fully inserted, you should be able to loosen the handwheel release about 1/3 of a turn. If it is significantly less than this, try turning the washer piece 1/3 of a turn until it is right. Once you have all that working, you are finished.

This is a fairly simple task, but is hard to explain or understand in writing. If you feel uncomfortable with these instructions, I would recommend taking your machine to a certified BERNINA technician. You can locate a nearby BERNINA dealer at the link provided.
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This could be the needle bar clutch. Turn off machine. Unplug machine. Remove needle. Turn hand wheel in normal rotation 1/4 turn. Gently move needle bar up and down by hand you should feel a click and the needle bar will not move up and down easily now. Restart machine and test. If it works all is good. This is a result of the machine requiring professional attention. If you use basting stitches it will likely unclutch again.

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My Bernina machine is 40 years old - a 707 minimatic but it is in perfect condition, regularly de-fluffed and oiled and had a new motor 4 years ago. A recent problem is with the tension. If I get the top...

You could try puchasing a replacement bobbin case, its possible that the tension spring on it has worn/stretched a bit. Try this website if you are in the USA - or just go to the bernina website and choose your country to find the head office in your country. They should be able to sell you the part or direct you to a local dealer closer to you.

Also clean out the top tension device if you haven't already. Turn to zero and floss between the discs. I use a clean selvage edge of a waste piece of cotton fabric or you could use dental floss or ribbon too, just something to get in there and remove any buildup. Thread, especailly darker colours, will shed dye particles and fibres and over time this can build up in the tension discs impairing their function.

Otherwise, sounds like you've had a really great run with your Bernina - if you don't already do this, then consider taking it for a service every two years too as the internals benefit from a lube on the older mechanical machines. It may be that the top tension device needs replacing to resolve your issue.

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