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The needle doesnt want to lower into fabric. ive oiled the bernina 370 , old sewing machine. its just stuck

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Try directing hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the internal mechanism. If it is seized from dried oil, the heat may loosen it. However, if it has seized from old oil, it needs to fully addressed before trying to run the machine as it could damage the motor.

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Remove the presser foot and, if you can, remove the needle. Then remove the needle plate, the bobbincase, and the hook. If you are unable to remove some of them, you may need to use a small pair of scissors to snip the threads and gently pull them out with needlenose pliers or tweezers.

Once you have the thread tangle removed, clean with a soft brush to remove all the lint and thread bits and place a drop of good quality sewing machine oil (preferably Bernina oil for your machine) on the bobbin race. Install a brand new needle (in case the old one was damaged).. RAISE the presser foot, remove all the thread, and rethread from the very beginning. (The raised presser foot releases the tension disks so the thread will seat properly.) Use good quality thread--avoid old or bargain bin thread (some Berninas object strenuously to Coats & Clark thread too). Some threads create heavy lint buildup in the tension disks and bobbin area in addition to hanging up in the needle and elsewhere. Also, some fabrics shed more (ie fleece), so be sure to clean often. Try to oil your machine as instructed in the owner's manual--every time you change a bobbin, after 8 hours of constant sewing, or every 6 months if not in regular use.

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Clean the bobbin area.

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Make sure the bobbin thread is feeding clockwise and through the guides on the bobbin case.

Lower the threaded needle down and back up while holding onto the thread end. This will pull the bobbin thread up. Hold onto both threads and pull under the presser foot and to the back of the sewing machine.

Hold on to the thread ends and lower the needle into the fabric, then press the foot pedal.

You may want to use a leader - a folded scrap of fabric that you sew to the edge of and then **** against the fabric you want to sew. Sew off the leader and onto the fabric and this will keep the thread from going down into the machine. You can have a few stitches between the two to make it easy to cut the leader away.

When you stop to adjust the fabric make sure the needle is down to anchor the fabric (turning corners, sewing a curve. etc).

The slightest movement of the fabric when the needle is up will sometimes cause a thread jam.

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