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Bernina 170 will only straight stitch

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How long since you've had the machine cleaned and lubed? Sounds like perhaps the selector mechanism has seized. I know this is a common issue with the older Bernina (Records) that require frequent cleanings and oiling (with good quality sewing machine oil or Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube).

Posted on Apr 18, 2018

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SOURCE: Bernina 1130 not catching bobbin thread

there will be a adjustment in that you should select the stiching mode and in that give the straight mode the problem will be solved

Posted on Jun 05, 2008

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SOURCE: Zig Zag Stitch not working

THis problem occurred as I was sewing on Neoprene. I was using Gutterman all-purpose thread and a size 80 needle. Tried switching to a size 70, then to size 90. Still unable to zig zag. After inserting a test sample of cotton, the zig zag worked perfectly, so I knew it was not a mecahnical problem. I switched needles again. This time to size 90 for stretch fabric. Voila! Problem solved.

Posted on May 24, 2009

elizebeth900

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SOURCE: old bernina 830 stitching problem: tight

Sounds like you need to adjust the tension. Probably a good idea to oil this older machine before you adjust. Also look for and clean out any lint or debris in bobbin case and around foot area.

Posted on Aug 29, 2009

Wayne Buss

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SOURCE: Do I need to oil the Bernina Artista 170? If so,

- yes \-every 3-5 hours of sewing or more if you are sewing very dirty fabrics (used canvas etc)
-remove the shuttle, clean and oil the "race" where the shuttle ocellates
-remove the light cover with the off set torues wrench included with your machine
oil the needle bar, take up lefver joints and the presserfoot bar. any thing more should be done by a qualified technicial who should remove back and front covers and remove lint and dirt and then oil all the bearings
drtension

Posted on May 02, 2010

relicssmm

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SOURCE: Bernina 1080 while sewing normal stitch, stitch

What stitch to you have selected for it to do? Please check to see if it is set for straight stitch only.
Linda at Relics
www.sewing-machine-manuals.com

Posted on Jul 05, 2011

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take the top off the machine and check

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