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JillyBean333
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Date: 10/5/10 12:32 PM

Hi Everyone, so my MIL got her D1 out of storage and the sewing lights don't work. So I've been messing with this thing for hours and I'm getting mad!!

I had to go to the dealer and buy the little thing to get the bulb out and the one near the needle will not come out. I've tried tweezers too but the bulb is too slippery.

I put a new bulb in the upper fixture to see if just that one would work...but it doesn't turn on (brand new bulb and the filament is not broken). Do you think there's some problem with the wiring? And how to I get the #$@!## bulb out from next to the needle? It won't come out.

Thanks.

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Date: 10/5/10 12:53 PM

I've read that using a piece of flexible rubber tubing that fits over the bulb so you can twist it off without breaking works. You can buy it at the hardware store. And if you do break it, the bottom end of a carrot jammed onto the broken part works, too!
-- Edited on 10/5/10 12:53 PM --

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Date: 10/5/10 9:44 PM

Another thing you might try is using a rubber band. If you can, wrap it around the bulb and then use your tweezers. Or wrap it around the ends of the tweezers and then go after that d*#n bulb.

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Date: 10/6/10 2:00 AM

If the bulbs for the D1 are like my Viking the bulb inserter/remover device..has one end used for the "out" and the other end used for "in" and should be marked as such.

About the bulb that you got in that is not working, I am wondering if it is the proper bulb for your machine or maybe it is not in all the way or inserted properly.
If the bulbs go in and out like they do on my Viking Interlude..then when putting in the new bulb, put it in the device in the side marked in..then just push it up into the the socket..do not twist it.

When removing a bulb, place the device remover with the "deep"
hole marked OUT around the bulb and "do not turn the bulb," just pull it out.
You might have already done this but if not, I hope it helps.

-- Edited on 10/6/10 2:03 AM --

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Date: 10/6/10 11:01 AM

Wow Renee, that's a great idea. I ended up using a piece of packing tape...I sort of made a tube out of it...slid it over the bulb and then pressed it on there good. It took a couple tries (probably duct tape would have been better) I got
it out.

The light bulb changer wouldn't stick to the bulb good enough to pull it out...it just kept slipping off the bulb. And I did have the right end. No matter...I got both bulbs out and the one the filament was broken and the other looked fried like it had actually burned out. I honestly don't think I've ever had a SM bulb burn out on me.

And it would appear that you need both bulbs working for the lights to work...because once I go them both replaced she lit up .

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Date: 10/6/10 3:17 PM

Aha, I would consider that being a need to know..that both bulbs need to be in before they will light up. My Viking only has one bulb but if I ever had a machine with 2 bulbs, I would not have known this. This is something good for all to know.

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Date: 6/16/14 2:55 PM

You never know when good advice will come in handy. Thanks for the post. My Designer 1 has two lights and I didn't realize the one above the needle went out because I always had additional task lighting. But when I tried to replace the 2nd bulb I still couldn't get the light to work. I was just about to take it to the shop when I decided to try a Google search which was when I found your post.
Thanks again

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