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Date: 12/24/12 7:24 PM

Down one of the two holes to the right of the throat plate. The pins are fine enough to fit down those holes. I opened the bobbin case and looked inside, but saw no pins. I did see a gear that turns when I turn the hand crank. I will now check the throat plate for a pin. I only lost 1 and the machine sews a good as ever. I just can't find the pin and it could easily have gone down one of those 2 holes. Or not.

I took the throat plate off and the bobbin out and shined a flashlight in the bobbin case area. Nothing. I also shined it down the throat plate and again found nothig out of the ordinary.

The only thing I did see is in the gear area a drop of grease on the end of a turn bar or it is the head of the pin. The pin is either pale blue or pale gold. I think I will invest in some flower pins after Christmas! In the meantime, the machine sounds just like new and no sew noises and sews wonderfully.

I did find a pin way behind the machine on the cabinet and I am not sure I put it there. It could have slid or jumped on the acrylic insert and found it way over to the right side of the cabinet I guess.

Will it hurt my Bernina 630 to finish sewing my Christmas pillowcases? They are a gift for my MIL tomorrow. The Pfaff does not like all the seams in these, as they are currently 8 thick and when I turn it again, they will be 10 seams thick.

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Date: 12/24/12 8:35 PM

I would suggest trying to find the pin, to keep it from getting hung up in anything important.

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Date: 12/24/12 8:37 PM

Can you check it from the underneath? Depending on the machine, maybe shake it just a tad. It's scary, isn't it?

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Date: 12/24/12 8:57 PM

I never found anything. I wonder WHERE that pin went. It could have gone down the hole--or not. I just could not find it. Oh, I put painters tape over those 2 holes for now!!!

My machine sews wonderfully over thick seams and I had no trouble at all with finishing my pillowcases for my MIL tomorrow. All done, presed and wrapped. No noises, grinding or anything out of the ordinary in sewning or sound wise. It worked perfectly.

Yes, turning my machine upside down is scarry. I have seen Tech's lay them on their sides, and that freaked me out plenty.

I'll call my dealer in a couple of days and see what they say.

Thanks for the help. I am done sewing now for a few days.

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Date: 12/24/12 11:01 PM

Be very careful about shaking your machine if you think there is a pin inside. Many years ago I was changing the battery for the memory in my Pfaff 7550. The instructions said to leave the machine plugged in and turned on to keep all stitches in the memory. I turned the machine up on end and heard a little tinkling sound, uh oh. I had purchased the machine used and it turns out there was a sewing machine needle down inside the machine. It shorted out the mother board and it had to be replaced. Just saying that even if doesn't get caught up in gear or make any kind of grinding noise, it can still cause damage. Hopefully it's not even in there.

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Date: 12/25/12 0:46 AM

Have you tried using a magnet? (keep it away from the electronic parts)


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Date: 12/25/12 1:02 AM

SCARY, but you say it sewed fine afterwards? So *if* the pin is in there, it's currently not making trouble. Maybe don't move it around until you are able to get it checked out.

I don't think a magnet wand waved around the arm area will hurt the computer bits of the machine at all. A strong magnet permanently parked somewhere *might*, but I've read that the danger of magnets to computerized machines is exaggerated.

My 630 sends her love to yours. She's asked me to cover her holes if I ever use tiny head pins near her.

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Date: 12/25/12 10:20 AM

I plan to take it in if I can this week, just to have them check it out. If no pin inside, I can relax. Better safe than sorry.

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Date: 12/26/12 11:45 AM

My husband takes the bottom off my sewing machines and serger for cleaning. Place thick towels behind the machine to cushion it and then tip it back. Remove the screws and open the bottom tray. You will find more than just a pin in there.

You can always sweep a magnet wand over the floor under and around the sewing table to collect wayward pins.

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Date: 12/26/12 5:36 PM

Funny you should mention... I brought home a shiny new Bernina 830 a few months ago, and the VERY FIRST THING I did with it is have a stupid little pin fall in the stupid little hole there. Grrr. After I stopped sweating and regained consciousness, the VERY SECOND THING I did was get a piece of painter's tape and seal those suckers shut! Why didn't I think of that first?! It's the first thing I did with all my other machines - I should have known! Better yet, Bernina should know! I don't know why they don't provide a cover or something for those. (I have a note to myself to email them about that. They like to hear from customers.)

... lucky me, I was going to the dealer's for a class within a few days, and they took it out for me.

This probably doesn't help you much, but I feel your pain.

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