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Date: 5/8/13 3:27 AM

I just inherited my grandmother's Bernina Record 830 (it was left to my non-domestic older sister and she offered it to me when she heard I was looking into buying a sewing machine). The foot pedal does work, which I hear is not always the case.

I took it in to get serviced at a shop in town. They warned me that they weren't Bernina-certified but said they'd take a look at the machine and let me know what they saw.

They said there was something wrong with the zig-zagger switch. It's a safe bet that they know more than me, but I can't tell now that it's home that anything is wrong with it.

Please help, I don't want a misunderstanding to send me 2 hours away to the nearest Bernina technician. I can take pictures and update this if any of you wonderfully experienced people could let me know what you need to see to help me diagnose this poor machine.

Warning, I am woefully uninformed on this machine. I'm currently researching it so that I'm more in the know.

Also, as a side note, I know it originally came with an assortment of needles and presser feet. It only has the one needle and foot with it now. Any leads on where I should look to get new needles and feet (will generic work or should I get Bernina) would be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 5/8/13 10:16 AM

Did they do anything to the machine? It should not be rocket science to ungunk a stuck lever.

As for the needles and good brand will do. Schmetz is sold everywhere. Go to their website for information as to which type is best suited to the fabric.

As for the presser feet, web search by model number. Bernina parts and accessories can be expensive.

This site will help you determine the correct foot type for your machine - Bernina adapters and feet.


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Date: 5/9/13 5:52 AM

There is a yahoo site called BerninaThirtySomethings@yahoogroups.com. It is dedicated to all of those who own an older Bernina that ends in "30", for which your machine qualifies. There are a number of qualified people who can help you on that site. A couple of them are Certified Bernina Technicians. They are extremely helpful and can steer you in the right direction.

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Date: 5/9/13 8:24 AM

The Bernina 830 is a real treasure, I would drive the 2 hours to bring it to a Bernina technician ... you might as well get to know them in case a trickier problem raises it's ugly head in the future, plus they will be able to get authentic Bernina parts when needed. Take a friend, stop for lunch, make it a fun road trip. I have had great luck on ebay when looking for vintage Bernina presser feet. You can also order them from the Bernina dealer just make sure you mention that it's the vintage 830 you're shopping for. I find my feet from the 1020 fit my 930 as well as the 830 ... if that helps. Enjoy your fab machine :)

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Date: 5/9/13 9:26 AM

Being as it's your first time around, I'd suggest you go the extra miles and take it to the Bernina technician. Just that once. Have him/her go over the machine thoroughly and then for tuneups, you can take it to the non Bernina-certified person.

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Date: 5/9/13 9:38 AM

I don't own a Bernina, but I do own a vintage Viking 6460. When I had an sue with it, I made the mistake of taking it to someone close by who was not certified but said he could take a look and probably fix it. After taking it partially apart, he had to admit that after 45 years of working on sewing machines for a living, he could not only not fix a very very simple issue, but he could almost NOT PUT IT BACK TOGETHER! Evidently it was a way more complicated machine than he thought.

I had to drive a little over an hour and a half each way to the closest viking certified repair shop. It WAS WORTH IT! I will do it again in a heartbeat anytime I need anything including a tune up, and I have to make the drive with two toddlers asking if we are there yet the whole way.

Save yourself the headache, go for someone who knows what they are doing right off the bat.

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Date: 5/9/13 10:56 AM

The zig-zag problem could just be that the grease and oil has set up from non-use. I used to help service machines and have seen this happen. It may just need a thorough cleaning and re-greasing.

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Date: 5/15/13 9:46 AM

Thank you for all of your help. I was able to find a local mom and pop retailer who has a certified technician visit once a week. He is currently in possession of my sewing machine and will let me know what is going on with it. I really appreciate all of your advice.

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