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Bernina 1230 problems
I need help with feeder problems
missvan
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Date: 6/10/14 5:26 AM

I do not use my machine a lot but was horrified to find it would only do very short stitches when I tried sewing last week. I have oiled it, changed the needle, cleaned it, etc. This morning it only stitched backwards. I cleaned and oiled it again, and now it is better. But the motor seems to be running in stop and start fashion: not smoonthly. What to do?

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Date: 6/10/14 7:08 AM

When was the last time you took it in for service? Sounds like it might be time for that.

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Date: 6/10/14 2:53 PM

It could be that your 1230 has the old style feed crank and it has worn. You should take it in to have that checked. The solution to that particular problem is to have a carrier service done and have the crank replaced. Good luck. Let us know how you make out!
Re the motor not running smoothly: there is a copper tracer in the resistor unit in the foot controller that runs along a ceramic resistor. It probably needs to be bent out slightly and the resistor cleaned.
Here is a link to the carrier service http://berniefixessewingmachines.blogspot.ca/2011/01/carrier-service.html
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Date: 6/10/14 4:07 PM

Take it in for service along with the power cord and foot pedal. Attach a note as to the way it is misbehaving.

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Date: 6/11/14 9:37 PM

My 1230 'plays up' when I haven't used it for a while too. I have found that unthreading it and just running it for a while - pedal to the floor - seems to take out most of it's kinks. Then I check on a scrap of fabric for stitch length, reverse etc.

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