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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Mainenance/Repair of Bernina Oldies ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 2/6/07 7:22 AM

I was all but unable to sew for the past year and have barely touched my machines. Since I have a 1230 and a 1240 (same as the 1230 but with an additional Japanese alphabet), I decided to keep the 1230 and give the 1240 to a good friend.

When I tested the machine the day before giving it to her, it went a bit haywire. First, the feed dogs would not move the fabric. The manual tells how to correct this problem (pushing the reverse button and then switching the machine off and on), which made the feed dogs start moving. (?) However, they don't work consistently. If I set the stitch length to "5," I might get a large stitch once and a tiny stitch the next time. If I change length in the middle of the seam, the stitches become either huge or microscopic... I tried most of the other stitches, including the basting stitches, and some work but most don't. The feed dogs will go up and down but not move the fabric, or the stitch will only work in reverse(!), or it will not be the stitch that I have indicated.

I tried my other machines and the 1230 is fine (so far, knock wood), but the 1130 had the same problem with the feed dogs as the 1240. I haven't tried the other stitches on the 1130, however, so just pressing the reverse button might have done the trick for that one.

I really want my friend to experience how great this machine can sew. Since it is at her house now, I am wondering if there is any way to fix this problem without bringing it in to the shop. Perhaps an oil fix? (But where?) It would be quite uncomfortable if there is a bill for the repair, as I will want to pay it for the sake of giving a machine in perfect working order, but she might not go along with that.

Has anyone ever experienced this, or have any suggestions for me? I doubt many people on this board let their machines sit around for a year plus, but just thought I'd ask.

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Date: 2/6/07 2:52 PM

Mechanical machines need to be used, or they will develop problems.
#1 thing to do is oil and lubricate
see Bernina site for oiling instructions if you don't have a manual
Bernina TLC
now run it, and then run it some more.
if there are rust spots or abrasions, just plain running it may work some of it off, but chances are, it may need to be dissassembled and cleaned up. This is best done by your Bernina dealer, however with some knowledge of the machine you may be able to handle some of it yourself.
good luck.

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Date: 2/6/07 8:48 PM

I'm on a Yahoo Group called Bernina ThirtySomethings devoted the older models that end in '30.

There is a problem in these machines (1130, 1230, etc.) with the needle bar not wanting to move---I wonder if that could be it. This particular problem is caused by the basting stitch not being used or run on a regular basis and requires a Bernina technician to fix it. They all know about the problem. We're just figuring out it exists and how to prevent it.

I suggest you join the group and ask them there. Somebody will know what's going on.

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Date: 2/6/07 9:30 PM

I think it is the Bernina ThirtySomethings group that sends out an email the first of each month reminding everyone to run their basting stitch.....good group and I'm sure there will be some good advice available.

I have a 1230 and 1630 and I swear by regular maintenance by a Bernina mechanic. I take good care of my machines, clean and oil them regularly, but the Bernina guy can really tune them up. Over the long haul, I think it is money well spent.

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Date: 2/7/07 3:13 AM

Thank you all for the advice. I used to switch out the machines regularly to keep them all in use and also had them serviced, but just could not get to them at all in the last year or so (new job, family emergencies, etc.).

I like that TLC page and copied it out for reference. It sounds like she will have to take the machine in. I hope it's a quick fix. I just feel so bad about giving away a machine not in proper working order. It looks like that might be the only way to get it back in shape, though. If things hadn't been so hectic around here and she hadn't been in such a hurry to get it (her old machine broke down mid-project - a gift for someone), I would have brought it in for a check-up. Bummer.

That is interesting about these particular machines all potentially having that problem. Must keep sewing regularly!!!

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Date: 2/7/07 6:16 PM

Interesting link. I could swear my owners manual (1130) says to put the oil on before replacing the osc. hook.

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