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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Bernina 1230 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Bernina 1230
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Dee-Ellen
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Date: 6/27/07 4:38 PM

I have recently sold my embroidery machine and have got out my old Bernina 1230, which sews just fine except for the pressure of the foot. I find at the end of the seam the fabric is always longer on top. This machine was barely used for 20 years and I'm not sure there is any info out there on it. It drives me crazy to not be able to adjust the foot pressure. Any ideas?
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Date: 6/27/07 4:42 PM

Sewing "uphill", using a teflon or roller foot might also help. It is the resistance of the upper layer of fabric on the bottom of the foot that causes that.

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Date: 6/27/07 4:50 PM

I have tried the teflon foot #56. It did not seem to help much. I appreciate your ideas. I wonder if this is common with this model?

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Date: 6/27/07 6:00 PM

This machine does not have an adjustible pressure foot, but if you take it in to the dealer the tech (repair man) can adjust the pressure for you. I am primarily a quilter and really do not like to use a walking foot. I had this done to my 1090QE and it was fabulous. I did pin some but only about every 10 to 12 inches. (instead of every 3 inches)
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Date: 6/27/07 6:03 PM

I do believe that's right that you can get the pressure adjusted, just not by you. A walking foot will help a lot. I loved my 1230 and still miss it.

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Date: 6/27/07 9:47 PM

What a timely thread. I've been sewing on my old Bernina 930 (I call her Leadfoot) for the past two days, and now I remember why I bought a new machine. The foot pressure is so great that not even the walking foot worked on the curtains I'm sewing. I tried several feet and ended up using the roller foot although I still have to do a lot of taut sewing to keep the top layer from rippling. I was wondering if a repair person could adjust it.

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Date: 6/28/07 10:35 AM

You might show the repair person some examples. I've been sewing quite a lot with my 930 and have not experienced this probelm, I don't think ever. I have lifted up the pressure foot, smoothed out the material while pulling out the pins, lowered the pressure foot and began sewing again. I mainly use the 000 foot.

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