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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Need Bernette 234 threading help ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 10/5/11 8:40 AM

Just picked up one of these at a rummage sale. The manual's illustrations for threading aren't very good, and I'm having a terrible time trying to get the lower looper threaded ... the last two threading spaces are on the top of the looper, and the notch, on the left edge of the looper, is under the throat plate. I can't move it far enough to the right to see it. No luck finding any photos or more detailed instructions online :-(

I may have to take it to the local sewing store (fortunately they're a Bernina dealer), but I thought I'd ask here as well. Is there a trick to getting the lower looper out in the clear so it can be threaded? Thanks!

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Date: 10/5/11 10:33 PM

BerninaUSA.com's web site has the manual to download free in .pdf form: ~link~
I took a look and the diagrams are really awful. I had this machine for a half year, before I upgraded to the 2000DE in 1994, and if memory serves me, it threads the way all the current sergers do. Bernina International has a youtube page with all sorts of serger videos. Probably pressing the white tab/lever to bring that lower looper over to the right, to catch the hook thingy (confused?) is the problem, and the drawing in the manual is not clear. At. All.

seven minutes into this video might be what you need.

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Date: 10/6/11 7:10 AM

They are wonderful sergers once you master the threading which is not that difficult once you get used to it. Make yourself thread manually instead of pulling through at first so you get used to it. To get to the lower looper arm that is hidden you will need to thread to that point and use the handwheel turning only in the direction of the arrow that is over it turn until the arm is visible on the left and put the thread in the notch you mentioned. You may need to use the tweezers if yours are still there to reach the thread and retreive the thread as you turn the handwheel to bring the looper arm back to your right. One thing about this model is it has to be threaded in this order -upper looper first, lower looper then needle threads. I also usually turn the hand wheel again in the direction of the arrow to manually do a couple of stitches-don't know why that is just what my dealer originally suggested. I would highly recommend a service for this machine and probably a new upper blade perhaps a lower if it has never been changed. You could have them show you how to thread it when you have it in for service. Mine has only been serviced twice in many years. Once for ragged stitches when it needed the lower blade which lasted for many years. I bought a new bernina serger as I was told no new foot control was available and then luckily found a new identical one that was used on would you believe sewing machines during that era so it is humming away still. I am not sure you can kill this model but it is very temperamental in that you have to thread it correctly then no problem as you mostly pull threads through. I normally just pull thread through but if you have a problem keep rethreading in the correct order no shortcuts with this one just start over. It somehow knows if you cheat and don't do it in the order that is printed on the machine. I have not taken the time to learn my new serger and still am using the 234 and don't plan to say good by to it but will keep it threaded up with white or use it when using the coverstitch feature on the new one. It is a great machine in my opinion so get it serviced and learn how to use it.

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Date: 10/6/11 7:16 AM

Forgot to mention they'll probably try to tell you it isn't worth it,buy new, etc. just ignore all that and tell them to service and change the blade. If your foot control has a lot of wear or develops a short take the info off the bottom and hunt a replacement for that and you are good to go. I bought this serger and my 930 machine in the 1980s and they still work perfectly. I just succumbed to computer/embroidery machines kind of like new car fever or they'd be the only ones that lived here.

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Date: 8/10/12 3:10 PM

Does anyone know or have a regular foot & needleplate for a Bernette 234 serger? I inherited this but it only has the needle plate & foot for rolled hemming.

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