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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Weird issue with my Bernina ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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LaurenEmme
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Date: 12/28/12 1:53 AM

Last night I was in the middle of a project, when all of a sudden my B330 started acting funny. I'd press the foot pedal and I'd get two slow stitches, then she'd stop. If I continued pushing the pedal all the way down, nothing happened. Let off the pedal, try again, get the same two stitches, then stop, repeatedly. Finally turned her off, let her sit for a few minutes, then started her back up and she was back to normal. She's only a year old, not a whole lot of use in that time. Should I be concerned? I'm hoping it was just some fluke thing that won't happen again. Anyone else experience anything like this?

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Date: 12/28/12 2:00 AM

Electricity issue? Like an iron plugged into the same circuit or need for a UPS? Just a thought.

Does it run fine with the start-stop button? That might tell you it's a problem with the foot pedal.

I have never used the foot pedal that came with my 240, which is probably like your 330's. I borrow one from another Bernina, to have the heel tap needle control.

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Date: 12/28/12 2:13 AM

Good questions...The iron was plugged in. I normally have the iron in my bedroom and take my machine out into the dining room when I sew, but last night I set the machine up in the bedroom to work on something real quick. Didn't even occur to me that it might pose an issue. The iron does power off after a few minutes (by the time I started sewing, it should have been off), but still worth noting in the future.

I didn't try the start-stop button, but that will definitely be the first thing I do if it happens again (hoping not!).

Thanks for giving me things to think about!
-- Edited on 12/28/12 2:13 AM --

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Date: 12/28/12 2:25 AM

Just one thing I can think of, if the thread was caught around or under the spool cap or spindle, and you might not see it like this unless you remove the thread to check if it is tangled, maybe the machine might stall if it senses tension that should not be there. I know it will do this if there is a thread tangle off the spool when I am bobbin winding, the machine slows and then stops to prevent damage.
I'd look for that before you call your dealership as that may be the reason it occurred.
Otherwise if its not a tangled thread, turning off, waiting a few minutes, then turning on will reset everything in the computer's brain to default settings. One thing I want to ask is whether you have it on a UPS surge protector? Especially if you are running an iron on the same circuit as your sm...
If there is fluctuation in electrical supply with loss of power or spikes of power this can be really bad for any computerised machine. UPS battery back up surge unit will mean if the power supply coming in fails temporarily the battery support is there to deliver constant supply to the machine. Worth the small investment into a really good unit to protect your Bernina investment.

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Date: 12/28/12 2:33 AM

I had a problem with my B330's foot pedal. Sometimes, even if I floored the pedal, the machine would not sew. If I moved the pedal's cable slightly, the pedal would work normally. I could also sew with the start stop button, with no problems, aside from the loss of precision control,

The dealer replaced the cable for me, and I now have a machine that does exactly what my foot tells it to do
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Date: 12/28/12 2:34 AM

I think the thread was fine. I had just recently re-threaded it and made sure it was fine with a test-sew, and the weirdness happened mid-project, and once I restarted the machine it was back to normal. Again, something to keep in mind though. Late-night sewing means my brain isn't likely to think of these things on my own.

I do need to get a surge protector for my machine. Sheer laziness on my part for not doing it so far. Every time I plug it in I think about it. Will get one this weekend for sure

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Date: 12/28/12 2:39 AM

Interesting. I hope this doesn't happen with mine again, but I will definitely try the start/stop button to verify if it's the pedal or not.

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Date: 12/28/12 4:15 AM

I occasionally have a silly problem like that with my old 801. The pedal has a plug that sticks way out. When I push on the pedal and I'm on thick pile the plug can detach itself, pulled upward by the weight of my foot against the carpet. Just a silly simple problem. Isn't that always the way?

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Date: 12/28/12 5:59 AM

Yes make sure both the power cord and the food pedal cord are firmly plugged in.

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Date: 12/28/12 7:07 AM

Items plugged in still take juice...so just because the iron turned off doesn't mean it was not drawing power. Hope this issue was a one-timer.

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