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Thread: Bernina straight stitch needle plate? Chewed up stitches, yuck!

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    I have a Bernina 163 and I have two throat plates, one is the straight stitch throat plate and I LOVE IT. Wouldn't piece a quilt without. I also have a Viking Sapphire and a Lily 550. I'm looking for straight stitch throat plates for both of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
    My Bernina is ~20 yrs old. The owner's manual doesn't have anything about this issue. Is there anything in your owner's manual?

    This is purely a guess: could this be a timing issue, or a setting for where the needle stops. The thread take-up should stop just past the uppermost position.
    Today, while at the Bernina Dealer, I asked them this question. Response: it could be that the machine needs cleaning and oiling. If lint gets back into the area of the bottom of the machine, it can't be seen, but can cause a lot of problems. The other most common problem is, in fact, the timing and where the needle stops. So their recommendation is to have it professionally cleaned, oiled and timed.

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    Ps. If you google for the single hole you should find one it has a red part to show you it has a single hole. I'm not convinced this will help. Try setting everything to its normal and retry. If you have grandchildren have they fiddled .
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    My straight stitch plate was $53 from the local Bernina dealer about a year ago, just to give you an idea on price.
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    I have a Bernina 1230 and it did the same thing - I started using the leaders and enders which solved the problem. I just figured it was the machine until I got my Babylock Quilters Pro midarm - which does not require a leader/ender and does not chew the fabric. Not sure why but I will take it.....

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    It has driven me batty! I am going to pick up the single stitch plate today, and see how that works. It's also newly oiled and newly needled. I haven't really played around with the tension on this machine but ill look into that too. It's always been set at the regular 3 setting. Do you guys find that tension can really vary that much if you're just using standard quilting fabric? Nothing fancy, nothing heavy or light? Normal unexciting Gutermann thread?

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