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Thread: My Bernina walking foot quit on me!

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    My Bernina walking foot quit on me! :(
    I thought that I may have bent it or wasn't attaching it properly - needles kept breaking - so I took it to my LQS and the dealer tested it and found that it wasn't engaging - she said that it may have just worn out! I didn't want to order another but had no choice since I was in the middle of a project and had to get it done. It was old but I didn't know that they could break or wear out.
    Has anyone ever had this happen to them? Do you know if they are fixable?

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    Holy cow, I have had mine for 15 years, at least, and I use it alot! I paid $80 for it and I am hoping to get my $'s worth out of it. I figure another 50 years should about do it. By then I probably really won't care if my fabrics are feeding evenly, but I WILL still be quilting.

    I do brush mine off for lint and oil everything that looks like it needs oil.

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    I would think everything and anything will/could break or wear out. If you don't think so, just think why people need hip and knee replacements. Transplants also, just my thought on it all.

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    Sadly yes they do break and wear out , usually when you need them the most :?

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    I picked up the new one yesterday so now I'm ready to stitch :) - unfortunately my fabric budget will be extremely limited to only essentials for awhile. Oh well, life has its ups and downs ;) - get to use my stash!! :)

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    If it is mechanical, it will wear out :wink:

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    It is frustrating to have our wonderful tools wear out. And they always do just when we need them most.

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    My story is worse. I had a brand new Bernina walking foot and was using it for the first time on a pin-basted quilt. I missed a pin and missed seeing that the back of the walking foot had got caught on the pin. It broke a spring inside the foot. Took it back to the Bernina dealer and all they did was offer to sell me a new one at full price. (I bought another one elsewhere.) My dh could probably have fixed the old foot if I could have gotten a replacement spring for it. Suppose there isn't much demand for them, though.

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    I think that may have happened to this one. I don't think there is much interest in selling the parts to fix, besides, now I have a new foot that is ready to go :)

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    I had a walking foot quit on me after about a year. My friend (who can fix ANYTHING) looked at it and said it was the bearing. Got another one and things have been moving right along.

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