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Thread: Spray Basting & Bernina BSR Foot

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    Super Member Candace's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by Laura3
    The owner of the shop told me if I noticed anything else not sewing smoothly they would replace it. She said I am right on the edge of when they started making them with the upgraded spring and washer. I just got this machine in December. Hopefully it has the new one, but if not she told me they could do it in a day.
    Sorry, but I find this doubtful. Mine was purchased in March(newer than yours) and my dealer has replaced about 50 of the springs and washers, mine included. My dealer has been great about it and has replaced them with a smile, problems during BSR or not. If I were you, I'd push for the replacement. You shouldn't have to argue to get a free retrofit from Bernina! Worst case, fib and say you're still having issues and want the new spring. Period.
    I can't get the repair person at my dealer to replace it. He says that's not the problem. I have a crack in my foot, which was not noticed until I picked it up from my last repair, and he insists I need to buy a new foot. I don't have a warranty because I bought the machine used. I don't like this guy, he treats me if I am stupid and don't know what I am talking about.
    The man who owns the shop is nice, just the repair person who isn't!!!

    Oh no.... So you think he was the one who cracked it? Yikes....I do see BSR's come up for sale on the sewing yahoo list occasionally. Usually they're asking about $400 for them, though:< That really stinks! It's hard for me to believe this foot isn't repairable, but my dealership has told us all the same thing. To be very careful with it because it's a non-fixable item.

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    I had lots of issues with my BSR when I first got my machine in January (I've never used spray basting). The problem seems to be in the pressure level of the presser foot. The updated spring and washer will help but I have also found a few other things that ensure I don't get skipped stitches.

    1) Even though the manual says to put the presser foot pressure level at 0, I put it somewhere in the mid-high 20's, even low 30's if I'm quilting a thin, minimal seam quilt. When the pressure is at 0 the fabric can come up with the needle and "tent" around it, causing the skipped stitches.

    2) Use a 90/14 sized needle. Anything less on a regular quilt and I will get skipped stitches. I quilted an applique wall hanging with a smaller needle but there were no seams and the whole sandwhich was very thin.

    The only way I can think of that the spray basting is the actual problem is if it's sticking to the needle and causing the "tenting" like I talked about earlier.

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