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Thread: Bernina, Pressure Foot UP when threading A MUST???

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    When I bought my Bernina 180E the dealer said to clip the thread at the spool and pull the thread out from the needle.
    Never pull the thread out from the spool. He said it leaves lint
    in the machine from the thread. When doing machine embroidery you may change threads 15-20 times a design.

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    Pressure foot up ( tension disc open) to thread, then I floss my thread (back & forth) then pressure foot down to thread the needle. I was a dealer repairwoman.

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    I have threaded my bernina with the pressure foot down but the stiching wasn't good. I had to rethread with the foot up and it did fine. I never had to have it serviced because of this, but I guess it could mess up the timing if you constantly did it wrong.

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    I have always threaded with the pressure foot up. I do not know if it makes a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggreenridley
    I have always threaded with the pressure foot up. I do not know if it makes a difference.
    Threading the machine with the pressure foot up or down will not damage the machine. Just be sure to raise the pressure foot either before threading or after threading to release the tention discs. This will allow thread to seat giving thread proper tention. If you don't release the tention by raising the pressure foot at some point after threading machine, before sewing, your first stitches may be jumbled or distorted.

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    Good grief! I have been sewing for some 40 years and never heard this advice re threading my machine with the presser foot up! Wow! Reading as much as I have time for on this board had given me soooo many valuable tips! Thanks a million million times everyone!

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    Many new machines of today should be threaded with the needle bar up so the tension discs are open for the thread to get aligned in the tension. Yes, you can damage your machine because when trying to sew without the thread in the tensions you cause the bobbin thread to be pulled so hard that the bobbin gets dislodged and causes needle breakage and bad gouges on your bobbin case which in turn causes more problems when trying to get good quality stitches. If the needle breaks with enough pressure on the needle bar, you can throw the machine out of time. Machines of today are not like the machines of yesteryear. They do many more things than just straight and zig-zag stitching, so have to be so precise to do each task. Also always try to pull your thread out from the needle when changing threads so you don't pull lint up into your tensions. Just a trick to keep the tensions clean.

    Good Luck

    Suzy

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    That's what I've been told re every sewing machine I've ever bought. And it says that in the manuals, too. It doesn't say WHY, but why wouldn't you do what the manual says?

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    You are so right. Cutting your thread and pulling it forward is like flossing your teeth it gets rid of the lint. (I sold Bernina machines for 10 years and had a lot of training )

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    My machine is a Bernina. I too found the presser foot up made it a lot easier to sew then. Yes, it was in my instruction. I am one of the people that like to learn the hard way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    When threading the machine I always have my pressure foot up for the exact reason Ghost Rider explained. However, when threading my needle I have done it with pressure foot down but only dropping the pressure foot after I have taken enough slack in my thread that I may need. I never pull my thread through the machine when the tension disks are engaged (ie when pressure foot is down). I always raise it before pulling any thread. So much so that it is engrained habit now.
    This is what I also do...but it's good to know the reason behind this!

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    Thread leaves a lot of lint behind if you remove your spool of thread by pulling it back up thru the tension more is left behind. It is so important to clean & oil your machine . I am so intuned to my machine I can tell by the sound if I need to clean,oil or change the needle. We have had customer bring in their machine and you would be amazed at the ball of lint from not cleaning. That is one of the instruction classes Bernina request all dealers offer to their customers.
    Thank You.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blisterful
    (I posted a few weeks before when I was having trouble with timing going out 3 times in three weeks). I am still having the same issues with this machine. Yesterday, authorized Bernina repairman said the reason my Bernina is going out of time is because I have been threading machine with the pressure foot down. I find it hard to believe his statement. If this were true, our owner's manuals would have a great big warning statement telling us our machine may need servicing if we thread needle with pressure foot up. Bernina owners, please let me know if you have ever threaded your machine with the pressure foot down and what you think of his explanation.
    IF this is true why do the auto treading machine have the foot down.

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    Because the auto threading mechanisms need the tension to be engaged (presser foot down) in order to work and thread the machine. Patty

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    Quote Originally Posted by apples galore
    Because the auto threading mechanisms need the tension to be engaged (presser foot down) in order to work and thread the machine. Patty
    Thanks

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    I had trouble with my brother for same reason. The thread doesn't pick up properly in the tension discs if the foot is down

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    In my Bernina instruction classes dealer told us that pressure foot should be up when threading machine. When it is up, it releases the tension disks, allowing the thread to slip between them. If pf is down the thread will not slip between them properly therefore it will not have proper tension when sewing.

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