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Oh, Halp! Fabric won't feed on my Bernina!

Old 08-27-2011, 04:23 PM
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Will it take any stitches at all, or will it stitch some, and then stop? I have a 440, and there's a "pattern repeat" button that is very easy to press instead of reverse, at which point, it will sew 3 stitches and then STOP. Also, check your actual stitch, and make sure you've got a plain straight stitch. Finally, make sure that you haven't adjusted your presser foot pressure all the way off. I did that to work with the BSR and forgot to take it off and was very confused for about 10 minutes.
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:48 PM
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I used a microfleece on the back of a quilt once and my Bernina would not feed this through. I had to change the backing. I was thinking maybe the reverse stitch button too. Hope you can figure this out.
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Old 08-27-2011, 05:43 PM
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Double check to make sure that the buttonhole dial isn't engaged.... :oops: can you figure out how I know???
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:13 PM
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Maybe they just need a readjustment. Mine needed it on a Kenmore I had once.
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by seweasy
Not sure if you have the same problem I had with my Viking Emerald but I had tried everything I could think of. The dealer/repair person said there was so much lint between the feed dogs that they couldn't move to pull the fabric through. She told me to look at the feed dogs from behind the machine because looking at them from the front side you would never know there was a problem. So once in while I plan to check mine.
Guess it proves that I use my machine!!! The machine is a year old but had worked on several minkee projects and flannel blankets so that probably was the culprit. Chris
I just cleaned out an embarrassingly huge amount of compacted lint out between my feed dogs. Feeds smooth as silk now! Clicking is gone too.

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Old 08-27-2011, 08:37 PM
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Me too! The quilt I finished last night did not seem to feed through at all. I felt like I manually pulled that thing through for every stitch.

After reading this thread I went and cleaned out those feed dogs - the quilt before this one was flannel.

Miracle of miracles! Both the cleaning effect and this board! :)
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:45 PM
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Yes, I found out that cleaning often under the presser foot keeps my Viking running smooth. I keep Q-Tips handy in my sewing box.
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Old 08-28-2011, 03:39 AM
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It's so nice when it's such a simple fix. I try to clean mine out every couple of times I use it. It's amazing the difference it makes.
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Old 08-28-2011, 04:37 AM
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When I am working with a 'linty' material, I check for lint with every bobbin change! Keeps me sewing!
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Old 08-28-2011, 04:39 AM
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So glad for you to have found the problem - an easy fix, but frustration till you got that far! I never think of going into my feeddogs and cleaning - and I've just sewn fleece - and lots of it - so maybe time to clean house on my machine before beginning my new baby quilt I'm starting. Best wishes and happy sewing!
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