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

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    I recently bought a used Bernina 1005, Matilda. She was sewing along beautifully, and then suddenly, the fabric stopped feeding through. The feed dogs are still coming up and the presser foot is making contact with the feed dogs, but the fabric will not feed through. If I pull it through, it will stitch without bunching up. What have I done to my poor Bernina?!?!?

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    Is it possible your stitch length got set to zero by mistake?

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    Nope, it's not on 0. I tried changing the stitch length, but no luck.

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    try looking on their site for support or frequently asked questions.
    http://www.berninausa.com/naviinfo-n8-sUS.html

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    Turn off the machine and see if it will reset. If not, try a scrap of fabric that has sewed just fine. If you have problems with that then I would find the dial that adjusts the pressure foot. On my Bernina, it is a dial on the left side of the machine.

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    Make sure that you have not set the machine to sew in reverse. On my Bernina there is a button you can hold down to sew in reverse but another button to touch on the screen that will cause it to sew in reverse without holding the temporary backstitch button. If you have the reverse button on by mistake it will not want to feed forward at all. Ask me how I know. :)

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    Is there some "stickum" of some kind on the fabric either side? Or maybe on the bottom of the foot? That's about the only thing that ever stopped my Bernina from feeding properly. Good luck.

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    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

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    Definitely check the back stitch. But also turning off the machine would reset something like that.

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    Also - if you haven't already done so, open it up and clean the lint out.

    My 801 started making clicking noises with each stitch. Changing the needle and cleaning it out made all the difference and it is purring again.

    I hope it is an easy fix for you.

    Cheers, K

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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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    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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    Double check to make sure that the buttonhole dial isn't engaged.... :oops: can you figure out how I know???

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    Maybe they just need a readjustment. Mine needed it on a Kenmore I had once.

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    Quote 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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    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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    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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    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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    When I am working with a 'linty' material, I check for lint with every bobbin change! Keeps me sewing!

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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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    I would clean it thoroughly. I have a newer Bernina and I have found out that Berninas don't like any dirt at all. Take the bobbin and the hook out, clean and oil. Maybe you have already done that, if so, then I have no idea what to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSevenYearStitch
    I recently bought a used Bernina 1005, Matilda. She was sewing along beautifully, and then suddenly, the fabric stopped feeding through. The feed dogs are still coming up and the presser foot is making contact with the feed dogs, but the fabric will not feed through. If I pull it through, it will stitch without bunching up. What have I done to my poor Bernina?!?!?
    Try cleaning brush lint out the feed dogs,oil, new needle take thread all the way out and re-thread.make sure you reset all settings to factory settings.
    Give the previous owner a call. She may be able to help you.
    Good luck.

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    Quote 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
    yep this just happened to a friend at our retreat..she was so embarrassed...her BErnina all new and fancy..would not feed...she had just finished a flannel quilt and did not do any cleaning under there...what a mess....worked fine after a de-furring!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewYearsOld
    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.
    q-tips are not any better, you need a pipe cleaner or tiny stiff bristled paint brush

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by NewYearsOld
    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.
    q-tips are not any better, you need a pipe cleaner or tiny stiff bristled paint brush
    A good, thin, CLEAN mascara brush works well too. It has a handle! I need handles! LOL

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