Bernina 930 help

Old 02-13-2016, 11:37 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 1
Default Bernina 930 help

My MIL gave me a Bernina 930 that she had serviced and put away without using it since she bought a new machine. The pressure foot will not go down with either the lever in the back or the knee-lift. I can't take it to the place she had it serviced since this was several years ago and in another state. Does anyone have any advice on what might be wrong?
petite-mom is offline  
Old 02-13-2016, 12:09 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 8,092

More than likely the oil that was used to lubricate the machine has gummed up. It will take a thorough cleaning and re-oiling to make it work.

Bernina 930s are not simple machines, but certain things are constant, and oil gumming up if they're not used is one of them. If you do not feel confident servicing this machine, do take it to a service shop.

J Miller is offline  
Old 02-13-2016, 01:45 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 1,904

The 930 model has a lot of marked off oil points, like Joe mentions, tend to them all with a a drop or two of oil. Can you se anything behind the faceplate? I think you have to take off a screw to get to the bulb, and maybe you have the preser lever and bar in view there? You might have to inspect them from the top, by lifting the top of the machine. There is a large flat set screw there, it's the presser bar tension (top of the presser bar); try to inspect what goes on further down there. There might be some auto fuctions interfering, I don't know the 930 model that well. Make sure the buttonholer knob is set to zero, try and slip some fabric under the presser foot and wham it at full speed after you have oiled it (start of carefully). The fabric is to protect feed dogs and presser foot a bit. Take it out on a table in a heated room, give it some gentle care the next few days, try to wiggle the parts involved now and then, test sew a bit. It's often all that's needed to loosen parts and get it going again. It's at least first step, since you know it worked well before it was stored away, my guess that exactly what it needs.

Remember to take out needle and presser foot before you attempt to take the top of the free arm off. The paint so easily get scratched with them in place.

Last edited by Mickey2; 02-13-2016 at 01:47 PM.
Mickey2 is offline  
Old 02-14-2016, 06:03 AM
Super Member
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Round Rock,Texas
Posts: 6,135

One other thing about the, Bernina 930, you need to use the basting stitches or they will freeze up and the machine won't work. Join the Yahoo group, BerninaThirtySomethings, there is a lot of good information there. There are many knowledgeable people in that group.
Sharon in Texas
Berninas:1031,930,817 and 818
purplefiend is offline  
Old 02-14-2016, 05:38 PM
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Lampasas, TX
Posts: 9

Don't give up trying to get your 930 running properly. I have had one since about 1983 and love it. I have two other sewing machines and a serger, but I always use the Bernina when I am working with faux leathers and canvas. I hope you have the user manuals that came with the machine. They are very helpful.
AuntyLynn is offline  
Old 02-15-2016, 03:15 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Some where in way out West Texas
Posts: 3,041

Do get it checked out by a Bernina dealer repair service if you can. I have a 930 that I bought in 1985 and love it. Sorry, I can't help you. Mine is used all the time so it doesn't have time to get gummed up with oil, good thing, because the nearest Bernina dealer to me is over 200 miles away. You might go to Bernina's web site and contact them. Good Luck.
Gerbie is offline  
Old 03-06-2016, 03:25 PM
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Posts: 17

Oiling points on a Bernina 930:
roisinom is offline  
Old 03-07-2016, 06:18 AM
Power Poster
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Southern California
Posts: 19,131

I need to take my Bernina 1530 in for servicing. I would take it in and have it go thru a through cleaning and maintenance checks.
ManiacQuilter2 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
01-31-2017 10:22 PM
10-24-2011 05:04 PM
Links and Resources
12-07-2010 11:44 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.