The Bernina 1230 is one of the classic sewing machines that helped build Bernina’s great reputation. According to my Bernina Tree poster, the 1230 was first made in 1989. Today, you might find one of these machines on ebay selling for about the same amount that you would have purchased one for in 1989. They’ve really held on to their value, as have most of the 1000 series machines. I’ve been working on Bernina machines for almost 11 years, and have taken apart almost everything there is to take apart on a 1230. Except for the circuit boards, if your 1230 needs to be repaired, you can count on me to fix it in my shop. If your 1230 has circuit board problems, I send the boards to Bernina to have them fixed.
Like any sewing machine, there are some common problems with the Bernina 1230. While working on a 1230 today, I came across a problem that I had never seen before. The reverse button of the 1230 had been pulled or popped out of the body of the machine far enough that it looked like the button was going to fall off. I don’t know how this could have happened. Perhaps a garment or a quilt snagged the button when the owner was pulling it out of the arm area. There would have had to have been a significant force pulling on the reverse button to get it to pop out, because when I fixed this issue, the parts that make up the reverse button were very tightly put together. I enjoy new and challenging repairs, so while not a major issue, I was still going to have some fun to work on today.
During a standard annual service, I’d normally take out either the head frame of the machine, or the carrier unit (which is the lower half of the machine). Since the reverse button lives in the head frame area, I took out the head frame, and could see the part of the reverse button that touches the circuit board with the reverse switch. So, after taking out the head frame, and that little circuit board, I had access to work on the reverse button.
The reverse button only consists of three parts; the button body, a cylindrical spring, and a cap. In this case, the cap seemed to have moved backwards on the shaft of the button body, and that’s why it looked like the button was about to fall off. All I had to do to fix the button was to hold the button in, and then push the cap forward.
So if you have a Bernina 1000 series machine like the 1230, and the reverse button looks like it is about to fall off, then you might want to bring it in for repair. You shouldn’t need any parts, and if this is the case, I’ll fix it for free during your annual service.
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