As a Bernina dealer, we’ve known about a fire hazard with the old “Type 213” foot control for a long time. If you have this foot control, you may not even notice anything, unless you sew barefoot. What you will notice with this foot control, is that after running the machine for a while, the foot control may get exceedingly hot. Apparently, if not fixed, the foot control may catch on fire!
It’s easy to identify the Type 213 foot controls. Flip the foot control over and look for Type 213 in a circle. If you have one, and if you don’t see a T and/or an S in a circle, you need to bring your machine to your local dealer and have them install a thermal switch.
The thermal switch that fixes the Type 213 foot control will only let the foot control get to a certain temperature, and then it shuts off until it cools down. This can be somewhat annoying, so as an option, you can have a cooling plate installed, which helps cool the foot control so it doesn’t shut down as often. The thermal switch kit is shown below.
Note: This Type 213 foot control is not the same foot control you will find on a newer Bernina 830 sewing machine. The newer Bernina 830 sewing machines have different foot control units. The picture below shows the bottom of a Type 213 foot control.
Notice the letters T and S that are in the round white stickers on the bottom of the foot control.
These stickers are put on by a dealer who has installed the thermal switch. If you have these stickers, you will most likely not have any problems.
There are some Type 213 foot controls that were updated at the factory. They don’t have white stickers, but the letters T and/or S in a circle engraved into the bottom of the foot control.
If you are concerned, the best thing to do is to bring your foot control to you local dealer and let them take a look at it. The last thing anyone needs is a fire in their house, and because installation of the thermal switch is free, there’s no reason to put off having it done.
In case you are wondering what is replaced when the thermal switch is installed, the image below shows the old Type 213 foot control wiring:
Please note: in the above text I mentioned that installation of the thermal switch was free. This is true at Temecula Valley Sewing Center, but we have no way of knowing if this is true at all Bernina stores. If your dealer wants to charge you, and it is more than the cost of a round trip shipping to our store, then you might consider shipping us your foot control.
Contact the store at (951) 694-9576.
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