Blog Category: Bernina

Embroidery Software Install Not Seeing Your Dongle?

USB Embroidery DongleDuring installation of some embroidery software, the installer will ask you to plug in your dongle. Normally the installer sees the dongle and continues installation, but I’ve seen many times when the dongle isn’t verified, and installation cannot proceed. There is an answer. I can’t say that I can solve everyone’s problem, but if you own Janome or Bernina embroidery software, I just might have the answer you are looking for.

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The WOW in Prewound Bobbins

Janome Prewound BobbinsAs the desire for sewing and machine embroidery grows, so does the technology of machines. For many years I have sewn and embroidered using Janome and Bernina machines. Although stitch quality and embroidery results were nearly identical when comparing both machine brands, a major difference is the bobbins.

With the exception of the Deco embroidery machines, Bernina’s bobbins are metal, while Janome’s bobbins are mostly a plastic/rubber/resin combination, and in the materials of the bobbins lies the conundrum. Bernina’s metal bobbins seemed to hold more thread than Janome’s plastic bobbins, so I would often opt for the Bernina machine when I was embroidering. However, there is a vast difference between the two types of bobbins, metal vs. plastic, when “prewound” bobbins enter the mix.

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Bernina Classic Line Feed Dog Upgrade

Bernina Sewing Machine Feed DogIt’s been a long time since I did a feed dog upgrade on a Bernina, but this week I did one for an Artista 170 owner. The “Classic Line” machines, like the 130, 140, 150 and 160, can still benefit from this upgrade, which is currently covered by Bernina warranty.

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Bernina 830 Fire Hazard

Bernina Type 213 Foot ControlAs 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.

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When Is The Best Time To Replace Your Machine?

Time to Buy a Sewing MachineMany of us have sewn for decades, while others are relatively new sewists. Regardless of when we begin our sewing adventure, we usually want the latest and greatest equipment, but having a sewing machine that works well is essential. Whether we sew on a newer model machine, or an antique inherited from Aunt Bertha, it’s important to have a machine that works well because one that doesn’t can not only be frustrating, but it can also damage our expensive fabric.

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Sepia Petals Embroidery Collection by BERNINA

Sepia Petals Embroidery Collection

BERNINA has begun offering new “Exclusive” embroidery design collections again, one of which is Sepia Petals. The forty-three, yes, forty-three (43) designs included in the collection are perfect for heirloom projects, quilting projects, embroidering on paper, etc.  Each design uses a maximum of three thread colors and BERNINA has shown the designs in two additional color families to show the possibilities.

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Making The Connection: Bernina 730 & Windows 7

Bernina Software CertifiedAs a Bernina dealer, you’d think that I should know everything about Bernina software. I am software certified by Bernina, but there’s no way that I could know about all of the installation problems that are associated with the software. Many of these problems are unique to a specific computer or operating system.

Recently, one of our customers purchased Bernina Embroidery Software V6. I installed it for her, and during installation, the installer kindly let me know that ActiveSync was not compatible with Windows 7. My customer had a 64-bit computer, but Windows 7 32-bit may also have this problem.

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Problem With Bernina Check Springs Easily Fixed

Bernina Check Spring Popped Out (click to enlarge)Every sewing machine that I’ve ever seen has a check spring. The check spring is located just before the take-up lever, and takes slack out of the upper thread just as the needle is about to penetrate the fabric.

For some reason, many Bernina machines have a problem where the check spring tends to pop out of position. I don’t really know how this happens, but once it is popped out of position, the machine sews terribly. The machine operator may believe they have tension issues, and the machine may sound loud and rough. Unfortunately, adjusting the tension is not going to help the machine sew better.

For as many sewing machines as I have serviced over the last 12 years, I’ve seen this problem enough to call it a common problem. Take a close look at the image to the right. The check spring is not located in the space (or channel)  between the take-up lever guard. Click on the image to enlarge it, and take a closer look.

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Bernina Rotary Hook Bobbin Case Stoppers

Bobbin Case StopperIf you have a Bernina rotary hook sewing machine, like the 200, 730, 185, 180, or the 1630, there may come a time when your machine makes a loud rattling sound. This can be caused by a worn out bobbin case stopper, and even after a fresh cleaning and oiling of the machine, the annoying rattling sound may persist. If this is the case, it’s likely that you will need a new bobbin case stopper.

The good news is that these bobbin case stoppers, shown in the image above, are not very expensive. You might even request that you have a new one installed during your next service, just so that you can be assured that the common rattling sound doesn’t start before your machine is due for its next service.

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Bernina 1530 & 1630 Roller Ball Sockets

1530 & 1630 Roller Ball SocketIf you are the proud owner of a Bernina 1530 or 1630, there may come a time when your cursor no longer moves up and down, or left and right. There are typically two reasons why this might occur. The main circuit board, or “S-print” as Bernina likes to call it, may have something wrong with it, but more likely you just need to have the roller ball socket replaced.

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