Well, I finally broke my machine.
Actually, I’m not sure I did anything wrong. I just changed thread colors during an embroidery, started the machine up again and WHOA. Needle broke and gears of death appeared.
It’s all OK. I cleaned everything out and could only find 2 pieces of the needle. A tiny tip is missing. Normally I can set everything back to normal and just continue, but I think that little needle tip is scraping somewhere, so off to the tech we went.
Tech Update for Bernina 7 Series Owners
I chatted with my new tech for a while and told him about my machine issue. He asked me if I knew that we were not supposed to oil in the top reservoir any more.
I did not know that. I had heard some buzzing…questions from customers around the time the shop I previously worked for was closing. However, we had not received any definitive information from Bernina at that time.
So here’s the deal:
–If you own a 7 Series, DO NOT put oil in the red-ringed reservoir under the stitch plate.
–DO oil the two felt pads in the hook and around the outside of the hook.
It’s important to know about this change. If you purchased your machine longer than 6-7 months or so ago, you were likely taught to fill that red reservoir, and keep it filled.
The tech told me that too much oil was spreading, not only into the hook but also getting into the auto-thread cutter, and pieces of felt were working their way into the mix as well. I remember our tech at the store showing me how the machine looked with the thread cutter pulled out and oil getting on everything. At that time we had not heard the official “fix” from Bernina. Now it’s here.
With that resolved, I now have an embroidery design that’s not complete.
See those cute little flower buttons? They are supposed to be embroidery. Luckily, my “breakdown” occurred in a convenient place, and I think I can just add those flowers instead of embroidery. Not exactly perfect, but it’s effective and I think it will work.
I’ll share the rest of the project as I get further along.
I’m determined to THINK SPRING. It has to get here eventually, right?
In the meantime, of course I have another sewing machine that I can use to continue piecing my quilt project. And it won’t hurt for my larger machine to be in the spa for a bit.