Being a BERNINA sewing machine owner, did you know that your machine has lots of Machine information, Maintenance and Service programs build in?
Here are some programs that help you keeping your machine on track.
When you sew, your machine builds up lint. Lint inside the machine is generally generated by the fabric, batting, needle and thread used.
The BERNINA B9 and the BERNINA 8 Series hook has the highest bobbin capacity (plus 40% to 60%) in the home sewing machine industry. Due to the larger size of the bobbin case, the hook has to be larger as well. Therefore during the loop formation the upper thread has to travel a much farther distance as it has to travel all the way around the hook body/bobbin case. For more information about loop formation click here. Thus the wear on the upper thread is slightly higher.
With standard hook systems, the upper thread travels about 80 times through the needle eye/around the hook body, though the presser foot, needle plate, take up lever etc., until the thread is used up (default straight stitch setting using 2 layers of fabric). Compared to the B9 Hook where the thread travels 120 times through the mentioned passages until used up. Due to this extended thread movement you may noticed an increase in the amount of lint generation in the hook area with the BERNINA 4-, 5-, 7- and 8 Series BERNINA machines.
As with every sewing machine it is crucial to clean and maintain the machine accordingly.
For machines with the larger hook systems we have several maintenance programs available that can easily be accessed.
All of the current BERNINA sewing machines who are operated by a touch screen based interface are equipped with interactive onboard programs. These programs, in particular the service and maintenance programs, are fundamental to the proper functioning of your machine.
For example, machines that are used for embroidery undergo numerous of thread cuts during a large size embroidery sew out. Over time, lint and thread pieces could accumulate in the cutter unit and could potentially obstruct the precise cutting process. Also, if the cutter does not perform well, there is a chance that after a thread cut there is not enough upper thread available to form the first stitch. Thus generating a few skipping stitches after a thread cut. Being able to manipulate the cutter in the service program for easy cleaning is important. The programs available vary and are based on the machine model and their specific functions.
Here are a listing of the main service programs for various machine models. For the most part, they are following the same standards. Basically, cog wheels, machine . . . plus.
Machine Information Program
Under this program (use cookie crumbs, cog wheel, machine and information) basic functions such as machine version, dealer information (if programmed) extraction of machine log, machine ID and upgrades (if applicable) can be accessed.
Current firmware the FW version, bootloader version, RAM, flash and the stitch and cutting counts can be retrieved (depended on model feature)
The Telephone Symbol
If the dealer did program this section in your machine, the store information is visible.
In case of machine malfunctions (i.e. unknown system crashed, error messages etc.) the log file can be extracted and shared with the technician and the manufacturer. Connect an empty USB stick (FAT 32 formatted) to the machine and select LOG. It take a few seconds to load the file. The file name is log.txt which can be shared with your technician.
Note: the log file cannot track sewing and embroidery based issues, i.e. thread breakage etc.
Available for machines that are provided with the capability to be upgraded and not just updated, the machine ID is needed for the upgrade process.
Available for machines that are provided with the capability to be upgraded, the icon is used for initiating the upgrade process.
Machine Maintenance Program Overview
Button Hole Calibration
The machine is capable to read the coded and the automatic button hole feet. The BERNINA system is based on an infrared light beam that are being beamed into the foot. Depending how the light beam is deflected by the prism inside the foot, the machine is able to determine which group of foot is installed (i.e. D or C-feet). For the button hole the system works on the same principal. When the foot moves with the fabric, a single light is beamed into the optics of the foot. The prism inside the foot reflects that light beam into two beams. The rotating blade that is driven by the movement of the fabric chops up the light into digital impulses.
Based on the desired length of the button hole, precise impulses are generated and counted. After programming the length of the first button hole beat, the same length will be repeated for the second beat. After programming the button hole, each button hole will have the exact same length.
If the machine is not properly calibrated to read the 3A buttonhole foot we could see incomplete button holes. Coded 9 mm feet that are only recognized as a 5 mm foot or even a 9 mm foot (1C) is placed the stitch width cannot be adjusted past 5 mm.
Installing the 3A foot to the machine, select the 3A icon calibration program and following the prompts on the screen. The machine will be automatically programmed to read the 3A foot, including the coded feet.
Frequency: As needed
BERNINA is constantly improving the performance of the machine by adding new features, designs and correcting small Firmware (FW) glitches. The latest FW for each machine is always posted on the BERNINA public website ready for downloading. Simply follow the instructions (FW release and update process notes) from the BERNINA website and down load the latest FW. Next to being able to install the latest FW, we also provide a file management system where files can be moved between the machine and a USB stick.
Frequency: When available, file back up as judged necessary
8 Series also Includes the Needle Threader Cleaning (machine and brush icon)
Lower Thread Cutter Cleaning (scissor and brush icon)
Needle Threader Cleaning (880)
Following the prompts on the screen, the program places the needle threader in a position to show how to remove a piece of thread in the presenter. In addition, over time lint is accumulated in the threader head itself on the left and right hand side of the threader hook. If the lint gets packed, the lint will push the needle away and the hook cannot enter the needle eye to grab the needle thread. We recommend using the small soft lint brush and gently brush from top to bottom and remove the lint on each side of the threader hook.
Warning: The individual components of the needle threader are intricate. Please be very gentle when removing the lint and thread pieces.
Lower Thread Cutter Cleaning
During the machine operations, in particular during embroidery, numerous thread cuts are being executed. Over time thread pieces and lint can accumulate in the cutter system. When not cleaned frequently, the debris can potentially cause cutting issues, bird nesting at the beginning of the seam, cutter jams and unthreading of the needle at the beginning of stitching. Select the brush with the scissor and follow the prompts on the screen. Scroll the screen using your finger or use the stitch width dial.
Note: you need to select the blue hyperlink on the screen to manipulate the catcher.
Frequency: We recommend to clean the cutter at the same time when cleaning and lubricating the hook.
Note: do not lubricate the cutter mechanism, as the oil would attract lint. We’d recommend to lubricate the needle threader of the BERNINA 880 every 6 months.
This program shows in a video how to remove the hook, lubricate the shuttle race and the two oiling points in the hook. Not cleaning and maintaining the hook contributes to noises, thread breakage, bird nesting, tension issues, false bobbin empty message, looping and excessive hook noise.
For the BERNINA 8 Series ONLY, the hook cannot be removed. The programs place the hook in the position where the hook is most accessible for cleaning and lubricating.
Frequency: Every 3 to four bobbin uses, or at the end of the day.
Hook Lubrication for BERNINA 880
Hook Lubrication for BERNINA 4-, 5-, and 7 Series
Parking Position of the Embroidery Module
Select the icon while the module is still connected to the machine, then select the hyperlink, the machine places the embroidery arm it the correct position to place in the original factory Styrofoam mold.
Frequency: As needed when packed in the original machine box
Clock Settings (Model 880 only)
A well maintained machine will provide you with trouble-free machine operations and uninterrupted sewing pleasures. Next to the in-home maintenance, we recommend to take your machine for an annual checkup that is performed by an authorized BERNINA dealer.