Saturday, November 20, 2010


The most common call I get is about looping underneath the fabric. The top looks ok, but, the back doesn't. The majority of the time this is actually related to threading. On all machines when you lift the presser foot, the tension discs separate. This allows the top thread to slide between the discs and gives tension when you lower the foot and start sewing. Next time you have a problem with thread on the backside, just try re threading the top thread with the presser foot up. It just might be that simple. B

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's hardly ever the tension

It's rarely the tension mechanism that causes your stitch to look bad. There a number of reasons why might not look like you want it to. In further posts, I'll discuss some of these reasons. B

Monday, November 15, 2010

Just a quick note. If you are looking for help, please give as much info as possible. eg. make, model, fabric, thread and task. Also a good description of the problem. Thanks! B


My name is Bernie. I have been repairing sewing machines for about 34 years now. It's a profession that I really enjoy. One problem that I have seen frequently, is the huge amount of bad info given out to people with a problem machine.
     I thought I'd try to set up a blog to see if I could help sewers by giving straight answers to their questions. I have no idea if this will be welcomed or not, but, I'm willing to give it a try. I do specialize in Bernina, but work on all brands. If I can help, I will try. I'll also be truthful if I can't help.
     My aim is not to take any work away from your dealer, but to help you to diagnose or fix a problem. This may actually be helpful to your dealer. It might also help if you live a long way away from a shop. I'll try to check to  in every day and to answer promptly. I do keep long hours, so patience is appreciated. I also welcome feedback. Thanks for checking this out. Bernie