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Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving

LeilaMay

Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« on: January 05, 2018, 15:07:50 PM »
So I'm working on the 530 I bought - the motor runs although the machine is very dry, so it's been oiled and is standing for now.
However the lever which would shift the machine from zig-zag to the ornamental stitch patterns is not moving. It's set on the top of the machine, you push it to the right to release it from the teeth, and then should be able to push it forwards into a new - ornamental stitch - slot. NOTHING.

I suspect - given the previous owner, that it rarely or never did ornamental stitches, so the lever may be seized from non-use. It's had a drop of tri-flow, and I could be using the hair dryer in a while, but wondered if anyone had any other suggestions.

FYI - both of the plastic cams inside seem to be in good shape, no evidence of cracks  :)
Singers - 28K, 66K, 99K, 201K - all manual. Singers 221K (2 of 'em), 319K and 401G - electric. Bernina 730 Record, Elna Grasshopper, Husqvana ~~, Grain chainstitch toy machine, most of a Guhl & Harbeck chain stitch machine called Lyra. And a Bernina under refurbishment for sale. That's all!  :)

Roger

Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 16:05:53 PM »
I’m so glad to hear it’s in good shape apart from the stuck stitches. I think mine was the same I just cleaned it and oiled it and left it to it and wiggled it occasionally and it came free.

I am currently raving about the new WD40 specialist penetrating solution it’s really good for freeing seized stuff!
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

LeilaMay

Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2018, 16:09:42 PM »
Thanks :)
If I get no joy I'll try some of that - is it a UK product? Off to google  . . . .
Singers - 28K, 66K, 99K, 201K - all manual. Singers 221K (2 of 'em), 319K and 401G - electric. Bernina 730 Record, Elna Grasshopper, Husqvana ~~, Grain chainstitch toy machine, most of a Guhl & Harbeck chain stitch machine called Lyra. And a Bernina under refurbishment for sale. That's all!  :)

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Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2018, 16:34:59 PM »
I would not worry much at this point. I would keep the machine on a table in a heated room, oil and let it work over night. Try to find all the oil points involved and give them a second drop of oil after a while. On my 730 the lever hasn't been stuck, but once the different patterns sort of wouldn't kick in. It's typical for this model when the stitch patterns never get used, and the solution is cleaning, oil and run the machine on the various stitches. In your case, I would let the oil work a bit and gently wiggle the selection lever a bit now and then. Things have been known to drop down the top lid, pins, threads, etc., inspect parts for anything like that. It it zigzagging fine?
« Last Edit: January 05, 2018, 19:13:29 PM by arrow »

toileandtrouble

Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2018, 16:42:52 PM »
My 830 was stuck at first, but as has been said, oil and wiggle gently, keep coming back to it. Mine is fine now.

LeilaMay

Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2018, 16:54:52 PM »
Thank you all.

I haven't tried to stitch with it yet, but yes the zig-zag function appears to be fine, the needle moves all the way left and right when turned by hand in the zig-zag mode. I've oiled it everywhere, and as you all suggest I'll have to be patient :)

Thing is, I'm not supposed to be keeping it - I was hoping to pinch a few accessories, clean it make sure it worked and then re-sell, as any reasonable price. If it hangs around too long I may get attached!
Also I need the space for a machine I'd like to buy that I do want to keep - auction ends in the next day or so LOL  :)
Singers - 28K, 66K, 99K, 201K - all manual. Singers 221K (2 of 'em), 319K and 401G - electric. Bernina 730 Record, Elna Grasshopper, Husqvana ~~, Grain chainstitch toy machine, most of a Guhl & Harbeck chain stitch machine called Lyra. And a Bernina under refurbishment for sale. That's all!  :)

Roger

Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2018, 18:00:29 PM »
The wd40 penetrating oil is a uk product. I bought mine from amazon :)
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

Madame Cholet

Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2018, 19:37:32 PM »
I am so glad the nylon gears are ok  :)
There is an oil hole that can get gunked up which can affect the motion of the fancy stitch selector (LH) lever.
So with the lid/top cover off, select the RH lever, and push it away from you as though to select the 1-13 stitch option.
You will see that the lever bar fits into a black V notch.
To the left and slightly in front of this V notch is the tiny oil hole. Shine a torch in and you might see it. If not then a few oil drops and a brush in the area and then more oil will help.
I found mine totally by accident by poking around with a cocktail stick, and the end of the cocktail stick snapped off, and got stuck, and it took a while to tweezer the splinters out, but it was how I discovered that there was actually an oil hole there.
The right hand lever should twang loudly when toggled between the two settings. If not, then more oil!
My 840 was rock solid for a week after I got it and oiling every day eventually sorted that out.
Edit - I just checked my 530-2 and sure enough that oil hole is marked in red... at the time I couldn't see it as it was so clogged.
« Last Edit: January 05, 2018, 19:57:19 PM by Madame Cholet »
I nurse unloved vintage Berninas back to health and then just cannot bring myself to part with any of them... 807, 830, 840, 530-2, 930, 910, and a modded 717 in a Singer treadle base.

Madame Cholet

Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2018, 22:53:04 PM »
Thank you all.

I haven't tried to stitch with it yet, but yes the zig-zag function appears to be fine, the needle moves all the way left and right when turned by hand in the zig-zag mode. I've oiled it everywhere, and as you all suggest I'll have to be patient :)

Thing is, I'm not supposed to be keeping it - I was hoping to pinch a few accessories, clean it make sure it worked and then re-sell, as any reasonable price. If it hangs around too long I may get attached!
Also I need the space for a machine I'd like to buy that I do want to keep - auction ends in the next day or so LOL  :)

If I had a 730 then I would very happily part with my 530; the 730 has a couple more fancy stitches than the 530 and also the slotted tension setup which I prefer to the 530's circular tensioner. I'd definitely hang on to any extra feet and accessories though  :devil:
Best of luck with getting that stitch selector sorted!
I nurse unloved vintage Berninas back to health and then just cannot bring myself to part with any of them... 807, 830, 840, 530-2, 930, 910, and a modded 717 in a Singer treadle base.

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Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2018, 00:22:49 AM »
I have to admit I hate it when machines are totally stripped of cords and accerssories, especially nice ones. The 530 is good enough to take care of, and very well behaved.

Madame Cholet

Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2018, 01:21:24 AM »
I have to admit I hate it when machines are totally stripped of cords and accerssories, especially nice ones. The 530 is good enough to take care of, and very well behaved.

What I meant was that if it were me I would hang on to some of the feet I hadn't already got, and possibly the circular attachment, which would have been a separate purchase by the original owner. And the machine is being fixed up to be used again. Another person not so inclined may well have just broken it for spares and sold everything off separately.

Bernina feet are addictive.... the next person to own this machine might just realise they are a few feet short, and then indulge in a new and rewarding hobby - Bernina feet collecting! That's what happened to me  :|  0_0

When a seller has a working machine, but then separately sells on the case, the machine, the flatbed extension, and individual feet, and any other accessories, I personally do find it distasteful. I mean who would want a machine and then have to buy the flatbed extension separately? And the case?

And I say that I would part with my 530-2 if I had a 730... well every time I get a new machine to fix up I always say I need to thin the herd*. I have thirteen sewing machines now, I live in a tiny house, and the ones I have are stored neatly on shelving each under their own dust cover, and my two cabinets are pieces of furniture in their own right. The cases I store in my attic, out of the way. But I really don't have the room to store any more. When the next neglected orphan machine that needs rescuing comes along, I suppose I really will have to part with one.

*but never actually do ;)
« Last Edit: January 06, 2018, 01:31:05 AM by Madame Cholet »
I nurse unloved vintage Berninas back to health and then just cannot bring myself to part with any of them... 807, 830, 840, 530-2, 930, 910, and a modded 717 in a Singer treadle base.

LeilaMay

Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2018, 10:54:24 AM »
Thank you all - and I shall take a look at siad oil hole in just a minute.
I have as Madame Cholet writes pinched the few feet that I didn't already have, and the circular sewing attachment - these will be added to my 730 Record. Otherwise, if it goes, I will sell it complete. If it wouldn't have gone - blown motor or something - THEN I would have split it up and sold parts to recoup my costs, but if it goes I'd never do that.

If it will work well it will be a nice machine for someone - case is in good condition with bolts for keeping machine still in transit. The extension table is virtually unused, has it's instruction booklet, bobbins, 2 bobbin cases (one Bernina & one not, don't know why) half a dozen feet, the green drawers, all 3 screw drivers. OH thinks it should be rewired as it has single insulation wire? He can do that. It's nice :)

I need my £46.60 back, plus the £6.70 it cost to drive over the Severn Toll Bridge! maybe the few ££ the wire will cost. Then anything more will be profit :)

I'll give it some time.
Singers - 28K, 66K, 99K, 201K - all manual. Singers 221K (2 of 'em), 319K and 401G - electric. Bernina 730 Record, Elna Grasshopper, Husqvana ~~, Grain chainstitch toy machine, most of a Guhl & Harbeck chain stitch machine called Lyra. And a Bernina under refurbishment for sale. That's all!  :)

LeilaMay

Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2018, 10:12:43 AM »
Still no joy on this one - hair dryer at work on it but not backwards movement in the lever, although it does pull out to the right okay
Singers - 28K, 66K, 99K, 201K - all manual. Singers 221K (2 of 'em), 319K and 401G - electric. Bernina 730 Record, Elna Grasshopper, Husqvana ~~, Grain chainstitch toy machine, most of a Guhl & Harbeck chain stitch machine called Lyra. And a Bernina under refurbishment for sale. That's all!  :)

b15erk

Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2018, 10:22:48 AM »
I've had a lot of luck with a product called Plusgas.  It's an aerosol, and is called a 'dismantling lubricant', it makes the job of 'unjamming' much easier.  You should be able to get it from a car parts store.

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.

LeilaMay

Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2018, 10:57:52 AM »
Thank you  :) Googling  . . .
Singers - 28K, 66K, 99K, 201K - all manual. Singers 221K (2 of 'em), 319K and 401G - electric. Bernina 730 Record, Elna Grasshopper, Husqvana ~~, Grain chainstitch toy machine, most of a Guhl & Harbeck chain stitch machine called Lyra. And a Bernina under refurbishment for sale. That's all!  :)