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Overlocker foot pedal problem - Help!

Puzzler

Overlocker foot pedal problem - Help!
« on: April 10, 2020, 12:03:49 PM »
My Bernina 800DL overlocker has never given me jip, nor did its forerunner. I have a heap of overlocking to do. The stitching is perfect. The problem seems to be with the foot pedal. It isn't always responding to pressure so stops and doesn't start again. It's quite warm and there is a plastic smell coming from it. I thought it was the machine at first because this is what happened to my last sewing machine. Nope, it's definitely a pedal issue. It may be time for a service or pedal replacement but that's just not possible right now. Any suggestions?  :(

So Chic

Re: Overlocker foot pedal problem - Help!
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2020, 14:00:46 PM »
It might be worth ringing round some of the Bernina dealers as they may be able to help or try Bogod who are the agents for Bernina in this country.
So Chic
Bernina Artista 630, Bernina 800DL, Janome Cover Pro 1000CP and the elderly Singer Touch & Sew 720G is at the sewing machine hospital

Puzzler

Re: Overlocker foot pedal problem - Help!
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2020, 14:41:57 PM »
Thanks, I have emailed my locals dealer but will try others. Not sure what companies are continuing to maintain a mail order service.

Sewbusy

Re: Overlocker foot pedal problem - Help!
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2020, 07:04:57 AM »
I have Bernina 800DL and I  can use the same pedal when needed from my Babylock Blind Hemmer and a Babylock Evolve. Recently got a new generic pedal for a Bernina 830 and that works also on the 800 DL.
 
So, have you got another machine with the same 3 pin socket to the machine? Like this https://www.uksewing.com/collections/sewing-machine-parts/products/lead-ydk-hollow-type-fitting-for-foot-control

All the pedals are 'electronic'
« Last Edit: April 11, 2020, 07:18:18 AM by Sewbusy »

Puzzler

Re: Overlocker foot pedal problem - Help!
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2020, 07:57:47 AM »
I still have the foot control from my Bernette 334 but doubt it’s the same. Also have a Bernina 801 but again, doubt it’s control will be compatible. I have the exact same foot control for my Janome Coverpro but the fitting that goes into the machine is completely different.

Efemera

Re: Overlocker foot pedal problem - Help!
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2020, 08:25:29 AM »
Give this guy a ring... he fixed my Bernette 340 overlocker foot.

Bob Green
Tel:0151 420 5565
Mobile:07946 191231

Puzzler

Re: Overlocker foot pedal problem - Help!
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2020, 12:11:37 PM »
Well folks, two Bernina repair specialists told me that my control was not repairable. I have ordered a pre-owned control from Franklins at a decent price. They are posting it out today.

A good tip that I didn't know and most likely caused the burn-out is when I stop overlocking to pause, my foot must still b still on the pedal just enough to put pressure on it to keep the electricity running through it. Franklin's man, Trevor, said that this is like keeping your foot on the clutch in a car constantly. I have done this very same thing sitting in traffic on a hill and within minutes destroyed my clutch. So, my bad. I have learned a useful lesson - again.