WWQP Bulletin Board

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hello quilters,
It has been a while since I last posted,back in March I think. About three weeks ago lightning came in to the house through the electrical line and took out the circuit board of my beloved Bernina 930. At all other times I would unplug it, but the one time I forgot the lightning hit it. I have not been able to locate another board. If any of you know of a Bernina dealer that may have one please let me know. The repairman that looked at the machine said that because it was several years old he wasn't able to get one (he is not an authorized Bernina dealer). Surely, there has to be one somewhere. This is the best machine I have ever used or owned. I am so angry with myself and sad at the same time. I have spent a lot of time online and have not found any info. Hoping someone can help me.


  • At July 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

    Sandra-hi! So sorry to hear about the Bernina. We have 2 dealers here in town, I don't like either one. That is why I chose to buy a Janome last go around. When My Bernina went out the last time one dealer said it had been hit by lightning, but it didn't. Not a storm or anything that day.
    We have lots of lightning here in Fla. Thought about a whole house power protecter, but never did it. We have been hit 2 times in 20 years. Since removing the metal porch in back, and taking down the tree that was repeatedly hit nothing more.
    So sorry not to be of help.
    Sara in Fla.

  • At July 24, 2013 at 11:10 AM , Blogger Lightning57~ Sandra from SC said...

    What did you do with your Bernina? The lightning also killed my two year old washing machine. This is the third or fourth time lightning has run into the house since 2005.

    Am hoping someone has what I need. I really don't want to have to set her aside and get something else. I can't afford a new "quality" machine.

  • At July 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM , Blogger Jean at Mill Bay said...

    There appear to be a number of these on EBay and other market sites. You might consider replacing it or buying a less than perfect one for parts.

  • At July 26, 2013 at 6:49 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

    Ya'll might want to check with your utility companies. Some offer "whole house" power protectors for a reduced price. Or check with Lowe's or Home Depot, or your local hardware store and ask about.
    If you are on facebook ask your friends.
    Sara in Fla.

  • At July 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM , Blogger Phyllis in Minnesota said...

    Sandra: There is a Bernina dealer close to me where I have purchased 2 machines and have all repairs and cleaning done. They are authorized dealers and I have always been satisfied. It is a long way from your house, but is it something that could be mailed and you could installed?

  • At July 28, 2013 at 2:58 PM , Blogger Lightning57~ Sandra from SC said...

    One Bernina dealer (60 miles away and the closest to me) told me that parts for these machines are no longer made. They aren't able to get the circuit boards. I have consider buying another for parts, though they are still several 100's of dollars, from what I have been able to find out about.

  • At July 31, 2013 at 5:40 PM , Blogger Jill from Portland said...

    I think you should check with one more Bernina dealer.

  • At August 16, 2013 at 5:06 PM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

    There should be someone, somewhere, who can help you.

    There is a Yahoo Group for these older Berninas that should certainly have someone that can help you. You would have to join first:


    I don't know where you are in SC (east or west) but there is a dealer in Mt. Airy, NC who might be able to help or point you in the correct direction. Their web site is down so I won't link it, but I have bought their excellent workbooks for working with the Bernina machine embroidery software, so this dealer is on top of things.
    Creative Sewing Machines
    247 N Main St
    Mt Airy, NC 27030
    (336) 786-7074

    Good luck!


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