Vintage Sewing

HELP! Vintage Overlock/Serger parts

July 30, 2010
I recently acquired a Bernette 43D (Bernina) serger. The motor and light both work, but I can’t test the functionality because the entire thread reel stand/reel bar assembly is missing. Bernina’s site doesn’t offer any support for a machine so old, and I’ve hit a wall trying to find replacement parts (other than a foot control, which I have) online. (NOTE: It is entirely possible that I may need even more parts, but I’ve never used a serger before and therefore don’t know what to look for. I have NONE of the accessories listed in the manual, but they seem extraneous.)
Do any of you dear readers have a source, suggestions, or a familiarity with this particular machine? Is it even worth my time to try to track down the missing parts?
Thanks for any help you can offer!
  1. I think you best bet is go find the nearest Bernina authorized dealer. I know my dealer fixes all machines, all brands and even very old, old machines. If anyone would know where to get those parts, this sort of person would. If you are in Southern CA, let me know, I well tell you where my Bernina guy is, but I'm sure there are similar people in most places.

  2. I concur with drsue. I'm friendly with my Bernina dealer & repairman. I know they order parts for older machines all the time. If you don't have a dealer near you, try calling the factory. They've been helpful in the past when researching a friend's vintage machine.

    I really suggest you have the serger tuned up, too. I bought mine used and it had only been used once in the 2 years the lady had it. It needed a real oiling & cleaning out, which requires taking it all apart for sergers. It's tough to pay the $60 but it ended up being worth every dime.

  3. Thank you so much for your suggestions! I'll find myself the local Bernina dealer and see what they can come up with. And I'll prepare myself for "buy a new serger," just in case!

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