Tip: Inserting the Bernina Jumbo Bobbin Hook

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When we asked Bernina for a bigger bobbin, they delivered a JUMBO bobbin. To make a JUMBO bobbin, everything had to be redesigned including the Bernina hook.

Here is a super easy way to FLIP the hook back into the machine.  

As a teacher, I have been searching for an easy way to help students insert the new magnetic hook after they have finished oiling their Bernina’s with the new Jumbo Bobbin hook. 

Today, I figured out the perfect solution.

Bernina’s sew best when they are clean, and lightly lubricated, just like a high performance car. Adding a small drop of oil each morning I sew has become a ritual. The machine runs smooth and quiet and I avoid dealing with an unhappy machine. Win-win. 

But sometimes I struggle getting the Bernina jumbo bobbin hook back into the machine. Here are the steps I now take when cleaning and oiling the machine.

After removing the bobbin case and the race cover, the magnetic hook can be removed by pulling on the center spindle. 

Remove all lint and fuzz with a brush. Do not blow into the machine. 


Add a drop of oil on the outside edge of the hook or in the bobbin hook area of the machine. Do not over oil. 

With the black race cover still laying open on the bobbin case door, align the small hole in the hook to the silver dot at the back of the bobbin area. 

With a little SPEED, flip both the race cover and the magnetic hook into place. If the holes are aligned correctly, the hook will quickly click and magnetize itself into the correct position.

If the hook does not move and feels locked in place, it is correct. If the hook falls back out or is not completely attached and moves around, try again. (It took me about five tries before it worked 100% of the time!)

Don’t give up! It will work!

Check out how the amazing jumbo Bernina hook was made.

The arrival of the new Bernina hook came with a new size, shape, design, how it comes out, and how it goes in. This also meant totally new bobbins, a new thread cutting mechanism, a newly designed bobbin case and a sewing machine hook to make the stitch! With its new ginormous size, comes new tricks consumers need to learn about. 

Hope you have enjoyed this extra tip. Please share this tip with your Bernina dealer!

  1. Deb Froke says:

    Awesome can’t wait to try this. That is always my reason for hesitating yo oil machine. Thank you

  2. Laurel says:

    Thanks….I’ve struggled and therefore seldom do the regular maintance! This looks easy.

  3. Pat says:

    Great job, you are always so helpful.

  4. Sue Gardner says:

    THANK YOU Sara!! I always have a time getting that thing back in! Can’t wait to try this myself later today!

  5. Phyllis says:

    Thank you-what a great tip

  6. Jean says:

    Wow, this works, love it thank you! I sometimes felt this was the Bain of my existence each time I clean and oil….now….perfection! Thanks Sara!

  7. Deborah says:

    OMG…That is good to know. I have struggled to get that hook back in place.

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Deborah,

      Thank you…it has saved my students so much frustration too. Merry Christmas!


  8. Marian Taylor says:

    That is a fantastic tip
    I will try it out next time. Thank you for all the emails with these tips and news. Marian.

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Marian,

      You are welcome. It has saved me so much time too when teaching my own hands-on classes at our store.

      Sara Snuggerud

  9. gloria west says:

    tried it several times on my 780….didn’t work….

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Gloria,

      It took a some extra tries too to finally master this flip technique too.


  10. Marguerite says:

    Thank you 🙏 for 790 plus videos. Loving them and find them very helpful. Question: Do you no longer put a drop of oil on the white dots inside?

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Marguerite,

      Correct. If you are referring to the hole at the top near the feed dogs, you are correct, you do not put oil in there anymore.

      Sara Snuggerud

  11. Marguerite says:

    Hi Sara,
    Thank you for replying. No, I was referring to the inside the hook (one drop of oil in each of the two oil depots so that the white felts are damp). Page 199 of BERNINA 790 plus manual. Also, is the one drop of BERNINA oil in hook race the same as rubbing a little oil on outside edge? I can’t wait for more of your fabulous videos for this machine.

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Marguerite,

      Yes, you are correct. You do need to oil the two oil pads inside the hook.

  12. Diane says:

    Thank you so much. I got the magnetic hook in on my first attempt. You saved me so much grief.

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Diane,

      That’s wonderful! We were excited too when we first tried it!


  13. Rachel says:

    God bless you!!! After hours of frustration trying to get mine back in. my machine I found your page with clear instructions ands photos and POOF, just like that, it was in!
    We need you to rewrite the Bernina manuals. I have a 590 bought this past December and it is nearly worthless. I have seen numerous other owners make the same comment.

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Rachel,

      Glad we could help! If you want to learn more about your beautiful Bernina 590, please check out our Bernina Stitching Cosmos Online course here:

      Sara Snuggerud

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