It's sewing machine service day

(51 Posts)
RatherBeIndoors Thu 09-Jun-16 12:30:34

It feels very odd without my Janome on the table which might be why it is a lot more than a year since the last service

Can't wait to go and pick it up again. It's weird to be mildly worried about how it's doing, isn't it? Like a 0.1% version of taking your pet for a minor procedure grin

new5poundnote Thu 09-Jun-16 19:46:15

Am I supposed to be doing this? Had mine for 5 years now blush

OhtoblazeswithElvira Thu 09-Jun-16 19:47:47

What new5poundnote said. How much did you pay OP?

OurBlanche Thu 09-Jun-16 19:53:29

I sent both of mine last week so I know how you feel!

RatherBeIndoors Thu 09-Jun-16 21:15:42

In theory it's supposed to be serviced annually. I generally aim for every couple of years and that's been fine, but if it was getting daily use I might increase it. This is quite a new machine, but my old one was about 15 years old before I retired it, and always ran like a dream after a service. I am in an expensive bit of the UK so don't know if this is representative, but I get it serviced by a guy who works out of the local sewing shop - it's 45 quid, work guaranteed for 12 months.

lljkk Thu 09-Jun-16 21:19:46

45 quid! Bloody Hell. Mine was £80 and nobody else does servicing. I seriously considered just buying new instead, but luckily they sorted out the problem (was pretty awful, constantly breaking needles).

OhtoblazeswithElvira Thu 09-Jun-16 21:23:03

£45. Thanks OP
<adds sewing machine service to the "can't afford" list>

OurBlanche Thu 09-Jun-16 21:25:12

I do mine every year and send them in every 4 or 5 years for a complete overhaul... they cost me £90 for the two... the overlocker cost an extra £5 smile

I use Craftsy and youtube and all sorts of blogs. It takes about 2 hours per machine

www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/03/cleaning-a-sewing-machine/

CatherineDeB Thu 09-Jun-16 22:37:51

I clean mine per their manual every month, a bit more work than the craftsy link. I take the bobbin race out and clean and oil that as well, tiny drop of oil.

I do my overlooker after most projects! Maybe OTT but I hate to see the fluff everywhere in it, only takes 5 mins to brush it out, wipe it down and add a drop of oil.

My Bernina machine came with a seven year warranty and the expectation is that it is serviced half way through, not annually, so whilst I look after it I haven't had a proper service yet. It is on the cards though but the man who owns the shop was on holiday until the second week of May and I haven't got round to going back yet.

I am planning to let him have it for a long weekend when I go away at the end of June.

Really important to do you bit at home imo.

fortifiedwithtea Fri 10-Jun-16 19:13:43

£45.00 is cheap!!

I really should know better but I've never had my Brother machine serviced, its 18 years old. I decided to buy a modern with bells and whistles machine instead though my Brother is still working well.

My previous machine was a Novum 5000 pile of crap and needed regular servicing.

RatherBeIndoors Sat 11-Jun-16 14:23:04

Machine safely home again yesterday - phew grin All well, no repairs or parts needed. And after this thread, I'm feeling OK about not doing it every year, as long it gets TLC at home!

Katymac Sat 11-Jun-16 14:35:38

Any idea where I would find a manual for a Janome Harmony 9102D?

I am attempting to service it.....but I don't even know how to thread it grin

Katymac Sat 11-Jun-16 14:54:24

Found one

Katymac Sat 11-Jun-16 14:55:23

here just in case

Oldraver Sat 11-Jun-16 23:20:40

My 'servicing' seems to involve me shouting "OH, the machine is making a funny noise".

He fiddles with it, tuts a lot, says it just needed x y or z then it works like a dream....mostly

JoffreyBaratheon Sun 12-Jun-16 10:33:38

I have a lot of old hand cranks that I can service myself. (It's fun too!)

But I have 3 electric machines - two 1950s' Singer 221Ks (Featherweights) - one just had a service and electrical fault repaired last week - £39. The other I got cheap on eBay for spare parts for the first. It has no wiring or electrics so the repairman's going to have to do all that. Should get a quote in the week. The machine itself was so cheap that am hoping even if the repair costs a lot, it will still be cheaper than buying that model new... (It's a Centennial, for those here who are FW fans!).

To get this one fixed, I've had to sacrifice the cable from my working FW - so now have a week unable to use my working one. Although I have a little herd of hand cranks, am in mourning. I finished making a dress working flat out on Friday, as I knew it won't be back in time for me to finish the half-made dress I need to wear next Saturday!

So sad seeing my little FW with no cable, though, she's a bit like a donor - sacrificed it so her sister can live!

JoffreyBaratheon Sun 12-Jun-16 10:35:42

Should add, I forgot to say I bought the 2nd machine as a donor machine for the first but when it came it was in such nice condition mechanically and cosmetically for a 70 year old machine, I couldn't bear to kill it so am now hoping to get it working again!

(Am not a hoarder, honest - I just love old sewing machines!)

Katymac Wed 15-Jun-16 21:00:14

Ready to be shocked - I have cleaned my 'new to me' overlocker (it was very dirty) & now I am playing with it

RatherBeIndoors Wed 15-Jun-16 21:03:40

Extra shiny halo for you halo

Katymac Wed 15-Jun-16 21:19:10

I had chocolate instead of a halo!

But thank you grin

fortifiedwithtea Thu 16-Jun-16 04:54:19

Katy, that fluff shock looks like the inside of my tumble dryer door [door].

Well done for getting the overlocker working. What a lovely gift. I watched your link. As you've discovered the machine has a 'finger' for rolled hem. Old fashioned overlockers had a separate foot plate which needed a screwdriver to change (tedious). Therefore I would expect the machine to be less than 20 years old - brilliant smile

Katymac Thu 16-Jun-16 14:17:41

I am a happy bunny but I can't work out if I can do appliqué yet

CatherineDeB Thu 16-Jun-16 14:32:57

Katy there is a free Bernina book on getting the best out of your overlocker.

I found it really useful to work through the examples and get to know my machine (it wasn't a Bernina) when I bought my first overlocker.

www.byrnesewing.com/static/mastery/serger.pdf

Katymac Thu 16-Jun-16 15:04:00

Thanks - that looks really good

Katymac Thu 16-Jun-16 17:41:22

Is this any good? Husqvarna Viking?

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