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10 year old sewing machine - repair or replace?

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ITCouldBeWorse Thu 20-Feb-14 17:47:42

Any ideas? Fairly basic but ok model. I don't know how much a repair would cost ( or where to go for that matter!) and I could buy new for about £120.

Any ideas?

TunipTheUnconquerable Thu 20-Feb-14 17:49:15

What's the problem? Have you tried to figure it out and fix it yourself? Often things go wrong with sewing machines that are pretty easy to sort out.

ITCouldBeWorse Thu 20-Feb-14 17:51:42

Have found an online quote £24 postage, £50 repair plus major parts. I think new is the only option.

Any recommendations?

ITCouldBeWorse Thu 20-Feb-14 17:53:03

There seems to be something wrong with the gears ( if that us what they are!) that sit by the hand wheel. I've cleaned and tweaked an reset everything I can see

tutu100 Thu 20-Feb-14 19:34:07

If it is a good machine then I would fix it. But that's because imo you need to spend at least £200 on a decent machine (but thats because I use mine lots). What make is your machine and where are you in the country? I had my machine recently repaired and serviced for £60. Mine is a Janome and was done through one of their service centres.

tutu100 Thu 20-Feb-14 19:35:44

I have this machine and love it, but I was bought it 4 years ago and in that time it has gone up in price by £80!

tutu100 Thu 20-Feb-14 19:38:33

sorry this should be the link.

ITCouldBeWorse Thu 20-Feb-14 21:59:29

Mine is a Toyota, and has seen a fair bit of action. My previous singer had a handle and a boat shaped shuttle!

I was hankering after a janome, I understand the drop in bobbins vibrate less?

patchworkchick Fri 21-Feb-14 00:11:48

I have heard of repairs costing up to £80, if you want to replace your machine I'd go for a John Lewis 250 or Janome 3050.
great machines and more refined than the Janome 7025 (its the machine used on the Great British Sewing Bee). All the John Lewis branded machines are made by Janome and great quality. The drop in bobbin doesn't vibrate as such, they don't lock or jam as easily either.

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