Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sewing Machine in for Repair

Last week with all the wedding preparations, I decided it was a good time to take my sewing machine in for repairs.  I hate being without my machine and I think it will be a week or two before I will have it back. What is wrong with my machine?
  1. The lights are all burned out, hard to see to sew.  I would position my small Ott light just right and that help somewhat.
  2. The reverse button does not work.  I really missed not being able to backstitch.  I used my fix button often on my machine.
  3. The needle threader is misaligned
  4. Sometimes when I turned on my machine the needle would not be centered.  Other times, needle centered perfectly.
  5. Bobbin sensor not working.
Not too many things but the lights and no backstitch were a pain to live without.

I am sewing on Meredith's machine, mainly items with quilting cottons.  New pillows, bags and other home dec items.  One problem with that, Meredith is going to start a quilt soon, we will be having to share the one machine.

So what about you?  Do you hate taking in your machine in for repairs?  Do you take it in when there is one or two things wrong or do you wait until there are several things wrong?

14 comments:

  1. My overlocker is currently in for repairs so I know how it is, although I do have two backup machines so I'm not too hard done by. :) I have my machines regularly serviced every two years, rather than when something goes wrong. I use to do it every year but it's become too costly. I hope you get your machine back soon.

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  2. I have more than one sewing machine to avoid that situation. :-)

    If my back stitch stopped worked I would pack the machine up and take it in. But my dealer is only 20 minutes by car - I guess yours is further away.

    My free service agreement on my current machine runs out in November and I am already trying to plan when to book a service check up.

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  3. I also hate when my sewing machines and I are separated. I try to take them in for routine maintenance when I'm going to be out of town. Of course, it doesn't always work out that way. I bought a used back up machine to have in case I have to be without my main machine. But I don't think I'd enjoy sewing on the back up as much.

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  4. My Pfaff is at "the doc's" now. The bobbin case housing cracked while I was at the sewing retreat a couple of weeks ago. My pet peeve is that my first Pfaff (c. 1986)was never in the shop as much as my newer model (c. 2005. Clearly they are using cheaper parts now. Since then it has been repaired 4-5 times for same issue (pressure foot lever kept falling down) 4-5 times and the feed dog mechanism broke twice!!!!! However, I do have two other machines, my new Singer and the Janome 1600P to sew on.

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  5. Mine is in the shop right now. Reverse and fix functions were not working. They called yesterday to say that I had to go to a Viking dealer as the "card" was shot and they couldn't order the part. Viking dealer is 60 miles away. Penalty for living in the woods. Almost as bad as not having a washer. But I do have a back-up.

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  6. I have backups, but I generally try to plan service when I am away...like out of the country away where I can distract myself with something like...oh, fabric shopping! Hope your machine comes home soon!

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  7. Fortunately my wonderful husband can fix my sewing machine and serger. It's hard to find an honest competent repairman in this area.

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  8. I wish I had a backup. I need to get mine in, too. I usually take it in every two years for a good cleaning, but right now it needs some maintenance. I push on the pedal sometimes and it goes really slow. I am sure I will take it in and it will work just fine. Just like when you take your car in for repairs. I think it has something to do with the pedal...or maybe the fact that I have used it really hard since the day I got it about 6-7 years ago. Maybe its just "tired". ;)

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  9. I hate taking my machine in, and currently have one that needs to be serviced. Currently using a back up.

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  10. This is why I have a back up machine. I have to have something to sew on just in case...even if I don't sew during the time its in the shop, I need to know that I have one just in case.

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  11. I have the Husqvarna Designer II and sometimes the calibration works and sometimes it doesn't. I think it has to do with the humidity in our home. I'm trying to get through some sewing or an upcoming family wedding and then... in it goes for repair :-)

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  12. That sucks that your machine is being repaired. I have an industrial Juki Machine so fixing it is a quite a hassle. Because of its weight, I almost always have to pay someone to make a house call. Not good for the credit card!

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  13. You did wait for lots of reasons to have your machine repaired. I do have back up machines and the machines go to the repairer when I go on holidays.

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  14. Anonymous8:52 PM

    My backstitch stopped working too and then one day it just completely stopped working! I took it in to a shop where a friend works. Felt like I was leaving a dear friend and practically cried on the way home. Four days later I was taking my friend home but I guess it's terminal (bad connection with cable) and there are no replacement parts for my 22-year-old New Home sewing machine. It runs for now but is a matter of time they tell me. So I'm saving up but hope for many more happy sewing hours before I have to say goodbye to my dear friend and think about a replacement. The very thought paralyzes me! But I think sharing would be worse so I hope yours comes back soon Lori. I enjoy your blog and podcasts immensely--hope you keep going for a long, long time!

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