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Thread: Machine tune-ups...how often do you send yours in?

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    Super Member QultingaddictUK's Avatar
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    I send my Elna 7200 in every 2 years, as recommended by my dealer.

    I know what you mean about being with your machine so why not buy a reasonable priced backup, I bought a lovely 1950s Singer for just 50/$76 the best buy ever. It is great for classes, when my machine is away for service, etc; etc; a backup machine IMO is essential.

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    Hi,

    I take my machines in for a thorough cleaning every year, or at 5 million stitches on my Elegante2 embroidery one.
    I clean mine regularly, but certainly can't do what the dealer does as they take the entire casing off the machine and check everything.
    Bev

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    It depends on the machine. The Janome 10001 needs an annual checkup. Can't always tell when things are wrong and since it is not only expensive, but also electronic, I choose to do as the manufacturer recommends. Now that it is 10 years old, out of warranty and had some work done last year (like replacing bobbin casing, etc.), I will probably go to 2 years since I don't have to worry about voiding the warranty. My inexpensive machines only go when they have problems, i.e., never. Not sure what I'll do with the new Janome embroidery machine. To answer what I believe is part of your question, if the machine is worth less than a few hundred to replace, I wouldn't take it in unless I was having problems. Bench charge is too high.

    Blessings. Cherie

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraftyGardenMom
    Hiding head in shame here...my poor machine hasn't had a professional tune-up in about 3 years. It's definitely needed since I sew almost every day, so "old girl" could use some internal love, LOL. My problem is this.. I HATE being without my machine! The place I take it to takes 2-3 weeks. I understand this because they service a lot of machines, and they do an excellent job for the money (approx. $90). But I only have one sewing machine, so that kind of puts me out of the game for almost a month.

    My "solution" to my sewing machine selfishness :wink: is to wait until just before I am due to deliver (I am 8 months pregnant) and then take it in. I'm pretty sure I won't be sewing at least the first month with a newborn and also a 4 yr old running circles around me, LOL. :)

    So how often do you all take your machine in for service?
    I think your solution sounds fine and not selfish at all. ;-) The best time to take it in is when you know you won't be using it, isn't it :?: Congrads on the baby, altho I don't envy you with a newborn and 4 year old. Don't forget to pamper yourself some. DH can take over long enough for a bubble bath. :!:

    God Bless you all. Cherie

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    My Baby Lock is seven or eight years old. Never had a tune up or problem with it. I love it. For some reason, I decide that I should take it in for a tune up. It's a minimum of $70.00. Took it in on Tuesday and begged for fast service. Got it back yesterday for $108.00. The bobbin case needed replacing. It sews and sounds wonderful. But, now the screen ony lights up half way. Didn't have that problem before I took it in. I called and he said it was probably a wire loose. I have to take it back again, 40 miles one way.
    When you take your machine for service, ask that it be plugged in and take a few stitches before leaving the shop. If I would have done that, I would have immediately noticed the light not working properly.

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    I have taken my Viking in to be serviced 2 times. I have had it 4 years. As far as my older machines. Never, I can service them myself! If it is not broke, don't fix it. Good time is when you have the new baby home. Not a whole lot of time to sew for a few weeks. Best wishes on new arrival!!!

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    I take my Bernina sewing machine and serger in once a year to be cleaned, etc. I have a Kenmore sewing machine that is now 23 years old that I have never had serviced. It still sews fine.

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    I purchased a service plan with my Bernina, so I can take it in as often as I want for cleaning, adjusting, updating, whatever. We go south to visit our kids 2-3 times a year, so I drop it off just before we leave. I am going to purchase another service plan when this one expires. I have several backup machines, but I still miss the Bernina when I don't have it.

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    Mine haven't been taken in yet... I clean them myself :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I purchased a service plan with my Bernina, so I can take it in as often as I want for cleaning, adjusting, updating, whatever. We go south to visit our kids 2-3 times a year, so I drop it off just before we leave. I am going to purchase another service plan when this one expires. I have several backup machines, but I still miss the Bernina when I don't have it.

    I wish all dealers had service plans!

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