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Thread: Should I overhaul my Singer 401A or purchase a Janome 2012?

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    Power Poster miriam's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtnquiltinglady View Post
    Miriam, I love your "favorite quote" Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry, and have used it a time or two myself lately when carrying on a conversation in my sewing room......just a note in passing here. And to get back to the subject at hand, fix the 401, and if you have the money to spend, tell DH you want the new one for Christmas, and then let us know next year sometime which one you like better.
    yeah and I will be here taking bets...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I agree. But, why write it all out every time someone comes up with a mere tension problem. It is all in that wonderful manual that everyone has posted a million times on here. The manual has gone over the various types of tension - once you have taken a few a part and put it back together it can nearly be done in your sleep.. What is scary, most repair men are TRAINED to just REPLACE the tension with a brand new one rather than clean, properly reassemble and adjust your old tension. I just had one yesterday - I betcha someone got rid of a machine because someone spooned the disks when they reassembled the tension. The instructions putting a tension back together are sometimes in the owner's manual. Not as good as that repair manual but I managed it when I was about 18. I wish I had known where the tension spring was suppose to position.
    Naw,.. copy and paste. Which manual are you talking about? The one from TFSR? Or is there another one I've missed? I sometimes will post a how to, only because the methods in the manual can be unclear, or sometimes more complex than they need to be (like removing the bobbin case on a 201 for instance.)

    I totally believe what you say about the repairmen. In IT (where I work during the "day"), one of the major certifications teaches people to replace the mainboard and reinstall windows. No troubleshooting. Same exact thing.
    It's what's fast, makes them the most money, and is the most idiot proof. That way, "even a monkey" can be trained to do it. Not a lot of craftsmen in any industry anymore, I've noticed. It's unfortunate.
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
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