Thought I'd post a little tool I made to make hauling all of these machines around my workbench a little easier. I find myself spinning the machines around several times during cleaning and tune up.
When I irritated a bulged disk a couple of weeks ago, which is still messing with me, I realized I needed to change the way I was doing things, because I couldn't lift a SM anymore.
It's one of those Lazy Susan things for inside a cupboard. I originally bought it hoping to spin a motorcycle around in the garage, but it wasn't heavy duty enough. It's been in the basement for about 4 years!
I had the DH cut the corners so that they would be less likely to catch on things (me mostly) while spinning. The added bonus is that the metal is large enough and thick enough that my magnetic dish sticks to the top of the platform and doesn't go anywhere.
Dimensions are about 12" by 18"
12" is the minimum, because that's the diameter of the lazy susan. 18" because it'll accomodate almost any sewing machine.
I'd love to see what everyone else has done to make working on them easier...
I also use this Multi screwdriver. It's expensive, I think I paid $25 cdn for it but it has the best bits I've ever seen in a multi. I believe them to possibly be on par with the gun tools kit screwdrivers that people recommend for working on SMs. There's no taper to these bits, they're square and fit into the head of a screw nice and tight. Stripping a screw head is really hard to blame on these screwdriver bits. We actually have 3 of them in this house. Attached to it are some earth magnets that I use to hold the screws in place when trying to put them in awkward spots. They live on my lamp when not in use.