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Thread: General cost of sewing machine tune-up?

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    I have an Elna Heritage that has never seen the inside of a repair shop (my bad) :oops: I try to keep it clean on my own, etc., but know I should take it in for a thorough cleaning. Can anyone tell me if I'm looking at $50 or $500 bucks?

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    I have no idea, but will be interested to see what others say. Mine is new and only a couple of months old, but I've been riding it like an outlaw running from the law, so am wondering if it needs a break and tuneup. Not to hijack your thread, but how often should a machine go to the shop for a tuneup?

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    I've had my cleaned for $130-$150., I have a Husqvarna, Designer 1. I take mine in yearly.

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    Ouch!!! :shock: Is that a cleaning and a tune-up...maybe something else too???? (I say hopefully)
    Mine are both two years old...haven't been in yet...but I know it's time. I was hoping for just a cleaning it would be $50 or less :? :? :?

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    Eddie - you're not hijacking, 'cause I need the answer to your question as well. Also, when the machine does go in for an 'annual physical' how long is it usually in the shop?

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    I want to know too. I have one that probably needs to go in for a cleaning.

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    My janome centre charges about AU$70 + parts for a service

    I think last time I put it in on a thursday evening and got it back either the saturday or the next thursday. I work full time so getting in to the shop was harder for me.

    People say you should go in yearly, but it depends on the use of your machine. Mine had never seen a service until about 18-24 months ago (my grandma gave it to me about 7 years ago and I am still learning what to do, but it does see more sewing these days than it used to).

    I have a janome MC7500

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    When I took my Bernina in last November (I think) they checked everything and did a cleaning and it only cost me $40. They had to do some adjustment to the foot control but everything else was fine. They told me as long as I cleaned it regularly, once a year was fine. I think it was only there less than a week.

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    a day of beauty for my machine runs $75.

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    Try taking to the place where you bought it. My dealer does not charge for check-ups. I dropped mine off in the mid-morning and picked it up at the end of the day.

    I have another machine not bought at that dealer, and he charged me $50 plus parts. Again, another one-day affair.


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    I have a Janome and last checkup was $85.00. Every couple years I take it in for a tuning.

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    I have 2 elnas, roughly $70-$95 plus parts, recommend yearly, even as much as I use mine.

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    I took my Kenmore to the shop and was charged $150, but $25 of that was so I could get it back the same day. It was cleaned, oiled, tuned and whatever else needed to be done to it.

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    I pay $60 + parts for cleaning and tune up.
    I get the machine back in a week, even if I take four in at a time.
    Even if the machine only needs a $13 part, my mechanic calls me and asks (when he gets to know me better he won't, but I would expect that from any responsible businessman).

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    Here in Denver I was quoted $120 for total tune-up and cleaning....and it takes about a week to get my machine back. I haven't done it yet, as I can't go that long :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    Here in Denver I was quoted $120 for total tune-up and cleaning....and it takes about a week to get my machine back. I haven't done it yet, as I can't go that long :roll:
    That is why I haunt thrift stores and garage sales ... for $35 or less, I have a variety of machines so that I am not out of tools while others are being repaired. Most of the machines I find in the thrift stores just had families that didn't know what their mom had ...

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    Here is Wa State it is about 100& to 120$ for a checkup, servicing.
    The sewing machine shop frequently has a coupon for 25$ off
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    I paid about $75 here in Canada to have my Janome 6500 serviced.

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    I think around here it runs around $75.

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    Here it is around $75.

    ETA- I am near Green Bay, WI- that's where I went last time. (This is a fairly LCOL area.)

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    My viking Sapphire ran 80 dollars. It was 2 yrs old before I took it in for serviceing.

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    I think I paid $150. last time my was in the shop and it needs to go again. They do recommend a yearly check=up and I have 3 Janome's. My 3500 has never been back. I just keep it clean. Marge

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    I've been quoted 75-80 bucks for the recommended annual servicing for my Bernina. Mine is scheduled for its 1st one (which was included free when I bought the machine) this month. They said I could wait for it if I wanted...(they'd love for me to just shop that long) I think I'll try to coordinate it with a class so he can do the servicing while I actually learn something. The shop isn't all that close to home.

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    I know I'm going to probably get slammed for this one but here goes.....what's new......rofl. I have had my Singer since 1979 and it has gone through a lot of sewing since then. The gears are encased with oil as per the instruction book that came with it, it never needs oiling. I keep the lint out of it myself on a regular basis and it is a workhorse. It has never (thank the Lord) seen the inside of a shop.

    I just cleaned and oiled my aunt's 1960 - something Singer Touch and Sew and it sews beautifully........still and I know she worked it on a regular basis.

    Love my Singers! I have to say though, I just bought my daughter a brand new Janome under $200 and fell in love with that one myself......lol!

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    The charge around here for servicing is $79.95 - with a four-month guarantee

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