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Thread: how often to have your machine serviced

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    I am going on 40 quilts now all machine quilted without servicing the machine.

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    I had my machine serviced after ten years. (May be that is a little bid to long to wait). :oops:

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    My manual says once a year, but it takes two weeks, so I haven't be able to part with "Emilee", so she has never been professionally serviced. I take her apart, clean her dust bunnies, lint, thread, and I always tell her how much I love her!

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    Once a year is usually the norm, but with the older vintage machines you can go a lifetime almost with out messing with a service if you oil it regularly. I do not recommend doing that but it has been done before. :lol:

    Billy

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    My motto is "If is isn't broke, Don't fix it". I do try to have my embroidery machines serviced at least every two years though.

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    The manual tells me once a year, but I honestly only take it if I sense that it isn't operating quite correctly and I can't fix it. I am good about cleaning it out and oiling it.

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    I used to take mine in every year or so but they have messed it up so bad the last two times that it's been several years. I clean it thoroughly, have the tension set exactly as I want it and think I'll just be satisfied with that for now. My quilter isn't electronic so I keep it clean and oiled myself.

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    I took mine in after nine months and got it back the next day. (I arranged ahead of time to be able to do this - kinda like I got my baby an drs. appointment.) When I picked it up he showed me the lint and stuff they got out of areas that I could not reach in normal maintenance. He said that perhaps I should take it in every six months instead of nine. But, I use my baby just about every day and had already sewn and FMQ seven quilts on it before it went in.

    When you quilt your quilt, either stitch in a ditch, FMQ or just plain straight lines, your needle is pulling the lint in from the quilt batting and that can build up inside your machine. That makes maintenance a more frequent necessity than if you were just sewing garments.

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    About every 1 to 2 years depending on how much sewing was done. I usually have it serviced in August or September, so it's ready for the busier sewing time during the winter months. I also clean and oil it between servicings and after each quilt that has been machine quilted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Once a year is usually the norm, but with the older vintage machines you can go a lifetime almost with out messing with a service if you oil it regularly. I do not recommend doing that but it has been done before. :lol:

    Billy
    Thank you Billy.

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    Usually once a year, even if it hasn't been used all that much. I worry about high humidity affecting moving parts.

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    I bought a new Viking sewing machine, & it has required more maintenance than any of the vintage Singers I own. The older Singers I own are 15-91, 221, 301, 401, 403, Touch n sew, Futura, Touchtronic 2000, & Touchtronic 2005. Other than the last 2 on my list, I service them myself. I watched the video "Those Fantastic Featherweights:The Complete How-to Video for Maintaining Your Featherweight 221 and 222" & the "Featherweight and I- illustrated repair and maintenance book"
    By David R. McCallum. The video is 3.5 hours total. Once I saw this whole video, & understood all I needed to know about all of my old Singers. Everyone who has an older machine would benefit from it; much of it is general mechanical machine knowledge that a repair person would know. I treat my machines well now, but the first 20 years when I was young, I NEVER took them for service. I didn't know I needed to unless something was broken;) Back then, I also never changed a needle that wasn't broken LOL!

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    I have my dh clean & oil after every queensize quilt. In between I clean (brush out) bobbin area every time I change bobbin. I oil once or twice a week on visible easy to reach areas. My singers are 36 & 52 yrs young. DH unscrews all screws and gets inside to keep them clean & lubedricated. I live in the desert. My sewing machine doctor said machines dry up faster here then in more humid climates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter1943
    but they have messed it up so bad the last two times
    this is my fear. my machines tend to stay working well, so i don't take mine in that often. in 40 years, i've had two inexpensive dsm's. they have never been serviced. i did have to take my emb machine in for a new computer board, though.

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    I service my mechanical machines myself. Since about the only thing you can do with the computerized machines is keep the bobbin area clean, I do that faithfully after every project. I only take my machine in if I have a problem that I cannot solve. After 20 years I took my computerized Kenmore Elite in and the problem was I had worn out the plastic presser foot! I would have NEVER figured that one out on my own!!

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    A Kenmore bought in 1961 has not been serviced yet, A Janome that I jumped out of time was re-timed and my 5yr. old Bernina just last month dropped its hooker or something like that. They all work fine.

    A Singer bought in the '80's...eh?

    Tallulah, the Featherweight, seems to be fine. I just got her last year.

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    Serviced? I don't know about serviced?

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    My original viking from 1984 was only to shop twice. I think it is still going strong, my daughter now has it. My Viking Designer One has only been to shop twice since I got it maybe in 2000. I don't know about the newer models, I think they have changed manufacturing location. I keep my machines dusted with the air spray, but that's it. They don't use oil.

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