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

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I never have. As long as they sew I do the cleaning and oiling myself.
    I do my cleaning weekly as need arises and keep an eye out on several of my quilter friends as well. The surprises you find when taking off the underplate. :shock:

    As Quiltingaddict suggested, keep an eye out for a back-up used machine. I have 10 machines mostly nice but vintage and some that I have paid no more than 5 or 10$ for. Congrats on the expanding family and I doubt you will be sewing up a storm for a few days/months.

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    well, I must be the worst "owner" in the world. I never take my machines in. I service my mechanicals myself, just following the instructions in the manual, and my computerized ones I just keep clean according to the manual. If something were to go terribly wrong and I couldn't figure it out, I would have the machine in the shop in a heartbeat, but so far I guess I've been pretty lucky.

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    I take my Bernina in once a year. The last time I took it to a local Bernina Dealer, they had it 6 weeks and it still was'nt done, so I called another one 3 hours away, because I was from out of town, he gave me same day service and charged me less!! Now I won't go anywhere else. My daughter goes with me and we have lunch and shop while we wait.

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    I take my Viking Rose in once a year for cleaning etc. and wait until I am planning a vacation so I won't be without it. I do have a backup (Viking 100) just in case.

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    Yearly unless it gets over worked then 2x a year..

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    My singer 401A is over 50 years old - had it completely overhauled once because needle shaft shifted. I clean and oil it thoroughly when I feel it needs it.
    Machine is all metal so I feel this is the reason I have had few problems. Also, as with a lot of machines, appliances there is only one operator. My husband believes that also for his tools.

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    Fortunately I have several machines so I religiously take mine in yearly to be gone over. I also am good about cleaning and oiling my machines at the end of each major project. We are forunate here to have a good shop that does the work for about $60 and it is worth it

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    Mine tells me when I've sewn 1 million stitches, but I take it in every year regardless.

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    The turn around time for cleaning at our sewing machine service center is also 4-6 weeks BUT we can make an appointment for cleaning. Our wonderful service man knows we hate being without our machines and says they can wait their turn with us rather than lonely on his shelves. The cleaning appointment will be 4-6 weeks out but you keep and use your machine right up to your appointment and then take it in on your appointment and pick it up the next day, except for the rare exception when your machine needs a part that he doesn't have in stock. Even then, if it is going to take more than a day or so to get the part and if the machine can be used temporarily without damage to the worn part, he will normally return the machine to you for you to bring it back when the part is in. Check with your shop to see if they also offer this service. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    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.
    I had that happen with my Pfaff 2054 - they had a defective spring that had to be replaced - and when I got back home, found the screen completely dark! I called the shop and he told me a few things to do - but since I couldn't see "anything" on the blacked-out screen, I ended up going back (40 miles) and he had to get another machine in the shop and set it next to it so he could see that screen to go through through the steps. I definitely recommend having them plug it in before leaving the shop with this computer stuff. :-)
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    I was fortunate that the lady in our quilt shop knows how to clean and oil the Berninas so she showed me everything to do, so I do my own. She said, "You can get into the same areas that they do, so don't be afraid."

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    If you are lucky to have found a good repairman you can trust you are one of the very few! I do my own tune up for all my machines, even the computerized one. I bought the machine repair books. The most important thing to know is how to open the top of the machine the right way and put it back. The rest is just cleaning it out. The computer machine component part doesn't need maint. on the computer parts. It works or it doesn't. Time for a new board if the computer messes up.

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    Never. The Bernina dealer in Dublin is known to wreck machines, and the alternatives are too far away to send it unless there's something wrong.

    I've had the covers off my 440 to clean it out myself though.

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    Send my machine in for a tune up and a good cleaning and oiling once a year. Between 'shop visits' my machine gets cleaned and the oil checked (:-) every time I change the bobbin.

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    Since I am currently unemployed, $$ is tight, so I do my own cleaning/oiling. However, my only machine newer than 1970's is an embroidery machine, and I do take it in when I think it needs it. All my other machines are mechanical, reasonably easy to service.

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    No real need if you do routine care on it!
    I break mine down after 24 hours of use...clean it, wipe with oil, unset and reset the tensions, etc....Unless it is acting strange, making noises, or a computer program is not responding...you can do more harm taking it in than leaving it alone!

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    I took my Viking mega quilter into have it looked at, the tension was not cooperating. It hadn't been looked at for 5 years. My Bernina did go in to a 2 year check up. I called the Bernina dealer and they made an appointment to bring the machine in to be serviced. I went to do some shopping and he called me about 2 hrs later and the machine was ready. I'm in Texas and have to drive to New Mexico for service. Service was 69.00. Good Service and he will do any machine.

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    I take mine in anywhere between 1 to 2 years, and again if there is a problem. When I bought it new it went in 4 times in 5 years at no charge. Not so often now. I take of the top plate and clean all I can reach, and oil what I can/needed as directed.
    The new babylock I am waiting to come in with go for it annual between 12 - 18 months depending on use.

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    I take my machines in when I go away somewhere as I cannot stand to be without either... :)

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    Good luck with baby. Sounds like a good plan to me. I'd find it hard to be without a machine too.

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    I'm with BellaBoo. I clean and oil my machines myself. Mamaw said that oil is the life of machines--and her treadle still works well! Use correct oil-for sewing machines.

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    I just got my Elna back from repair at my Berninia dealers cost me $34.95 for service and $7.50 for hook repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I have never taken my 1996 Viking Rose in for a "tune-up" & it has logged a lot of miles. Maybe some have seen the quilt pictures I posted on 1/7. I'm just careful to keep in clean.
    I have a 2005 Viking Rose, and have never had it cleaned either. (I know, shame on me).

    I do take out the bobbin, and clean underneath with cotton swabs after each project. Amazing how much lent accumulates within just a short time.

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    I service them myself.

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    Depending on the machine, you can do your own tune up ..As long as it seems to be running smooth. I worked in sewing machine sales and the tune ups were basically cleaning and oiling and lubricating the gears if you have gears. ( and yes they charged upward of 100 dollars) There are many blogs on the net telling you what to do. The instructions may be in instruction book that came with your machine. Along with the brush that comes with most machines i always have on hand pipe cleaners (bent they can get into small areas) and new make up brushes along with cotton swabs. Be careful with the swabs tho that you do not inadvertantly leave cotten in the machine.

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