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

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    I just "put down" my 35 year old Singer machine. I have grieved it like I would an old friend. That machine was purchased the same month my daughter was born. We worked together on baby clothes, gifts, decorator items, garments, costumes, cheering leading skirts, you name it! It moved 19 times with me. My advice, keep your machine tuned-up! Even though I have a new one, I still miss my ol Singer and all the memories we made together. Is this silly or what....

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    Took my machine in for repair in early November. Wanted it back quick to make Christmas presents. They thought it would be 2-3 weeks. Unfortunately the repair man had a heart attack. I'm still waiting for it so picked up a used machine to help me through.

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    The dealer said once per year on my new Viking or twice if I use it a lot for quilts. Can't mess with these new computerized machines.

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    My old Janome used to go about once a year, now it goes in when I have a problem, my new Horizon will be going in every year as recommended. The shop I go to is about 85 miles so I usually take a couple of machines when I go. They get them back in a day or two and the cost is about $90.00 per. The $90.00 is why I don't take the older machine in yearly. My FW and serger only go in when I have a problem.

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    Yearly.

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    Never!

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    How do you like the Horizon? I just got one but am still reading through the book

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    My very old Singer(no electronics ) hasn't been in in twenty years. I clean it after each sewing session to remove lint and oil it regularly. I also change the needle after each project. It runs as well as the day I bought it.

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    I have an old Singer Industrial machine that I bought in 1984. I clean it and tune it up myself. However, I just bought a Viking quilting machine that has alot of gadgets and things, so that I will probably take in once a year.

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    Mine goes in once a year. I like to think of it as a fine tuned Porsche and try to treat it that way. She's Sweet Sixteen this year.

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    I have never taken a machine in to be serviced. Knock on wood. I just keep them really clean, and well oiled. Did I mention my second ever job was at Jantzen Knitting Mills? I was 18. I had to learn machine maintenance to keep the job, so now I do it automatically.

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    BellaBoo -- where did you find the repair manuals? I googled a manual for the Viking1+ (computerized machine that doesn't require oiling) and found nothing that sounded reliable. I regularly follow the instructions given by Jan Hennings in her website. I do have it cleaned regularly but sometimes question if every year is necessary.

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    I agree with Donna Jean. I have the Designer I, II and SE/LE machines and they don't require as much attention as some other machines do. However, I do clean my machines regularly and try to keep all lint out of the bobbin case too. I rotate the machines every year for service but haven't had a moments problems so far and I sew all the time on all of my machines. I can embroider on two of the machines while I quilt on the other.

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    wow I am hanging my head in shame, I've had my Viking since 1974 it has only been in the shop once about 10 years ago... Yikes.....

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    once a year

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheryl rearick
    wow I am hanging my head in shame, I've had my Viking since 1974 it has only been in the shop once about 10 years ago... Yikes.....
    Obviously you take good care of it, or it would be over the rainbow bridge by now.

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    My thoughts exacty! Just get your manual out and get comfortable using a screwdriver! Good luck with your new baby.




    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    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 just wanted to update.

    I just used my machine for the first time since having it serviced. Oooohhhhh...she is purring like a kitten.

    She hasn't sounded like this in years making me wonder why I didn't take her in sooner.

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    I'm like Craft, "everytime I deliver". Hmmmm, youngest son is 33 now, guess it's about due any day .



    Quote Originally Posted by CraftyGardenMom
    Hiding head in shame here...my poor machine hasn't had a professional tune-up in about 3 years. It's definitely needed since I sew almost every day, so "old girl" could use some internal love, LOL. My problem is this.. I HATE being without my machine! The place I take it to takes 2-3 weeks. I understand this because they service a lot of machines, and they do an excellent job for the money (approx. $90). But I only have one sewing machine, so that kind of puts me out of the game for almost a month.

    My "solution" to my sewing machine selfishness :wink: is to wait until just before I am due to deliver (I am 8 months pregnant) and then take it in. I'm pretty sure I won't be sewing at least the first month with a newborn and also a 4 yr old running circles around me, LOL. :)

    So how often do you all take your machine in for service?
    :oops: :oops: :oops:

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