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Thread: My sewing room changing over to an ER this afternoon.

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    What a cool idea!! Now I bet that guy/gal is really busy. Where/how did you find him? Maybe we all have one in our cities but we just don't know it !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suze9395 View Post
    Please don't use WD40, it is not a good option for lubricating sewing machines. It leaves a residue that attacks dust and lint and will become gummy and cause more issues.
    Please don't use WD40. Mom and I bought Pfaffs in the 70's and it was the thing to use WD40 on them. Needless to say they became sticky and gunky and was a real mess. The dealers soon learned it was not the thing to do. I know this from experience.

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    what a wonderful doctor

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    House calls AND good looking---you hit the jackpot! Reminds me that I HAVE to take my Janome in for servicing after the first of the year...it is SO overdue he may call sewing machine social services...I've neglected my family. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by gail-r View Post
    I have 2 machines that are in need of the doctor. One is critical, totally seized and the other is just not feeling up to par. The Sewing Machine Doctor will be here today at 3:30. How cool is that! A doctor who still makes house calls! I love the idea that I don't have to take my machines in somewhere and have them just sit for 2 weeks waiting for it to be their turn. This is the first time I have used this person but he has great reviews. He is actually listed as the "Sewing Machine Doctor". I'll let you know how it goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogwood Quilter View Post
    Please don't use WD40. Mom and I bought Pfaffs in the 70's and it was the thing to use WD40 on them. Needless to say they became sticky and gunky and was a real mess. The dealers soon learned it was not the thing to do. I know this from experience.
    In the 60s and 70, my folks thought it was great to use 3-in-1 oil on everything. Guess what happened to the Singer 401? Again, WD40 is not for lubrication of sewing machines. Sewing machine oil or Tri-Flow (I prefer the Tri-Flow) ...

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    How wonderful is that! I hope your machines are feeling better soon!
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    The WD in WD40 stands for Water Displacement. The residue left behind is a rust inhibitor to keep the previously wet metal from rusting it is in no way, shape, or form a lubricant. Was your machine wet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gail-r View Post
    The very good looking doctor was here and the news isn't good Babylock Ellegante, he couldn't find any reason for her to be so locked up, he thinks she needs to see a specialist. She is going to the dealer tomorrow. They said it would 3 to 6 weeks But he did also service my workhorse Juki and showed me a couple of additional places to oil her. He was amazed at how clean my machines are and suggested that I keep a can of WD40 to use if anything starts to tighten up and also make it part of my weekly cleaning. He felt terrible that he couldn't fix Elle so he only charged me $50.00. Did I mention that he was very good looking? May have to have the doctor make regular visits, just to keep the girls feeling their best.
    Please forgive me but I have a dirty mind. Was wondering what girls need to feel their best. Haha.

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    Ooooohhh a doctor that makes house calls........ Hope he doesn't charge you an arm and a leg!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suze9395 View Post
    Please don't use WD40, it is not a good option for lubricating sewing machines. It leaves a residue that attacks dust and lint and will become gummy and cause more issues.
    For a repairman to suggest WD 40, really makes me wonder about him. I've heard that it was one of the worst things you could do to a machine.

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    I must be very lucky. My machine doctor makes house calls and charges about half what the LQS charge. He also used to be the head machine mechanic for Janome in Brisbane for 15 years and three of my machines are Janome. He was also able to service my Singer overlocker (serger) which I've had for more than 30 years. Still works fine.

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    Hope you get it fixed. You do live in an area where that does not surprise me. I grew up just west of there, in Grantsville. Tooele was always a place to go. I got the fabric for my wedding quilts at Christensen's department store, and I know there were a few other fabric stores out there, but I can't remember what they were. Been a while since I have been out there.

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    LOL! I see you're in Tooele, as I was reading your post I was thinking, I think there's someone around here called "Sewing Machine Doctor" then I noticed where you were. I'm in Salt Lake County. I'm glad to hear about someone in the area who can come to my house for repairs.

    Sorry he couldn't fix one of them though.
    Last edited by mooshie; 12-05-2012 at 09:12 PM.

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    OH NO!!! Now I'm really worried, he sprayed a lot of WD40 in both of my machines amd now the light in my Juki isn't working. Maybe my doctor is a quack!! Do you think there is a way to get it out now? I think I will call him tomorrow. I need to change my settings, I moved to an apartment in West Jordan 1 1/2 yrs. ago. I like being closer to the kids but miss the small town feel Tooele still has.

    Now I'm depressed so guess I will go to the picture section, looking at everyones beautiful things always makes me feel better.
    Gail in Utah

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    I make house calls for sewing machines, so if you live in my neck of the woods, let me know. Sure, I'll go to the UK, but you have to pay my travel expenses. (You might find a more cost effective solution.)

    His advice to use WD40 tells me his experience is not the best, IMHO. All the cautions you have received about it are spot on.
    Don't use 3-in-1 oil either. It took me forever to unseize a machine that had been oiled with it. The patient lived, though, although she was in a coma for a while.
    Stephanie in Mena

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    I live in Massachusetts and there is a "Machine Doctor" in Rhode Island which is only minutes away from me. We have our first house call tomorrow. My Bernina is acting up. :-( I hope it is a simple solution. He only charges $10 more to service my machine than the Bernina store and they wanted to keep it 3-6 weeks. Yes he is authorized to work on her.
    Will let you know how it goes.

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    I have a sewing machine Dr. Coming to my house today also. This is the first time I have had him, the ladies at our guild says he is great. We will see.

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    Oh dear. It must be contagious! You are so fortunate to have a sewing machine doctor who comes to your home! I wish we had someone in Denver who offered such a service. I hope your girls are soon on the mend and up and running.
    Judi from Denver, aka Nonna Judi

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    Ask him if he comes to GA. We could sure use one. Good Luck, Jeanne in GA

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    Quote Originally Posted by gail-r View Post
    The very good looking doctor was here and the news isn't good Babylock Ellegante, he couldn't find any reason for her to be so locked up, he thinks she needs to see a specialist. She is going to the dealer tomorrow. They said it would 3 to 6 weeks But he did also service my workhorse Juki and showed me a couple of additional places to oil her. He was amazed at how clean my machines are and suggested that I keep a can of WD40 to use if anything starts to tighten up and also make it part of my weekly cleaning. He felt terrible that he couldn't fix Elle so he only charged me $50.00. Did I mention that he was very good looking? May have to have the doctor make regular visits, just to keep the girls feeling their best.
    I had a good looking Dr. here too and my machine runs like a charm. His name is Tony with Tony's Mobile in Carson City NV. He does great work.

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    That is good news about the doctor!

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    Well, had the good looking doctor come back to work on Juki yesterday, When he was here the first time he did something which caused to light to go out and told me that he thought he had gotten the thread burr which was causing the thread to shread. Well, i used the machine to quilt 2 15" blocks with some very tiny pebbling on them. Same problem, thread is shreading up top somewhere, before it gets to the tension disks. And now with the light out it is "really" hard to see, Since I had paid him to fix it on Tues, I called him on Thursday and told him it still wasn't any better plus nnow the light doesn't work. he came back yesterday afternoon and re-checked the machine and said he couldn't see anything wrong and asked if I know how to get the lightbulb out. Of course, I didn't and of course I couldn't find my manual. He finally offered to give me my money back and said that he would cover the cost to repair the light if I wanted to do that. So, I agreed. As soon as he left, I called the Cotton Shop in Murray Ut, they had a lightbulb. So, I went right over and Gayla (super knowledgeable) sold me a lightbulb for $8.99 and told me how to put it in. She said to not touch it with me hands, that the oil from your skin can cause them to burn out. So, came home and took old bulb out, (just pulled out) cut the little plastic bag the new bulb was in and held it buy the bag just like Gayla said, and Wah-lah Light is Fixed!!! And yes, I am sending him the bill for the new bulb. I'm officially done with the Sewing Machine Doctorl Sorry, this is so long. Hugs and thanks Gayla.
    Gail in Utah

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    Lucky you...I am not aware of any machine doctors in my area.....LOL..

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    That is awesome! Hope the cost is not too high and they are both easy fixes! Good luck!
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