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    Sticker Shock, took sewing machine in for maintenance

    Oooh Ouch. I took my Elna 7300 in for maintenance. She sure needed it because I purchased her three years ago and had never had her cleaned and serviced. Price is going to be $162.00 not including tax and any parts if needed. Makes me LOVE my vintage machine even more. That is more money than an oil change and service for my truck.
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    Ouch is right! Since I moved to Cincinnati just before Christmas, I wasn't sure how much a regular cleaning/service was going to cost on m Janome. I paid $100 a couple hours north of here and it's only going to be $69 here!
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    wow! makes me appreciate my service guy even more! he charges me $40 for a cleaning/tune up- only extra is if parts are needed for my Viking....if i was quoted over $100 i think i would learn to do it myself- quick.
    i do take good care of my machine- bought the little vacuum attachment kit so i can vacuum it all out frequently= seldom have to take it in & he always comments on how well it is maintained- maybe thats part of the in-expense- but i think that's what he charges everyone.
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    wow! makes me appreciate my service guy even more! he charges me $40 for a cleaning/tune up- only extra is if parts are needed for my Viking....if i was quoted over $100 i think i would learn to do it myself- quick.
    i do take good care of my machine- bought the little vacuum attachment kit so i can vacuum it all out frequently= seldom have to take it in & he always comments on how well it is maintained- maybe thats part of the in-expense- but i think that's what he charges everyone.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    yikes, that seems steep.
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    My recent Bernina service with "the best in the industry" (because he trains so many of the national repair people), on a 1031 that has not been serviced for 8 years, was less than $100. It came home purring, shiny clean inside and out, and with a mile on both our faces!

    This machine is not computerized, that may have had something to do with it, but I can really make some fabulous quilts on it and he complimented me on it's daily care in my hands. So glad I knew to travel 4 hours to take it to him!

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    Yep, the 7300 is computerized. It is my first and last. Just wish I knew enough to get inside her and take the dust bunnies out. I do make sure that I clean her after every project and every two bobbins or so depending on what the project is. The machine is out of warranty so perhaps I will consider DIY next time.
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    My Bernina 180, which is computerized as well isn't that much. That's crazy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Yep, the 7300 is computerized. It is my first and last. Just wish I knew enough to get inside her and take the dust bunnies out. I do make sure that I clean her after every project and every two bobbins or so depending on what the project is. The machine is out of warranty so perhaps I will consider DIY next time.
    It's 3 years old and out of warranty already?

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    I don't take my Bernina 1230 in for service anymore, in part because of the ridiculous prices. I'm careful to oil the shuttle race and clean out lint build-up, and really that's all it needs. I have a little vacuum attachment that works well, although I have also just duct-tape a straw to my regular vacuum's crevice tool and used the regular vacuum.

    It was the last time I got it serviced that decided me against taking it in anymore. I had left the upper tension on 4 for some invisible applique I had been doing. When I got the machine back, it was still on 4 and I was $100+ lighter in the pocketbook. Factory standard setting is 5. This means that if the tech tested any stitches at all (and my bet is he didn't bother), they were tested on the wrong tension setting. Machine sewed the same going in and out -- wonderfully well! That must have been 12+ years ago. Machine hasn't been in and still sews the same.

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    That makes the Bernina Dealer I phoned here in Indianapolis sound pretty good. I asked for a "well-baby" check up; basic cleaning and oiling = 79.95 before any extras. Back in Roanoke, VA it is about that; my problem was I did not want to be without it for 2 weeks. So your price does seem riduculous. Mine is a computerized and 16 years old. But good.( A Bernina 1530)

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    I pay $80 for my regular computerized machines, for my big honker combo embroidery/sewing machine I pay $130. Can you shop around? You might be able to find a better price. That seems a little steep and I live in CA where it seems everything is higher than everywhere else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland View Post
    I pay $80 for my regular computerized machines, for my big honker combo embroidery/sewing machine I pay $130. Can you shop around? You might be able to find a better price. That seems a little steep and I live in CA where it seems everything is higher than everywhere else.
    Trust me, I will shop around next time. But when I was at another Sew Vac shop some time ago I asked what the cost would be to clean and adjust one of my newly purchased Japanese clones I was quoted $130. That was when I learned how to do it myself from the QB Vintage Machine site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Oooh Ouch. I took my Elna 7300 in for maintenance. She sure needed it because I purchased her three years ago and had never had her cleaned and serviced. Price is going to be $162.00 not including tax and any parts if needed. Makes me LOVE my vintage machine even more. That is more money than an oil change and service for my truck.
    I have the same machine, and I also purchased her about three years ago! I just called a local shop the other day to find out what it costs to have it serviced, and it was around $89 - he charges more for the computerized ones. I'm not having any problems with mine, and he said they should be serviced every 3-5 years. I clean mine out as completely as I can, but I wouldn't know what to do beyond that.
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    I had my Baby Lock serviced and also fixed the thread cutter and it was $89.00.It is computerized.I think I might check with some other places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King's Daughter View Post
    I have the same machine, and I also purchased her about three years ago! I just called a local shop the other day to find out what it costs to have it serviced, and it was around $89 - he charges more for the computerized ones. I'm not having any problems with mine, and he said they should be serviced every 3-5 years. I clean mine out as completely as I can, but I wouldn't know what to do beyond that.
    That is good to know King's Daughter. The one thing I do is to put a drop of machine oil in the middle of the bobbin case every so often and occasionally wipe off the presser bar with an oiled swab. I have made three corduroy squares quilts in the past year and am planning another one. The cord quilts create a lot of lint and I just wanted to make sure my machine was cleaned out before I started another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    That is good to know King's Daughter. The one thing I do is to put a drop of machine oil in the middle of the bobbin case every so often and occasionally wipe off the presser bar with an oiled swab. I have made three corduroy squares quilts in the past year and am planning another one. The cord quilts create a lot of lint and I just wanted to make sure my machine was cleaned out before I started another.
    Thanks for the advice, Caroline! How do you like your Elna?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    That is good to know King's Daughter. The one thing I do is to put a drop of machine oil in the middle of the bobbin case every so often and occasionally wipe off the presser bar with an oiled swab. I have made three corduroy squares quilts in the past year and am planning another one. The cord quilts create a lot of lint and I just wanted to make sure my machine was cleaned out before I started another.
    Thanks for the advice, Caroline! How do you like your Elna?
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    Quote Originally Posted by King's Daughter View Post
    Thanks for the advice, Caroline! How do you like your Elna?
    I love my Elna 7300. It is the third one I have owned. I started with an old green Elna that was given to me by my first husband's grandmother. I traded it in on an Elna SU Air Electronic about 30 years ago which I still have and use.
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    Wow, I am a slacker. I have singer machine my husband bought me about 17 years ago. Never had it serviced, first time I had to take it apart and clean and oil it was last year. Before that I never cleaned it or oiled. My newer machines I clean and oil about every other project now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    wow! makes me appreciate my service guy even more! he charges me $40 for a cleaning/tune up- only extra is if parts are needed for my Viking....if i was quoted over $100 i think i would learn to do it myself- quick.
    i do take good care of my machine- bought the little vacuum attachment kit so i can vacuum it all out frequently= seldom have to take it in & he always comments on how well it is maintained- maybe thats part of the in-expense- but i think that's what he charges everyone.
    May I ask where you got the little vacuum kit? I have been trying to find one and no body seems to know what I am talking about. Thanks!!

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    Considering the amount of money I paid for each of my machines, I think it is well worth the bucks for a good service/cleaning. I want to keep my machines in good working order, so I don't have to buy any more in my life-time.

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    I think someone saw you comming. I was quoted $50 for a major cleaning and when I picked it up at the LQS the ticket was only $25. Hmmm more fabric. My machine had never been professionally cleaned in the 6 years I owned it. I however always oil the shuttle and brush out the dust bunnies when I sit down to sew.

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    Does the price matter if it's an electronic sewing machine as opposed to a computerized one?

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    Wow! My husband charges 50 dollars for cleaning and repair if he doesn't have to buy any parts.
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