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Thread: what it takes to change bulb in sewing machine

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    The bulb in my machine burned out. Went to dealer bought the new one. Came home, and tried for over an hr. to replace. Old one came out and back in real easy. Thought new bulb wasn't as long as old one. Drove 15 miles to see if other place had the very same kind as old one. No luck. DH asked me why I was having so much trouble. I'm showing him how you have to line it up, push it up, and then turn it clockwise. Its in, and it works! He knows better than to say anything.

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    :)


    Just like a bulb in a car. :)

    My industrial machine used regular light bulbs. Although I would have preferred the smaller version we use nowadays.

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    There seem to be two kinds, push and twist, and screw in. I have been known to duct tape a nightlight to the machine when I couldn't get a bulb.

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    Isn't that just so frustrating? My DH has also learned that he'd better not say anything at all, because it's not going to be very pleasant around our house for a while! Why, why, why do such simple things have to be so difficult sometimes?

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    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Another one of "those" moments :roll: :lol::lol:

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    My Janome 6500 takes small push in bulbs (looks like a LED light) and charges $4.99 per bulb. My husband sent me to the tractor supply store to get bulbs for the cab of his tractor. They looked very familiar and cost .51 each. I asked, they said bring in your old bulb. Guess what? Same bulb. Now I have lots of cheap spares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie
    My Janome 6500 takes small push in bulbs (looks like a LED light) and charges $4.99 per bulb. My husband sent me to the tractor supply store to get bulbs for the cab of his tractor. They looked very familiar and cost .51 each. I asked, they said bring in your old bulb. Guess what? Same bulb. Now I have lots of cheap spares.
    Doesn't that just rot your socks! I hate being taken advantage of. The same thing goes for any "medical" or "dental" supplies. When I worked in a dental office, we ordered a "burr holder" to put the drill bits in so they didn't get lost in the sterilizer. Cost a fortune.
    It was a "tea infuser," available at any dollar store!
    Argh!

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    That's the way it goes. Give it a fancy name and charge more.

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    I went to town for a lightbulb about a month ago for a Pfaff. Came home and couldn't get it in. Went back to town with the machine and the lightbulb and told them to put it in. They change bulbs all ofthe time and it was less frustrating than me trying for an hour.

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    Oh.

    I thought this was going to be a joke: "How many quilters does it take to . . . "


    Just a little quilting humor for ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie
    My Janome 6500 takes small push in bulbs (looks like a LED light) and charges $4.99 per bulb. My husband sent me to the tractor supply store to get bulbs for the cab of his tractor. They looked very familiar and cost .51 each. I asked, they said bring in your old bulb. Guess what? Same bulb. Now I have lots of cheap spares.
    Thanks for this info. I too have the 6500 and although I have not yet needed a new bulb when I do I'll check out the tractor store first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MomtoBostonTerriers
    Oh.

    I thought this was going to be a joke: "How many quilters does it take to . . . "


    Just a little quilting humor for ya!
    lol, glad you said that before me ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    There seem to be two kinds, push and twist, and screw in. I have been known to duct tape a nightlight to the machine when I couldn't get a bulb.
    Clever!!! :lol: :lol:

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    my sewing machine has a short in the light dept. blows bulbs within two seconds of turning it on... I have a led clipon light on my machine cabinet now...

    As far as charging more for exact item...when we had our automotive shop... car A used xyz starter ... cost $75 car B used same exact xyz starter .... cost $12... huh???? It's a way of justifying the cost of the machine...not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I went to town for a lightbulb about a month ago for a Pfaff. Came home and couldn't get it in. Went back to town with the machine and the lightbulb and told them to put it in. They change bulbs all ofthe time and it was less frustrating than me trying for an hour.
    That is the machine I have, and the dealer close to me doesn't sell them anymore, but he still repairs them. I was going to take it to him, but hey were closed by the time I got fed up, I guess I should have brought my DH ionto the room sooner. He knows not to go in there if I don't call him. He didn't think I was using my featherweight anymore so he gave it to Goodwill. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannie cheechee
    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I went to town for a lightbulb about a month ago for a Pfaff. Came home and couldn't get it in. Went back to town with the machine and the lightbulb and told them to put it in. They change bulbs all ofthe time and it was less frustrating than me trying for an hour.
    That is the machine I have, and the dealer close to me doesn't sell them anymore, but he still repairs them. I was going to take it to him, but hey were closed by the time I got fed up, I guess I should have brought my DH ionto the room sooner. He knows not to go in there if I don't call him. He didn't think I was using my featherweight anymore so he gave it to Goodwill. LOL.
    :roll: ...and which "facility" do we send floral bouquets to?

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    Dave McCallums 221 book has a great hint--buy a 2" piece of clear, plastic tubing the diameter of your bulb. push it on the end of the bulb & you can do anything with it !

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    Oh my! My hubby is afraid to come in my sewing room after the fiasco of using my best scissors to cut wire! He will never make that mistake again!!! (Of course, I did go buy 10 pairs of cheap $.99 scissors and have them all over the house so he has no excuse.)

    I am afraid I would be sewing in jail if he gave a featherweight away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannie cheechee
    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I went to town for a lightbulb about a month ago for a Pfaff. Came home and couldn't get it in. Went back to town with the machine and the lightbulb and told them to put it in. They change bulbs all ofthe time and it was less frustrating than me trying for an hour.
    That is the machine I have, and the dealer close to me doesn't sell them anymore, but he still repairs them. I was going to take it to him, but hey were closed by the time I got fed up, I guess I should have brought my DH ionto the room sooner. He knows not to go in there if I don't call him. He didn't think I was using my featherweight anymore so he gave it to Goodwill. LOL.
    I think that's grounds for divorce in 47 states. Either that or the 3-S rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie
    My Janome 6500 takes small push in bulbs (looks like a LED light) and charges $4.99 per bulb. My husband sent me to the tractor supply store to get bulbs for the cab of his tractor. They looked very familiar and cost .51 each. I asked, they said bring in your old bulb. Guess what? Same bulb. Now I have lots of cheap spares.
    I have long ago noticed that the minute the word 'art' or 'sewing' is placed on an item it immediately becomes twice the cost of the same item purchased at the hardware store. Same thing with the price of male vs female haircuts and clothing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie
    My Janome 6500 takes small push in bulbs (looks like a LED light) and charges $4.99 per bulb. My husband sent me to the tractor supply store to get bulbs for the cab of his tractor. They looked very familiar and cost .51 each. I asked, they said bring in your old bulb. Guess what? Same bulb. Now I have lots of cheap spares.
    Doesn't that just rot your socks! I hate being taken advantage of. The same thing goes for any "medical" or "dental" supplies. When I worked in a dental office, we ordered a "burr holder" to put the drill bits in so they didn't get lost in the sterilizer. Cost a fortune.
    It was a "tea infuser," available at any dollar store!
    Argh!
    I bought filters for my CPAP machine. They were in an opaque bag. The cost was $30 for 10 x 1" squares of quilting batting that we can buy in the el cheapo for $2.50 a metre....NEVER AGAIN will I let that company trick me.

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    I bought filters for my CPAP machine. They were in an opaque bag. The cost was $30 for 10 x 1" squares of quilting batting that we can buy in the el cheapo for $2.50 a metre....NEVER AGAIN will I let that company trick me.[/quote]

    what is a CPAP?

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    Wait until you have to change the bulb in a Viking machine. A special bulb inserting device came with my machine. Do you believe it????

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    Brernia's have special little screw drivers for changing some of the feet on their machines. I was at a retreat, and they almost look like a phillips, but that doesn't work. Just something else to make your day.

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