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Thread: My stash of sewing machines... 14 and counting

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    Junior Member peggymunday's Avatar
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    I have an assortment of sewing machines. It all started when I wanted to learn how to work on them and make that another business opportunity. I've been collecting for several years, but as yet have not found a training program. Does anyone know of a reputable online course for a reasonable amount to learn how to repair sewing machines?? I don't have alot of money tied up in these, they ranged from free to $40, with most of them being around $5-10. So, if they turn out to be un-repairable, perhaps I can use the parts.
    I have a Singer "Rocketeer" Slant-O-Matic 500a,
    Dial-a-Stitch w/case,
    Kenmore 158.13540 w/case,
    Viking Husqvarna 6440 w/case,
    Montgomery Ward UHT J 1954, and UHT J 1829,
    Necchi 525,
    Singer Fashion Mate 252 w/case,
    (2) Singer Golden Touch and Swears, I mean Touch N Sews 750 - each w/case,
    Singer 600 in cabinet,
    Precision Zig Zag in cabinet,
    and my favorites -
    Brother PS1250 and
    Singer Serger 2054 w/Differential Feed.
    Thought you might like to see the pics, so here they are..... (Excuse the mess in the background, but sometimes it's even worse, lol)

    Table full of machines
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    The twins
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    My favorites
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    Parts and pieces, open boxes
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    Precision Zig Zag in cabinet
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    WOW!

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    Double Wow.

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    How do you decide which machine to use? Tthey are so nice

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    wow. what a nice collections

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    I found a class on SM repair in the net, can't remember the site but it's there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgull
    How do you decide which machine to use? Tthey are so nice
    Well, right now it's not too difficult. Most are in various stages of dis-repair and need something or other done to them, or maybe needing a pedal (2 need pedals). My Brother is my best right now, and it only cost me $5 at a garage sale, it needed a pedal which I found at a repair shop for FREE (he wouldn't charge me for it since he had to splice it. Perfectly safe, but he didn't feel he should charge me. So, I bought some bobbins to thank him. lol) And the serger works great, it was $35 at a garage sale. I use the Kenmore as backup right now if needed....

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    Quote Originally Posted by peggymunday
    Does anyone know of a reputable online course for a reasonable amount to learn how to repair sewing machines??
    Here is a couple that I found

    White Sewing Center
    http://www.whitesewingcenter.com/repairclass.php

    The California Academy of Sewing Machine Repai
    http://www.sewingmachinerepair.com/index.html

    Here is a link with a lot of information that may be helpful.
    http://www.creativesewingtips.com/si...ne-repair.html

    Hope this helps...
    DH and I also wanted to repair machines as an additional source of income.. but it hasn't happened...too much life and illness... :( but I still have the sewing machines :D

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    That's quilte a collection! What does the Rocketeer need? Are you interested in shipping a machine?

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    WOW...I love it. I would be in seventh heaven if I could set up all my machines in one place. I have 14, and I LOVE them all, and they all work. Just look at manuels, it will tell you everything you need to know, and just start digging in on them. Fun Fun!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leota
    Quote Originally Posted by peggymunday
    Does anyone know of a reputable online course for a reasonable amount to learn how to repair sewing machines??
    Here is a couple that I found

    White Sewing Center
    http://www.whitesewingcenter.com/repairclass.php

    The California Academy of Sewing Machine Repai
    http://www.sewingmachinerepair.com/index.html

    Here is a link with a lot of information that may be helpful.
    http://www.creativesewingtips.com/si...ne-repair.html

    Hope this helps...
    DH and I also wanted to repair machines as an additional source of income.. but it hasn't happened...too much life and illness... :( but I still have the sewing machines :D
    Thank you so much. Unfortunately the prices on these are a little out of reach for me right now. I need to find something around $100 or less (is that possible?). Maybe I need to consider just a book to lead me through - Does anyone know of any books to teach me? I seem to be able to learn new quilting techniques that way, so perhaps I could learn repair as well. I've surfed in the past and found a few options, but I'm hoping someone will have first hand info on a good training program.
    lol Just out of curiosity....how many machines do you have? Pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    That's quilte a collection! What does the Rocketeer need? Are you interested in shipping a machine?
    I believe it needs a motor and a bobbin plate, perhaps more. But, I had wanted one for so long and for $20 I couldn't resist. It had a cabinet, a cheap one thank goodness, cause it wouldn't fit in the car and had to be left behind. :( lol and no, not looking to ship....

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    You have a Necchi in there. Join the Necchi site. It has tutorials that would apply to some other makes. I saw complete directions somewhere. Was it the site of the British repairman who is also a writer? Let me think about it.

    There are manuals on the Internet specific to some machines. When I searching for a owner's manual for a Singer Stylist last night, I found several. I found the manual today.

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    Maybe you can contact Lostin51 here on the site. He may be able to help you. Hes very very knowledgable. Good Luck.

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    WOWSERS!!!!! :shock: :shock: That's amazing!!! I even see a Kenmore I used to have!!!!!! ;)

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    Wow wow wow. Good luck. Did u check amazon for a book??

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    WOW, what a collection. I think you can google the brand name of the machine for a repair manual. Sometimes you can get them online. I have the same old Kenmore (3rd one down on the left of your pic). Got it over 10 years ago at a garage sale for $30. Runs like a charm. It's my "backup machine" when my Viking doesn't want to run. LOL

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    Nice flock! Thx for sharing. Glad they are loved and not junked.

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    WoW - your cup runneth over! :-)

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    Love your collection!! :D

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    I used to have that brown Husquevarna, it was a great machine. Do you have all the decorative cams that go with it?

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    good luck, it is also something I thought about doing. Same thing, no classes:(

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    Peggy if interested in more machines I have a couple that I will be putting up for sale. Pm if interested please

    verna2197

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    Ray White's class is superb, but it is not online. Youhave to go to where there is a seminar. His site is the first one on the above list.
    You might try Youtube; seems like almost everything is out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipp5
    I used to have that brown Husquevarna, it was a great machine. Do you have all the decorative cams that go with it?
    Unfortunately most of the cams I have go to the Singer machines. It does have one inserted in the back, but that's the only one I have.

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