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Captain_Dingbat

my sewing machine is dying.....

.....it's 22 years old and slipping like 'eck! Pete thinks the gear-thing is on it's way out and has done his best, being a mechanic, but has never had anything to do with sewing machines until mine started playing up...and is afraid he will finally kill it!

I don't really want to get rid but the last machine I had back in the dark ages cost almost 80 to repair and im sure I can get new for about just a bit more than that...

Anyone got any helpful suggestions of where I could maybe get some new innards for mine?? Or have an idea of what might be wrong?

Cheers!
Lorrainelovesplants

What make is it?
I have a 1940's Singer and a 1970's Singer.  I had them both serviced 5 years ago for 40 and they are working great.
To buy similar machines new would cost over 150 for the really old one and 130plus for the newer one (does zips, zigzag and buttonholes).

Try looking around at car boots....and try and get a Singer - they are well made and hold their value.
NZPOME

Is there not a dealership near you? One that will service it? I have a Brother and I can take mine into the Brother shop in town and they do it. Of course that would be of no use to you as I am in NZ    But there much be somewhere you can get it done.
NZPOME

I googled this, not sure if it's going to be any use but it's always worth playing with yer google  

http://local.journalstar.com/lincoln+ne/sewing+machines.zq.html
Gareth

NZPOME wrote:
http://local.journalstar.com/lincoln+ne/sewing+machines.zq.html


The P&P will be a little dear............... they are all in Lincoln, Nebraska.
NZPOME

Gareth wrote:
NZPOME wrote:
http://local.journalstar.com/lincoln+ne/sewing+machines.zq.html


The P&P will be a little dear............... they are all in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Whoopsie daisy, didn't look at that bit!

Ah well Google should turn up the right country ahahah

This might be better

http://www.coulingsewingmachines.co.uk/
Seabird

Depends what you want to sew.
Personally I think the modern machines under about 150 are very light and flimsy - would find several layers of denim a struggle for instance, as in turning up jeans.
My machine is 40 years old, and thinking ahead to when I will need spare parts for it I nabbed my pal's when she replaced it for a newer one, so I've one to cannibalise.
If you go onto any of the sewing forums you'll find everyone prefers the older machines, especially Singers.
It's worth at least getting an estimate to repair yours.
Rena

I don't have much confidence in the 'New' machines...too *cheaply* made.

Seabird wrote:
If you go onto any of the sewing forums you'll find everyone prefers the older machines, especially Singers...


I agree...and, you could always look into a Treadle.


Hope you get it sorted soon!
Border

Whats wrong with needle, thread and a thimble.    
12Bore

Just after Christmas we were gifted a 1920's hand operated Singer, complete with original case.
Mrs 12Bore loves it, she learned to sew on one as a child and has never got on with electric machines.
kat_lewis

I had to replace my machine a couple of years ago and went with a machine that does all the zigzag, button holes and a couple of embroidery stiches for embelishing hems etc. It is not one of the cheapie ones as they looked to be flimsy but definately not a mega expensive one. I also have a hand machine and I am trying to get hold of a treadle as the workmanship on the old machines was so good.
Rena

Border wrote:
Whats wrong with needle, thread and a thimble.


Hmmmmm!   !
WhatCameFirst

I would agree that it's worth getting an estimate.  All the repairers around here come to the house  which is an added convenience. I've never paid more than 60, for either the Singer (about 20 years old) or my Frister & Rossman (exactly 33 years old).
sod

Rena wrote:
Border wrote:
Whats wrong with needle, thread and a thimble.


Hmmmmm! !


that must be a MM (mare male)  
ClaireK

There is a guy in Mareham Le Fen who does servicing and repairs, i will get you his details CD

Claire
Captain_Dingbat

Brill, thanks all! Will get some quotes then hopefully get it sorted over half term....


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