It’s the holiday season – a great time to get that new sewing machine – which means you can start those projects you’ve been pinning on Pinterest! Or, maybe you are the husband or boyfriend, and are searching for the diamond-in-the-rough for your “do-it-yourself (DIY)” significant other.
Had Your Sewing Machine Serviced Recently?
Maybe you’re going to go pick your machine up off the shelf new, which is perfectly fine; then you can skip this information about repair until next year. However, if you’re the DIY type, you’re probably checking Craigslist and yard-sales to find the perfect machine. If that’s the case, this next part is directed directly toward you!
Experts say you should get your personal sewing machine serviced once a year, and if it’s one that’s been in storage, or bought second-hand, you should have it serviced before you ever fire it up. Good advice.
Had Your Sewing Machine Fumigated Lately?
One of the main things experts do when they service your machine is open it up and clean it out. Lots of dust (an understatement), thread, and even bugs (yes…bugs…), and mouse nesting can get trapped. That’s correct…you read that correctly: mouse nesting. I’ve heard some horrifying war-stories.
All that gross biohazard stuff is trapped inside your machine whether you see it or not, and it can do bad things. Speaking of bad things, on a mechanical level, it can affect your machine’s sensors and throw off the tension. If your machine thinks you’re using thicker thread because there are trapped thread-bits, it won’t work correctly. Also, we work too hard on our projects to have malfunction(s) or mechanical problems ruin our efforts. So, bad tension is annoying, but all that nasty stuff in there can also catch your machine on fire! Yes…that’s one of the war stories…
Sewing Machine Repair Specialists – They Do Exist!
Sewing machine repair specialists are a dying breed – a relic in a time when more people made things. Housewives made clothes at home and workers made industrial goods in the city’s factories. Today, new generations of seamstresses and fashion designers – as well as DIY types – are starting to produce clothes and crafts for themselves. In addition to that, many are doing this for online market places like Etsy, or for the numerous Colorado craft fairs that pop up every day. People are discovering as the quality of modern electronic sewing machines has declined that repairing a vintage mechanical machine is often times their best bet.
Older machines made from pure metal hold-up a lot better than many of the newer plastic ones. Most of the mechanical issues can be repaired on these older machines. However, with the newer machines the cost of the circuit and electrical boards alone makes them virtually irreparable; it’s often cheaper and easier to just get a newer machine. Also, it’s wise to pay the extra money to get a high quality sewing machine that won’t need replacing once again.
Don’t try this at Home – Service Your Sewing Machine at All Ray’s
So, my point is you should keep your machine serviced and maintained. Also, if it sits in storage, or is purchased second-hand, take it for a check-up before you “fire it up.” As you read above, you may actually literally fire it up when you fire-it-up if you’re not careful. Sewing machines are, of course, machines – and they can certainly fall into disrepair. Whether your machine’s been stored a while and needs a tune-up, or whether it’s in need of a critical repair, All Ray’s Vacuum & Sewing machine repair can help.
Contact All Ray’s today! Let’s get your sewing machine back-on-track!