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What do I get for $80?
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Date: 12/19/06 6:43 PM

The local sewing machine shop quoted me $80 for a tune-up... what do I get for that much? I know it needs cleaning, but I suspect the blades are fine for now. Anything else I should keep an eye out for?

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Date: 12/19/06 6:53 PM

That's about what I paid...I had to insist that they change both the upper and lower blade. (Even if I paid extra)...still not sure if they did it.

They kept telling me that I didn't need to replace both blades, but my machine was about 12 years old and had never had the upper blade changed.

My Singer manual omitted the section on maintenance and oiling...I have never been clear on where the oil goes...so, I really wanted a good oiling.

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Date: 12/19/06 9:07 PM

They should also check and adjust the timing, polish the loopers if there are any burrs on them, and thoroughly clean the insides.

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Date: 12/20/06 6:10 AM

Clean and oil M/C, check motor ,belts and Foot control. Fit new needles of the correct type for the m/c. Clean out tension discs and check for rust. Clean looper points and polish as necc. Check looper timings and clearances, set needle guards. Inspect and sharpen upper and lower blades,Replace if too worn or damaged. Inspect needle plate for damage or missing pins. Repair or replace if necc. Set tensions ,set cut and test on a variety of fabrics.
That is what I do for a serger service ,cheers Ron

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Date: 12/20/06 11:10 AM

Ron - thank you for chiming in here since you have the technical background to give us good advice. How often do you recommend servicing for sergers and sewing machines? I keep my machines clean and every so often, usually after finishing a flurry of sewing, I take them apart and clean/vacuum every part I can reach.....but I know they need professional servicing -- I just don't know how often. It would be easier if we had odometers on sewing machines like we have on cars.

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Date: 12/21/06 5:02 AM

Hi Kathi,
First a preamble, at one time machine maintainance,and I'm basically referring to cleaning and oiling,was well within the scope of the operator. Now with so many machines having electronic panels and built in motors it is easy to cause problems with careless or over oiling.
I find compressed air is the safest way to clean machines and in most areas a single drop of oil is more than adequate as is a dab of grease.
My recommendations for service are . Heavily used machines ,once a year. And particular emphasis on the motor and brushes. Moderately used machines every couple of years and if used lightly about every five years.
Sergers . I would suggest the same regime as for sewing machines with one major difference. Sergers feed after cut . If it doesn't cut cleanly the feed is compromised and the machine will bog down and cause problems. It really is up to the operator to recognise when the machine is not cutting cleanly I.E. chewing the fabric . Most sergers have a standard hard steel blade combined with a super hard tungsten blade. In most cases when it stops cutting cleanly the steel blade will require sharpening or replacing. Sharpening and replacing serger blades is a handy skill to acquire and with a little care and tuition most sewers are capable of it.
There is really only one other major item for preventive maintainance on sewing machines and that is ,change needles regularly(before they break) and use quality threads (not necc the most expensive but reasonable quality). cheers Ron.

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Date: 10/3/12 6:21 PM

Hey, Ron, will you be my sewing machine and serger service man? You sound like you really know where it all starts (and ends)! If I just didn't have to ship it to you!

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Date: 10/4/12 10:38 AM

The original (2006) post indicated $80 for service (probably higher today). That sounds as though no parts would be replaced, which would include new knife blades.

If you do not trust your dealer to replace the blades as requested, put a dab of nail polish under the bottom edge of the blades and then you can easily tell.

As for lubricating, follow the manual. Some models, like the TOL BabyLock do not require lubrication by the users/owner.

When you pick-up the serviced machine (serger or sewing machine) give it a test drive before leaving the store.


-- Edited on 10/4/12 10:44 AM --

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