Member since 1/19/12
Subject: Singer Athena 2000 Date: 1/19/12 1:04 PM
I inherited my grandmothers Althena 2000 sewing machine and it made a loud buzzing noise when plugged in. I took it to a Singer authorized sewing repair center and was told the "board" is bad and cannot be repaired. This machine has only a few hours use on it. Is it really not fixable? Any suggestions?
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Member since 8/14/05
Date: 1/19/12 1:13 PM
That is an elderly (1975!) computerized machine which more than likely would be really hard to find a new board for. Try reading this website about it:
-- Edited on 1/19/12 1:14 PM --
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Member since 5/2/09
Date: 1/19/12 5:04 PM
At least press the red reset button on the bottom of the machine, and you could also clean and oil it, if so inclined. It probably would be a lot of work. I think all sewing machines anyplace are actually going to make a pretty horrible loud buzzing noise, at least from just even their motors, when they can't turn due to the sewing machine being all old and siezed up and stuck, just if you go to try to sew, and they can't move anything.
Even if the board was bad (and not saying it is or is not at all) it could be repaired, but then the way to do it, (because Singer makes no new boards for those machines anymore at all) is someone has to take a good old board out of another like sewing machine, or a repaired one, instead, as a donor board for yours. So anyway, any sewing machine is fixable by someone someplace, (just like any car , or any computer is fixable by someone someplace at some cost in time and effort probably) but sometimes just not worth it in time or money. What is worth it to one person, often might not be at all to someone else though, so why things (any things) get called unfixable often. So when you hear "unfixable" on anything, just most times means not worth it, in one persons view.
In my view, if I had a Athena 2000 that actually needed a board replaced or repaired, I would then consider it "not worth fixing to me", now in this time and age, just because it would cost several hundred $, then even after spending all of that, something else could shortly afterwards, go still wrong with it, afterwards, like a stepping motor going bad or other electronics, or even a gear could crack or such.
But if you really like your Grandma's machine enough, to spend like unlimited time and money on it, then of course it's fixable, just like anything anyplace somehow and at some cost, but also that is no gaurantee that something else can't just go wrong with something later on it, down the road either.
If I had a very old Grandma that loved hers and had been using it since the 1970's and I thought she would be very unhappy (and not be able to like or get the hang of some newer machine) and with any other machine, and so that would be about the time, when she about stopped sewing everything over it, I actually would get hers fixed for her, so she could keep on sewing for a few more years. But then I still would not expect the machine to last for more decades, but it probably would not have to either, if it even only lasted maybe another year or two, for that particular purpose, that would still be useful and fine with me.
Member since 11/13/04
Date: 1/22/12 5:11 AM
This machine has only a few hours use on it. Is it really not fixable? Any suggestions?
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The machine was made in 1975,has it been stored that many years,or did someone else use it ?
Can you get a second opinion ? I have the Athena 2000.It made a buzzing sound too when I bought it used at a thrift store.I was able to take it apart and reconnect something that someone else disconnected inside.It wasn't easy.It probably would cost a lot of labor dollars to pay someone else to find the problem inside.I'm not talking about the "board".
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Member since 6/9/05
Date: 1/30/12 1:47 AM
I also bought a used one at a thrift store, just this weekend. Tonight, when I plugged it in for the first time, it also made a loud buzz and I quickly unplugged it. Then I turned it off, and plugged it in again and it didn't do it. I haven't tried sewing on it yet but if it works, it sure seems to be a neat old machine! I would also try pressing the reset button on the bottom of the machine. And, just turn the handwheel and make sure the needle bar goes up and down.
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