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Date: 8/1/12 8:48 PM

I thought I had gotten a good deal today, and was thrilled. I've been wanting to try a serger and found never-been-used (not even out of the box) Janome 204D for $50. I bought it, and then someone pointed out that since it has sat for around 10 years, (as per shipping label) it probably can't even be run without ruining it because the oil has turned to glue. I hope someone can advise. P.S. I just noticed my profile says "advanced". Oh goodness no.
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Date: 8/1/12 9:00 PM

Run it and see...bet all is fine, and if it requires oiling, give it a drop of sewing machine oil in each area per the manual.

$50 seems like one heck of a great deal. Happy sergering!

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Date: 8/1/12 10:14 PM

Many moons ago (much longer than 10 years), Viking was the first to come out with sewing machines that needed no oiling - they came oiled for a lifetime! Until the thing sat for about 4 years. Then they found it wasn't lifetime oil. After that, they did develop an oil that would not freeze like glue within a couple of years. It takes much much longer than that now, and probably some serious temperature changes for it to happen now.

Lynne is right - all you can do is try it out! FIrst test it out going slowly, turning the handwheel by hand. If it moves without a problem, then give it some fresh oil anyway, and you're okay. If it won't move freely, then oil it according to the manual. You may have to wait for the oil to process through, and perhaps even redo it, as it unlocks a little more with each application. If the manual says that the consumer is not to oil it, then bring it into a dealer. They will be able to unlock it, as they'll know where the oil reservoirs are.

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Subject: I feel much more hopeful now.. Date: 8/1/12 10:20 PM

thanks for the replies. The manual tells how to oil it yourself, so I should be ok, hopefully. Now if I could only thread it!

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Date: 8/2/12 3:04 AM

What a great find! If you worried, take it to a shop and have it serviced professionally in order to give it a proper oiling and they always test out all the functions to make sure they are working and that tensions, etc. are working.

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Date: 8/2/12 8:38 AM

YOU LUCKY STIFF!



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Date: 8/2/12 8:53 AM

Seeing as how these run $499 new, I think you found a great bargain, even if you have to have it serviced, which it cost me about $80.

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Date: 8/2/12 9:54 AM

Check out youtube for videos on how to thread, you may not find your exact machine but you should be able to get fairly good idea of the steps. Good luck, for $50.00 it really was worth taking the chance.

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Subject: Oh my gosh, it works!!! Date: 8/2/12 11:21 PM

I was terrified to try it, but the handwheel turned ok manually, and I'm SERGING! There is a Youtube video, but it's in Japanese. I got the serger off Craig's List, and I hope you can all score a good find too.

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Date: 8/3/12 7:19 AM

Good for you!! Enjoy your serger.

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