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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Sewing machine service techs ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 6/18/13 8:18 PM

Just out of curiosity I'm wondering how many other people in different areas of the country feel that they could use more honest sewing machine techs unaffiliated with any certain brand.

The only service tech near me is at least 80 miles, and they are always pushing a certain brand. ie: that old Kenmore is great, but you should think about looking at new machine I have of "x" brand.

So - how much of a demand do you think there is for just unbiased repair and service ppl?

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Date: 6/18/13 11:03 PM

I haven't REALLY looked since I found my dealer around 10 years ago, but at the time I needed a repair shop, he was the ONLY one that serviced all brands.

His shop is about an hour away, so yes I do think more multi-brand repair shops would be a good thing!

He sells 3 major brands, and ALL the years I dragged my old White to him to be fixed, he never pushed a new machine on me until the repairs were getting more frequent and I finally just used the poor machine to death. (I was sewing 60+ hours a week making dance costumes)

He recommended a Pfaff for the kind of sewing I was doing, and I was instantly hooked!

There may be more closer to me now, but I have no desire to find a new dealer/service/repair shop at this point. Doesn't mean though that I don't think there SHOULD be more multi-brand places available!

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Date: 6/19/13 3:45 AM

We are desperate here in Italy for sewing machine Techs! Everyone sells them and then we can't find anyone to repair them especially when they are out of warranty.
To be honest most of the time the sewing machine dealers here don't even know what they are selling. The customer usually knows more.

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Date: 6/19/13 5:57 AM

I am so fortunate that there is a dealer/repair person less than 4 miles from me. Randy is licensed and trained to repair any sewing/vacuum machine out there. He is a Janome & Meile dealer. He never pushes a machine despite how old of a machine you might have. He is the third generation repair person, it is a family-owned business. I truly love doing business with him.

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Date: 6/19/13 7:58 AM

I took my beloved Singer 201-2 to a known tech that was recommended by a Bernina dealer. He sells Janome. When he started the motor he said he could put in new brushes but it wasn't long for the world and the motor couldn't be replaced. No mention of a new machine, but this is kind of a family heirloom so I don't want it to die. Other sources say it can be replaced. Guess I'll see what happens!

Frankly I've got some newer Berninas so there is no way he can sell me a new machine.

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Date: 6/19/13 8:40 AM

I remember when sewing machine techs had their own business and came to the house to repair your machine. Worked on all brands. Those were the days. Of course, the machines were not computerized in those days which made it easier.

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Date: 6/19/13 9:49 AM

When I lived in California, there was a tech about 4 miles from me. He'd work on anything and had many brands of used machines in his store. Now, I live (the closest) to a Viking dealer (I found one, Judy, and I might be visiting...) at 50 miles and an authorized Singer dealer is 100 miles. I was spoiled! The Viking dealer told me that my Singer Touch and Sew 638 had bad gears and they all would need replacing, and "Can I interest you in a new Viking instead?" I took it to the Singer dealer (100 miles) and they fixed one or two and it runs fine.

There was a machine tech here in town, but he closed his shop. He decided he wanted to focus more on his pig farming, which many of us felt he did while working on our machines, as he took quite a while to repair them, and many of us left.

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Date: 6/19/13 9:49 AM

Oh I wish they did make house calls. None of my sm kids are computerized, DH & I now having trouble lifting them so it would be so nice if they came to the house. There is one here that if you bring it to drop off point he will take them to repair & it is about 8 weeks waiting to get them back . One dealer does repairs but he no longer works on older sm at all.

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Date: 6/19/13 9:50 AM

Oh I hope Poorpigling won't read that... she may put him to work at her place...pig farming...

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Date: 6/19/13 11:56 AM

Some of the sewing machine techs do make house calls. Look under industrial sewing machines.... they usually do house calls for industrials as they're too heavy to haul to the shop.
You can call & explain your machine is a domestic & you have trouble picking it up... they might come out.

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