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Date: 12/5/13 8:11 PM

I know its going to be different for every machine. I have a janome 5027LE, which was great, and i love it still, but it seams to be struggling. not just with the thicker fabrics either. Even when Im quilting, and i come to a 2-seam intersection, i have to pull the fabric through my machine because it just cant get over it.
So how long do they last? I have had mine for 6 years, with quite a lot of sewing.
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Date: 12/5/13 8:36 PM

I've had my Janome 5124 excel pro for almost 14 years and it's still fantastic. When did you last get your's serviced? (not that I've done that myself for far too long).

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Date: 12/5/13 8:49 PM

Maybe it just needs a tune up. I have 2 older Bernina's, both mechanical ones and one is 17 and one is 19 so they can last! My older one I am the original owner of and I sew almost daily.
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Date: 12/5/13 9:03 PM

Probably depends when a machine was made. Those made in the "olden days" when things were made to last will probably still be going strong when today's machines have bitten the dust.

I've been sewing on my Elna Lotus for just over 30 years, and I was its second owner. Singers built in the 1950s still sew very well.

Lots of people are still sewing on vintage mechanical machines, but computerised ones will be irreparable if the electronics fail once they are more than a few years old. The manufacturers don't keep making the electronic parts.
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Date: 12/5/13 9:24 PM

I had it serviced this year, not too long ago, and the man said he doesnt expect to see it for another 3-5 years.
To be honest, it was probably always like that, but as Im getting to be a better quilter/sewer, im noticing that my machine cant keep up?
i purchased it new, for 500.
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Date: 12/5/13 9:45 PM

Well my machines are all 50-60 years old and still sew like champs - as good as they day they rolled off the assembly line. Minimal servicing too - the Singer 15-91 that my Mom bought in 1954 has never been in the shop for a repair. I imagine this machine will still be sewing for my granddaughters.

So how long you can expect a sewing machine to last can be anywhere from 1 year to 100 years (and yes, there are 100 year old treadle machines that are still in use!)
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Date: 12/5/13 10:23 PM

I had a Janome MC3000 ($500 new) which I bought in 2003 and traded in/up last year for a Janome-made Elna 740. The MC3000 ran beautifully for 8 out of 9 years. The last year it was dying a slow death even with a good tuneup. Figured I stitched that thing to death because of the incredible amount of work I did on it.

The 1967 Kenmore Model 30 I inherited from my aunt, however, still performs beautifully. It had a tuneup over the summer and can probably take 50-100 years more of use and abuse.
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Date: 12/5/13 10:39 PM

Maybe just the feeddogs are worn. This is an easy fix for a technician.
As to how long a mchine will last, I have a basic New Home mechanical machine that has been used to sew really tough things and it is about 15 years old and going strong. Paid $149.00 for it. Also have a Bernina 1230, computerized, that I bought in 1992 and it still sews well and does beautiful buttonholes. I paid $1200 for it when they were about to discontinue it.

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Date: 12/6/13 2:06 AM

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I had a Janome MC3000 ($500 new) which I bought in 2003 and traded in/up last year for a Janome-made Elna 740. The MC3000 ran beautifully for 8 out of 9 years. The last year it was dying a slow death even with a good tuneup. Figured I stitched that thing to death because of the incredible amount of work I did on it.



The 1967 Kenmore Model 30 I inherited from my aunt, however, still performs beautifully. It had a tuneup over the summer and can probably take 50-100 years more of use and abuse.
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Date: 12/6/13 6:25 AM

Current ones are probably just like major appliances, clothing, tools-- not as long a life as the Golden Oldies made in USA. My 70's mechanical from Japan is still going strong. Our old Maytag washer was only sold to our moving man because it was that popular Gold (! ) color, repairman said bottoms would rust out before the motors went.
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