Member since 11/19/13
Date: 6/1/14 6:55 AM
My 38 year old Singer Athena 2000 is starting to tire out. The stitch length function is not working. Everything else works super. Some independent repair shops shake their heads and suggest I buy a new machine. Any suggestions? I'd rather not buy a new machine, they just seem so cheep with all the plastic. Thanks.
Member since 5/2/09
Date: 6/1/14 4:07 PM
The closest thing to sew on just "feel wise" to a Athena 2000 that I have ever sewed on, is my 1990's Pfaff 1475CD machine. They actually do remind me, a lot of each other in the preciseness of the stitches in them and how that happens and just the sound and feel of sewing on both of them. So if you don't even want to bother to have your old 1970's computerized Athena 2000 cleaned and oiled and greased at all, or get a new machine either, maybe try sewing on even a older Pfaff 1475CD machine instead. You might like one of those. The sound and feel of both of those, just to me, is actually pretty close to each other.
I can see how you would want to keep yours going though, as they are really super nice. Maybe just go someplace else, where someone might like your machine a bit better even. Someday, it's computer boards are going to stop working though, but that is really also going to happen with my newer Pfaff 1475, and also just every new computerized machine existing right now too, so that is not the only consideration at all, how much you just like something is too sometimes.
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Member since 11/13/04
In reply to sharon2013
Date: 6/1/14 5:22 PM
I have a Singer Athena 2000 sewing machine in working condition now,it wasn't working when I found it at a thrift store.It was in a brand new other brand sewing machine box.
Unfortunately some repair shops don't know how to adjust or repair old sewing machines.I like to suggest to look for a sewing machine dealer/tech in your area,who is familiar with old Singer sewing machines.If nothing is broken,it probably just needs to be serviced.I visited TNT Repair online and found lots of free old Singer information,if you like to tinker and know how to repair old Singers.
Edited to add...........I know you are familiar with your Athena 2000,you had your sewing machine for 38 years ! Sometimes it happened to me that I overlooked something simple and wondered why my machine wasn’t sewing properly.
Please read the first page “individual preferences” on how to adjust the stitch length on the right side of the page.One can override the automatic stitch length and stitch width and adjust it manually.
Lightly touch the stitch width pointer to activate the stitch width control,indicated by a red light on the stitch panel.More information in the pdf manual here.
Both controls may be used simultaneously.To cancel,press any button except those for reverse or pattern repeat.
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