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Date: 12/14/11 12:50 PM

I only sew repairs and want a good quality sewing machine I am not concerned about the number of stitches But since I don't sew often and have only used a mechanical machine that is 30 years old and still works well and only had to clean the machine twice. How much service attention is needed on the 330 Do I have to service it yearly or what Thank for your help

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Date: 12/14/11 1:21 PM

If what you have works well, why spend $1000 for an appliance you will only use occasionally? Depending on what you've got, if it's a good vintage machine it's probably better quality than any of the plastic machines that are made these days.

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Date: 12/14/11 1:30 PM

I have always done a yearly maintenance/cleaning on any sewing machine I have owned. The 330, IMO, needs the bobbin area cleaned out every couple of bobbins, then oil the hook race. I would have it serviced once a year because dealers can clean and oil it in areas we cannot get to plus make sure it is in perfect working condition.

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Date: 12/14/11 9:15 PM

I can no longer see to thread the machine. That why I want a new one. My old one is the Pfaff hobby lotus I am looking for a good quilty stitch and a durable machine

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Date: 12/14/11 10:18 PM

On the Bernina 3 series, the needle threader is fragile, and not automated at all. Yes, it is convenient, but it does not work with the thinner needles, and it's the least important feature.

My needle threader broke three months into use. I had it fixed some months later when I brought the machine in for annual service.

I think it's a great machine. Soolip thinks it's overpriced. But I think we can both agree that if threading the needle is what prevents you from enjoying sewing, there much more reasonable machines.

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Date: 12/14/11 10:49 PM

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I can no longer see to thread the machine. That why I want a new one. My old one is the Pfaff hobby lotus I am looking for a good quilty stitch and a durable machine

Have you ever tried the Schmetz self threading needles?

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Date: 12/14/11 11:48 PM

I got a machine needle threading tool from Clotilde. Not as good as a built-in threader, but better than nothing. FWIW, my kids' low-end Brother HS 2000 has a great needle threader. I took me a bit to get the hang of the ones on my Berninas and Baby Lock, but they work perfectly. I don't think any built-in needle threaders work with size 60 needles, which I like for fine threads on thin, tightly woven fabrics. The lighting on newer machines is usually better, or you can use supplemental lighting. I enjoy the magnifier accessory on my Berninas, and there are generic versions that you can put on any machine. Clotilde has those also.

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Date: 12/15/11 9:07 AM

I can't really see well enough to thread my machines either! I use a needle threader as Maia suggested.

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Date: 12/15/11 9:17 AM

I agree, the needle threaders can be fragile. Having a good light right behind the machine. I have an Ott light behind my machine positioned so I can see the threading and the stitching.

One of my machines has an automatic threader and I don't always use it, my fingers kind of know.

That's nice to know Soolip (as a general reference). You just seemed perfect, going by your very cute picture.

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Date: 12/15/11 11:24 AM

A few years ago I got some great contact lenses that worked so well for distance I couldn't see up close. Now I use reading glasses over the contact lenses. Go figure.

That picture is about 6 years old. I should update it, though I look pretty much the same. Sunscreen. Exfoliate. Moisturize. :)

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