Sewing machine service vs. upgrading?
February 8, 2012 3:14 PM Subscribe
Sewing machine issues: should I go for a service, or upgrade to a better model?
posted by robintw to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My wife has a Brother XL3500 sewing machine which I bought for her second-hand about 2 years ago, for £60 (I'm in the UK). She's having some problems with it, and is right in the middle of sewing costumes for a amateur dramatics show which is being performed in two weeks time - so we need to get it fixed fairly quickly.
We've taken it to a local sewing machine shop who said that it will need a full service, at a cost of £60, but that the problem should be solved fine with the service (they think its timing-related). Of course, the cost of the service is about the same as the price I paid for it in the first place!
My wife is getting very into her sewing, and is hoping to be sewing clothing and other items for sale on Etsy and similar when she finishes her degree (in the summer). In an ideal world she'd like to go into business doing it full time, but we're not sure how well that will work out. If she does go into it properly she's likely to need to upgrade her machine, as the one we've got is a beginner model that won't do quite as well as she will need it to for proper professional sewing.
The shop that we went to has a better sewing machine (Janome J3-24) for sale for £180, which seems to do everything she'd need. That's only the price of 3 services of our current machine...
So, my questions are:
1. Is £60 a reasonable price for the servicing of a sewing machine?
2. Is it likely to be worth going for the new machine as the old one is likely to have lots of problems?
3. How often are machines likely to need servicing? She travels around with it a fair amount (taking it with her to costume fittings for the show, for example), might that affect it? Obviously if the machine is likely to need servicing a lot, at £60 a time, it'll be better to buy a new machine...
I'm generally interested in what people think. The £180 for the new machine is a fair amount of money for us at the moment, but we can afford it - what do you think?