We can rebuild it... Maybe?
December 21, 2007 9:38 AM Subscribe
Can my sewing machine be fixed?
posted by slowfasthazel to home & garden (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
After a failed stupid attempt at sewing too many layers on my Singer Stylist 476 (from the late '60s I believe) my machine quit threading the bobbin. A repair place in town looked at it, found that the top gear was broken and said it would be over $200 to repair. And then started talking about how great their NEW machines are. That quote sounds really steep, especially when followed by a sales pitch.
So what I'm wondering, is no particular order, is:
Does that quote sound really high?
Should I find another repair shop? Of course I should, but I've been asking around and all I have heard so far is that there are not any great repair places in town (Portland, OR) any more. Do you know of any?
Can I fix it myself?! That kind of sounds like fun. I've come across a few places that sell parts and repair instructions online, but I have no idea what kind of technical ability a person really needs to fix one of these. Think it's doable? I'm no mechanic, but I'm decent at figuring things out.
Should I just suck it up and buy a new machine and chuck the old one out for scrap metal? That makes me sad.
Any advice or recommendations is appreciated. Thanks!