I have bitten the bullet and decided to have 2 + 1 machines serviced! Not one of them has seen the inside of the sewing machine shop since they were bought, and they are all still sewing, or sort of! I let them go tomorrow and they are promised back in a week, what will I do till then? Use my others I suppose!
This little and heavy Singer was the machine I first learned to sew on and it belonged to my mother. It was made in Glasgow in 1941, and my mother said it went down the underground with her across London during the air raids! I remember I was always having problems with the tension regulator, but myself and my sister produced many “creations” on it despite it only having basic straight stitch or lock stitch.
My grand-daughter (8) now wants to try it so hence the Singers’ trip to the service dept.
Second up a bit more sophisticated
This machine does in fact belong to a friend of mine, and it in turn belonged to her mother! But she likes to take it to workshops as it is relatively smaller and lighter, and does what is required for patchwork and quilting, my friends greatest love. This Elna has not been serviced either and buzzes along quite satisfactorily!
Last, this Bernina 2000DE overlock or serger. I saved up for this in the 90’s and am still so happy using it. It made the world of difference to my dressmaking, the finished garment looking so much neater and professional looking.
I have oversewn so many miles on this and it tackles any fabric shoved at it. But I think it may be getting noisier, so its off for a bit of TLC.
I don’t know if I am the only sewer who gets attached to their machine? I guess it’s a bit like car ownership, you remember those happy journeys with your foot on the pedal and a full stash of fabric!
I wonder what is the oldest machine out there which is still sewing without ever having been looked after?