So this post is a little late. But after several years of repairing my own machines, and after a couple of years of buying machines off Craigslist and Ebay, fixing them and turning around and giving them away, I finally decided to expand my business into Sewing Machine Repair.
This blog post over at my sister site, Sew Messy, shows my adventures in refurbishing a Kenmore 148.15600. It was such a blast and honestly it bothers me that people are ready to throw out these perfectly wonderful older machines, simply because they need a little maintenance. Instead of $125 in fees for a service at their local stealership, they run to wallie-world and pick up a plastic piece of junk which will only last one or two tune ups before the aluminum screws are shredded. Meanwhile, their plastic gears crack, the case warps, or any of a number of other ailments can follow. The Kenmore I just worked on, has lovely metal gears. Know what the downside of metal gears is? It’s a small bit noisier. That’s all.
Not too bad of a trade off for something that will last 50-75 years.
Well, to be honest, not all plastic gears are created equally, and even the newer high-end machines will come with plastic gears now. What I mean to say is, there is quality, and there’s cutting corners. These older machines have a lot of years left, and would be too expensive to make nowadays. I love rescuing them from the potential of a landfill.
Now I just need to figure out what to do with these babies. I’ve given away a couple, and have three more sitting in my sewing room and two in my living room. They need homes! (And I’m not allowed to buy any more until I find homes for the ones I have.)