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How do I know if my machine needs a tune-up?
Your machine could need a tune-up if you can answer yes to any of these questions:
- Is your sewing machine skipping stitches?
- Is your sewing machine running too slowly?
- Does your sewing machine have loose stitches?
- Is your sewing machine making a grinding noise?
- Is the bobbin not winding correctly?
- Is your sewing machine gathering threads underneath the material?
- Does your sewing machine squeak & require oiling?
- Has it been more than 1 year since your sewing machine has been serviced?
What is included in a Tune-Up?
A Tune-Up is a Full Service that includes the following steps:
- Clean, Oil and Lubricate
- De-lint inside and clean outside of machine
- Oil all applicable parts
- Lubricate all necessary gears and pulleys
- Remove and clean tension assembly
- Check Electrical
- Check Light Bulb
- Check power cords and wiring for wear
- Check motor and motor belt operation
- Check Sewing and Feeding Mechanisms
- Check and adjust needle bar and hook timing
- Check and adjust zig-zag movement
- Check and adjust feed dog and stitch length
- Check and adjust stitch width
- Check and adjust bobbin case clearances
- Check thread path for obstructions
- Check for burrs, pressure foot damage or needle plate damage
- Sewing Test
- Check bobbin winder
- Check and adjust top tension
- Check and adjust bobbin tension
- Stitch test sew-out
Pricing as of January 1, 2016
- General Inspection/Diagnosis – chf 30 (paid at the time of drop off)
- Straight stitch ONLY mechanical machines – chf 60* (tune-up or first hour of repair)
- Mechanical or Electronic sewing machines – chf 70* (tune-up or first hour of repair)
- Computerized sewing machines – chf 80* (tune-up or first hour of repair)
- Chf 70 per hour for each additional hour on any machine
- Rush Service – Chf 80
- Pickup and/or dropoff of machine – chf 50 each way
*Repair prices do not include the cost of any parts.
What is the difference between Mechanical, Computerised & Electronic sewing machines?
There are 3 styles of machines: mechanical, computerized and electronic.
The best way to describe mechanical sewing machines is to say they have ‘all the basics’. Knobs and dials are used to change the settings on the machine which make for a bit less precise stitch than its electronic and computerized counterparts. ‘Higher end’ mechanical machines may have several decorative or utility stitches. Mechanical sewing machines are often the most affordable.
Computerized machines will be the most expensive style. These machines not only do a variety of utility and decorative stitches, but have the capability of creating embroidery designs. Some machines will only accept cards with designs loaded on them, while others can be linked directly to your computer.
Electronic sewing machines are a ‘hybrid’ between mechanical and computerized other styles. These machines offer a larger variety of utility and decorative stitches, several styles of buttonholes, and very possibly an alphabet, but will not allow you to do embroidery. Electronic machines will typically have an LCD screen that allows you to make adjustment to your stitches – giving more precision in your sewing.
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