Wednesday, August 31, 2011

When Your Friend Falls Apart


My dear friend had to go in for repair today. Alas, the best sewing machine I have ever had, a Janome 7000, seized up and could not stitch another stitch. It may have something to do with the fact that I seldom clean it and have not had it serviced in ....er.....ever.

Is that wrong? Am I supposed to have it serviced once a year or something? It worked like a charm for years and we were such good pals! My newer machine stepped in to help out but I've always like the older one better. Is that wrong?

11 comments:

Dana Gaffney said...

I don't like taking my machine in for servicing, I miss it so much. Last time I went in after more than a year, the service man practically yelled at me. My machine was filthy top and bottom. I'm now having it cleaned every six months. He's calling me, since he doesn't trust me to bring it in. LOL.

Maggie Szafranski said...

Well, in your defense, the 7700 has only been out for 15 months! I have the 7700 and love it, but I think I love my 6500 the best (shh, don't tell the 7700)! LOL!

Linda said...

I hope you get it back quickly! It's hard to be without your "go-to" machine. I used to have mine serviced every year but we moved and the closest service center is over an hour away! I keep putting it off!

WoolenSails said...

I hate when mine goes down and that happens at least once a year with the newer machines, it seems. So when it goes in, I have it cleaned and checked while it is there, so it keeps it running smoothly. I am horrible about doing it myself.

Debbie

Needleit said...

It's so hard to be without your favourite machine, it happened to me a couple of months ago. I hope the two of you are back together soon. :)

Margaret said...

Beware the sewing machine service person! I generally take mine in annually (they're a *lot* older than yours!) but once I delayed for a few months with one of 'em (I'd moved house), and when I went to pick it up, the Service Man looked down his nose at me, 'ahem-ed' and said, "You know it was full of lint!"

Nancy said...

Oh my... pushed to the limit, and your machine said "enough already." So many of us stitchers have difficulty parting with our machines for the annual service visit, so we put it off. Separation anxiety. You might get a little lecture from the repair folks when you go to pick the machine up. Hope all is well.

Gale, pursuing as much as I can as fast as I can! said...

Oh dear! It's so painful to be without our trusted friends. Hopefully it will be back quicker than you think. Mine just returned from it's annual trip to the spa.

BarbR said...

I'm taking my Janome 6500 in for its check up. I'll be on a trip so the separation anxiety won't be too severe. She'll be home as soon as I'm home. Separate vacations. =!=

Josie McRazie said...

It is just like tuning a piano! The more it gets used the more they recomend it being tuned! My piano guy said that the local college (with a very good music program) might have their pianos tuned every day if they are having a big concert!! So think about how much you use it and think about the rewards of having it around longer!!

Gina said...

I love my old machine too - it's an old original Bernina 830, I've had for over 30 years and it has only had one check-up and that was 30 years ago! I hope it's good behavior rubs off on my newer 730 as it hasn't had a check-up either but I'm sure won't be so patient with me. Hope your old favorite is back with you soon.