Why is it that good things, and not so good things, usually come in threes? At the moment I am experiencing a rather negative period… Please allow me to rant… and feel free to comment below.
After I found out at the retreat a couple of weeks ago that the machine I lend out to workshop participants without charge was returned to me broken I chalked it off to my negligence of not carefully checking when I received it back into my care. I am currently looking for someone to fix the little Janome Jem 760. It is less than five years old and the warranty has expired, not that it helped me before – Saskatchewan dealers I have tried to work with and who are within reasonable driving distance are reluctant to service machines that have not been bought from them. I am currently confirming an appointment for when I am in Edmonton in mid-June. Johnson’s Sewing Center responded to my inquiry within an hour of sending the email… I am so impressed!
One problem solved… the second obstacle will be much harder to tackle. I briefly commented in an earlier post that my Bernina 1130 stopped sewing after only 5 minutes of straight stitching. It would not move forward or backward no matter how hard I tried to turn the hand wheel. Two weeks ago I dropped it off with the local Bernina Dealer, and yesterday the dreaded phone call confirmed the machine’s demise – insert funeral music here – it cannot be revived. A seized motor appears to be common problem with the “1000 model” series I was told.
My question to you readers and fellow Bernina supporters is: Have you heard of this fact yourself, or have you experienced something similar? I am keen to hear your experience and how you overcame this obstacle. Please be candid and share!
On to my issue at hand. I cannot work with one machine alone, as everyone knows: When a deadline is looming the machine can sense this, and that is the exact moment when they demand some unnecessary attention and stop working efficiently or stop operating altogether… right? I know – I have been there more than once. In Calgary I had a fabulous neighbor and friend, Nancy, who bailed me out several times while I was burning the midnight oil. She would bring her machine over and I was able to finish and deliver on time. As a thank you I had her machine serviced before I returned it to her.
I live remotely and despite the beautiful views and lovely neighbors turned friends I have nobody who might be able to lend me a sewing machine in a time of need. When I moved to rural Saskatchewan I made sure I had at least two working machines and for the last seven years it has not been an issue.
I am reaching out to you, the readers of my blog to assist me with some valuable input. My Bernina 170 QPE is 16 years old later this year. She has served me well, and despite initial issues such as a chirping motor and several replacement motors I love this machine. Introduce reality check here: We all know that machines break down and don’t live forever, especially when one regularly sews through aluminum cans, copper shim, plastics and other up-cycled products.
I am researching the Bernina 710 and 750 models at the moment. They are in the process of being phased, out and I wonder if those of you who own either of these machines could share your experiences. It really helps me to find out more. I trust sewing machine dealers but also know that the end goal is to make a sale. Before I scrape together the big bucks I want to hear from my peers, you! Leave your comments below. I can’t wait to hear from you!!!
…Here is to hoping that there will not be a number three event… 😉
Have a great weekend!