Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Piecing Withdrawal

My baby is in the hospital!

Ikea sewing table with Janome 6500

She's been making a squeaking sound when using the knee lift, which probably means there's no oil around the needle bar. And I must admit, I don't take her in for a spa treatment as often as I should. Aside from the admonishment I know I deserve, I'll ask this: how often do you take your machine in - regularly or only when acting up? Let's take a vote, then I'll determine whether I need to change my ways!

Hopefully, it's nothing more serious than needing a drop of oil and a general cleaning and lube. Supposedly, these machines are prone to needle bar loosening, and if it needs replacement, that's ok. I certainly use the machine a lot, and if the repair means I get several more years from her, then great!

So, while she's in the shop, piecing is at a standstill, though I do have a Pfaff 7570 and a Singer Featherweight that could take up the slack should I really feel the urge to piece. But, no, I'm going to take this time to finish up the commissioned t-shirt quilts now that the commissioner's health has improved. And until my sweet Janome 6500 has returned, I get to look at this:


empty Ikea sewing table

a big empty hole in my DIY Ikea sewing table. I think I'll turn my back on it, as my Innova longarm takes up the other side of the room.


QuiltFabrication Studio with Innova longarm

See that hanging on the Innova frame? It's 5 of the 6 t-shirt quilts, plus backs. I'm sure both the machine and I will be happy to move those off of there! But then again, that would reveal the 21 under-bed boxes full of fabric hiding underneath. Please don't think badly of me and my stash - I'd rather you be jealous!

Have a great day piecing everyone!



29 comments:

  1. Oh Susan! I really feel for you! I have the same machine... and every time I take it to the spa, I hope it returns alive and well!!

    I take mine once a year (even if it's running ok), or I take it in if there is an issue.

    I moved interstate 4 years ago, and I hadn't used it much for 2 of those years. I had it serviced twice, at a "new" (for me) store, and it still sounded sick. Then I took it somewhere else, and she is running better than she has for years! The thread cutter is still working! The (new) bobbin winder works better than it did when it was installed! I couldn't be happier to find a mechanic that knows my machine.

    I hope your girl is well and safe. xo

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  2. Like you I take my machine in when it misbehaves. The bells and whistles on these new machines are great but they sure can be finicky. Luckily I've several older machines that never need special attention.

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  3. I don't take mine in regularly but do make sure I clean the bobbin area on a regular basis.

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  4. I take mine in yearly. I only have one, so I need to make sure it stays in good health!

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    1. That is a very good reason for yearly maintenance.

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  5. I have a Juki TL-2010Q straight stitch - not electronic - you cleaned her out yourself, give her some oil, change the needle and she is ready for work I have had this machine for about 5 I think and have never brought it anywhere -- so far knock wood I have not had a problem. My other machine that I rarely use is a older model Janome (fairly inexpensive) with about 20 stitches, I hardly ever use it and bought it about 20 years ago I guess it works ok but I have had to take that one in to be fixed several times and just do not like it as well. also have a featherweight but it needs a lot of work on it to get it running and I haven't taken the time to find someone to fix it - never really cared for it all that much though even after all the hype I heard about them - I think in the 3 years that I tried to use it I had to have it fixed three times and it needs it again, it has been in it's bag for about 5 years now - must decide what to do with it one day

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  6. I do not take mine in regularly and I sew a ton also! Recently I took in my Janome 7700, kinda wish I hadn't. It was't exactly clean when it came back, and the one thing I told them to look at had not been fixed. I took it back and they finished the job. But I feel like it is noiser than before. Is that my mind playing tricks on me since the job wasn't complete in the first place?

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  7. I do not have a local dealer for my machine, so I do tend to let it go about every 2 years before I drive it to a shop while I am visiting my in-laws. So far it has been ok (knock on wood...). I hope the spa treatment for your machine is rejuvenating and no major repairs are needed.

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  8. I only take mine in when there is a problem. Earlier this year my foot pedal on my Bernina 125 stated running away with me. The cost of a new one $200.00. My husband figured that he might as well take it apart himself. We had nothing to loose. He sprayed a special electronic lubricant in it and fixed it. Lucky yes, but I think it would be wiser to take them in more regularly, but while I should change my ways I probably will regress and just haul them in when they a problem.

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    1. Your hubby sounds like mine - he can usually fix anything. Though I don't think he's that interested in sewing machines!

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  9. Can I say I have never taken mine in? Please don't throw evil glances my way. I have just never needed to. It was an inexpensive Brother that I bought almost 15 years ago for just over $100. I have never had an issue. (knocking on wood) I recently bought another one for back up just in case this one bites the dust at some point. --Andrea

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    1. Woohoo! Another who is not a regular maintenance gal! Seems we have a bigger club than anyone wants to admit.

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  10. Take my main machine in every 12-18 months. Sometimes a problem, sometimes just sewing sluggish. Always comes back with more energy and sewing smoothly. I have 3 vintage Singers that I pull out and use a few times a year, clean and oil them myself. They go to the shop every 5+ years, a man that works out of his garage.Hope your "baby" comes home quickly working better then new.
    Loved your Pinwheel Ducks yesterday! Fun quilt and the quilting emphasized the pinwheels. Great choice.

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    1. Sounds like your machine needs regular maintenance if you notice more energy afterwards. Keep up the great system!
      Thanks for the pinwheel duck love!

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  11. I oil, grease and blow mine out once a project or month depending on what I am doing. Its 100 mile round trip to take it in and $100 + just for them to open it up.

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    1. Yikes - 100 miles and $100! Definitely reason to learn your own maintenance.

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  12. I love my 6500 and take it in yearly for a cleaning.

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    1. I love the machine too - it's the one I prefer for piecing. The Pfaff is my applique machine. The Featherweight, well, it sits, looking pretty!

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  13. I have a few older machines and I oil and clean them myself & change the belts if they need it. I only take them in when I am having major problems that I can't fix myself and it almost always costs big bucks which I can't afford.

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  14. Only when acting up. And I got scolded at that time because I did not bring it in on a yearly basis!

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    1. Sounds just like going to the dentist!

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  15. Hi Susan,
    OH NO!!! I think it will be an inexpensive, quick fix. That's my vote and I'm sticking with it. And, I only bring my machine in when there is an issue . . . although I now know how to get the lint out fairly well - a recently acquired skill. I am thrilled to see your hole in the table though - only because I have one on order and wasn't sure if I'd be able to use the knee lever. Yippy! I am jealous - of your pinwheel quilt and all those boxes of fabric. ~smile~ Roseanne ;)

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  16. Well, it is refreshing to read your post, Susan, as well as the comments. I, too, am a little slow to take mine in. However, I just got a brand new Janome, so I'm going to try to be a little more on top of the servicing, etc. We'll see how that goes. I tend to procrastinate on those kind of things! Hope your baby is back with you soon, all better and ready to sew!

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  17. I have good intentions, but take mine in about every 3 years. I do clean and oil it regularly. Does that count????

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  18. My one and only machine is a Bernina 1031, one of their last mechanical (not digital) machines. I take it to be serviced about every two years. I haven't had many problems with it. My machine guy is a Mennonite and 1.5 hours away, but he does a super job and much less expensive than the local shops. He also recommends bringing the walking foot in with the machine. He oiled it and replaced the botton rubber part and it doesn't squeak anymore. I am looking for a backup machine but don't want to spend a fortune. I'm happy with this older Bernina. The only thing it lacks is a buttonhole stitch for applique.
    Hope your machine is back soon.
    Pat

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  19. I can guarantee you, however much fabric you have, I have more! I have too much and I love it and don't want to get rid of it! Fabric is our obsession and collection. Could be worse, could be beanie babies!
    Your machine is at the spa, having a "little work done" so she'll be ready to go when she comes home! I hate it when the machine is gone! LeeAnna

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  20. I own 4 juki's and have never taken them in. However I do dismantle and clean them after every quilt as I'm kind of ocd about lint build up. I oil them after every project as well and change the needles every few projects.

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  21. I have a Bernina and I take it in for preventive maintenance EVERY year. I also clean lint buildup as needed.

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  22. I have an older Viking that I used for 20 years, and never took it for cleaning. Just did it myself. My new Viking hasn't seen the shop either, although it seems to collect more lint and dust bunnies than the first one. And they get heavy use. Okay, can't say I'm jealous of your stash, just happy someone else store fabric under their longarm like I do, lol!

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