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« on: March 01, 2008 12:01:40 PM »

Okay, here's le lowdown, Joe Brown: I'm adopting a Singer 247 from my mother, who doesn't sew very often and is happy with her New Home USA machine.
The poor Singer is muy dirty.  Before today, it hadn't seen sunlight in about fifteen years; I'm planning on getting it serviced sometime soon.  Should I clean it up before, or let the professionals do it so I don't screw anything up?  Is a Singer 247 a good machine for a beginning sewer?  The only things I've made with a sewing machine are a fused plastic tote and a reconned tee-shirt. 
If you have opinions/advice, I'd be happy to hear them.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2008 08:03:48 AM »

I don't know exact models & ages but if it's more than 15 years old it's likely a decent machine. Then again your mom has a new one, but it was free right? Smiley

Ideally, take that machine in as-is but watch them clean it so you learn how (or call ahead & tell them that's what you want to do). They should clean, oil, adjust the tension and test the various stitches as a basic tune-up. If you have the manual, read it before hand. Bring all the feet & have them identify them for you, take notes!

Most importantly, enjoy your new machine Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2008 10:11:51 AM »

Thanks, I didn't know you could actually go in with the machine.  I kind of figured it would be more like a car tune-up:  drop it off, see nothing/hear nothing for a week, then pick it up without knowing what happened. Wink
I live in a college dorm.  Would it be a bad idea to try and squeeze it into my room?
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2008 07:13:43 PM »

Whether they allow spectators depends on the shop, as you would be a new customer I'd call first & ask Smiley Most of the repair people I've met are very willing to teach you the basics because it builds a good customer relationship.

Depends on the dorm room & your roommate(s). I am assuming this is a portable machine and not one in a cabinet. I didn't live too far from home and was still using my moms machine most of college. When I bought my own machine, I had an apartment, so I'm afraid I have no tips for stuffing it in a closet or otherwise.
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