We specialize in servicing antique, vintage and late model mechanical sewing machines.
We do not service sergers or computerized sewing machines.
Your machine will be cleaned of dust, lint and stray bits of thread, fully lubricated and given a twenty point service inspection.
Only then do we fully test your machine to make sure it is working correctly
Vintage sewing machines frequently have old oil and grease that have turned to varnish and gunk which prevent the machine from running smoothly and quietly and may lock it up completely. In a deep cleaning the varnished oil and hardened grease are carefully removed before the machine is given a Tune-up.
Definition: Vintage Sewing Machine
Vintage sewing machines are 30 years or more old, are heavy because they are made of metal have great lines and often a bit of chrome.
Before You Call Us
Textile Craft recommends that frequently used sewing machines be professionally serviced annually. We know how disappointing it is to be sewing away and suddenly have your machine become uncooperative. Try these remedies before you contact us. If none of these procedures fixes your problem Textile Craft is here to help.
The sewing machine needle is most likely the problem. This is especially true if the machine is sewing fine and suddenly starts skipping stitches. A sewing machine needle’s average life expectancy is about 12 hours. They can however become dull, bent or broken before then. Different weight fabrics require appropriately sized needles, fine needles for lightweight fabrics, thicker needles for heavier weight fabrics
What type and quality of thread are you using? Hand sewing threads are often not strong enough to be used in machine sewing and cheap thread may have knots and weak spots. If you are using appropriate thread and having problems rethread your machine with the presser foot up making sure the thread is between the tension disks and be sure your bobbin is wound and inserted correctly.
Thread is Nesting Under the Fabric
This is an upper thread tension problem. Rethread your machine making sure the thread take up lever is at its highest point and the presser foot is raised, be sure the thread is situated between your tension discs.
Most often needles break because of poor threading causing the thread to tighten up and break the needle. Also check that the spool of thread is correctly seated on the pin, that thread is not wrapped around the spool pin or caught in the notch on the spool.
Remove Dust and Lint
It may be that your machine needs a little bit of love. Dust and lint can accumulate quickly. Dust out the area around the bobbin and under the feed dogs.
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We sell machine maintenance tools.