Last week since we had family visitors staying in our spare room, which is also my sewing room, I thought I'd take the opportunity to have my sewing machines serviced.
I've had my sewing machine for around 10 years, and my overlocker (serger) for around 5 years. I've never had either serviced, which is probably not good since I'm pretty rough with my machines - sewing all kinds of materials with them - pool salt bags, car windscreen shades, lots of thick denim...
Anyway, they came back with only 1 note of my sewing machine plate being replaced - everything else was just a basic service.
I liked that they left small fabric scraps in the machines to show they'd tested the stitches out!
Our visitors left a couple of days ago and since then I've been catching up on housework and a couple of other things. This morning was my first chance to test my machines out.
I also used my newly sharpened scissors - sooo nice to cut with them now!
I just made a small drawstring bag (using my own tutorial)
I had an initial panic when my 'reverse stitch' button didn't work the first time I pressed it! So I grabbed some scrap fabric and just did lots of lines of straight stitching - going forwards and backwards lots. It worked just fine - so just a minor hiccup, that I'll keep an eye out for happening again!
All seems good. I wondered if it would 'feel' any different sewing with my machine straight after a full service but it didn't!
As far as my overlocker (serger) goes, before the service it just wasn't working, The needles kept coming unthreaded, the stitching wasn't right... so I was looking forward to trying this one out!
Thankfully - this machine did feel different! So smooth, perfect stitching and no needles unthreaded!
So my machines are now back where they should be - serviced, tested and I've put new needles in too!
All set for some new sewing projects!
My services have a 3 month warranty on them, so I'm going to make sure and make full use of both machines in those 3 months just in case there are any issues with them!
Have you ever had your sewing machines serviced? I was told by the shop that I should have them serviced every year! Oops!!