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Bobbin/thread tangles As I sew, say for the 'distance' of hemming one pant leg, the thread underneath tangles into a big mess of thread. I have had this problem a few times over three years and each time I took it in for servicing. It was 'fixed' each time. I took it into three different places and the last place, recommended by a friend, explained that the machine, being that it is a more than 40 years old, a Singer, needs both oiling and lubrcating every so often depending on how much you sew or how often you use it. I checked the manual last night on how to oil it and it looked like a diagram out of connect-the-dots -- too much work for me -- taking the bottom plate off, the top plate and so on, to oil at least 30 spots, and it didn't even mention lubricating it. I was checking into a Euro Pro (model 464XC) on eBay and found it has the same problems. My machine is good, but it needs to be in a home with someone who loves the Singer and has more time and patience than I. What machine would you recommend for someone with simple sewing needs? And I don't want to have the tangled bobbin mess any more. I wouldn't mind purchasing new -- warranty and manual, but would consider used at a really good low price down the road if need be.. Do you think it's worth it for me to try and sell mine? Thanks for your help, WH

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All sewing machines will require maintenance. The difference being that some machines (most made these days) require servicing from a technician. The older machines have the instructions and the owner is able to do the oiling/cleaning themselves. If you don't mind paying for the service then how often depends on use. If you use your machine regularly, say at least once or twice a month, then you will find you would need service about once yearly. If you never use your machine, say once or twice a year, you may find it needs servicing every time you try to use it.

If you wish to purchase a new machine, what machine depends on your amount of usage, types of sewing and such. There are a lot of good easy to use machines on the market, my suggestion is to stay away from the Discount house machines. These may look ok, but they are much cheaper parts inside. My suggestion is to go to a local sewing shop and sit down and sew on the machines. When I sold them I always told people to bring in a sample of the type of sewing they do. If the salesperson won't let you sew on it, don't buy from them. If you want to email me with the types of sewing you do and such, I'll see if I can help you find one. csews@email.com

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