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My 40 year old sewing machine doesn't hold stitches. Is it worth it to try to fix?

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Old is gold try to remodel it......... don't sell it...........

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Do you have experience with a Nelco Sierra 234F Serger? How is the quality of stitching, how easy is it to use and problem free is this machine? Are you still able to get parts for the machine?


As far as I am aware, Nelco hasn't been made for quite a few years--probably since sometime in the 1970's is my guess. I have an old Nelco sewing machine that is a tank of a machine and sews nearly anything I throw at it. But for finer work, I prefer my Bernina--probably because it has more stitch selections, sews a straighter stitch, and I know it better.

If you aren't able to have the machine demonstrated to you and you can test it to your satisfaction, I'd be reluctant (Actually, that goes for any used machine, not just Nelco!) The following may be helpful:

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Singer made hundreds of thousands of sewing machines over approximately 150 years, so unless yours is a rare or special "design" model (ie Red Eye), it is probably worth what someone is willing to pay. Unfortunately, most older machines are sought for collectability, not for their actual sewing use. Machines improved over the years and most sewists would prefer machines with added conveniences, ie zig-zag stitch, decorative stitches, needle threaders, presser feet & accessories. Frequently, the accessories that came with the older machines are large and not as refined for doing intricate work.

If you like the machine, then perhaps you should keep it to use for your own projects.

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Stitch length will not change


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I just got an old Sears Kenmore Sewing machine model 385.17781. Everything is working fine except the reverse stitch. When the reverse button is pressed, the fabric doesn't move or sometimes movin


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When trying to change to the other sewing stitches the cams will not the the selector pass


doesn't sound like he tried real hard, my suggestion is to find a sewing machine shop that will take the machine apart & find out why the selector doesn't move, it's possibly a worn or loose or broken part, & the repair man is suppose to open the machine & find out what's wrong.

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My Activa 130 makes a clacking sound when I sew. It is 10 years old. What do you think is wrong? Can I repair this or do I need to take it to be serviced?


I would take it to a Bernina repairman, nice machine and well worth getting it serviced by a qualified technician.

I presume that you've tried the obvious things like a new needle and checking the bobbin case is in correctly.

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My sewing machine won't hold a stitch.


you need to make sure your bobbin is still feeding when you are sewing this model has a issue with dropping (ripping) the bobbin thread and then the stitch doesn't hold. you may also need to adjust the thread tightness it may be to tight or to loose

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Pfaff 7530/ electronic problem?


Where has it been for ten years? This could have a big affect on an electronic sewing machine.

Take the machine in to a sewing machine shop for service.



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My Bernina 730 record can only run the zig-zag stitch. The tech said the motor was "weak". Will replacing the brushes in the motor fix the stitch problem?


Sewing machines needs full service now and then (every 10 years will often do). The motor on the 730 series is actually as powerful as they get on domestic machines, and handles just about everything that fits under the pressure foot. Only if the machine has been used a lot over the years are the brushes worn down, but it might need new grease not matter how little it has been used. 

However, the stitch applications can sort of gum or clog up if the machine has not been used for ages. Take a look in the manual and oil ever point suggested every time you take out the machine. Try them now and then on slow speed, that might get every function to run smoothly again. 

This is as good a machine as any out there, favorably compared to any new machine under 500£. It sews perfect stitches on just about any material, and is well worth a full professional service (At a shop they will always recommend a new machine they want to sell you). All kinds of pressure feet and accessories are available in regular sewing shops and online.

Check with different shops for price on full service. This is a great machine what ever they tell you.  

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