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I use a table like <a href="http://www.joanns.com/catalog.jhtml;$sessionid$KBF3WIYAAFE1UP4SY5NBIHR50LD3OEPO?CATID=169757&PRODID=169281" target="_blank">this one</a> an my all-purpose, portable sewing center. Today, when I was putting up one of the leaves, my machine overbalanced (I guess) and the whole thing when flying to the floor.<br><br>
The good news is that my machine is a 40 year old hunk of steel, so at first I thought that it wasn't damaged at all. Then I noticed a piece of bent metal that I fixed with a hammer and a potholder (for cushioning. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br>
It seemed fine until I tried to sew a seam. When I press the foot pedal, nothing happens. If I "pump" the foot pedal up and down, the needle struggles to move excruciatingly slowly. When I turn the wheel thingy by hand, everything works smoothly and beautifully, which I guess is a good sign.<br><br>
I'm going to take it to a highly-recommended repair shop tomorrow. I just hope that it's not too expensive. Of course, since this was my late mother's machine, I'm extremely attached to it and can probably be talked into doing almost anything to fix it.<br><br>
Wish me luck.
 

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Hope you get good news about your machine.
 

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Good luck! If the wheel turns by hand and sews then that's a very good sign. Sounds like a motor/foot controller problem and depending on brand/ way things mount you can get replacements.<br><br>
If they say it's not fixable or give you a cost that's way out there post back here and I'll try and help you figure things out, if I don't know how to or where to find something then I can either ask for you or direct you to one of sewing machine collector groups on the web.<br><br>
What model/brand machine is it?
 

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I just got off the phone with the repair shop. There is a problem with the timing. A complete servicing of the machine plus buying and installing a new part will cost $125. I'm not sure if that is a good price or not, but I told him to go ahead and do the work.<br><br>
have a feeling that the repair is probably pretty minor and that my MIL (an old-school home ec teacher, ca. 1965) could very likely do it, but I'm so attached to this sewing machine that I can't bear the thought of anything going wrong.<br><br>
Isn't it weird to be so attached to a big old hunk of metal? But it was my mom's. Even though she didn't sew a whole lot, it reminds me of her more than almost anything else.
 

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It's an Elna SP from around 1970.
 

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I'd get it fixed to. Someone could probably talk you though fixing it, but honestly you might as well have it done by a "professional". That price doesn't sound to far out of the norm for even a basic servicing.<br><br>
I think I'd try and find something sturdier to sit on though. :)
 

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Definitely! If worse comes to worse, I'll go back to the card table that I used to use. It was a nuisance, but it never dropped my machine!
 

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That price sounds pretty decent for fixing the timing. If you really want to try it yourself, there's a Yahoogroup for DIY mechanics <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wefixit/" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wefixit/</a><br><br>
Timing costs the most to repair because it's a very delicate setting. You have to get all the gears going in the perfect sequence so that the bobbin and the machine are in sync. I've thrown out my machine's timing sewing on really heavy fleece, so a drop could definitely do it.
 

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It's fixed! I'm going to pick it up tomorrow! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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