Holiday camp for my sewing machine

March 31, 2011

Woops, it’s been a bit silent here, hasn’t it?

I had all these good intentions to start doing lots of sewing after I sold Sewbox. Well as is often the case, when you let one ball go, they all drop. I have somehow been as busy as ever! But I haven’t been as stressed, as mostly I’ve been busy doing fun stuff with Eva. It’s also been soooo nice having my evenings back and using them to relax with hubby, as that is when I used to do most of my work. So it’s a different kind of busy! A good busy.

Anyway, my sewing machine is now back from its lovely holiday with the sewing machine servicing man. I’ve never taken a sewing machine to be serviced before, despite having had my machine (a Janome JD1722) a good few years, and before that my mum had it and I am pretty sure she didn’t get it serviced either. It only got used occasionally, and I just didn’t see the need to spend the money, let alone know where to get it done. Occasionally the machine was a bit temperamental, and I had a fair few occasions when the threads kept jamming, skipped stitches, etc. But I just put most of it down to user error and got on with it.

When I got the machine out a couple of weeks ago with the intention of starting my holiday wardrobe sewing, it just kept jamming and there was nothing I could do to fix it. So I stopped resisting the inevitable, and decided to let my machine go on its own little adventure to holiday camp. I went and got it serviced.

And aahhh, how sweet the sound of a newly serviced sewing machine! I can’t believe what a difference it’s made – it’s so smooth, so regular, so… silky. It’s a bit like when you don’t realise you need glasses until you get your first pair and then you realise you haven’t been able to see properly for ages! I thought my machine was just a bit rubbish. Turns out it’s actually pretty nifty after a bit of TLC.

My machine, back from its holiday. Excuse the poor quality snapshot, I only had my phone to hand

For those of you in South-East London, I got it serviced at Lewisham & Deptford Sewing Machines, 181 High Street, Deptford SE8 3NT (tel 020 8692 1077), and highly recommend them. Having never had much reason to venture in to Deptford, I’d never known the shop was there until I contacted Janome to ask for local machine servicers. The men in the shop were incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and the full service cost me around £50 and took a week. They also sell basic habdash items which is useful.

Anyway, I hereby promise to let my sewing machine go on its own annual holiday to Deptford’s sewing machine servicing man.

So I have my lovely machine back and am working on a baby reversible skirt which I’ll post a tutorial for if all goes well!

The baby summer wardrobe sewing has finally commenced.

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Ursula Cohen April 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm

That machine was quite a workhorse at the time! You certainly got the service cheaper than I ever did, congratulation!
How are the dresses coming along?

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