......they just slip away.
I don't remember if I inherited mom's Bernina when she died 28 years ago or when dad died 18 years ago, but either way it hasn't done a whole lot of sewing in the last 28 years. Mainly some patching and lately taking up the sides of my baggy pants. The bobbin rewind quit working 2 years ago but until last week there were enough filled bobbins with dark thread that it wasn't a problem. But I needed to take in the sides of a pair of black pants and had to fill the bobbin by hand. Have you ever had to do that? I kept hitting the edge of the bobbin, knocking it out of my hand and chasing it across the kitchen before it unwound again. I decided it was time to take it in and have the rewind thingy fixed and let them service it. I keep it oiled and clean but they could check out the belt, etc. Well, seems it's just plain worn out. It will cost 25 bucks to fix the rewind, but the foot pedal, which is run by a chip, only works after it's pressed half way down and replacing that is a whopping 312 bucks. The bobbin holder assembly is worn and the tension screw is missing....that's only 60 bucks. Then there's the service charge of 89 bucks. It was suggested I spend 300 bucks on a new basic sewing machine rather than put money into the old one. What would you do?
My decision is to use the foot pedal until it gives out, which could be 10 years with the amount of sewing I do. Replace the rewind, which is a must. Replace the missing screw in the bobbin holder tension hole and screw the bobbin holder assembly. Let them go ahead and service it for a grand total of 135 bucks. Besides, mom will be sweet talking it along until I no longer need it then we can die together. Works for me!