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From: love2sew2
Date: 01-25-2006, 09:40 AM (1 of 4)
Has anyone attended a Ray White Sewing Machine Repair Class? I found his site ( by extensive searches on the web. He has a class scheduled for Las Vegas at the end of March and beginning of April and I am thinking about attending. I am seriously tired of taking my machines (all mechanical) in for repairs. I am hoping this will be the answer. So, if anyone has gone to one of these classes, please let me know what they are like. I love the older machines (1950's Elna and the Bernina 830 Record especially). These are good sturdy machines, but it seems everytime I have to take them in for repairs they want my first born and an arm and a leg too. I truly believe that I can do what "They" do, maybe better. Let me know, please.
User: love2sew2
Member since: 01-25-2006
Total posts: 1
From: Melanie T
Date: 01-25-2006, 10:27 AM (2 of 4)
I have not been to one of his classes, but I am on several large yahoo sewing machine fixit lists and have yet to hear anything negative about Ray White's Classes. Everyone on them holds him in very high esteme. If one is ever held near me, I will be taking it.

Ask Tom Land or Bill Holman about the courses. They likely can give you more specifics. They may also know of some other sites that are specific to the machines that intrest you.
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: wghmch
Date: 01-25-2006, 09:55 PM (3 of 4)
I have nothing but good to say about Ray and his classes. Some day he's going to retire from this grind, and there are going to be a lot of people sorry that they didn't take advantage of it while they could.

Next September, Ray is teaching again in Lake City, MN in conjunction with Cindy Peter's annual TOGA, and Cindy has persuaded me to do a one day Viking seminar after the TOGA.

Bill Holman
User: wghmch
Member since: 03-04-2003
Total posts: 249
From: Tom Land
Date: 01-25-2006, 10:17 PM (4 of 4)
I personally do not know anyone who has taken his classes. From his website I expect it would be very informative and see no reason he should'nt be able to teach what he says he will. For $350 it would be hard to lose. I think if he wasn't do a good job you would hear about it on the web.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
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