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From: reptilegrrl
Date: 12-19-2006, 02:58 AM (1 of 4)
I am pretty new to sewing and I just bought a used serger today (Baby Lock 5280E.) The lady who sold it to me had had it for five years and NEVER taken it to be serviced. I know it probably needs a tune-up. I called my local sewing machine shop and they said they charge $80 for a tune-up. What should I expect from this service? I know the machine needs cleaning, but what else should I make sure they do? I tried the machine and i don't think the blades need changing yet.
User: reptilegrrl
Member since: 12-17-2006
Total posts: 2
From: Tom Land
Date: 12-19-2006, 11:19 PM (2 of 4)
A tune-up should return the machine to as close to new as is feasible. Sometimes other work might need to be done first. "Tune-Up" meaning to "fine tune" the machine. Afterwards it should run as smooth and quietly as possible and the stitch be perfect. The machine should be spotless clean.
On sewing machines I recommend more frequent servicing but sergers can often go 4 - 6 years between professional services if the operator keeps it clean and lubricated. Sergers are very simple machines with much fewer moving parts than most sewing machines. Generally speaking a sewing machine can have problems and continue to work delivering substandard performance. A serger on the other hand will ussually not perform (or keep breaking thread) if it has a problem
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
From: reptilegrrl
Date: 12-20-2006, 06:57 PM (3 of 4)
Thanks, Tom, that is good to know! I've been sitting here afraid to use the serger before it goes to the shop, because I don't want to be the one who pushes it over the edge. This is my first serger, and i am pretty new to sewing in general.

About lubrication- I am not sure where I should do this. The owner's manual says that the machine should not need oiling for years, as it is made with oil-impregnated metals. But this machine is old and i am sure all those years have passed. There's no information in the manual about where I need to oil it after those "several years" have passed. :( It's a Baby Lock 5280E.
User: reptilegrrl
Member since: 12-17-2006
Total posts: 2
From: lendube
Date: 12-20-2006, 07:26 PM (4 of 4)
Good question! And good information, Tom. You are so handy to have around! :bluesmile

Does the same info regarding what to expect apply to sewing machines as well? Mine's had almost daily use since I got it 1 1/2 years ago and I'm guessing it's due.

Thanks, Lennie
User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
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