Remember last year when I got my new sewing machine? If not, feel my excitement here. I was soooooo excited because it was a super fancy, electronic, bells and whistle extravaganza Brother sewing machine with features I’ve never seen before. I oooooooohed. I ahhhhhhhhed.
Fast forward one month and a couple of weeks outside of my one year warranty…can you guess what happened?
If you guessed it started to crap out you win!
Mid project, I was sewing along and the needle started to shake and seize up. Then the damn thing stopped and beeped at me. BEEPED AT ME. I turned it off and tried sewing again.
More seizing, more stopping, more beeping.
I realized that something was seriously wrong immediately. And by “seriously wrong” I mean really expensive to fix.
Fast forward a couple of days…I called my local authorized Brother repair shop and asked how much it would take to fix my sewing machine – roughly. Guy on the phones says to me, “Well, the basic service fee is $169 and we always do the basic service. Anything else we have to do to make your machine work is going to be extra labor and possibly extra parts costs.”
Things only got better when I explained to him what was wrong with my machine and what type of machine I have, “Ooooooooo, it sounds like you have a MAJOR PROBLEM. You need to buy a new machine.” He called my model disposable. *tears*
To be honest, I figured that was going to be the case so I’d been looking at new machines the moment my Brother crapped out. I knew that fixing my machine was going to be costly and it simply didn’t make sense to spend more money to fix my machine than it cost to buy the damn thing to begin with. Soooooo…
Ta-daaaaaainsertjazzhandshereaaaaaaaaaa! My new sewing machine – a Singer 7258 Stylist
Yuppppppers. New machine.
I found this one on sale for $169.00 on Amazon.com (yup the minimum it was going to cost to fix my Brother machine).
But check this – before I ordered my new fanciness, I was going to try and take my Brother machine to the shop and turn it in for credit last Saturday. My Dad, at first, volunteered to drive to the service shop with me to look at new machines. But, when he heard I wanted to go super early in the morning and that I was already eyeballing the Singer for the price of getting my machine serviced, he offered to buy it for me.
Everyone is a winner! My Dad didn’t have to ride to Huntington Beach and I got a new machine!
Keep calm and sew on people!