Bobbins and Thread
When my sewing machine needs to be serviced I take it to Bob – the one and only person I’m willing to let service my machine. I’ve purchased all my machines from him and he’s been in the business forever (35 years I think?) and although he’s retired, still services machines once or twice a week for a few hours.
So earlier this month when my machine was making a huge racket AND it couldn’t sew a zigzag correctly, even after I used every trick in the book, I took it to Bob take a look at it. A couple hours after dropping off my machine, Bob calls and tells me my machine is ready to be picked up and there will be no charge – IF I promise to start oiling my machine, using the right bobbins AND stop using junky thread.
Pay $80 in service fees four times a year (rather than my standard two), or be obedient and make some small changes. Hummm … yeah, I’m finally listening and opting to be obedient.
Bob show me how to oil my machine … something I should be doing after 6-8 hours of sewing. 10 years I’ve had that machine and I’ve never oiled it. Never. Do you have any idea how many hours of sewing I do in a year! No wonder that poor machine was clanking around.
Apparently my machine can’t use the bobbins that look identical to Bernina bobbins that I can purchase by the dozen at the fabric store. Oh no. No. No, I need the $2 bobbins from the Bernina shop. $2 each. I will be obedient. It will save me in the long run.
I went through all my bobbins. All of them. I unwound every.single.one and put all the non-Bernina bobbins in a baggie. 20 went in a find-a-new-home baggie, and 6 went back in my bobbin holder. I’m not sure how long 6 bobbins is going to last me … maybe Santa will order me a couple dozen for Christmas (BTW Santa, purchase these online (>$1/bobbin), and not from the Bernina store, xxoo).
I’m also clearing out my thread and migrating over to Mettler thread. This is probably the hardest. I have jars and jars of spools and spools of beautiful thread, leftovers from years of sewing projects. But I’ve finally decided to phase out the old thread. Throw out spools with just a few yards left, or colors I will never likely sew with again, use up remaining spools and only purchasing Mettler when I need new thread. Thankfully, my local Hancock carries a nice selection of Mettler thread and occasionally puts it on sale. Why do you ask am I needing to use a different brand of thread? Isn’t thread, thread? Apparently, other thread companies, including Gutterman, have started using materials that cause a lot of lint and make it hard for your machine to stay clean and run properly.
So there you have it. Here’s to fewer trips to the repair shop and here’s to a happier, healthier sewing machine!