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I Love Old Sewing Machines

Singer Featherweight 221JThere is something about an old sewing machine that appeals to me, especially if I’m looking at one that is in near perfect condition. If I had to guess, I think some people will buy a sewing machine and they never use it. For whatever reason, it gets put in a closet, or in the garage, and there it sits for decades.

We had a customer bring in a Canadian Singer Featherweight 221J this week. It looked so amazing, I thought I’d share a few pictures with you.

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A Story of a Sewing Machine’s Journey

Damaged BoxBased on a true story:

Once upon a time there was an old sewing machine. It had been sewing for decades, and started to have problems, so its owner (we’ll call her Jenny) decided to send the machine to Temecula Valley Sewing Center for service. Jenny lived in the middle of nowhere, and the closest place to ship her machine was a UPS Store about 30 miles from her house. Jenny brought the machine to that UPS Store, and trusted them to pack it appropriately. Jenny even prepaid the return shipping in advance, because she wanted to be able to get back to sewing as quickly as possble.

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Another Plastic Framed Sewing Machine …

A plastic framed sewing machineAnother plastic framed sewing machine came in for service today. We’re not going to share what brand it is, but you should know that this is the kind of poor quality you can expect if you purchase a really cheap sewing machine. The trouble is, I’ve seen customers bring in plastic framed sewing machines that they paid a lot of money for.

Be assured, Temecula Valley Sewing Center has never, and will never sell sewing machines that do not have metal frames.

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Christmas Stocking Machine Embroidery Optional

Jolly Christmas Stocking No Embroidery - LargeAfter many requests over the last several years, Aileen agreed to offer her Jolly Christmas Stocking as a class. When Aileen published her Jolly Christmas Stocking pattern many years ago, and still to this day, the cover of the pattern show stockings with machine embroidery designs on them.  Many people do not understand that embroidery really is optional.

There are plenty of fun ways to embellish a Christmas stocking.

  • Decorative threads
  • Decorative stitches
  • Rick rack
  • Appliqué
  • Fancy fabrics

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Customer Review: Carbona Color Run Remover

Carbona Color Run RemoverAt some time it happens to everyone, they wash something and color runs from one garment or fabric to another. That’s fine if it’s a pair of socks, because replacing socks is not usually a big deal. When you have a quilt that you’ve worked hard on, and you’ve spent hundreds of dollars putting together, a color run can be heart breaking.

Carbona Color Run Remover clearly shows that it “Fixes Color Run Accidents” right on the front of its container. When used as directed, your results may vary, but we wanted to share what happened with one of our customer’s quilts.

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Sewing Machine Timing (Hook Timing)

Sewing Machine TimingWhile there are a handful of different timings in a sewing machine, the hook timing is the most common to cause a sewing machine to not function correctly. Hook timing is the relationship of the hook tip and the needle eye. If you think your sewing machine may have a timing problem, a careful examination of the hook and needle can confirm that condition.

When the needle is moving upwards, it creates a loop behind the needle, between the needle eye and the fabric. The hook tip must pass through that loop in order to create a stitch. There is a fine tuning of the hook timing, depending on the brand and model of the sewing machine, but nearly all sewing machines adhere to this basic principle.

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Our For Sale By Owner Program

For Sale By OwnerTemecula Valley Sewing Center has a special program for you, to help you buy your next Janome, Elna, or Necchi sewing machine from us. Rather than trading in your used machine, we always suggest using our For Sale By Owner Program. Keep reading to learn how it works.

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December 24 thru January 1 – Open by Appointment Only

Christmas BellsFor the second year in a row, Temecula Valley Sewing Center will be closed from December 24, 2014 all the way through January 1, 2015. This year, however, we are offering appointments for sewing machine purchases.

If you would like to meet with us between December 24 and January 1, please use the contact form on this website, and we will call you to arrange a time. Please note, we will not call you on, or book appointments for, Christmas day (December 25).

When filling out the contact form, please include your phone number, and the model you are interested in. Also, please suggest days and times when you are available to meet. We will call you as soon as possible.

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The Best Way to Ship a Sewing Machine

FedEx truckAs a sewing machine dealership, we service sewing machines hand delivered by local customers, and we also receive machines from customers who may live anywhere in the country. If you are going to send us your machine, you ought to know the best way to do it, because there are some big pitfalls you can avoid.

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Closed for the Holidays – December 24 thru January 1

Christmas 2013I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a great year. 2013 was very productive, both for Temecula Valley Sewing Center, and for my family in general. Many of you know that the store is open 6 days a week, but what you might not know is I work them all, and then some. So, this year I was looking at the calendar and decided that I was going to close the store from December 24 through January 1. This gives me 9 days off! I haven’t had a vacation like this in … well I don’t even remember. In fact, I don’t think I’ve had a vacation since I got married, and that was almost 6 years ago.

Don’t worry, the store will reopen on January 2nd. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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