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Our specialty is vintage and older sewing machines, including treadles,
circa 1985 and earlier. Older machines are usually very well-made and
can be brought back to good working order. We especially love working
on old Singers, Kenmores, Whites, and "Japanese clones." We
can work on modern plastic machines, but not those with computer components.
NOTE: Modern inexpensive plastic machines are intended by the manufacturer
to be throw-aways and often cannot be repaired.
Hours and Location
We offer personalized service, advice, and tune-ups. Contact
us to make an appointment Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday,
10 am to 5 pm. Together, we will look at the machine and decide
what it needs. Sometimes we can solve problems on the spot.
The shop is located in SewGreen reuse store,
112 North Cayuga Street, downtown Ithaca NY.
We will thoroughly inspect and test your machine to assess its overall
condition. We can advise you on how to use the machine properly, and how
to solve and prevent common problems with stitches. If we discover something
broken that we can't fix, we'll recommend a full-service shop. We charge
$0 to $15 for this service.
A tune-up involves cleaning, lubricating, and improving the performance
of a machine in reasonably good working order. It may involve minor repairs.
A typical tune-up costs $35, plus the cost of any replacement parts.
OTHER REPAIRS OR SERVICES
We are not always able to repair a machine that has a broken part or is
very rusty. If we can make a repair, the cost will reflect our time and
materials. If we cannot, we will refer you to full-service repair shops
in the region.