Sewing Machine Repair School

Where do you go to learn to be a sewing machine repair person? I have
always loved poking around in devices and I realized messing with my
machine, I would love to be able to repair machines. I absolutely love
cleaning up the insides of grubby devices. I hate to mop the floor,
but I keep the insides of our little appliances cheerful and clean.
And I could save a mint on my own repairs. Does anybody know how you
go about learning?
(yes, I am just a bit hyper tonight)
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I think that's a really good idea, Sunny (hyper or not!). Of course, I don't know about courses in the US; but, if I were facing the same question, I would start with the sewing machine manufacturers (well, their agents in the country), or a sewing machine dealership, and go from there. I suspect most sewing machine gurus start (ed) off with one brand of sewing machine and then, perhaps, expand - or not. Once you get on the right research line, it can't be that difficult or there would be no sewing machine 'mechanics' at all. Good luck. I think it sounds great. And, if your area is anything like mine, you will be in great demand - I had a terrible time trying to find someone to clean my machine etc a little while ago. . In message , Sunny writes
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One way is to talk to Ray White:
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Another way is to hang out in the yahoo group "wefixit"
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Kay (who used to hang out on wefixit and learned a lot, but has not taken a class from Ray)
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Kay Lancaster
I love repairing my machines and anything else mechanical. I attended a 3-day intensive basics repair class which was hosted in my area about three years ago. The teacher was Ray White:
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It was a blast, and I can't wait for him to come back to do an advanced class. I love the old, vintage machines.
Many a broken/unworking machine has come into my house and ended up in perfect running condition. Problem is, I bond with 'em and can't bear to part with a lot of them :)
Other than that, perhaps there is a repair person in your area who is willing to take you on in a 'apprentiship' role. This really isn't something you can learn out of a book - hands on is the way to go.
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I know one of the Voc. Tech schools in our area have a certified sewing machine repair course. I'd call whatever Voc. Tech. school you have closest and ask them for any info. Val
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For older machines, depending on your mechanical ability, it may be as simple as buying some repair manuals. Some can be bought on ebay, but I am sure there are other places as well. You wouldn't have a license from any brand if you go this route, but you would have knowledge that would help you repair your own machines. Debra in VA See my quilts at
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