The Man Who Can…..Did!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today has been a wonderful day for me 🙂

Some of you will remember, almost at the beginning of my blog way back in February, that I was faced with a dilemma regarding an old non-working Husqvarna Viking sewing machine. It belonged to my late Mother-in-Law and I needed to decide whether to have it repaired or not. If you need to read the full story with all the lovely comments from yourselves again, or even for the first time, you can find them here

Anyway, after consulting fellow bloggers, the decision was made to allow “The Man Who Can” to take a look at it and  give a price for fixing it, if possible. After a couple of weeks, I thought he had probably had time to find out what was wrong, so I gave him a call. Unfortunately, Mr Fix-It was not available.

UNDERSTUDY: Are you talking about the old green Husqvarna?

ME: Yes, has he left a price for me? It’s been a couple of weeks now.

UNDERSTUDY: He’s looked at it and got it working but none of us are allowed to touch it.

ME: But he was supposed to be ringing me with a price before doing anything. I don’t want to spend a lot on it!

UNDERSTUDY: Well, he’s decided it is his little “project”.

ME: Please ask him to call me because I told him not to do anything until I had a price.

By now I had visions of my Mean Green Sewing Machine being in bits on a workshop floor somewhere. I was quite worried! Anyway, Mr Fix-It did call back later. He explained he wanted to be given time to locate an original motor to keep the repair as authentic as possible. He had got the old motor chugging but it wasn’t going to last. I knew that this was probably the case because it blew the electrics in the house every time the pedal was pressed. He also confirmed that the foot pedal needed to be replaced which was quite correct as it had bits rattling around inside it when it left here. I agreed that original parts would be the best solution, if they could be found, on condition the price was right. He was to continue looking and given more time.

So, it is now May. There’d been no news on the machine. I decided to get an update……..Mr Fix-It was unavailable.

UNDERSTUDY: Are you on about the old green Husqvarna?

ME: Yes, has he left a price for me? It’s been a couple of months now.

UNDERSTUDY: He’s looked at it and got it working but none of us are allowed to touch it.

ME THINKING: Deja vu!

Anyway, after discussing with the understudy, the chances of original bits ever turning up, I agreed it would be best to get a new motor put on and to buy a new pedal. This would cost £60 inclusive of parts, labour and fetching it back to me. In my view, if Mr Fix-It wants to continue to look for genuine Husqvarna parts, that job could be done later, but in the meantime a repair was a good option.

So, within an hour, I had my Husqvarna sitting on my table, FIXED 🙂 It has a new white motor on the back, which isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing, and a new pedal. It runs so smoothly and quietly, I can’t believe it! And it is sooooo fast. 

Here it is. A cast iron Husqvarna Viking CI 71. Isn’t it lovely!!!!

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There are a few scratches here and there but this machine has been a work horse in the past. DH remembers his mother making all kinds of things for the home and clothes for herself. Here is a picture of the back so you can see the white motor. You can’t actually see it as you sew 🙂

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And here is how it sews!! Perfect 🙂

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So, today has been a wonderful day for me. Mr Fix-It desperately wanted to do the right thing and keep the repair as authentic as possible. Whether there are any unwanted working original motors and foot pedals out there remains to be seen. What I really like about The Man Who Did is that he wasn’t prepared to do a cheap fix with cheap parts without fighting for my machine to remain true to the original. He really cares about the product and was looking for the parts in his own time. I’m really grateful to him for trying 🙂

So now, all I have to do, is make beautiful things that Alice would have loved to have seen being made on her machine. I will be trying to do that from tomorrow 🙂

If anyone knows what year the CI 71 Husqvarna was manufactured I’d be pleased to know. I have looked around the internet and emailed Husqvarna but had no luck yet.

That is the end of Wednesday’s bed-time story. They all lived happily ever after 🙂

 

To fix or not to fix….that is the question.

Here is a picture of my loyal servant. It is a bottom of the range Toyota, bought from Argos for about £60 in 1982. It is a very basic machine and has needed only the odd drop of oil and a clean now and again to keep it happily purring (OK be honest! sometimes vvrrrumming) away. It only does straight and zig-zag stitches.

This machine has never moaned, groaned or broken down. It has had no parts replaced, doesn’t break needles or cause knots and tangles and has no tension issues. It is a complete all rounder. I’ve sewn everything from prom dresses to car seats on this machine 🙂 All the pieces on my blog were created on this Toyota.

The new machine on the block (that was a patchwork pun in case you missed it) is my Juki, bought especially for quilting on a frame. This one only does straight stitch but has a larger throat and goes lightning fast. Yes, it was expensive and I saved hard working overtime for a couple of years to get it, but it is also turning out to be just right for the purpose. I have tried to piece patchwork with it but I prefer my old Toyota tractor as that goes much slower.

However, the Juki has a knee lift for the presser foot which I love!! and don’t get me started on the thread cutter which is amazing 🙂 No loose ends to grab hold of.

So, I have a machine for piecing and another for quilting.Who could want for more? Not me. As long as I can sew, embroider, knit or crochet, I’m happy enough. However, I do have a dilemma…………….

A couple of years ago, my lovely Mother-in-Law Alice passed away. I inherited her beautiful (I think 1950’s) Husqvarna, complete with a box of feet I’ve never seen the likes of before. Apparently, according to the little booklet that came with it, they are for piping, hemming, blind hemming, zips etc.

The only problem is, it blows the electrics when I switch it on. The sewing machine dealer that I bought the Juki from said there was definitely something wrong with the presser foot which is made from Bakelite and has rattly bits inside 😦

He also explained that if he brought a new foot, he could try it but that the motor may also have packed up. Sure enough, the motor is a also bust.

All in all, he says it is easy to replace the motor and have a new presser foot for about £60 all in and he would collect and return the machine to my house. 

So…….do I get it fixed or not?  Do I need another machine? No. Would I use it if it was fixed? Certainly yes. Then what would happen to the Toyota? I can’t sell the Husqvarna, nor do I want to, and I would love to use it to make lovely things that would remind me of Alice. The dealer says it is worthless and he has had lots of old machines in the past that nobody wants. But this one is different. I’m definitely considering having the motor and presser foot replaced, even if it is just to play with all of the special feet it has. Is it worth the £60 (the same price as my Toyota)? What do you think?

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