The Man Who Can…..Did!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today has been a wonderful day for me ๐Ÿ™‚

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 themย here.ย 

Anyway, after consulting fellow bloggers, the decision was made to allow “The Man Who Can” to take a look at it and ย 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 ยฃ60 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.ย 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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And here is how it sews!! Perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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