My Singer Stylemate 347 is dead. I can hardly believe it's true. A few weeks ago it was humming along nicely, as stable and constant as always. Then a few weeks ago, poof, it started skipping stitches. I took it to one repair shop, they kept it a week, performed a $60 tune up, and returned it saying "it's fixed." I took it home, sewed for a few minutes and then the stitches started skipping again. So I took it back, and the shop sent it out to their "Singer specialist" who last night returned it, declaring it "better." Well, on the first stitch the machine made a grinding noise, the thread knotted into a ball under the fabric, and I jumped with terror. I spent an hour playing with her, trying to adjust the tension, re-thread, change needles, anything to make her sew. But the problems only got worse, include the dreaded skipped stitches (again!). The verdict of my sewing instructor is that my Singer esta MUERTA.
I smell foul play. At least I small careless repairs. Or is that smell the scent of my Singer's burning motor and my crushed hopes for a long life of happy sewing? I refuse to believe my good ol' Singer actually bit the bullet on her own. How could she go into the shop *almost* functional and come out a complete mess? I think something was tweaked incorrectly, or something still needs repaired. I am going to try one more repairman, totally unrelated to the first two, for an opportunity at resurrection.
In the meantime, if you have a sewing machine recommendation, send it my way. I am researching new replacement machines. Lovely Singer 347, RIP my friend.