The Boneyard

The Boneyard I notice a lot of people seem to have concern regarding where their old machine goes when it has reached the end of the road. They don’t want it to rot away in a landfill somewhere, a sentiment we totally understand. I want to put your mind at ease and tell you about…

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The First Robots

When it comes to how modern society views and values technology, sewing machines are vastly underrated. Their impact cannot be understated: prior to the invention of the sewing machine, all clothing was sewn by hand. People used to toil hour after hour, inconsistent handstitch after inconsistent handstitch. These days, a basic sewing machine can sew…

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History of Janome

In Japanese, the word Janome (pronounced Ja-NO-me) means “eye of the snake.” The company earned the name in the 1920s when founder Yosaku Ose, a pioneer in Japanese sewing manufacturing, began to use a round metal bobbin system instead of the traditional oblong shuttle-type bobbin. The Japanese thought that the new round bobbin looked like…

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Baby Lock Lore

How did Baby Lock get its name? We all know Baby Lock as the maker of top-of-the-line sergers and embroidery machines. But the name itself– Baby Lock– such a strange name for sewing machine company, isn’t it? We’ve been asked countless times by our customers: “why is it called Baby Lock?” Well, there is a fantastic piece of lore…

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What type of Sewist are you?

We carry a wide variety of machines in our store, supplied by four of the top of the line companies: Bernina, Baby Lock, Juki, and Janome. An interesting question I have been thinking about lately: what makes someone a Bernina sewist? What about someone who tends to lean toward Baby Lock? What about Juki? What about…

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Troubleshooting Your Sewing Machine

In this post we’ll share a few troubleshooting steps intended to address machine-stitched thread breakage, shredding, skipping, loops, eyelashes, and more. THE BASICS Before we discuss more advanced troubleshooting steps let’s run through these basics: Regroup Pause, take a deep breath and know you can get to the bottom of this! Perseverance pays. Check Your…

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Dan’s Top 7 Reasons for Turning a Repair into a Brand New Sewing Machine

1. High quality sewing machines start at only $200 with a NEW warranty and instruction. 2. Innovative technologies that are used every time you sit down to sew such as: automatic up/down needle stop bright LED lighting, automatic needle threader automatic top and bobbin thread trimming fully automatic buttonholes larger throat area than older machines 3. Today’s modern…

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The Sewing Machine Shop vs Amazon

Anytime you want you can go online, buy a sewing machine for $200 from Amazon, and have it delivered to your front door the next day. With that type of convenience, why bother shopping with us? Tool vs Toy First, it is important to understand that there are two types of sewing machines: there are TOOLS and…

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Singer, Viking, Pfaff… why don’t we sell them?

Singer, Pfaff, and Viking are three sewing machine companies with a lot of brand name recognition. All three have been around for a long, long time; in fact, the genesis of The Sewing Machine Shop can be traced back to the heyday of these companies. Back in the 1950’s, Dan and Marty’s father, Ramon Schoenberg, used…

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