This misconception exists due to feelings of uncertainty toward electronics and computers. People correctly see that a computerized machine is dependent on a computer chip, so if the chip fails then the machine is rendered useless. But how often do our machines fail?
Dan Schoenberg, our owner and head technician, has been in the sewing machine business for over 30 years. There is nothing that bothers him more than having a machine he just sold come back to his bench in need of repair, especially for computer chip or electronic issues. When he notices that a certain brand of machine keeps coming back to his repair bench for computer issues time and time again, he stops selling the brand altogether (Pfaff, Viking, and Singer). On the other hand, when he finds a brand that consistently manufactures dependable computerized machines, he will carry that brand for decades.
The magic of the computer chip is that one computer chip is able to do the job of many mechanical parts. For example, say I have 20 different stitches on my machine. If the machine is mechanical, then there are 20 differently shaped cams within the machine that correspond with the 20 stitches. In addition, there is an entire stitch-selection assembly that is composed of different mechanical parts. Meanwhile, in a computerized machine with 20 stitches, all 20 stitches are programmed into a single computer chip. In turn, the stitch selection assembly design is far more simple. At the end of the day, you are depending on ONE computer chip vs. MANY mechanical parts. As long as you have a machine from a brand that has a history of reliable electronics (Janome, Bernina, Baby Lock, Brother, Juki), then you have nothing to worry about on that front.
These are just a few of the things we keep hearing quite often at The Sewing Machine Shop. We love the sewing community and want to help keep you well-informed and supported in any way we can. Whether you need the right equipment, want advice on how to tackle an upcoming project, or simply have questions about some of the new technology in sewing, please feel free to reach out to us.
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