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 a room you have never seen before, even if you’ve been in our shop 100 times. It is tucked in the back of our shop near the repair department. We have come to know this room as The Boneyard.
The Boneyard is full of old machines that are no longer in working condition. Why do we hold onto them? Because even though they do not work as a whole, many of the individual parts that comprise these broken machines are still good. Oftentimes these are machines that are no longer being manufactured, that we can no longer get new parts for. So, if someone brings in an older machine for repair, and that machine requires a specific part that is no longer being manufactured, our technicians go searching for it in The Boneyard.

The following story is a perfect example of why we keep The Boneyard. A couple months ago, a woman came into our store with an old Elna SU sewing machine that was manufactured in the 1950’s. Unfortunately, the machine’s motor had died and could not be repaired. Because the machine is over 50 years old, the motor for the Elna SU is no longer being manufactured. The owner of the machine was in a tough spot. She absolutely loved her machine and did not want to get a new one.

Miraculously, Dan was able to save her machine. He dug through The Boneyard and found another Elna SU. The Boneyard Elna SU was inoperable because of a worn out needle bar assembly, but the motor was still in working condition. Dan performed sewing machine surgery, removing the bad motor from the customer’s Elna, and replaced it with the good motor from The Boneyard’s Elna. While operating on her machine, Dan also noticed a few cracked gears that could potentially cause problems in the near future. The same gears on The Boneyard’s Elna were not cracked, so Dan swapped them out as well. In the end, he essentially took two dead machines, and made one good working machine. He is the Dr. Frankenstein of sewing machine repair.

How did The Boneyard get so full?

Most machines in The Boneyard are trade-ins, meaning that people traded in these old machines for new machines. Others are donations. People are often shocked that their old broken machine is worth something. To 99.99% of the world, it is garbage that belongs in a landfill. However, in our eyes, your old machine could be a collection of valuable parts that will help bolster the ability of our repair department to fix machines. It is for that reason that we are willing to give you trade-in value for your old machine. Instead of going to the landfill, it will live in The Boneyard until the time comes when we harvest parts from it to fix another machine.

I should note that there is certain class of machines we receive on trade-in that do not go to The Boneyard and are not resold. Instead, we donate them to a charity we are partnered with. This charity takes the donated machines and uses them to teach military veterans and other underprivileged communities how to sew.

We hope this email shed light on The Boneyard,

our repair department, and the trade-in process.

Call us at (925)937-7575 for more information.
Our hours are 9AM-5PM Tuesday-Saturday
And don’t forget to tell your friends!
Sewing Machine Shop
1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 180
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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