When it comes to sewing machine maintenance, I’ll admit I’m a bit clueless. I probably know more about maintaining my Toyota than my Janome. This is why I was excited to catch up with Harvey Federman, owner of Sew Right, a sewing machine and quilting/embroidery shop in Bayside, Queens. For the past 30 years, Harvey has been repairing machines at his shop—a dealer for Bernina, Husqvarna Viking, and Baby Lock—and before that, he worked as a repairman for Singer. The man knows his stuff.
In this episode, we chat about what to look for when buying a new machine, which vintage machines are worth your time (hint: anything black and made before WWII is probably still worth sewing on), and how to keep your current machine stitching beautifully. This is a real nuts-and-bolts episode, filled with tips any sewist will benefit from. I learned a lot and I think you will too.