When mom warned me the serger was dirty, she didn't really go into any detail. I expected I'd have to pay another 50 bucks or so to get it up and working... but now I'm starting to wonder if it might be cheaper to just buy a new one.
Mom hasn't sewn in a long time. I borrowed her sewing machine when I started cosplaying, and I've been keeping it tuned and repaired for a few years now. It's been getting regular use, up until I got my new bernina. Ever since then, that's been the machine of choice, since it's my new baby.
I asked mom a year or two ago if I could also borrow her serger, since I wanted to learn how to use one. Her reply was, "But you already have my sewing machine!"
Well, now that I have my bernina, I brought her old machine back to her, and once again asked to borrow the serger. She said yes, but said it was dirty. When I picked it up in the valley, I thought "Holy crap! She wasn't kidding!"
I didn't really have time to mess with it, since we were visiting. I was just going to worry about it after I got it home. Lately, I've been working really hard on Animefest stuff, and hadn't given any thought to the dirty serger. Tonight, I figured I'd have a look at it, since I had two costumes going out to other people, and I'd like to be able to serge the edges of the seams.
I don't know a thing about sergers, but I'm afraid only an act of God can save this machine.. and he doesn't seem to make house calls anymore.
I've got some photos.
I think that I'm going to have to sit down with some Q-tips and some machine oil to make this thing look even halfway pretty, and even then it might not have a chance. I tried turning the wheel on the right side of the machine to advance the needle, hoping it wouldn't be stuck solid. It did move fluidly, but I felt a gritty sensation in the wheel. That machine isn't right. :(
I just simply can't imgagine why she wouldn't have taken better care of it, given how expensive the damned things are. I'm going to try my best to make it look nice before I take it in to get looked at. They'll probably want to charge me extra if they see the condition it's in now.
In any case, that kind of rules out serging the seams of this commission. I'll have to ghetto-serge with a finishing stitch on my machine, and it'll take foreeeeveeerrrr