Thursday, September 10, 2009

Finding Bernina Sewing Machine Repair

By David Trumble
Feb 23, 2009

Do you own a Bernina Sewing machine? If so, consider your machine a prized possession. You can be satisfied that you have the very best. Bernina Sewing Machines are not like other sewing machines. For many many years the Bernina Sewing Machine has been made in Switzerland. They are skillfully engineered. They are made with the best craftsmanship. Nothing like them is available anywhere else in the sewing machine world. They are hand assembled in their own factory in Switzerland.

Berninas are very special and require highly skilled and specialized technical service. The subtle differences make it difficult for the ordinary sewing machine technician to do a proper job of servicing. Therefore, Bernina Sewing Machine Repair is not something you want to leave to just anyone. Demand a fully certified Bernina Sewing Machine Repair Technician, and check out their experience and reputation.

Can you get repair services locally, or do you have to ship a machine to Switzerland?

You can usually find your Bernina Sewing Machine Repair Center listed in the yellow pages. Look under sewing machine repair. You might search on Yahoo or Google. Search for sewing machine repair with your zip code. Every authorized dealer will have a certified technician on site to support and service your needs.

You will find Bernina sewing machines sold and serviced in either your local authorized dealer or in Hancock Fabric Super Stores. Over six hundred independent Authorized Bernina Dealers serve the United States, mostly from larger cities. A handful of Bernina Corporate stores are situated inside Hancock Fabric Super Stores. In either case, you will find helpful sales, support, and service from Bernina experts.

What if there are no local dealers in my area? Bernina maintains a national service center in Aurora, Illinois which can provide support if you ship them your machine. The technicians are top notch, but it can be very expensive. It also takes more time than a local shop would.

It is possible to service Bernina myself?

Of course. Once you master the basics of sewing machine repair, it is very possible. You will also need access to parts, and it is wise to find a certified Bernina technician to mentor and assist when needed.

The general sewing machine repair knowledge can be learned. Check out the excellent sewing machine repair courses by David Trumble or others. These courses will enable you to do most of the Bernina Sewing Machine Repairs. This includes standard service, cleaning and oiling, and minor adjustments. Some dealers will offer periodic introductory classes to basic Bernina service as well.

Sewing machine repair parts are available through your local retail dealer or corporate store. Also, parts are available through Bernina of America if you own a Bernina dealership.

Is it possible to open my own Bernina store? Yes. Depending on the availability of territory and your qualifications, it is possible. Berninas requirements are pretty hefty. You must submit and have a detailed business plan approved by Bernina. The dealer purchase price runs about $40,000. The Bernina New Dealer Training Program must also be completed.

Finally, to service Bernina sewing machines yourself, you will need expert assistance from a certified Bernina technician. Use the technician as a mentor, teacher, and friend; but be ready to pay for his services. You will need help with diagnosis, complex repairs, and subtle adjustments from time to time.

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