IT’S NOT JUST ELECTRICAL STUFF!

We’re back with our first Repair Cafe of 2017 this Saturday (Jan 28th) at Heeley City Farm. As usual, you can bring anything along for repair. As long as you can get it to us, we will have a go at fixing it.

Quite a number of our fixers own vintage sewing machines. Here's one thatw as rescued by Andy and repaired a few months ago.

Quite a number of our fixers own vintage sewing machines. Here’s one that was rescued by Andy and repaired a few months ago.

Although we do mend everything from shoes to furniture, for some reason lots of people seem to think we only do electrical stuff, which is simply not true. Yes, we can take a look at your toaster or inspect your iron, but we can do lots of other things as well. A good example of this is the vintage sewing machine seen here. It was rescued by yours truly a few months ago and was in a terrible state when it arrived. But after a good soak in penetrating oil and a gentle tap here and there it was unseized and mechanically restored to full working order.

Just because something is old does not mean it’s useless. The Repair Cafe uses vintage sewing machines for good practical reasons. They’re easily portable, usually coming with their own wooden carrying case. They don’t rely on electricity to work, so we can take them anywhere and don’t have to find power sockets. They are also a really good example of how things should be built to last and be easily repairable.

So if you’ve got some antique machine of some kind gently rusting away in the loft or the corner of the garage, then bring it along to the Repair Cafe this Saturday and we’ll help you give it a new lease of life!

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