Past the point of no return

My Kitchenaid mixer lays disemboweled upon the dinning room table

Kitchenaid

I have since cleaned it of nasty grease, installed the new screw-drive gear, repacked it with new nasty grease, and now await the new gasket which arrives this evening.  Bob’s homemade cookie withdrawal symptoms will soon be assuaged!

ON THE VIKING FRONT

The incompetent repairman, after three weeks of unsuccessful attempts to procure the needed circuit board bulb (I called him yesterday and gave him what-for) has admitted defeat.  I advised him that I had located one at ShopJoya out of Oregon.  I asked him if he would like me to order it for him and hand deliver it when it arrived at the end of the week…

Incompetent repairman:  No, no, let me check again!

This morning early…

Incompetent repairmanViking still doesn’t have the item and I have searched and searched and can’t find the bulb.  Are you sure you found the correct bulb for your machine?

Me:    Yes. I have.

Incompetent repairman:    Are you sure?   Is the part number 412131201?  (Yes!) Well, if you can get it then order it.

I have and it should arrive this Saturday.

Hm…  Perhaps I should open shop as an appliance part locator and repair person?  Dunno, but it certainly has me thinking.

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NOTES:  If you follow the video on PartSelect for replacing your screw-drive gear, be advised that although it is easy, that little pin in the screw-drive rod is soft and may mushroom when you pound it out with the recommended 3/32 drift punch.  I think this happened because the drift punch from Harbor Freight wasn’t true to size.  Why do I think this?  Because the fleeping thing became wedged into the rod’s pin hole and was heck to get out.

If you should venture into this activity and don’t have a true 3/32 drift punch, then the best bet is not to buy the special drift pins and instead just buy the worm-drive installed at the factory.   (Under $10.00)   This will spare you the aggravation and language, and your heart rate will remain within normal limits.  Just three small screws and you’re home free.

Just my humble opinion.

So you’re telling me…

I was deep, deep, into this project

Pineapple-Paper-PiecedDepending on who you ask, this is either a Paper Pieced Pineapple block or a psychedelic TV test pattern.  😉

When my sewing machine started throwing me little hints…

“GIRL, you need to get me into the repair shop for my yearly dust and clean, and hey, while he’s in there see if the repairman can adjust my “feed dog”.  I’m having trouble moving your fabric under the needle!”

“OK”, I said,  “I can take a hint!”  So setting aside my current project I made an appointment to take her in.  The repair man calls me to let me know she’s ready and I pick her up, take her home, set her up and

no lights!

Not the little bulb that lights up the stitching area nor the computer’s panel light that gives me the ability to see the programs I’ve set.  Grrrrr…

I call back the repair shop and he says bring her back.  When I arrive he tells me that my lights didn’t work when I brought in my machine.  No sir, I said, they did in fact work as I was using the machine last night and early this morning.

He says:

“No, I checked my notes.  The machine has a short in the bulb receptacle and the panel light is burnt out.”

I’m thinking to myself, What a liar,  but told him, “So you’re telling me you found a short in the wiring and you didn’t fix it for my $145.00 that  I paid and  you didn’t tell me about it  before you let me take it home?”  I can see the gears turning inside his cranium as he back pedaled on his statement.

He says:

“Leave it here and I will work on it tomorrow ~ no extra charge.”

My Viking is about 15 years old.  It was made in Sweden, and because all the new machines are now made in China, they are no longer making replacement parts for it.  (but that’s a topic for another day)  So if the computer board goes out I am skunked!  I will have to buy a new machine.

PCB with testpads

PCB with testpads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Working on computer circuit boards is a tricky thing because you don’t want to build up a static charge and *bork the whole system.  It was hard to leave my friend with the fiend who put out her lights and then lied to me about it.  However, as he is the only tech in town that works on Husqvarna Viking machines, well, what was I to do?

He called yesterday to let me know that he had fixed the short in the bulb socket, and that he had spoken to Viking Inc. about the light on the board.  They told him that since there are no other replacement parts, that they could send him the bulb to solder in and replace the one that had burnt out.

I await the return of my little friend and hope she is once again in good shape for quilting.

MIAMy little Viking – MIA   😦

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*BORK:   That’s my husband’s Geek Speak for shorting out the works.