The feeling of finding a old, neglected machine out in the wild - yard sale, on the curb, friend's basement - and bringing it back to life is like no other.
Ratty electrical wiring and lack of motor service are two of the biggest issues with machines that send them to the landfill.
And, it's getting harder and harder to find a service shop or technician that knows how to repair vintage machines, but even more difficult to find one that will replace electrical wiring or service the motor.
Whether you want to learn to care for your own machines or dig in and start saving them from the landfill, the Vintage Sewing Machine Mastery program covers all aspects of bringing machines back to life and keep them going.
How it Works
Login and work through the on-demand library modules
If you are brand new to working on vintage machines, our on-demand library will walk you through the entire process step-by-step.
If you already have some experience, you can pick and choose just the modules you need for a specific skill or step in the process.
Setting up your work space, proper chemicals, proper lubricants, tools you'll need
Cleaning and lubricating inside the machine
Fixing or replacing broken parts
Seized machines - how to get them moving again
Cleaning the exterior and polishing parts
Fixing and rewiring foot pedals
Motor service and extensive rewiring
Balancing tension and correcting sewing issues
And so much more!!!
Join a live group session to learn with others, or ask for help on any specific issues you have with machines
The absolute most valuable component of VSMM is that you always have the support of two professional experts to help you when you are stuck or need additional help.
This takes away guesswork and failed attempts - no more scouring YouTube or Facebook groups looking for answers!
Private Facebook group and Community platform - post your issues, pictures, victories, disappointments, and you'll get feedback from your instructors and your peers
Email the instructors and we'll help you through the issue
Join a Wednesday Zoom call to socialize with others, and ask for help on a specific issue
Join a Saturday Live Clinic over Zoom to deep dive on machines and specific skills - ask questions live or enjoy the replay if you can't attend
Over 150 hours of learning videos included in our archive
Offer your services to your community through side business or retirement income, or volunteering yourself
More often than not, we find that folks enjoy working on machines so much that they tend to branch out beyond just caring for their own.
Offering your services to your community doesn't mean you need to open a service shop! We'll give you the tools to start a small business in your home, working as little or as much as you want.
Psst... it's not going to cost you any further investment to use our programs to build a business! Our program is designed to teach you about as many vintage and antique machines as possible - and to have expert, professional help when you run into issues or need help!
What's my investment?
LIFETIME access to on-demand learning library
LIFETIME access to private Facebook & Community groups
LIFETIME access to Business Tools program
LIFETIME access to Motor Service & Rewiring program
Business support & promotion
Includes 3 months FREE of VSMM EXTRA Membership
Live Wednesday Zoom call every week
LIVE Saturday Clinic every month
2 private Zoom consultations each month
Access to popup events
$29/month to renew if you'd like
Yes, that's right... you pay once, and you have LIFETIME support of professional experts AND an entire community of people!
What services cost in our shop
Basic routine service - $82 + parts
Functional restoration (average) - $225
Motor Service - $80-200
Electrical Rewiring - $25-200
You'll fix UNLIMITED machines with this one-time investment!!
People come to us when they tire of using YouTube & Facebook groups to learn in-depth restoration and repair skills. We get it! That's why we show up for you!
YOUR learning curve is only weeks and months because I am teaching you the EXACT same methods used in my professional service shop the last 15 years.
We take out the guesswork.
AMY W. - CURRENT VSMM MEMBER
Meet Amy! Amy joined the VSMM program and within two months, she was building her machine service business while learning!
Amy came into the program after learning some of the basics through trial and error on YouTube. She says that having live humans to help in uncertainty is what gave her the confidence to really dig in on offering her services.
She is now branching out into modern machine service for her customers.
This program DOES NOT include:
gear replacement or similar complex repairs
electronic or computer board repairs
modern machines (plastic-shell)
stripping, painting, replacing decals
HOME DOMESTIC MACHINES ONLY - no sergers, overlock machines, toy machines, or embroidery machines
2-Payment Plan Available!!
Who is behind the Sewing Doc brand?
I'm Andi Barney of Sewing Doc machine service and repair, and Sewing Doc Academy. I'm a master technician and I've owned and operated my own service shop, located in Cumming, Georgia, for over 15 years now. I started just like you, curious and a little intimidated, but now I couldn't imagine my life without sewing machines!
Paul Barney is our electrical, motor, restoration, and customer service specialist. He teaches motor service and rewiring along with many other in-depth skills.
You have Questions, We have Answers....
FAQ Video Series
Q: Do I have to pay a fee every month?
A: You will keep access to the on-demand learning library for life as your reference. You will need to renew your VSMM EXTRA membership at the end of your third month if you'd like to keep access to the live monthly workshops, weekly sessions, and other live events. Renewal options include a month-to-month of $29/month. You will NOT be automatically enrolled, you will need to sign up for renewal, and you can cancel and join any time. This program is designed to maximize your investment, so you are only paying for the EXTRA benefits when you need them. NO refunds on monthly EXTRA membership.
Q: When does the workshop end?
A: This is the best: it doesn't! It lasts forever… or as long as you need it to! There is no end or timeline for this course, so you jump in any time and come back to it any time you need to.
Q: Who is this course for? Can just anyone take it?
A: Yes! This course is for anyone interested in learning to clean, lubricate, and restore machines. Young, old, retired, people that work full-time, people that are just curious, hobbyists, people with lots of machines, people that only have one machine, people wanting side/retirement/full-time income. Everyone is welcome!
Q: I'm not good with tools, will I be okay taking this class?
A: YES! If you don't feel confident using tools, I promise, you're going to be okay in this course. I wouldn't have considered myself "mechanically inclined" when I first started working with machines, either. Many of us are, and we just don't know it yet. There is actually very little done with tools in the class. This workshop will be a source of empowerment and confidence for you, I can promise you that! In my live classes, I've had ladies insist that they bring their husbands because they were too afraid of the tools, but I encourage EVERYONE to give it a try because I promise you, you can do it.
Q: What machines are covered in this course?
A: This workshop covers almost all vintage and antique machines. It does NOT cover any computerized or modern machines. We also won't cover the Viking 6000 series if it is seized or the knowbs aren't moving correctly. We will have workshops that specifically address these machines, as they are much more complex and have common issues. That's not to say that you still couldn't gain the knowledge to address these machines in this workshop, but we will not cover the common issues or solutions to those machines in this workshop. We also will not specifically cover industrial machines, but what you learn here will help you clean and restore industrial machines.
Q: What does "hybrid" workshop mean?
A: It means this class is both on-demand (where you work at your own pace using the videos and tools available to you at any time), and scheduled Zoom classes in the optional membership. My opinion has always been that attending a live class is great because you have guidance from your instructor, but then it's too easy to forget everything when you leave. When you do just an on-demand class, you can refer back to it anytime you want, but you don't have the guidance of a live instructor. Sewing Doc has committed to bringing its participants the best of both worlds to ensure that your journey into sewing machine cleaning, repair, service, and restoration is successful and enjoyable.
Q: If I have an issue with a machine, can I contact you for help?
A: Yes, the instructor is available during regular hours. Each week there is a Zoom Q&A session, and even if you can't watch live, your question can be addressed and you can review the information in the replay at your convenience. A monthly Zoom class will also be hosted each month, and this is a good time to ask questions to get you over the hump. The point of the hybrid program is to offer you guidance throughout.
Q: Do I need any special programs or equipment to participate in the Zoom classes or any part of the workshop?
A: The short answer is no. All you really need is a cell phone, tablet, or computer to view the on-demand classes and work your way through the workshop. For the Zoom classes, you would need the same, nothing fancy. You may want to use a cell phone or tablet with a camera on it when you attend a Zoom class, as you can show the instructor exactly what you're looking at on your machine.
Q: I know I'll want to attend a Zoom class, but is it complicated?
A: I know most of us have had to adapt to new technology as a result of the pandemic, but many are still hesitant. We will guide you each step of the way in getting set up to work with us, and you will see that participating once or twice will put you at ease. And if you have any issues getting set up, we will be there to help you. We like to do an introductory session for anyone new to streaming or other webinar programs.
Q: Will this course teach me to service other people's machines?
A: YES! You will build skills that allow you to offer your services to your local community. We prefer not to use the term 'service' as this implies timing and other adjustments have been made, which are not taught in this workshop.
Q: I don't live in the United States, can I sign up for this course?
A: Sewing Doc is working on getting set up to open this course up for participants in other countries, so this is coming soon! Please note that we do have participants from Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia successfully using our programs.