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VINTAGE SEWING MACHINE
RESTORATION, CLEANING & MAINTENANCE

for Self-Sufficiency
for Hobby
for Side Business

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Launching October 2022

The remove your covers program is for you if:

  • You own one more modern sewing machine (1970+ in age) and would like to learn to safely remove the covers to clean, lubricate, and keep it in optimal working condition to extend its life
     

  • Are tired of finding or driving long distances for someone to care for your machine properly
     

  • Don't like to be without your machines while it's being serviced
     

  • Want to save money by learning to handle routine services on your own, at home, at your convenience
     

  • Are building a side business or retirement income by offering your services to your friends, family, and community
     

  • You like the idea of building your skills in a charitable manner and helping others in your community.
     

  • You like a challenge and have a thirst for knowledge and building new skills.

Remove Your Covers

Learn at home - no travel. 

Learn at your own pace, on YOUR schedule.

LIVE expert assistance and community support for life.

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You’ve been tempted to take the covers off your sewing machine, to see what’s in there, haven’t you?  I bet some of you have even tried it when something was going on with your machine and you were sure you could figure it out if you could just get inside.

I know, because some of you HAVE done it, then brought it to me to put back together.


Before I was servicing machines, I had to have my machine serviced, too.

And I hated it.  I hated it for the same reasons you do – giving up my machine for the standard 6 weeks at most places (if you’re lucky!) really sucks.  It costs money, and while necessary to keep your machine in good condition, it just feels… well, who wouldn’t want to spend that money on fabric instead?  It has always felt like you should only have to part with your beloved only when something is really wrong, right?

Since Hancock’s closed, countless numbers of small towns in rural America have lost the one and only independent service shop they had.  Furthermore, the quarantine era from Covid put so much strain on the community that many technicians retired and left the industry for good.  We have less technicians available now than ever.

 

That means many, many people have to drive hours to find someone to handle their routine service, which means time, money, travel, and, did I mention losing your machine for weeks or months?

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Actual customer machine from the Sewing Doc professional service shop

In most cases, machines really just need cleaning and lubrication to keep them in tip-top working condition.  Yes, they often need timing and other minor adjustments, but in truth, most just need cleaning and lubrication. 

Can you imagine having the knowledge, ability, and guidance to take the covers off, clean it out, check your computer connections, and lubricate it yourself?  At your convenience?  In your own home?  At 5 in the evening or 3 in the morning?  And only take it in when something is actually wrong?

THE INDUSTRY HATES ME FOR THIS.

But this is something that weighs on me constantly.  From the bottom of my heart, I truly believe in empowering people to do things they are capable of, and with the right knowledge, I KNOW this is something you can do as well.

 

As you may know, the Sewing Doc Academy is something very important to me. It is geared toward hobbyists that want the knowledge of fixing and restoring machines, but also for those interested in a side business or retirement income.

But the Remove Your Covers program… this is for everyone. 

 

This series is meant to teach home sewists how to clean and lubricate their machines to keep them running, extend their life, and stay armed with more knowledge to avoid spending time and money unnecessarily. 

 

I’m not implying that dealers are trying to pull one over on you, per se, I’m saying that this industry has been working one way for eternity, and that way is not at all designed in your favor.  The less knowledge you have, the more power they keep.  Let’s work on shifting this paradigm together.

LEARN THE SDOCS METHOD

The exact same procedures we use every single day in our professional service shop

  • Proper chemical cleaners, materials, lubricants, and tools needed to maintain machines
     

  • How to safely and correctly remove the covers from modern machines without damaging computer boards or electronics or break any parts
     

  • How to remove lint, debris, threads, lubricant build up and anything else from inside the machine
     

  • How to lubricate properly, for those machines that need it, and how to know when and where
     

  • Common or known issues with various brands and models (i.e. machine seizes completely)
     

  • How to put the covers back on the machine
     

  • How to test sew and balance tension correctly

This workshop covers most* modern HOME DOMESTIC sewing machines.  You can use it to learn to clean and lubricate any number of machines without limit.  In some cases, you may have a machine that isn't already covered in our material - in that case, we will assist you personally to make sure you know how to safely get into, clean, and lubricate your machine.

This workshop does NOT cover sergers, commercial/industrial machines, embroidery-specific components, chain stitch machines, or any specialty machines.  If you are unsure if your this is the right workshop for you, please feel free to email us with your machine brand, model, and any questions we can answer.

What do I get in this program?!

LIFETIME ACCESS

On-demand learning library

This is the starting point in learning how to properly clean, lubricate and keep machines going.  Our library lays out basics and common practices that walk you through our SDOCS method while learning skills but also become a reference for you when you need it.  New videos and expanded learning material is constantly being added.

Access to private Facebook group & Community

Find help when you are stuck, meet and become friends with others in the program, and share your victories, disappointments, and everything in between.  Post topics include general machines, maintenance, buy and sell (parts and machines), questions regarding machines to buy or acquire for cheap to resell, and business-related material.

 

Weekly live Q&A video

You will be able to ask questions any time in the private community and Facebook group, but sometimes your questions require deeper discussion and demonstration.  Each week I'll broadcast a live video to answer the questions you ask and teach additional skills and knowledge.  These videos will be archived for replay any time you like.

Business Tools on-demand library

Here you will find all of the forms, documents, and business-building information that took my business from hobby to sole income over the last 13 years.  I share all of my successes, and failures, and guide you in building your own side business or retirement income.  In the future, this will NOT be included, it will be a separate, paid membership to guide you through starting and building your own service-based business.

Goal Setting Survey

When you first enroll in the program, we'll ask you to complete a short survey to have a better understanding of what you'd like to accomplish and make a plan for the best route to get there.  This helps us to know how to best guide you to meet your goals.

One-on-One Consultation (at reduced cost)

Occasionally, you may find a need to work with me one-on-one with a specific machine or issue.  Normally our consultation prices start at $49, but offer a reduced rate of $10-15 for a 30-minute session depending on the nature of the call.

But how much does it cost?

$249one time fee

This will be the initial price when our program opens to the public in October 2022. 

Our doors will only open periodically to allow personal attention to all of our members.  Each time the doors open, more value will be added and the price will increase to match the value, so the sooner you enroll, the lower your cost.

Here's the big secret:  with some guidance and direction, YOU can clean and lubricate your machine yourself… and for most machines, this is all they'll ever need unless something breaks or timing needs to be reset.

Cleaning your own machines saves you money (the starting rate in our shop for a mechanical machine is $82 for a mechanical machine and $125 for computerized machines.  Those bills really add up!

 

Knowing how to maintain your machines saves you time - for the last year, the turnaround time in our shop stayed at 8 weeks, and that was just for ROUTINE service, not big repairs!

 

Cleaning and lubricating your own machine means you'll never have to trust it with another unknown repair person and you know that it will be treated with loving care.

 

Having proper knowledge and a guide will save you from the pitfalls of terribly WRONG information on the internet - free information is great, but not when most of it is bad.

 

If you are looking for a side gig, retirement income, or a passion that can turn into a career, this is your first step! The skills I teach here are the same skills I used in the first 6-7 years of my own business.

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Remove Your Covers is the first program of its kind that:

  • Allows you to learn the SAME PROCEDURES used in or professional service shop from the comfort of your home

 

We are still in the midst of a viral pandemic, and travel isn't easy, affordable, or safe in many cases.  You can setup a workshop or workspace in your home and work your way through the lessons and stay set up without having to pack up and leave. 

  • Is ready when YOU are, regardless of geography or time zone, with ON-DEMAND, pre-recorded video lessons

 

Whether you live around the globe from me, have a day job, work nights, have kids at home that make your schedule irregular, or anything else, the meat of this course is pre-recorded, so you can watch it whenever you want!  Plus, once you purchase, you have access forever, to watch and rewatch as often as you want or need.

  • Offers you ongoing access to the instructor so that you never feel alone or stuck and you can get real-time
    help during live Q&A sessions and optional personal consultation sessions

 

While the lessons are pre-recorded, I also believe real-time or nearly real time feedback is important.  When you experience issues or struggles with a machine you are working on, you will have the support of your peers and a live human being.

  • Connects you to other sewing machine enthusiasts around the world so you can help and encourage each other

 

I'm a big believer that there is great, great value in learning within a community.  Our private group will allow you to get to know and share your work with the Sewing Doc Academy alumni and fellow students so you never feel alone as you learn.  We want to see your progress and shiny machines!

  • Encourages you to start with what you have, keeping tools and supplies minimal and affordable

 

Everything about the Sewing Doc Academy is designed to bring the DIY element to life, so that everyone can afford to learn this valuable skill and keep this knowledge alive.  You probably have all the tools you'll need to get started, and while you may need to purchase a few cleaners and lubricants, we teach you to keep your costs reasonable.

  • Teaches you to clean, lubricate, and maintain most modern sewing machines machines, not just one type or model
     

Brother, Janome, Viking, Pfaff, Elna, Kenmore, Bernina, Babylock.... the list goes on and on!

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Interested, but have questions?

 

I'm happy to speak with you via messenger or over Zoom for a FREE consultation!

Who is behind the Sewing Doc brand?

Hey there,

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 13 years now.  A large part of our service shop focuses on vintage and antique machines and restoration, but we are also an authorized shop for Brother, Viking, and Janome.  I started just like you, curious and a little intimidated, but now I couldn't imagine my life without sewing machines!

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Paul Barney (left) is our electrical, motor, and restoration specialist.  Todd Barney (right) is a restoration specialist, focusing on Singer Touch & Sew machines and the Viking 6000 series and all around complex repairs.  Both will be teaching workshops within the Sewing Doc Academy.

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You have Questions, We have Answers....

Q:  Do I have to pay a fee every month?

A:  At the launch of this program, the entry fee is a one-time only fee.  As the program progresses, there may become a need for a membership for continued guidance, but that hasn't occurred yet.  So when you pay $249, you have access to the modules and private social groups for life.

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 care for sewing 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 in-person classes (before Covid), I had ladies insist that they bring their husband 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 "modern" home domestic sewing machines, including those with computers.  It does NOT cover any commercial/industrial machines, sergers, embroidery-specific components or embroidery-only machines, chain stitch or specialty machines.  There are a handful of extremely complex machines we will not handle in this workshop such as the Viking Epic, Brother Luminaire or Stellair, Bernina 800 series (and a few others), or Janome M7 or M17.  Those machines required specific tools and program codes for service and are beyond the scope of this workshop.

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 Live 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.  You can also post questions, pictures, and videos in the private communities and I will give guidance to help you keep moving.

Q:  Do I need any special programs or equipment to participate in 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 as well as the weekly live Q&A session.

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.  But the first 6-7 years of my service business used the skills in this workshop and VSMM program - I didn't adjust the timing or make complex repairs until later on in my business. 
 

Q:  I don't live in the United States, can I sign up for this course?

A:  We do have folks from Canada and the UK in other workshops, and we welcome other countries.  However, we are limited in this capacity at this time, as sewing machines, cleaners, and lubricants available in other countries are often very different than the US, and I cannot promise that we'll be able to assist you with these things we are not familiar with.