Treasure Valley Sew and Vac at another Flea Market Venue

Jerry will be operating again at the Maple Grove Grange Flea Market on September 11, 12, and 13 (2014) at 11692 W. President Avenue between Cloverdale and Five Mile. Pine enters from the west and Emerald enters from the east. President merges in at Treasure Valley Coffee. Bring Sewing Machine and Floor Care Equipment repairs ...

Working from a Flea Market for 3 days.

If you have a sewing machine, serger, or floor care machine for repair, you can drop it off at the Maple Grove Grange from 9 to 5 on August 14, 15, 16 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I’ll be selling flea market items for 3 days. I will either deliver your machine to you when it’s ...

Treasure Valley Sew and Vac is Back

My customers wouldn’t let me quit. I’ve managed to adapt to working from my home, so bring on the repairs! I charge $15 to $25 to tune up floor care equipment and $40 and up to tune up sewing machines and sergers.

Note to Kirby Users

In late 2013, Kirby discontinued their old vacuum bag offerings. They now offer only one choice for Sentria models made from 2009 until present (they made a different version of Sentria before 2009). It’s a large clothlike white bag with a universal collar (opening) that fits all models starting with the Heritage II up to ...

New Service

Treasure Valley Trader will find anything useful that you want or sell anything that you want to get rid of. Email Jerry Smith at treasurevalleytrader@gmail.com

Oh No! No More Kenmore!

I wasn’t paying attention. I heard from a customer that Sears quit offering Kenmore sewing machines. They ranked high on my list of good machines. During the last several years, they’ve been made by Janome. We can still get parts for a while because Janome made the same machines under their own brand name. If ...

Sewing Machine Tip

Question: Why does the foot control heat up on my vintage sewing machine. Answer: Some foot controls don’t like running slow during an entire project. Also, some foot controls don’t like it when you rest your foot on them when you’re not sewing. In both cases, the slow trickle of electricity will cause them to ...

Sewing Tip

This issue comes up all the time, so I’m repeating the tip. Always thread your machine with the presser foot lever in the up position. That’s because the lever activates a pin or another lever to open the tension discs. When you put the lever down, the discs close over the thread and apply proper ...

What I don’t do.

I don’t fix computer problems on computerized sewing machines. I don’t work on industrial sewing machines.

Jerry’s Tips and Advice Newsletter

Hello My Dear People. My son has allowed me to reach you via email with special tips and advice and all kinds of goodies and knowledge involving my trade. Please sign up for my email so you can receive my wisdom. If you do I’ll give you a special treat, I’ll tell you 5 tips ...