I agree with JR03, the old machines are usually better then the new ones, less to go wrong. I have both an old machine and new one. I find the old can handle bigger things then the new ones. I have an industrial machine that is almost as old as me as well and it's amazing. If you find the service is going to cost to much, and think about getting a new machine. I'd recommend going with a simple machine without all the computer input. I have a basic elna domestic machine and I'm a dress maker by trade. I love elna that are an amazing machine.