The following story is a perfect example of why we keep The Boneyard. A couple months ago, a woman came into our store with an old Elna SU sewing machine that was manufactured in the 1950's. Unfortunately, the machine's motor had died and could not be repaired. Because the machine is over 50 years old, the motor for the Elna SU is no longer being manufactured. The owner of the machine was in a tough spot. She absolutely loved her machine and did not want to get a new one.
Miraculously, Dan was able to save her machine. He dug through The Boneyard and found another Elna SU. The Boneyard Elna SU was inoperable because of a worn out needle bar assembly, but the motor was still in working condition. Dan performed sewing machine surgery, removing the bad motor from the customer's Elna, and replaced it with the good motor from The Boneyard's Elna. While operating on her machine, Dan also noticed a few cracked gears that could potentially cause problems in the near future. The same gears on The Boneyard's Elna were not cracked, so Dan swapped them out as well. In the end, he essentially took two dead machines, and made one good working machine. He is the Dr. Frankenstein of sewing machine repair.