The Bobbin Doctor at work.
The temperamental sock machine!
Weaving at the MN State Fair
Yes, I play squeezebox!
Baking sewing-accident cookies for Halloween! Yum!!
I've retired from the UofMN

About Steve Pauling a.k.a. the "BobbinDoctor"


Collecting, fixing, refurbishing, and using sewing machines has been a life-long interest and passion of mine. About 15 years ago I began servicing and repairing machines for friends. It didn’t take long to realize this enjoyable hobby could become a fun business.

My passion is working on heirloom-quality vintage machines of many brands, particularly those from the golden age of sewing when machines were beautifully designed to the highest standards. Most old machines are works of functional art; they employ the finest degree of mechanical engineering, are manufactured with the best materials and to the highest specifications. Plus they truly are a joy to both use and work on.

I’m proud to say I’m one of the few technicians in this area with the desire, skills, knowledge and tools, to properly adjust and repair these fine older machines. There is nothing more satisfying to me than bringing one of these beauties back to life for an appreciative owner. Be sure to check out the Machines page for some examples of these fine great older machines.

Along the way I also refined my sewing skills and discovered how much I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others. I really enjoy teaching and continually receive acclaim and positive feedback. My technical knowledge of sewing machines and my tailoring skill has provided me with a unique understanding and perspective for teaching others.

Although I've retired from my job at the University of Minnesota, I'm busier than ever these days!

When I’m not fixing machines

I can often be found teaching classes at various venues around the Twin Cities metro area.

In the spring of 2011 I retired from my long career in facilities management. I can now devote more time to Bobbin Doctor activities and other personal interests like weaving, spinning, sock machines, knitting, gardening, cooking, bicycling, accordions, piano and whatever else comes to mind.

Thanks for visiting,