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Secrets to Sewing Machine Maintenance


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  • Whether you are sewing for profit or sewing just for fun, you can make the most of the experience by taking really good care of your machine. It makes sense to protect your investment if you are a serious sewer. Your sewing machine will always be ready to serve you when doing so. The following are a few quick tips to make sure it stays in good working condition for years.

Sewing Machine Maintenance

  • Being prepared is important. Unplug the machine and arm yourself with these “weapons” – screwdriver, a lint brush, scrap cloth and oil for your sewing machine before you do anything. This is all you need to do to make sure your sewing machine is running in top shape.
  • Please read the manual. Although it’s sad it’s very true. Many people refuse to read the manual that comes with their sewing machine. Remember that the manual has a reason. It has vital info regarding the machines features and maintenance. The manufacturer has gone through great pains to give you a manual to guide you so you can use your sewing machine for a long time. Make sure to read it so that you will know everything about your sewing machine and all of its special features.
  • You can simply brush your troubles away. Under the throat plate lie your machines enemy, which are lint and dust. So in order to make sure that your sewing goes smoothly, use the lint brush to remove both of the enemies. If you need to, a small vacuum nozzle can be used for the same purpose. Don’t blow out the lint, this will only cause it to get lodged in there further. Blowing can also add moisture which later could lead to rust.
  • Access all areas that you can in order to clean out all the dust and lint. Make sure to use the brush that accompanied the sewing machine to remove all the lint in the cracks and crevices and also from under the bobbin case. Every time you finish a project you need to clean the lint out of your machine.
  • Make sure to utilize the sewing machine oil and put it on the gears and other moving parts. Don’t settle for just any type of oil. Oils like baby oil, engine oil and sewing machine oil are all different kinds of oils. The manufacturer will recommend a certain oil to use on your machine and that is the one you should use. When in doubt, refer back to the sewing machine manual. The excess oil needs to wiped off and you should use scrap cloth to run stitches. By doing this you will prevent the oil from going to your next sewing project.
  • The oil will aide in reducing the formation of rust on your sewing machine. The smallest amount of moisture in the air can form rust on the machine’s moving parts leading to unwarranted wear. It’s a hindrance to the smooth flow of fabric over and through the machine’s surfaces as well.
  • One last thing, take a screwdriver and tighten up any loose screws you may encounter. If you encounter something you can’t fix, you may need to call a sewing machine mechanic for expert help.

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