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Do you want to get the most out of your sewing machine? If so, then we recommend following these 8 helpful maintenance tips to keep your sewing machine running smoothly. This guide includes information on everything from how to clean and oil a sewing machine, changing needles and getting rid of lint. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced sewer, there is something for everyone in this article!
Clean your machine regularly
Make sure to clean your machine regularly, preferably once a week. Remove the needle plate and use compressed air or an old toothbrush/cotton balls dipped in alcohol (preferably Isopropyl) on all of its components – this includes gears! If you have sensitive skin then be careful with using bleach as it may cause irritation to your skin and can damage metal items in your sewing machine
Check for loose parts and tighten them up
Sewing machines have a lot of moving parts, and it’s important to check for loose parts before you start using your machine. Loose or missing screws, bolts and nuts can cause a lot of problems with the tension on various gears inside that ultimately affect how smoothly they operate – not only will this lead into some serious headaches when trying out new stitches but also major malfunctions in general!
If something feels wobbly then tighten up all necessary components by either tightening existing fasteners/screws. If you have removed any parts ensure they are replaced before turning the machine on and everything is firmly secured back together again.
Once done go ahead and give those spinning shaft pieces one last flick just in case anything slipped during reassembly over time; nothing worse than threads wrapping around loose spindles and screws.
Keep the bobbin case clean and free of lint or thread build-up
As thread and material passes through your machine it leaves small amounts of lint dust. This builds up over time and can lead to various malfunctions, so it’s best not leave the lint build up in your sewing machine.
Empty out any and all bobbins you have inside of a bobbin case; place them on an old towel or holder as some people like using small containers instead but I find this too tedious and prefer to just lay everything out on a towel.
I like to use the Datavac Pro, it is designed for computers but it is ideal for dusting and removing dirt from sewing machines. the reason I prefer this over some of the other PC cleaners is it has a vacuum function, most others are blowers which can push dust further into your machine. Investing in this little gadget will speed up your maintenance to no end.
Make sure you have a good quality needle installed in your machine
If you are using a good quality needle then your machine will be able to work more efficiently and last longer. If not, it could cause damage such as skipped stitches or jammed needles which is never fun–especially when time-consuming!
I recommend changing the type of needle for each of my sewing projects based on what fabric needs stitching together.
This only takes a few minutes and ensures the machine does not have to work as hard and avoids jamming or the need to manually turn the needle down with our hands. Taking the time to do this will really decrease stress levels in the long run!
Change the oil regularly to keep it running smoothly
Sewing lubricant oil attracts dust and becomes less effective over time, so be sure to change your sewing machine oil regularly. Using a good quality sewing machine oil.
If a sewing machine is not lubricated regularly, it will likely cause excessive wear and tear on all the moving parts. You should oil all moving parts of your sewing machine every two to three hours of sewing. The oiling process should take about thirty seconds or less and is relatively easy so don’t overlook this simple maintenance task.
Always unplug your sewing machine when not in use
Often overlooked it he electronic components of your sewing machine will not last very long if they are constantly plugged in.The best thing you can do to protect the longevity of this expensive investment is unplugged it when finished with a project or just for storage purposes.”
To avoid shocking yourself, be sure to always unplug and turn off machines before attempting any maintenance tasks on them as well! As tempting at times as may be, don’t drink anything near your sewing machine. Electrical parts near water is never a good idea, because electricity + moist surfaces = electrocution danger zone!” For this reason, we recommend never having any drinks or vases near your machine.
Change the needle regularly
One of the most basic sewing machine maintenance tasks is replacing your needle. Needles should be changed when they become dull, which happens often and usually causes skipped stitches on light-weight materials like knit fabrics or cottons.”
Store the machine in a dry safe place when not in use
Sunlight will over time damage the plastic components of your sewing machine and moisture will cause rust. So always pack down and store your machine in a dry safe place when not in use.
If you follow all of these 8 tips for sewing machine maintenance you will greatly extend the life of your machine and will be able to enjoy it for many years.
If all these tips are followed, users should get a lot out their sewing machines as they’ll run smoothly with less wear-and maintain proper pressure on fabrics when using them…should last much longer than one would without care or regular maintenance.