May 13

How To Maintain Your Sewing Machine in Tip Top Condition?

We are sewing machine enthusiasts not just because of business. We acquire sewing machines because we love seeing our creations come to life. We’ve been dealing with sewing machines for so many years and some of what we have are already aged more than a decade.

Yes, we do! We were able to make these machines last for so many years because we know the exact ways to use it and maintain it properly. It’s not easy to handle so many machines at a time, but we were able to manage it properly.

Consider your sewing machine as your car, house, shoes, and clothes that need proper maintenance. Everything connected to the machine and each of its parts needs proper cleaning and replacement if the time persists. Here are the simple ways for you to maintain your sewing machine properly and the easiest ways possible.

How To Maintain Your Sewing Machine in Tip Top Condition?

Use the Correct Needle for the Right Type of Fabric

Using the right type of needle for a certain fabric will prevent it from breaking. It will also prevent the thread from jamming while passing through the bobbin. You have to make sure that you’re not using a thin needle for quilting fabrics. It will cause the needle to bend and will jam the threads as well. It will also ruin the placement of your stitches in the fabric.

Use needles with very sharp end for fabrics that are thin like cotton and other natural fabrics. At the same time, you have to use needles with ball points for fabrics that will easily run. Examples of these fabrics are chiffon, polyester and even spandex fabrics. The needle is the most important part of your sewing machine and it has to be checked regularly.

Replace the Needle When Needed

It’s a standard rule that the needles on your sewing machine should be replaced with a new one regularly. You also have to replace it every four hours if you’re using the machine for almost 24 hours.

It’s a must to get rid of the old needles after using it to avoid unwanted accidents. It will also prevent you from accidentally using the old ones.

Regularly Wipe the Individual Parts of the Machine Using a Cloth

If it permits you, regularly open the hard case that covers the body of the sewing machine. You can use a brush or a clean cloth to slowly wipe the dusts that have been accumulated on its parts. You need to brush the dusts away from the bobbin, presser foot, needle holes and all of the parts of the machine.

Check the sides of the presser foot, discs, bobbin and bobbin cases and wipe the unwanted dusts in there. The accumulated dusts will also affect the kind of performance that your machine will be able to provide.

If possible, you can use a blower to immediately remove the dirt and dusts away. It’s also the safest way to remove dirt because it won’t touch any of the tiny parts of the machine.

Lubricate the Areas That Need Oiling

Most of the new sewing machines don’t need lubricating anymore. These modern sewing machines already have sewing machine oils inside it so that it can regularly lubricate its self. But, a normal sewing machine has to be checked regularly so that you will know if you need to put some oil on its parts.

You can’t use just any kind of oil to lubricate the machine. You need to use a sewing machine oil that you can buy at any store dealers of the device. You’re lucky if you have one that came along with your package. You just have to put one or two drops of the oil on the parts that need it. You will instantly notice the difference of its performance after lubricating the machine.

Check the Screws That Need Tightening

Expect the screws of your sewing machine to be loose if you’ve been using it every day. There’s a need to open the cover of the sewing machine so that you will be able to check the screws. If the screws are loose, it will definitely affect the performance of your machine.

The stitches may not be durable and the needle might wobble if the screws are loose. You can use a mini screwdriver to instantly tighten the screws back into its places. If you’re not confident in doing it, you can always ask someone from the service store to do the task for you.

Cover the Sewing Machine When Not in Use

To avoid more dusts from accumulating in the machine, you need to cover it with a piece of cloth. It will keep dust, water and any destroying elements from getting near to the machine.

You can also make a separate cover for your sewing machine that will follow your own pattern. It’s also advisable that every sewing machine should be covered when not in use.

In A Nutshell

These are the basic ways to maintain your sewing machines. Always remember to check the needles and replace it whenever there’s a need to. It’s also important to lubricate your machine on a regular basis so that the parts of the machine will continue to work well. The screws are also intended to be kept tight on the machine in order to keep all of the parts together. These steps will surely last you your machine for so many years if followed properly.

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