YOU are key to a well running machine!
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When it comes to sewing machine maintenance, the saying “...An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...” is so very, very true.
Many of your sewing machine's problems can be avoided by simply following these simple maintenance tips.
At the end of this page, you'll also find troubleshooting help for specific sewing machine problems.
So grab your instruction manual and let's get started!
Take your machine in for ‘well baby' or annual sewing machine maintenance visits.
Your machine will be cleaned inside and the timing checked. (Some dealers do not clean the outside of the machine during this cleaning and the returned machine is dirty. Do check with your dealer ahead of time so your understand what general work will be done.)
If you are having any problems, to prevent any miscommunication write the specifics down and put this list under the presser foot.
This is helpful
to the technician especially if the problem is intermittent (like
skipped stitches occurring when you are free motioning in one
If the technician doesn't know exactly what maintenance issues you're having, they can be easily missed, causing you to make another trip to the dealer.
What a waste, you could have been quilting!
Once your machine is home again, take it out and sew on it.
I've known too many quilters who've brought their machine in for fixing and a month later, when they finally got it out to play, the problem was still there.
It's then difficult to go back to the dealer and say they didn't fix the problem.
Too much time had passed.
Check out How Sewing Machine Work to see just how a stitch is formed to illustrate how important it is for the needle to be properly seated.
DO NOT used canned air on a sewing machine. It pushes the lint back further into the machine and can also introduce condensation into the machine itself, causing rusting of parts.
This prevents the buildup of dust and dirt.
It also protects against accidental spills.
For newer machines this lubrication may be done by your dealer at the annual checkup.
Or the parts themselves may be infused with their own lubrication.
Not just any oil will do, so for older machines check that you are using the correct oil.
Make these simple sewing machine maintenance steps a habit to help prevent many of the annoying situations that occur during sewing.
You do regular sewing machine maintenance, but problems do crop up from time to time.
Use our suggestions to help you troubleshoot these issues.