Care of sewing machine

Lesson 3 : Sewing Machine

Care of sewing machine

A well-made sewing machine traditional or contemporary, new or old, used often or only occasionally, will sew perfectly for many years if proper care is taken. It may require some adjustments or some parts may need to be replaced, but a sewing machine that is given proper maintenance and cleaned regularly seldom “wears out.”

Sewing machines generally require the basic maintenance of cleaning, oiling and lubricating. It should be covered and oiled regularly to ensure satisfactory sewing and long life. If the machine is used every day, oiling should be done once a week, otherwise once a month oiling is sufficient.

Following are the general guidelines for care and maintenance of sewing machine.

  1. Cleanliness is the best care tip of all the time. Since sewing machines are prone to dust and other elements that are used during sewing so cleaning regularly or after every use is advised.
  2. Never use bad quality of threads. Cheaper threads can be harmful to sewing machine because it produces more lint that can damage the machine itself.
  3. When using the machine, always start slowly to test the threading.
  4. Change needles as often as possible and check them regularly for any chips or blunt edges that damage the machine.
  5. Unplug the electric sewing machine when not in use.
  6. A soft nylon brush that comes with the machine or a narrow paint brush should be used to dust away lint in the bobbin case, under the needle plate and around the feed dog. A needle or tweezers can be used to remove pieces of thread or lint that cannot be brushed away.
  7. Regular oiling is essential. It will protect the machine from rust and dust that is built up during regular use.
  8. Always ask for professional experts for servicing.
  9. Regular oiling of the machine is essential.
  10. Oil the parts before it is put away. Keep a small piece of cloth on the feeddog, lower the presser foot. Gently lower the needle into the cloth so that excess oil is absorbed. Cover the machine.
  11. Never run the machine with lowered presser foot and without the fabric on the feeddog. This will damage the feeddog.
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