If you would like to make sure that you are able to make use of your sewing machine for many years to come, you will need to review the following tips. This way, you can spend more time creating new curtains, costumes, or dresses instead of trying to repair your sewing machine.
Clear Out The Lint
Lint is not just something that is found in the dryer trap. It becomes built up in various areas of your sewing machine, as the fabric that you run through the machine and the thread itself will produce some lint. The thing is, a lot of the lint can end up in unseen areas of the machine, making it harder to clean out since it is out of sight and therefore can become forgotten about. Therefore, you are going to want to open up all of the pieces of the sewing machine that you can get access to. Use the brush that came with your sewing machine, or even a soft bristle tooth brush, to remove all of the lint that you can from the crevices, cracks, and the underside of the bobbin case. If possible, you will want to do this after every time you use the sewing machine so you can prevent an abundance of lint from building up.
Keep It Oiled
Your sewing machine most likely came with a small container of oil that you will use to periodically lubricate various parts of the machine. If not, or you have run out of it, you can purchase more oil online or in your local craft store. Older sewing machines might have the areas that need lubricated marked. The newer machines are usually not marked, so you will have to read through your owners manual to find out where and when you need to add lubrication in order to get the best results. Just make sure that you are running a scrap piece of fabric through the sewing machine right after adding the lubrication. This will allow the extra oil to make its way onto the scrap fabric instead of a custom project that you are working hard on.
Keep An Eye On The Screws
It is important to make sure that all of the screws that hold your sewing machine together are in place and nice and tight. Give your sewing machine a quick visual inspection before sitting down to work on a new project. Tighten all loose screws as you come across them. Take your sewing machine to a professional repair shop if you notice a broken, stripped, or missing screw. After all, the last thing you would want is for your sewing machine to stop functioning because of a few missing screws.
With those tips in mind, you should have no trouble maintaining your sewing machine.
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