A sewing machine has been considered as one of the essential appliances of the household. It not only helps you to create fine cloth works, but also readily fixes your last-minute torn issues. When you have a sewing machine, you need not have to wait for the tailor to be available to take up your work. You can create wonderful dresses, kid’s clothes and fix laces wherever and whenever you want to. You could easily become your kid’s fashion advisor when you have a sewing machine handy at your place. Buying a good quality sewing machine is an investment and it is important to take care of it despite the fact whether you use it often or occasionally. When you take special care of the machine, it increases longevity and you can extract the most out of it. Today in this article, we would tell you how to take the best care of the sewing machine.
Steps that you should follow to maintain the good health of your sewing machine
Here we have segregated the steps into 3 broad categories. The segregation is done for your better understanding. We have tried to cover the topic more precisely and in detail.
First Step – Maintaining the machine well
Some of the precautionary measures, if taken can be beneficial for the long life of your machine. Make sure you follow the practices mentioned below regularly.
- Cover the machine nicely when it is not in use. You can either use the one that you have got with the machine or can make a machine cover on your own. An old scarf or big size handkerchief would be sufficient to cover your machine. Keep in mind that the machine should be covered from all sides so that the dust present in the air cannot reach the machine and choke out its life. Another thing to keep in mind is that the machine should be kept away from the direct rays of the sunlight.
- You should always ensure and re-ensure that you are using an appropriate needle and thread for the particular fabric that you are going to sew. Go through the manual thoroughly that comes with the sewing machine and you will know what needle and thread to use with which fabric. If you find skipped stitches, dropped stitches, and uneven seams that mean you are not using the right kind of needle for your machine.
- Your home sewing machine is delicate and is not capable of sewing anything and everything. DO not force your machine to sew fabrics that it can’t like the extra thick upholstery fabric. Your sewing machine wouldn’t be able to sew through the thick layers of the pleats and it may prove to be exhaustive for the internal parts of your sewing machine.
- Confirm that the power source is sufficient enough for the machine. If there is an incorrect flow of electricity, it can cause damage to the sewing machine. When you are not using the machine, do not forget to take out the power plug of the machine from the outlet.
- The manual that comes with the sewing machine is like a bible that you should follow to understand the sewing norms. Do not discard it after reading once. It is advised that the manual should be read thoroughly and should be stored in a safe place. When in doubt, you can always refer to what is written in the manual. Some of the brands also offer online manuals, which can be easily downloaded from the company website.
- You should always check the bobbin case before you start sewing. Most of the time, the lint lands up to disrupt during the time of sewing and it has adverse effects.
- One of the best practices is to thread the machine using pressure on the foot level. It should be done in an upright position.
Second Step – Keeping the sewing machine clean
It is very crucial to keep your sewing machine spick and span. Lint and dust are the most irritating problems from which your sewing machine should be kept aloof. The dust just sneaks insides and clogs the internal parts of the sewing machine making it incapable to work. Here we will discuss how to clean the sewing machine and what are the equipment required.
- First, you need to switch off the switch of the sewing machine and take off the plug from the socket. Also, unplug the pedal from the sewing machine.
- Your second task is to remove the bobbin, bobbin case, and the needle. Try to take off all the other things that are possible like the throat plate. Make sure you know how to put them back in order after the cleaning is done. The experts think that the needle of the sewing machine should be changed after 15 hours of usage. If you are not using the sewing machine too often, then, you can change it after a month.
- The third step would be to clean the entire machine and remove the dust and lint that may have accumulated on the sewing machine. You should address all the dirt from outside as well as inside. You need to use the various tools that are available to wipe off the dust. The loosened dirt can also be cleaned using a handy vacuum cleaner. The other tools can be used in the below-mentioned ways:
– Take the brush to lay off the dust.
– Use the needle to pry lint off the machine.
– For narrow spaces, use the paper pieces.
– For the dirt that needs to be scrubbed off, use a clean cloth.
– Get the tweezers to pick up the loose threads and lint from the internal space of the machine.
– The pipe cleaner can be used to cleanse the space between the threader and the tension disc.
– The main areas that need to be cleaned are the needle bar and beneath the needle plate. You can remove the top cover and clean the space.
The various tools that you can use to clean your machine are:
– Manual of the sewing machine.
– A brush that is easy to bend so that it reaches the tough places.
– A pair of tweezers
– A metal thingy or a large upholstery needle.
– Two pieces of cleaning cloth, which should be cheese or muslin cloth.
– Few small pieces of paper to reach the slender spaces.
– Big and small screwdrivers.
– A pipe cleaner.
– Some of the optional tools are a torch, a small vacuum cleaner, and a magnifying glass.
Third Step – Oiling the machine
You will get the basic oiling steps in the manual of the sewing machine. If your manual mentions that oiling isn’t required, you may refrain from doing it. Manual is the best guide to suggest what needs to be done. If you need to do the oiling, below mentioned points would help you.
- Avoid using hair oil or cooking oil for oiling your sewing machine. You can get the necessary oil from the dealer where you bought the machine or any sewing machine retailer near you.
- When you use a little bit of oil to the parts of the sewing machine, it can help to avoid a lot of problems that develop at a later stage. When you moisturize your skin, you do it to avoid marks at an older stage, same way; your machine will stay young if oiling is done at certain intervals.
- A drop full of oil from the nozzle would be enough to get the oiling done. Place the drop beneath the shutter hook and turn the handwheel so that the oil spreads thoroughly.
- After the oiling is done, sew some of the scrap cloths so that the oil stains can be avoided on your good clothes when you do actual sewing.
- Once the cleaning and oiling are done, take a small piece of fresh cloth to wipe the machine from outside. If required, change the needle and put all the parts back, which you had taken out for cleaning. Turn on the handle needle to check if everything is working as aspired. Then plug your machine back and sew some scarp clothes first. If everything is working fine and no more adjustments are required, you can either start sewing your clothes or cover it back till the next sewing session.
Apart from cleaning and oiling your sewing machine at home, it would be a profitable gesture to take your sewing machine to the manufacturer’s service center to conduct a thorough service. After all, your sewing machine does a lot of work for you, and it rightly deserves a service done at least once a year. We hope we were able to help you with the foolproof ideas of how to maintain your best sewing machine. These are some of the effects that you should try at home.