Remember when you first got the sewing machine broken in how well it worked? You want to keep it working smooth like that. Once you get a good sewing machine you like, here's how to maintain it as well as you can.
The most important tips I know of are:
1. Get in the habit of remembering your sewing machine needs regular upkeep. Just like a car or house, if you neglect it's upkeep it will not provide the best results. Maintain it though, and you will get years worth of quality stitching!
2. Sewing fabric is fun - having the sewing machine sew onto the clothes you're wearing though. . . not so fun! Disconnect your machine from the wall when not in use or before maintenance. This is a good safety procedure for both you and your sewing machine.
This way you won't get any power spikes or other problems when not in use. Consider getting a surge protector for that reason. Also, there is no risk of it accidently poking or catching onto you when servicing it!
3. Clean the exterior surfaces on the sewing machine. Any soft or damp cloth will work - does not have to be anything fancy. This type of maintenance just keeps it looking fresh and clean, and also prevents thread flyaways from building up on the surface.
4. Lint build-ups can be a real tricky problem. Consider using a lint brush to get the large areas clean, or a toothpick to remove the build-ups in hard to reach places. You don't want your favorite sewing machine halting one day due to the lint getting stuck. Even worse, if it builds up too much the free floating lint can start smoking! Not a good smell.
5. Just like you would change the oil in your car's engine, your sewing machine needs oil changes too. You should have gotten some oil when you bought the machine. Do you still have yours? If not, many craft stores sell it. Your instructions will tell you how to re-lubricate the moving parts. Each brand has their own way to apply the oil.
6. Do not try and use vegetable oil or some other kind of cooking oil for lubricant - sewing machine oil is high quality and won't gum up. Other types are not nearly good enough, and will only cause problems.
7. We all have lots of spare notions and needles, but do you have a spare parts collection for your sewing machine? Light bulbs on sewing machine seem to burn out at the worst times! Spare parts are very reasonably priced so buy some for keeping around. You never know. . .
8. For serious problems, either go through the troubleshooting portion of your instruction booklet, or send the machine back in for warranty servicing. Sometimes even the best sewing machine develops problems that need professional fixing. If your business is dependent on your sewing machine make sure you have a working spare too.
If you do these steps, and any other specific recommendations from your manual, your sewing machine is sure to serve you well.
Sally Bayfield has been sewing for years and loves it. She does a mean cross-stitch and wants to help you find the best sewing machine .