Whether you do a lot of sewing or only bust out your sewing machine on occasion, one fact remains: caring for your sewing machine is a must. If you can’t remember the last time you tuned up your sewing machine, then you probably need to set aside some time for some necessary cleaning and maintenance. At Cathey’s Sewing & Vacuum, we’ve seen first-hand what a difference the right care can make in the lifespan of a sewing machine.
The Importance of Sewing Machine Maintenance
There are many reasons to make time for regular sewing machine maintenance. For starters, taking the time to thoroughly clean and oil the moving parts on your sewing machine will help to keep things running smoothly and prevent alignment problems down the road. This, in turn, can allow your sewing projects to go off without a hitch! In this sense, taking proper care of your sewing machine can reflect how your projects turn out.
Also…let’s face it. Sewing machines and replacement parts can be expensive! Many times, major sewing machine repairs could have been avoided with simple maintenance. By correctly maintaining your sewing machine, you can prolong its usable life and save yourself a pretty penny on repairs. It’s a win-win!
How to Properly Maintain Your Sewing Machine
Not sure where to begin when it comes to maintaining your sewing machine? We’ve got some tips.
One of the most important things you can do is clean your machine; this will remove debris, especially from fabrics that shed quickly. For the best results, you should unplug your machine and remove its throat plate before cleaning, as this will allow you access to internal components as well. A small nylon brush tends to be best for removing dust and debris from even the tightest spaces.
In addition to cleaning your sewing machine, lubrication is also a necessity. All moving parts of your sewing machine should be properly oiled to keep them running smoothly. Just be sure to use a lubricant that is specifically designed for use on sewing machine parts. You’ll also want to keep the “less is more” mentality in mind when lubricating your machine, as too much oil can cause more problems.
As part of your routine sewing machine maintenance, you may also want to adjust the tensions, hook timing, and needle bar/feed dog height on your machine. You can check the manual that came with your sewing machine for specific instructions on doing this.
Cathey’s Sewing & Vacuum is Here to Help
As you can see, cleaning and maintaining your sewing machine can make it easier to use while also saving you money on repairs down the road. Are you feeling overwhelmed at the thought of tuning up your sewing machine? Cathey’s Sewing & Vacuum has you covered with full-service sewing machine maintenance and repair service. For your peace of mind, this service even comes with a one-year labor warranty. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!