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How to Clean and Maintain Your Sewing Machine

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Believe it or not, if your sewing machine begins to have problems, most of them can be traced back to poor maintenance of the machine. Knowing how to properly care for your machine can help you avoid any malfunctions and keep your machine working smoothly! In this post we’re going to list some simple maintenance tips that you can perform to make sure you get the most out of your sewing machine! Use a Cover When you aren’t using your machine, use a cover to reduce the chance of any dirt and moisture accumulating on it. Moisture can cause problems with the moving components and dust and insects aren’t very good for the circuit boards in electronic machines.

Keeping the machine covered also protects you machine from any knocks or damage that may interfere with how the machine functions. It also keeps it out of sight if you have children around who may meddle with your machine and either hurt themselves (those needles can be pretty sharp!) or change settings on your machine that you may not notice until it’s too late! No one wants their creations ruined before they have even started! Change Your Needles You may think that your needle is still viable to use; let’s face it, it hasn’t snapped yet! In actual fact, a blunt needle, or one with even a slight bend in it can lead to skipped stitches or even damage your fabric as it punctures through.

There are various suggestions of when is the best time to change your needle; ranging from every 4 hours to whenever you finish a project. You should use your own initiative and judge if you think your needle needs changing. You should also choose a needle that is appropriate for the fabric you are using. Different needles are to be used for different fabrics in order to reduce any damage to both the machine and the fabric. Double check what needle you should be using before you start to avoid any damage! Clean! Clean! Clean! Even when using a cover for your machine when you aren’t using it, the machine will still accumulate dust and thread strands from your material through use. Make sure you clean your machine gently after each use. The manual you received with your machine should have a section on how to clean each section safely without damaging any of the parts.

It’s also a good idea to have your machine serviced yearly by a sewing machine technician. These experts know exactly what to look for in potential malfunctions and can easily clean areas of the machine that you can’t get to without taking the machine apart! As leading providers of industrial sewing machines, we know how important it is to keep your sewing machines running as smoothly as possible. Utilising even the most basic of maintenance to your machine can greatly affect how successful your projects are, and will minimise any risk of damage to you, your project of the machine itself! If you are looking to step up your sewing game and invest in one of our industrial machines, or would like more information on the products that we have available, don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 0113 242 9378 and one of our friendly team members will be happy to help with your enquiries.