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Sewing Machine Maintenance: Practical Tips for Prolonging the Service Life

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Sewing machines are made using strong and durable materials. However, their design is intricate and delicate. If the appliance is handled poorly or neglected, it will fail prematurely. Therefore, you should be diligent in maintaining your sewing machine for prolonged service and low long-term costs. Here are some practical tips to help you preserve and protect your new or old sewing machine.

Choose Quality Thread

You should choose the correct thread for your sewing machines. Poor choice of products will cause the deterioration of the sewing components. In general, you should avoid low-quality thread with excess lint. If this type of product is used for a long period, it will cause malfunctions due to lint accumulation. You should also avoid threads with coverings such as glazed or waxed threads. These are intended for hand sewing only. If they are used in a machine, the coverings like the wax or glazing will become jammed in the intricate mechanisms.

Clean with Care

You should clean your sewing machine on a regular basis to promote ideal performance. Typically, when the appliance is used, some particles and debris end up stuck to the components. For instance, the machine tends to accumulate lint from thread, and often, thread pieces will cling to the unit. Also, if your machine is exposed, some dust will settle on it. Therefore, you should use a nylon brush to keep the sewing appliance free of these materials. You should never use canned air even if the solution seems quite convenient. Canned air sometimes has moisture in it which increases the risk of lint becoming gummed up in the internal components.

Lubricate as Recommended

Sewing machines have numerous moving components which are critical to the functionality of the appliance. Unfortunately, these moving parts tend to generate friction and the force causes wear of the surfaces. If the machine is not oiled regularly, the unit will fail prematurely, and you will need to replace and repair multiple damaged components. You should check the manufacturer's instructions on lubrication from your owner's manual. Each machine model has specific guidelines for correct oiling. You should remember not to use too much oil to avoid smears. In addition, you must choose an oil product which is suitable and recommended for your machine.

Finally, you should cover your sewing machine when it is not in operation. This practise will protect the delicate appliance from most harmful things, including dust and general dirt. Whenever your machine needs sewing machine repairs, make sure this is done promptly as well.