If you have recently purchased a sewing machine so you can begin to make your own clothes, you will need to learn how to maintain the appliance. If you do not take steps to ensure that your sewing machine is well maintained, you may find that it breaks down or that the quality of the stitching isn't very good. Below is a guide which will tell you everything you need to know about maintaining your new sewing machine.
Make sure the machine is well-lubricated
It is essential that the moving parts on your sewing machine are kept well-lubricated. Newer sewing machines may be fitted with parts which are self-lubricating. However, if you have purchased an older second-hand sewing machine, you will need to keep it lubricated by adding a few drops of oil to any moving parts. When adding the oil, you need to be careful that you do not add too much. Excessive amounts of oil can actually help to attract lint and other debris, which could interfere with the safe operation of your sewing machine. If you do not feel confident lubricating your overlocker, you should contact an appliance repair shop.
Make sure you keep the sewing machine clean
As you run pieces of fabric through your sewing machine, pieces of lint and other fibres can become trapped within the moving parts inside the overlocker. This debris can also obstruct the moving parts, which can lead to problems. Lint may also dry up the oil which lubricates the moving parts, causing them to seize up. You can avoid these issues by carrying out periodical cleaning of your machine. When you clean the machine, you should wipe down the surfaces using a soft cloth. A toothbrush can also be used to remove lint and other debris which has accumulated around the overlocker. Finally, you should open up the overlocker so you can remove any dust and debris which has entered via the ventilation panels.
Make sure the bobbin is in good condition
With use, the bobbin on your sewing machine can become damaged. A damaged bobbin can result in uneven stitches on the fabric you are sewing. It pays to check on the condition of your bobbin during routine cleaning. If you find that the bobbin is worn or damaged, you should replace it before using the machine.
If you would like more information, you need to contact a company which specialises in sewing machine maintenance and overlocker repairs.