The wrath with the old sewing machines is that they lag behind in technology. What you can find in every second machine today, won’t be present in the machines of the past. But what if you love your sewing machine too much and don’t want to invest in a new one? Well, we got it all sorted.
There are various ways to care for your machine. There are few things that you should do on a regular basis, some things on a project basis and even things that you should do just once a year. And yes, every single of these is important, so don’t skip anything.
So this is how you should keep your sewing machine on a daily basis. This is essential as this will determine how your machine will function. You cannot afford to let it get dirty and then hope that it will get cleaned up in one go.
Covering your machine
You need to cover your machine when you are not sewing on it. It should be prevented from dust, lint, dirt and if you happen to have a pet, then safeguarding it from the pet’s fur as well. You will normally own a cover as it comes with the machine, but if you don’t, you can make one right on your sewing machine. Use fabric that will prevent dust from entering and you are good to go.
Your needle works a lot more than you think. Imagine this. Every little stitch that you make has the needle constantly going in and out of the fabric. This can result in the dullness and even bend of a needle.
If you do not realise the gravity of using an inefficient needle, here are some facts that will help you know.
Such a needle leads to skipped stitches, broken threads, loops in the stitches, pulling of fabric and even damage to the machine. You, of course, cannot afford that just because you didn’t change a needle. Here is what you can do.
After every eight hours till the completion of the project, consider changing your needle. This will ensure perfect weaving and stitching without any loops and breaks.
After the completion of big projects
After you have completed a big project, you become tired, don’t you? Now, just think about the machine. It has been sewing with you. Don’t you think it too will wear out? Of course, it will.
So, when you are done with extensive projects, clean it up. There would be bits of thread sticking inside. Take all of that out. And clean it thoroughly. This will ensure that even after a heavy working, your sewing machine is ready for the next goal.
How to clean
This is a very complicated question. If you go to clean each and every part of the machine, you are going to end up giving a lot of time to it. And yet, you cannot ignore the importance of it. So here is how you can accomplish it.
You are going to need muslin/rag, screwdriver, lint brush, compressed air, and sewing machine oil.
First of all, raise the presser foot. This will loosen the tension springs. Now take the muslin and fold it. Run it between the tension discs. This will remove any clogged threads.
Next, remove the throat place, bobbin, and case. Using a lint brush, clean under the feed dogs, and around the bobbin area.
Next, spray compressed air on the tension discs, under the feed dogs and on the areas around the bobbin. Next, you can remove any moisture from the machine by holding the nozzle about 4 inches away.
After this, you need to oil the sewing machine. For that, you need to refer to the manual that came along with the machine.
A helpful tip in this regard is that you can adjust the tension during the servicing itself.
One more tip that will increase the life of your machine is to never sew over your pins.
Things to avoid
At times, there is no technical fault. But the issue lies in your habits. These are a few things that will harm your sewing machine to a great extent. These must be avoided at all costs for the well-being of your machine.
Always use the appropriate needle depending on the type of cloth you are stitching. Never settle for anything less. This will only damage your quality of sewing.
Another grave mistake that people usually make is that they compromise on the thread quality. This is what will ruin your entire efforts. Imagine, you sewed a very difficult project which looks great. But then, the threads got loose and started to break. How good would that be? Therefore, though it may cost a little more than the cheap quality ones, at least the stitches are going to last longer.
The tensions discs that you are setting up should not be too loose nor too tight.
Again, another issue is that people don’t clean their sewing machines regularly. Always note that sewing machines should be cleaned on a regular basis.
Lastly, always cover your sewing machine. As they say, prevention is definitely better that cure, same thing applies here. If you are not letting dust enter your machine, there will be relatively lesser amounts of dust and dirt left to clean.
The last step to maintaining a sewing machine is lubricating it. This ensures that the parts stay in a good condition and that the damage caused by the dust is reversed. Pour a few drops into the top hole of the machine cover. Thus, the oil reaches the lower parts. Lubricate the feed dogs and the race area. Apply on all the parts. Now let it stay in the sunlight for a few hours. This will ensure that oil expands and reaches out to the remotest corners of the sewing machine.
So this is all about how you can maintain your sewing machine. These tricks help you to keep an old machine working like a new one.