A sewing machine is like any other kind of machine; it is a piece of mechanical engineering that will need some level of regular maintenance.
Fortunately, the only real maintenance that a sewing machine requires is a periodic oiling.
Without regular oiling, the parts of the sewing machine will begin to dry out and create friction. This friction can cause the machine to act temperamentally, and even result in your machine failing to work altogether.
This article will present several easy to follow steps that will enable you to keep your machine properly oiled, and thus, properly working.
Step 1: Turn off and unplug your machine
Your sewing machine is just that—a machine. Thus, you need to treat it with the respect that any machine deserves.
Before performing ANY maintenance to your machine, turn off all switches AND unplug the machine.
This ensures that absolutely NO accidents will occur that might cause you serious injury. Always be safe.
Step 2: Follow manufacturer’s instructions
Reading the instruction manual is never a fun task, but it is an important one.
Firstly, your sewing machine’s manual will have diagrams of your machine, familiarizing you with what and where everything is.
This is critical for normal use, let alone maintenance tasks. Secondly, every model is potentially different in the type and frequency of maintenance that they require.
Reading your book will help you know what to do, when to do it, and most importantly, how to do it.
Step 3: Take your time
If you rush a sewing project, all sorts of things can go wrong. The very same thing holds true with regards to the maintenance of your machine.
Don’t undertake any maintenance unless you have sufficient time and attention to pay to the task.
To perform a proper oiling, you will need to take the machine apart and oil the pieces individually.
Rushing this process can lead to leftover parts, and that is never a good thing.
Step 4: Do the process gradually
Since you will have to take pieces off in order to properly oil them, it is best to do small areas at a time.
The last thing you need to do is take all the pieces off and then have to figure out where to put them again.
The best thing is to tackle one piece at a time, that way you know exactly where it came from, and thus, you know exactly where to put it back. This also makes it easier to return to if you get called away from the task.
Step 5: Clean each piece before oiling
You will want to clean the parts before oiling them, so be sure to take the necessary time to clean each part thoroughly.
Brushes usually come with the machine and are designed to clean specific areas and parts.
If you don’t have these specially made brushes, it is recommended that you go to your local craft or fabric store and get a replacement.
Step 6: Test run
After you oil the machine (following the instructions in the manual), you need to do a test run.
First, plug your machine in and switch everything on. Next, choose a piece of material that is of no value and sew some stitches onto it.
Any excess oil will bleed onto this fabric, thus you don’t want to use anything that can’t be thrown away.
Once the machine is cleared of excess oil, and you know that it feels right, then you can begin sewing again.
Following these six simple steps will help make oiling your sewing machine an easier, safer process.
Since sewing machines really aren’t too complex, this process will be very straightforward.
The important thing is to take your time and do a good job.
Proper maintenance to your machine will ensure that it lasts a lifetime of sewing adventures!