How to increase the life span of your sewing machine 10/16/15


Either out of negligence or poor maintenance the user can face a lot of problems with the sewing machine. If you are one of those people who are constantly taking out the machine to do some stitching, then you should consider taking better care of it. Basic care is essential both for keeping the appliance running smoothly and for protecting your investment. Pfaff sewing machines require some TLC from your behalf so that you should do whatever it takes to keep the appliance happy and away from the repair shop. All sewing machines are accompanied by a manuals that clearly explain what you should do in order to maintain the appliance running smoothly for a longer period of time. Basically they contain all the necessary instructions you need to take care of your belonging.

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Keep the lint away

The combination of fabric and thread usually result in lint. Dust and lint, not to mention other sort of debris, cam immediately make their way into the appliance and cause various issues. The reason why lint is so dangerous is that it builds up in areas that are not visible to the naked eye and in time bring about wear and tear. One area that is particularly exposed to the effects of lint is the circuit board of the computerized machine. For this reason, it is not recommendable to place the machine near the window. Additionally, you should always cover it when not stitching. Any machine dealer will provide you with a plastic cover especially made to protect it. Another option is to use a pillow-case. Equally important is to open the appliance and clean the lint using the brush that came with it.

Change the needle  

Contrary to popular belief, you should not change the needle only when it is broken. The truth is that the needle should be changed on a regular basis, typically after 8 hours of stitching. Some even recommend changing it after four hours. If the needle becomes lent or dull, then your stitches will become broken or looped. The explanation is that the needle performs two basic tasks: it penetrates the fabric and forms a loop to create the stitch. Thus, when the needle is bent the stitches do not come out fine. When you are embroidering over a pin, make sure to change the needle. Although it looks good at first glance, it will cause problems with the stitches.

Remember to lubricate

You should not confuse sewing machine oil with regular one. The manual will specify which oil you should use to lubricate the apparatus. Attention should be paid to the fact that not all sewing machines require lubrication. In order to avoid oil spoiling on your project, you should run some stitches. The purpose of using oil is to avoid the wearing of the apparatus and to reduce the risk of rust formation. Even if there is little humidity in the air, rust can form on parts of the machine. Not even computerized sewing machines are exempted from oiling. By oiling your possession, you avoid unnecessary issues such as the friction that takes place at the bobbin.