Sewing Machine Maintenance

We’ve heard the old saying cleanliness is next to godliness.  Whether you think that saying holds any truth, it definitely could be rewritten in our community as:

Sewing Machine cleanliness is next to impossible!

Maybe I exaggerate.  But it certainly is an endless task!  On a regular basis, we need to take a minute to clear out the lint in our sewing machines if we want them to function well.  They get all sorts of bits of thread and lint in the bobbin case and under the throat plate that really do get in the way of smooth sewing.  If we are in this sewing gig for the long haul and we want our sewing machine to be in it with us, we need to show it some love on a regular basis.  Plano member Marie B has an older mechanical sewing machine and says she opens it up to clean and oil it after each sewing project is completed which has help it keep sewing for over 35 years.  

But do we need to do more?
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If you think there is something wrong with your machine…..

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You are probably right!  You just have to find the right repair person.

I have been very frustrated with my Viking Diamond Royale in recent months.  It made terrible noise when I sewed on anything (even when embroidering) and shredded my thread.  A machine that expensive shouldn’t act that way. New needles, new thread, different stitch – nothing mattered, it still made that noise. Read the rest