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Thread breaking or shredding? Thread cutter not working? Skipping stitches? Irregular tension?
Learn how you can solve these and other simple problems with a little regular maintenance.
WARNING: Always make sure your sewing machine is powered off before removing needle plate!
This month we are discussing the benefits and importance of cleaning your sewing machine. Just the other day, I was working on embroidery designs and was getting rather annoyed because the machine I using kept breaking thread. I would rethread and walk away… But before I would make it 10 feet, it would break the thread again!
After changing the needle (which is often the issue with broken thread) seeing zero improvement, I decided to take the needle plate off and investigate. To my surprise (although I shouldn’t have been, since the machine had 2.5 million stitches since it was last cleaned), I found a lot of lint, thread caught in the thread cutter and a dry hook race.
I found the problem! Now for the solution.
It is amazing how many problems can occur when a machine is dry and dirty. Follow these steps to keep your machine running smooth:
(Before proceeding, make sure you have the following: Bobbin cleaner, tweezers, pick, lint brush, vacuum that blows or canned air, and micro attachments for your vacuum)
Your machine should be ready for another million* stitches. And remember, keeping up both at home maintenance and your machine’s annual visit to our service department will keep you and your machine happy and sewing for years to come.
*at home maintenance should be done about every 5-10 bobbins.
Make sure to check out our previous tips to get the most out of your sewing, quilting, and embroidery!
Customer Solutions Consultant
A-Best Sew & Vac