A well running machine can give you so much joy.  Clean, quiet, never skipping stitches, never playing badly.  And after a service, I’m sure you’d agree it’s pure love – and we all swear we’ll be good and look after our workhorse to keep it beautiful.

And then we forget to keep the cover on her.

And then we complain when a needle gets bent.

And then we swear when the bobbin keeps jamming in the middle of doing a buttonhole.

Did you know you should give your machine a quick clean every 6-8 hours of sewing to keep it in top condition?

And that you should get it serviced every year?

And that you should replace the needle after 4-6 hours of sewing?

That sounds like a lot doesn’t it – but even if you use your machine only a couple of times a year, there is benefit in getting it regularly serviced (and cleaning it yourself in between) beyond extending the life of your machine.  Your machine will run smoother, quieter, and have less jamming. And that makes for a nicer sewing experience (and less swearing).  You’ll also have a machine that loves you back and will last for years, and years and years.

Replacing needles often will eliminate bent or broken ones (and you can always keep those spares handy in case you run out).  A needle with even the slightest bend will not perform properly and won’t catch the bobbin thread as it should.  They also get blunt quickly – which affects movement through the fabric, and can also damage your machine.

And the cover is important – particularly for electronic machines.  Keeping your machine covered and away from an open window will stop dust, animal hair and lint making its way into the housing where it can cause havoc.  If you don’t have your cover any more you can make another with an old pillowcase, or even a garbage bag.  Please keep your machine covered when you are not using it, for both of your sakes.

Lastly – the bobbin area quickly gets full of lint, dust and loose threads.  This should be cleaned out after every project to keep that bobbin spinning nicely and doing its job.  You should also make sure when inserting a bobbin that it is neatly wound and doesn’t have any tails sticking out – these can get caught in the workings and cause problems.  A lazily wound bobbin won’t do the right job.

The manual that came with your machine should have a section on how to clean it, but the following videos are also worth a watch just to see other people having a go.

Happy watching and all the best with getting to know your machine better! :)