A Stitch In Time: How To Keep Your Sewing Machine Humming Along

If you've recently invested in a new sewing machine, you want it to last for as long as possible. You also want it to perform the way it should. You don't want to deal with mishaps like snags and dropped stitches, while you're trying to sew. One way to protect your investment, and keep your machine running smoothly is to give it the care and maintenance it needs. Here are three simple steps you can take to keep your sewing machine humming along like a pro:

Invest in a Carrying Case

If you've got your sewing machine sitting out on a counter, or table, you're putting it at risk. Your home contains dust and dirt particles that you might not even see. If your sewing machine is sitting out while it's not in use, those particles could be jamming up the works. To protect your sewing machine, and its delicate parts, invest in a carrying case. Better yet, get a sewing table with a built-in storage area. When you're done sewing, you can simply place the machine in the storage area and close the table. Be sure to wipe your sewing machine down with a clean cloth before you place it in storage after each use.

Get Rid of the Hidden Dirt

You might not realize this, but each time you sew, particles of fabric dust find their way into your sewing machine motor, bobbin housing, and needle-feed plate. Over time, the dust buildup can become so severe that your sewing machine won't be able to perform properly. To avoid serious problems with your sewing machine, be sure to get rid of the hidden dirt. First, use a clean makeup brush to remove dirt and dust from the bobbin housing, and needle-feed plate. Second, use a can of compressed air to remove the dirt and dust from inside the motor housing. For maximum protection, you should remove the dirt at least once a month. If you use your sewing machine on a regular basis – several times a week – be sure to remove the dirt at least once a week.

Remember the Annual Service Calls

In addition to the regular care you'll give your sewing machine, it's also going to need annual sewing machine repairs from a professional. The annual servicing will keep the moving parts tuned properly, get rid of the dirt and oils that you can't reach, and will help identify potential problems that might need to be addressed.