Imagine buying a brand new Lincoln Continental or BMW or Cadillac. Think about how it purrs, about the lush seats, the special smell of that new car.
Now consider this. Your sewing machine is like that luxury car in that it requires the same kind of care and maintenance. You would never go year after year on your car without changing the oil or cleaning off dirt and grime. The same should be true with your sewing machine. Considering that luxury sewing machines now cost between $ 9,000 and $ 12,000, they are too precious to neglect.
How often does your sewing machine need an oil change? If you are an average user or if you only use the sewing machine occasionally, have it professionally serviced once a year. You may decide to do your own sewing machine service after completing a comprehensive sewing machine repair course. If you use your sewing machine more heavily, have it serviced more often. Instead of calling it an oil change we call it a standard or full service on a sewing machine.
Embroidery machines should be serviced at least once a year or every one million stitches.
Think about how you sew. Do you sew on linty fabrics or use linty threads? Do you clean out your bobbin area frequently? Remember, the more abuse a machine takes, the more often you will need to service it.
So how much does a standard sewing machine tune up cost? It depends on where you live. In some areas of the country you will pay as much as $ 150.00 for a standard tune up. In other areas you might find it as low as $ 79.95. The average across the United States is about $ 99.00 for non computerized sewing machines. If you need repair or parts, plan to pay even more. Over the years that gets expensive. If you need service two or three times a year the costs pile up.
What if you could save as much as $ 1,000 on your sewing machine even after you buy it? Over a ten or twelve year period, you will need at least a dozen sewing machine tune ups. If the average cost is only $ 99, you can save $ 1,000 by simply learning to do your own sewing machine services. It makes a great hobby too, or even a good part time business. All you have to do is learn to do your own sewing machine tune ups. Short of that, you need to at least be able to maintain your machine between tune up.
You can learn how to service your own sewing machine. You can take a sewing machine repair course and learn all the details. Or, you could just keep costs down by properly maintaining your sewing machine. Here are a few simple steps that you can do in just a few minutes that will keep your sewing machine operating at peak performance for months and months.
One: Insert a new needle every time you start a new project or your sewing machine sews continuously for three to four hours. Get rid of dull needles. The needle costs so little, you can afford to sew with a good needle.
Step two: Use only quality threads. Avoid linty cotton covered polyester threads, hand quilting threads, and old threads. Use long fiber or long staple 100% polyester, cotton, or silk threads.
Three: Sewing machines are vulnerable to environmental exposure. Keep your sewing machine protected at all times from moisture, dirt, smoke, dust, temperature extremes, and direct sunlight. Sewing machines like to be clean, safe, and pretty.
Fourth, clean out the bobbin area every two to three hours of sewing. Dirt, grit, lint, and grime collect inside the bobbin area creating potential for big problems. If you are sewing with linty threads or fabrics, clean out the bobbin area even more often. Keep it clean. Take out your bobbin and carrier as needed. Then you can use a vacuum cleaner with special attachments, a can of compressed air (do not tilt when using), or an air compressor remove the lint. Use a small brush to loosen any debris.
Step five: Place one drop of pure clean sewing machine oil along the hook race every two to three hours. Drop one drop of oil on to the race. The movement of the hook will spread the oil. Replace all parts previously removed.
Sixth, clean out the needle bar area. On some machines you will need to remove a cover or open a door. Frequently, threads will get wrapped around the levers in this area and cause problems. Using tweezers you can usually remove them without too much trouble. Like your bobbin area, you can blow it out and brush away any debris.
Seventh, Once clean, drop one drop of sewing machine oil on each spot where metal moves against metal (like on the levers) and one drop on the needle bar. Do not get too much oil, or you will need to wipe it off or get it on your fabric. A good time to do this is when you are cleaning your bobbin area, or at least every other time you do your bobbin area.
This completes the basic consumer home service. Diligently perform this seven step home service, and you will significantly prolong the life of their sewing machine. You will also reduce your costs of professional sewing machine repair. The sewing machine will also operate more smoothly and dependably for many years. If you enjoy doing this consumer service, you might want to investigate a good sewing machine repair course and save even more.