Sewing Machine Maintenance. Gotta get it done.
– I admit it. I abused my sewing machine. I neglected it. It started making sounds that didn’t sound good – sorta metal on metal. But I have redeemed myself. I took it apart and cleaned and oiled it. It wasn’t that hard. I read the Sailrite manual and watched the video. You can do it too. It just takes a screwdriver, paper towels, and sewing machine oil. Test it on some scraps before your next project for any residual oil. Don’t abuse your machine. Take care of it before each big project. If it’s happy, you’ll be happy.
-Watch needle size for the project at hand. I recently broke a needle on several layers of webbing. My bad as I was using too small a needle for the task.
– Learn how to change the retaining ring cap around the bobbin case if you are skipping stitches or breaking thread. If you have a needle strike that harms the cap you’ll notice the problem with stitches. It’s doable by taking out the bobbin case and the surrounding ring held by the two black tabs. I keep these caps in spares.
When did you last take on machine maintenance? Did you do it yourself?