It’s home & ready to go. Your brand new sewing machine. You have finally traded in the heirloom that had seen you right for so many years. Or maybe it’s your very first sewing machine!
Before you get started, there’s just a few things The Sewing Machine Doctor would like to share with you, so you can take care of, & make the most of, your brand new sewing machine ensuring it will stay in tip-top condition for many years ahead.
The Sewing Machine Doctor’s
7 Top Tips to Happy Sewing
I know it sounds really simple but—make yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee, sit down somewhere comfortable where you can concentrate & take the time to read your instruction book. While you may know many of the tips & tricks in the book, hidden within this manual will be vital information that can often get overlooked, which could lead to avoidable & potentially expensive repairs.
- If you have an electronic, computerised or Embroidery machine, use a good quality surge protector to protect your investment. I can supply these or alternatively, high-end electronics or electrical suppliers will stock reputable brands. These can also be fitted to your home meter box. Unexpected power surges, brown outs or black outs are fairly common on the Sunshine Coast & these annoying interruptions day or night can wreak havoc with our electrical appliances & dramatically shorten the life of your sewing machine; so a few dollars spent in prevention may save you literally hundreds of $$ in repairs.
- Make sure you understand & have a supply of the recommended brand of needles for your machine. While sewing machine needles appear to fit all machines, your manufacturer will recommend a specific brand/class of needle. I recommend you follow this as close as possible.
- Do you have enough bobbins for your machine? Many machines will supply only 4 or 5 bobbins. I recommend that you have a good supply so that you do not ever have to wind new threads over old colours. This can get messy & can also lead to mechanical problems.
- Use young threads. It doesn’t matter how automatic your thread tension is, if you have 15-year old ‘no-name’ thread flowing through it…your stitch will be poor. There is no substitute for quality when it comes to thread.
- Learn the oiling points of your machine, and where you need to clean it. Take up any lessons offered by your retailer, and ask how to clean/lubricate your machine in a basic fashion.
- Familiarise yourself with the different feet that come with your machine. Incorrect foot selection can give a very poor stitch. Each foot has a purpose, and they are rarely interchangeable.
- Make sure that your machine is threaded correctly. It is likely that it will vary from what you are used to. Misthreading can damage your sewing badly. Ensure also that you have been shown how to correctly wind & set up your bobbin.
Most of all though, remember to enjoy your sewing machine. It is likely that you saved for a long time to afford it. If you look after it with these few basic tips, keep it serviced regularly & keep it covered or in its case when not in use, you will get many hours of enjoyment from your new sewing machine.