Hi! Here I am, a new blogger, I’m a time served female sewing machine engineer for the last 12 years and still learning, I hope to help anyone with any machine problems they may encounter no matter how trivial they seem. Obviously without seeing the machine in the flesh, it will only be a guide to help. I’ve started my first blog with the type of questions we are asked all the time with the solutions. I’ll be using my cousin frequently for anything I can’t answer as he is my boss/teacher/mentor and been at the job for over 50 years as was his dad (and mine) before him.
Some basic questions & answers to help you give your machine some tlc:
Q: The last time I used my machine it was working but not great, got it out today, it’s missing stitches?
A:Firstly, replace your needle, making sure you insert it the correct way for your model as per the instructions. If that fails, remove the needle plate, clean between the feed dog, check there is no debris in the rotary hook or shuttle depending on model. Wind a new bobbin making sure the thread is running on the correct route from the cotton pin to the tension control so bobbin is wound evenly.
Q: How do I know if I should be using a metal or plastic bobbin?
A: In most cases, machines use plastic bobbins. Many shuttle bobbin cases have magnetic bases to catch stray needle tips or pins, the magnetic force from a metal bobbin can also slow the bobbin, creating an artificial tension.
Q: What should I use to oil my machine with and where do I oil it?
A:Use a mineral based iso 15 viscosity sewing machine oil like singer, small amounts, do not oil belts or motor & keep away from any circuit boards if your machine has them.
Q: How often should I get it serviced?
A:Assuming it is a domestic machine, ideally it should be done yearly with yourself giving it some tlc in between i.e. light oiling/cleaning etc. as advised in your particular machine’s instruction manual
Q: What size/type needle should I use?
A:10/70 – Light silks, 12/80 – Light cotton, 14/90 – Medium to heavy fabrics, 16/100 – Heavy drill, denim. Then there are special needles for woven fabrics – Ballpoint. Stretch/Lycra. Leather ball point for Leather.
Disclaimer: Advice given is general and without seeing the machine or fabric being used, should only be taken as general advice.