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Basic Embroidery Machine Maintenance

24th July 2008

Basic Embroidery Machine Maintenance

When you were a child your parents probably told you to take good care of your clothes and your toys because that would make them last longer. That particular nugget of advice may be as old as the hills, but it is also true. Taking care of your valuable equipment, like your embroidery machine, can help ensure that it is in good running order for a long time.

Fortunately for those of us who aren’t mechanical wizards, basic maintenance on an embroidery machine is not terribly difficult to do. Mostly it requires remembering to do a few simple things after every use, and that you be vigilant and call a professional if you notice your machine having a major issue. Since major issues are something that should really be handled by a professional, we’re simply going to discuss a few basic maintenance tips here in this blog.

Tip #1: Machines Should be Lint Free – You’re running fabric and thread, both of which fray, through your machine day after day. Dust and lint are bound to build up. If you see lint, make sure you brush it out of the machine with a lint brush. You could also try removing the lint and dust with canned air. Make sure you spray the air at an angle to the parts you are cleaning and keep the nozzle through which the air sprays a few inches from the machine to avoid condensation and blowing lint further into the machine.

Tip #2: Machines Should be Lubricated – Most machines will have an oiling schedule in the owner’s manual that comes with the machine. Make sure you follow that schedule. You should also make sure that you only use oil intended for embroidery machines. A drop or so of oil in the right spot can make your machine run much more smoothly.

Tip #3: Use the Right Needle – Using the right needle and using a sharp needle can make a huge different in the quality of your stitches. Needles should be changed often, at the very least they should be changed after every 8 hours of sewing. You should also suit your needle to the fabric and thread you are using. Ballpoint needles work best with knit or woven fabrics. A metallic embroidery needle is designed especially for use with metallic machine embroidery thread.

Tip #4: Make Sure Your Tension is Set Properly – Improper tension settings can result in thread break and poor stitch quality. Using quality thread and setting the tension on your machine properly will ensure the thread runs smoothly and experiences a minimum of breakage. EnMart provides running and tension instructions for all our thread to help ensure it runs with peak efficiency.

Tip #5: Call A Professional When Appropriate – There may be times when a basic fix isn’t going to be enough to repair a problem with your machine. In those cases, call the dealer from whom you bought the machine and schedule a service appointment. In some cases the dealer may be able to diagnose the problem by phone and tell you how to fix it. At the very least, you’ll get a professional assessment of what they problem might be and how complicated it would be to fix.

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  1. 1 On August 26th, 2008, More Metallic Thread Tips » EnMart Embroidery Talk said:

    [...] sure you’re practicing good machine maintenance.  Some basic maintenance can help ensure that your machine sews a lot more [...]

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