Whether you sew constantly or occasionally, basic maintenance of your machinery is essential. Some models need to be oiled after every 10 hours of use. Always check your manual first. Some of the new machines do not recommend oiling unless it is done by an authorized trained technician.
If your manual recommends oiling, be sure to use proper sewing oil. Oiling not only lubricates the moving parts but also reduces the risk of rust. Refer to your owner’s manual for the right spots to oil. Not every hole needs oil! Some older models have marks to show you where to put the oil. After oiling, do some sewing on scrap material to absorb any excess oil.
Lint and fluff build up and should be removed. Fine working mechanisms such as the bobbin and tensions can be damaged by lint build up. Use a lint-removing brush or vacuum cleaner to remove this regularly. Never use sharp tools to dig out lint.
Treat your machine to a full service regularly by an authorized trained technician. This will keep everything working nicely – they can get out bits of thread, lint etc. that are stuck right inside the workings of the machine and could cause damage, or prevent it from sewing quite as well as it should.
Change your needle regularly. It is reccommended to change it after every 10 hours of sewing, or before you start a new project.
If in doubt, ask the experts. Your embroidery machine is a valuable and highly computerized piece of delicate technology. If you are not sure about anything, always check with an expert.