Quilting Warm Fuzzy Feelings #3

Mmmm....Quilting!

When you’re really putting your sewing machine through the paces, and it’s performing perfectly.

It’s a great WFF when your sewing machine is performing up to expectations, and nothing will frustrate you more than fighting with it if it’s not working properly. Any number of things can go wrong, but here’s a few things you can do to keep your machine running smoothly:

  • Read your manual, and learn to use your machine properly. Hey, I’m not a big fan of reading the manual either, but it does have it’s uses. Sometimes, the reason the machine isn’t doing what you think it should, is because it’s not set properly, or it isn’t meant to do what you’re thinking it should. If you get to know your machine, you’ll know what to expect.
  • Have your machine serviced regularly by a qualified technician. Nothing can replace this essential cleaning and servicing which should be done yearly, or more often if needed.
  • Clean and remove lint buildup frequently from the area around the bobbin housing with canned air or a small vacuum attachment, whichever is recommended by your dealer.
  • Apply oil as directed in your manual. Some machines need to be cleaned after every full bobbin is used, others not so often. A few of the newest machines do not need to be oiled except when they are serviced yearly; check your manual or ask your dealer if you’re not sure whether to oil your machine.
  • Change the needle frequently. A slightly bent or dull needle can cause all sorts of problems, from skipped stitches to burrs on the needle plate.
  • Use accessories made especially for your machine for best results. Yes, sometimes generic feet are cheaper, but you get what you pay for. If your dealer has a walking foot for patchwork, use it instead of the generic walking foot; it will be easier to attach and use, which means less frustration for you.

Keep these tips in mind for fuss- and frustration-free quilting WFF’s.