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Don't Drop a Stitch: How to Keep Your Embroidery Machine Working Properly

If you've just purchased a new embroidery machine, you want to make sure that it works properly each time you use it. Damage to the machine can ruin the fun of your applique machine embroidery hobby. And the last thing you want is for your investment to wear out before its time. Here are just a few simple steps you can take to keep your embroidery machine working properly for years to come.

Always Use a Surge Protector

You probably know that televisions and computers should be plugged in to a surge protector. However, you might not realize that your embroidery machine requires the same protection. One good power surge can destroy your entire machine. To prevent that, make sure your machine is plugged into a surge protector before you begin your project. If your surge protector has an on/off switch, make sure it's turned to the "on" position before turning your machine on.

Keep It Covered When Not in Use

When it comes to your embroidery machine, dust may be its biggest threat. Unfortunately, dust can be found anywhere in your home, and your machine is a dust magnet. This is particularly true if you leave it out when not in use. To make sure your embroidery machine doesn't attract too much dust, be sure to keep it covered when not in use. If you have a carrying case for it, be sure to put your machine inside it after each use. If you don't have a carrying case for it, you can cover it with a towel or pillow case.

Clean and Oil in the Proper Order

Your embroidery machine requires maintenance at least once a week. Proper maintenance includes a thorough cleaning and oiling of the movable parts. However, the order in which you perform those procedures is extremely important. You should always clean your embroidery machine before you oil the movable parts. If you don't, you're applying oil to dirt, which could gum up the motor and ruin your machine. To prevent a sticky mess and a damaged machine, apply oil after you've completed the cleaning.

Change the Needles

If your machine isn't working properly, and the thread is bunching up or snagging, it might not be the fault of the machine. It might be due to the needles. If you've been working for a few hours, and your machine starts acting up, switch the needles. Your embroidery machine will work best when it has sharp needles. For best results, switch your needles at least once during each daily project.