Maintaining a front loading sewing machine

I get it! You feel inspired to sew something, jump on the sewing machine, create your masterpiece and run off to show it off…and if the sewing machine is lucky you might just remember to pop it’s cover back on.

Then inspiration strikes again… but hang on, the sewing machine suddenly isn’t behaving. Perhaps the thread keeps snagging and snapping in the tension wheels, there is something wrong with the tension of the stitches, the machine is skipping stitches or even worse, isn’t sewing at all. You get annoyed and fed up and resign yourself to spending money on getting the machine fixed.

I have been there and done that and learnt the hard way that in order to get the best from your sewing machine you have to give it a bit of tender loving care. This isn’t tricky at all, and you don’t have to pay anyone to do it. It just takes about 10 minutes of your time at the end of your sewing session. Believe me, it will save you from much frustration and tears in the future!

You’d be surprised how much dust and lint can get caught up inside your sewing machine. Fabric and thread is made of very fine fibres which float in the air each time you cut it. This dust eventually settles and often inside the sewing machine as you sew. Over time, this lint forms balls of hard fluff and can clog up the mechanism or get tangled around wheels, screws or the bobbin thus affecting the performance of the sewing machine.

After hours of use, needles can also lose their original sharpness making it trickier for them to get through the fabric. Blunt needles result in skipped stitches and eventually broken or bent needles which can then damage the base plate with small burrs.

I hope you enjoy this short video showing you how to maintain a basic front loading sewing machine like the Janome ‘S’ series. This is not meant to be a full explanation of how to service a sewing machine but to show you how easy it is to just give your sewing machine a ‘thank you’ for helping you create your new work of art and to maintain it until next time.

This does not replace a full yearly service either but may help to extend the time between visits.

(Please look out for another video showing you how to clean a top loading machine in the near future)