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Cover when not in use. Most machines come with a cover but you can make one out of something from your stash or use a pillow case.

With Each New Project

  • change the needle - a bent or dull needle can result in skipped stitches, broken or looped threads, runs or pulls in your fabric or worst of all, damage to your machine!
  • remove the bobbin case and brush around the bobbin area and under the feed dogs
    - do not use compressed air, canned air or your own breath: this introduces moisture into the machine that can corrode metal and electronic parts.
  • if you have used spray adhesive, clean the same areas, plus the needle plate (both sides) and adjacent areas and the embroidery hoop.
  • oil your machine only where your manual instructs and only with good quality sewing machine oil - never use other lubricants.
  • Preventive Maintenance by a Technician

    Dust, lint, pet hair and grit can get into the interior of every machine, even those that have been well maintained by the owner. Lubricants dry up over time. You should have the interior of your machine cleaned and lubricated, the timing checked and the machine examined for wear before there is a problem. Advice varies but you should have your machine serviced at least every 2 years or 1000 hours or 1,000,000 stitches. On computerized machines, you can find the thread count on one of the pages of your display. "Service count" refers to the number of stitches since the machine was last serviced by a technician; "total count" is the number of stitches over the lifetime of the machine.


    There are hundreds of parts in a modern sewing machine. Many are computer controlled and their sensors and thread control systems are sensitive to rough use, poor quality thread or well-meaning home mechanics. Even the removal of the case requires special knowledge and skill. Rose Cottage Quilt Shoppe has a trained technician on staff who can do the work you shouldn't try. Please call before bringing your machine in for service so that we can arrange for you to speak directly to our technician.

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