This has never happened to me before. Ever since I was younger, I’ve had a simple Singer sewing machine that just kept going, even though I beat it up! Last April, I splurged and purchase a Janome Heavy Duty sewing machine. I was so excited, I have been sewing much more and I wanted something that could be a bit more “heavy duty”. The first couple months went great and as I used it more and more, things weren’t keeping up. I was a bit disappointed.
Should I take it for a tune up? I know I use it a bit more than most but it shouldn’t have issues already. I opened the bottom where the bobbin goes, cleaned that out and any other nooks and crannies. But still the speed went from fast to a slow crawl and sewing became tedious! So yesterday, after a day of hair pulling sewing, I stopped everything grabbed a bottle of windex, paper towel, screw driver, directions (these are very important), can of air, and oil. I was ready to clean the crap out of this machine!!
AND BOY DID IT NEEDED IT!!!
Dusts, thread and lint came out in chunks – gross! I had no idea it can get that clogged everywhere. I took apart everything I could, cleaned it and oiled it. A fun and helpful hint – use a piece of paper and jot down where you removed the screws/pieces from. You don’t want to go demolish crazy and then not be able to reassemble it.
When I was done with this, the speed was just like new!!!! I am so thrilled I can sew again without the occasional yawn from boredom!
The moral of this story is – Clean and oil your machine regularly! It works wonders and less head aches later! Oh and it’s free!!!
I hope this helps fellow sewers!
Until Next Time – Claire