There are some basic things you can do to make sure you get the best result for your sewing project, including using quality sewing machine needles and quality thread.
Good quality thread
Gutermann or Rassant thread.
Only good quality thread will get you through.
Always buy the best quality thread you can afford, as you get what you pay for.
Gutermann or rassant thread is great for sewing machines. Robison Anton is a good embroidery thread to use.
If your thread is snapping, it may be the quality but it could also be old thread.
If you have problems with tensions, check you have threaded properly.
I have a range of Rassant thread in Perth for purchase.
Good quality needles
The sewing machine needles all the trade use.
Schmetz have a huge range of needles for any sewing application. You may ask “Isn’t a needle just a needle?” Well no! There are many design elements that go into making a good quality needle and Schmetz have them all covered with about 25 different choices.
Make sure you have the correct needle for the machine and for the job in hand. Then make sure you put it in the machine properly.
I have a range of Schmetz sewing machine needles in Perth for purchase.
Why is my machine hard to turn and slow?
You love your machine but you just don’t use it very often. If you want longevity out of your machine, you need to give it a run now and again. Sewing machines and overlockers like to be used, with lack of use being one of the biggest causes of irreparable damage. When you pack up your machine and pop it away, over a long period of not being used, the lubricants can dry, harden, and allow corrosion. This then seizes the mechanisms of the machine. Then when you next want to quickly stitch an edge, you’ll find the flywheel is seized so tightly that you can’t turn it. Often we can rescue your machine, but sadly sometimes it can’t be saved. A good way to avoid this is to give your machine a run every now and then to get the parts and the lubricants moving. Regular servicing will replace dried oil and remove built-up fluff and lint to keep your machine running smoothly.
How long will I be without my machine?
Usually you are only without your machine for a week or so. That is the fastest turnaround I know of. I have a huge range of parts, but if I need to order something then it will take a little longer.
How often should I have my machine serviced?
I recommend a machine be serviced every year or two depending on how often you use it.