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Clean Machine: Easy Maintenance to Keep Your Sewing Machine in Ship-Shape

"Clean your machine after every project—you don't want little fibers compacted in your bobbin area, etc! Plus, it affects stitch quality.

Clean under the throat plate every five projects or so

1. Remove needle and presser foot (you can leave the machine on for this part so it's well-lit)
2. Disassemble/clean bobbin area
3. Clean machine bed with microfiber cloth
4. Clean needle shaft (rotate wheel to get to the whole thing)
5. Thread machine by knotting and pulling new thread through every time you change colors (prevents shredding and dust/fiber accumulation near the upper thread tension).
6. Pay attention to the way the thread twists when you're loading a new spool.
7. Turn machine off and clean the screen with a microfiber cloth that's slightly damp.
8. Make sure to put your machine back together properly (aligning all registration dots on bobbin chase, etc).
9. Consider purchasing a quality surge protector—some will even hold a charge long enough for you to save embroidery work if your power suddenly cuts out. Power surges can fry motherboards—make sure you never plug your machine directly into the wall."

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Bernina Bernette Sew Pink Sewing Machine

from: Sewingmachinesplus, Inc.

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Comment by Bonnie on April 11, 2017 at 2:23pm

Surge protectors are well worth the money. If you don't need a power strip, you can now get protectors that plug directly into the outlet. If you live in an area that is prone to bad or frequent thunder storms, unplug your machines . I don't sew during a storm; just too much chance of blowing a computer machine. And if you inquire about 'repairing ' one, you can buy a new one on sale for the same amount or even cheaper!

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