Tips & Tutorials
When threading your sewing machine if you have a problem holding a needle in the proper position in order to thread it, stick the needle in a cork (a real cork). You will find that it can be turned an infinitesimal amount making it easier to see the hole and much easier to thread. Use a cork from a wine bottle after you have emptied it!
When threading the needle of your sewing machine, make sure the presser foot is in the "up" position. This allows for the proper tension on the thread.
When you have threaded the needle of your machine and before you put the fabric under the presser foot lower the foot and pull gently on the thread. If the thread won't pull easily you have threaded your machine correctly through the tension wheels. If it pulls out then you need to re-thread.
On most machines, the presser foot must be up when you're threading the sewing machine to ensure that the thread goes through the tension discs. If your stitch quality is poor, before making any other adjustments, lift the presser foot, unthread the machine (clip thread at spool and pull through needle), and rethread. Often this is the only fix you'll need.
When to change your needle in your sewing machine: If you have just finished piecing the equivalent of three queen size quilts, change your needle. Easier to remember than how many hours you have been stitching.
Sewing Machine Service
Remember when we used to take our cars in for oil changes and they would put a sticker on the door jam listing the dates we had our servicing done? The same idea can be applied to your sewing machine. Most machines come with a hard plastic cover that should be kept over your machine when it's not in use. This chart could be affixed to your cover so that every time you lift it off there is the reminder. A well-serviced machine will last a long, long time. A rule of thumb for all of us is: If you use your machine more than 3 times a week, have your machine serviced every 6 months! If you use a lot of glittery embellishments, have it done more often.
A sample list to affix to the front of your cover, add as many rows for service as you like.
Sewing Machine Service Chart
Date Purchased: Service: