You finally have that sewing machine to help you do all those projects you have been thinking of and it is a wonderful feeling. That is until it breaks down. Usually it happens at the worst possible moment. You take it to a repair shop and find the price to fix it is a bit high and will take a couple of days before you get it back.
If that were the end of it, you could accept it happened. But in many cases a sewing machine will break from time to time. It is just a simple fact of the machine. Even well-made brands have this problem. It doesn’t take long before you find that it is very pricey and time consuming to keep having to bring it in for repairs.
It is for this reason that many decide to learn basic DIY sewing machine repairs for their sewing machine. Once you do, you realize just how much you were paying for some very basic work. You will want to kick yourself for spending such high prices and having to wait sometimes up to a week to get your machine back.
If you find that you like doing sewing machine repairs, or that you are good at it, you could even consider offering your services to others who want their machine fixed when it breaks. It is one of those businesses that can often be started right from the home.
Now that you have decided to repair your machine you will need to learn the basics. It is not as difficult as you might first anticipate. Recently repair manuals have become readily available. You can get them at shops that sell the machines or on the internet. There are some things you will want to be sure of when buying your manual.
1. It should explain in a clear fashion how to properly lubricate and clean the machine properly. Often when the machine is not correctly lubricated it can be the cause of a breakdown.
2. The manual needs to demonstrate the correct way to pick the correct needle and how to wind the bobbin pin.
3. Look to see that it shows you how to repair or replace lights, motor, controls and wiring.
4. A good manual will cover how to test the different parts of the machine and when doing so, how to understand if there is a problem.
5. Setting the timing on the needle bar is also one of the needed features the manual should cover. You will further need to learn to set the timing for the shuttle and hook and feed on the machine. Once you have it set correctly you will be amazed how well it can sow almost anything with ease.
6. Finally, the manual should show you sellers and wholesalers of the parts and tools needed to repair your machine from home.
A machine that is used even moderately will usually require being serviced at least once a year. If it is being used aggressively, then it could need repairing as much as four times each year.