Sewing machines can be incredibly simply devices to make all sorts of fun and creative projects - or they can be incredibly frustrating!
Whether working with standard type Juki sewing machines or more advanced models like the Juki HZL-NX7 sewing and quilting machine, a common denominator when experiencing problems always seems to be upkeep.
Follow this quick little guide on performing good maintenance and skip the sewing problems altogether!
What You Need
Sewing machine maintenance is mostly just keeping the machine clean and lubricated.
Using the right tools, it’s an easy job to do in an hour or two and recommended after you’ve emptied two or three bobbins of thread.
Start off by having these tools on hand to get the job done quickly and easily:
- The set of small tools that came with your Juki sewing machine (screwdrivers, small wrench, etc.)
- A cleaning brush
- A pair of tweezers and a straight sewing needle
- Cleaning cloths
- Sewing machine lubricant and/or cleaning solvent
- Sewing machine oil
- Magnifying glass and flashlight
What You Need To Do
With all necessary cleaning tools laid out next to you on a clean cloth, unplug your machine then follow these steps to get it cleaned and maintained so you can get right back to sewing again:
- Take the Machine Apart - Take off the presser foot, unthread the machine and remove the needle, take off the needle plate, remove the bobbin case and bobbin, remove the accessory tray, and anything else removable.
- Clean the Tension Discs and Uptake Levers - Using the brush and cloth, clean these non-removable parts to be free of all residue and lint.
- Clean the Bobbin and Hook Area - Be careful when cleaning this area, as it’s the one that generally gets the dirtiest; get into all the nooks and crannies with the brush, tweezers, and straight needle, and use the magnifier and flashlight to ensure you get out every last fiber or dust ball.
- Clean and Lubricate - Using the lubricant or solvent, clean off parts that might have caked-on machine oil or other gunk so they function freely. then lubricate with a light dab of machine oil or lubricant on the different moving parts if your machine calls for it, put it all back together, and re-thread.
What You Should Avoid Doing
Cleaning and maintaining any sewing machine, including models like the Juki HZL-NX7 Next Generation Long Arm, is pretty simple to do, though there is one thing you want to avoid doing.
Don’t use canned air to clean under the needle plate!
As tempting as it may seem to blow out the lint and dirt, canned air can wedge fibers deeper into the machine plus add moisture on sensitive metal parts that could corrode.
Stick to the brush and tweezers for cleaning!
The Little Details
Additional to keeping sewing machines clean, other simple maintenance details include the following:
- Always use a sharp needle and the right one for the job.
- Always use the proper bobbin for the machine that fits so it functions correctly.
- Know your machine so you can recognize when there is a problem, either by sound or feel, and stop to resolve it. This usually involves only un-threading, cleaning, re-threading, and adjusting.
A Clean, Maintained Sewing Machine - A Pleasure to Use!
Beyond this routine cleaning and maintaining of your sewing machine, the rest is also pretty easy.
Once it’s cleaned, put the machine back together to test and adjust the thread tension so it will be ready to use.
Keep your Juki sewing machine covered with a cloth cover when it’s not in use for added protection and you’ll get countless years of trouble-free use from your machine!