No matter what kind of sewing you like to do, you’re not going to be doing much of it unless you have a happy sewing machine.
High-quality machines like the Janome Memory Craft 14000 are easy to use and mostly foolproof; however, they still require a little TLC to keep them happily humming and stitching.
What should you do to keep your Janome sewing machine happy so you get countless hours of trouble-free sewing from it?
Just follow these easy maintenance steps to prevent problems and learn to troubleshoot the most common sewing machine issues!
1. Keep It Clean and Lubed
The most important thing that you can do to keep your sewing machine running smoothly and prevent problems is to clean it regularly.
Many sewing problems start out from simply having a dirty machine that’s full of lint and gunk that interferes with the machine’s ability to function.
Avoid that by opening up your machine every second or third bobbin, unthreading it completely, and then giving it a good cleaning inside and out.
Afterward, rethread, test, and adjust the tension and you should be good to go, trouble-free for another two or three bobbins.
When not in use, keep the machine covered to keep it cleaner.
If necessary, lubricate your sewing machine according to the directions in the user manual using the type of oil specifically indicated.
2. Pay Attention to Needles
The other essential detail for keeping your Janome sewing machine happy is using a sharp and correct needle.
Dull needles cause all kinds of issues, from thread tension and stitch quality problems to knotted and snapped threads as well as damage to the fabric.
Research the needle that should be used with the specific type of fabric you are working with, since needles perform differently based on the fabric qualities and then change it frequently.
A good rule of thumb to follow is putting in a fresh needle at the start of every new project.
Also make sure the needle is properly inserted into the machine and if it seems bent or dull, don’t question it, just replace it.
3. Learn Proper Threading and Tension Adjustment
Another cause of problems you could experience even with a better-quality machine like the Janome Memory Craft 14000 is thread tension issues.
Follow the proper way to thread your machine as instructed in the user manual, then learn how to test and adjust the thread tension.
Both your bobbin and top thread need to be balanced for the machine to make precise stitches.
If you start seeing poorly constructed stitches or experience a lot of thread breakage with a machine that has been cleaned and has a sharp needle, look to thread tension as the culprit.
4. Periodic Maintenance By A Professional Repair Shop
Sewing machines should also be periodically checked for timing and receive a professional cleaning, especially if you do a lot of sewing.
Bring it to a shop where they service your brand for a wellness check-up once or so a year to keep it running smoothly.
If there are issues that you can’t correct with the usual at-home troubleshooting recommendations, have it looked at by a professional who can repair and/or adjust it and get it back into tip-top running condition.
A Well-Maintained Sewing Machine Stays Happy
Sewing machines are pretty simple contraptions with relatively few needs; however, they do require some very basic maintenance like regular cleaning and lubrication as well as proper adjustment to give great service.
Take the time to take care of your Janome sewing machine and it will give you years of enjoyment!