Are you giving your multi-needle machine the tender loving care it deserves? Every day, before revving that baby up, slip one drop of oil into the hook. It takes less than a minute and is worth every second. A well-oiled machine is a high-performing machine.
Here’s how to do it. First, remove the bobbin case. Clean all fibers out of the bobbin case and hook area. I bend the end of a pipe cleaner about 2” from its sharp pointy end and use it to clean my machines. It gets in all the nooks and crannies with snagging or scratching any metal parts. Clean the inside of the hook area.
Swipe around the hook.
Place a drop of oil into the hook and replace the bobbin case.
Every once in a blue moon – okay 40-50 hours of sewing time, drop a dollop of oil on each needle bar. How do you know how many hours you’ve stitched? This machine is so smart it keeps a record. Go to Notes, page 6 and read the information. You’ll find the stitch count – the stitches from the beginning of time, the stitches since your last dealer maintenance and the hours from the beginning of time and since your last maintenance. My machine is just six hours short of needing another drop of oil on each needle bar so I’ll go ahead and do it now.
Close the Notes screen and touch the Needle bar icon.
I’ve already oiled the first needle bar so I’ll select needle 2.
Place your finger on foot 2 and pull it down to expose the felt washer above the needle bar. Add a drop of oil to the felt washer. Repeat for all 10 needles.
Now, do yourself a favor and stitch a test design. Go to the main page and touch the first design icon.
Select the 10 bar design.
Stitch the design.
Inspect the wrong side of the embroidery to check the tensions.
Next week, we’ll clean the upper thread path.