I believe we have previously addressed the frequency of servicing sewing machines. For most sewing machine owners, we recommend an “Annual Service.” That means once each year, but if you sew a lot you may require more than one.
In the last several weeks, I have heard customers stating quite common reasons for NOT servicing their sewing machine, and the single most stated reason has been “I really don’t use my machine that much,” or words to that effect.
Without trying to sound “cheeky” or “sarcastic,” my retort is typically automobile related. For instance, if you don’t drive your car for two years (or 10 or more,) are you really expecting it to perform when you attempt to turn the key and start the ignition? Obviously, we wouldn’t do that. So, why do so many people avoid maintaining their sewing machines?
You may own a “plain vanilla” sewing machine that you have used on and off for twenty-five years…or more. Rather than being so proud that your machine has NEVER been serviced, imagine how well it would perform after a regular service.
One real problem with failing to service/maintain your machine is the availability, or lack thereof, of replacement parts should your aged machine require a part, due to lack of maintenance. Along those lines, when your machine IS maintained regularly, seized parts, cracked gears, and a host of other costly repairs can be avoided.
Do the right thing and have your sewing machine serviced annually.
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