Make sure you clean
frequently around the sewing
hook assembly. This can be done by
removing the bobbin case and using
canned air (such as that sold in office
supply stores) to blow out the lint and
debris around the hook. You also may
use a toothbrush to lightly brush away
Keeping your machine properly cleaned and
lubricated will lead to better performance
and savings due to no production downtime.
By Steven Batts, Contributing Writer
here was a TV commercial years
ago for Fram oil filters. It showed a
mechanic telling people how they
should replace the oil filters on their cars
frequently and, of course, saying that using
a brand other than theirs was not as good.
The thing I remember about that commercial was the line at the end. The mechanic said, “You can pay me now or you
can pay me later.”
The meaning was simple: If you didn’t
spend the money to properly maintain
your car, you would eventually spend a
whole lot more repairing it.
This is particularly true of embroidery
machine maintenance. Not only will parts
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eventually need to be replaced, but the
performance of the machine also drops off
drastically if it is not properly maintained.
The good news is that today’s singlehead machines are manufactured so that
they require less maintenance than they
did several years ago. Many machines are
sealed in such a way that there are fewer
user-serviceable parts. They use more belts
and sealed bearings than before, which require less lubrication.
However, the service that is required
on them is more critical because they
often are made with lighter weight components than their multihead counterparts. More importantly, if a singlehead
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