Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I didn't know where to put this post....
My question is, how often do you have your machine serviced? Mine is supposed to be done yearly, but it's been three years. Am I the only one who isn't diligent about keeping their machine serviced regularly?
My machine is an Industrial Bernina, I have never had to take it in, I'm lucky. I oil the feed dog every day that I use it, and once a week with an overall oil job. My machine is 20 years old. If your machine is running smoothly I wouldn't worry, I think you are probably with a large group of quilters that don't have their machines serviced regularly, who wants their machine away from them when they could be finishing a quilt. You've seen the pictures of my 7 year Grandson who is very good at taking care of my machine.
i don't know why it has to taken apart to be cleaned. i take mine in if i have a problem. it is necchi nearly 30 yrs old. i have read in repair how-to books that a machine should be cleaned/oiled after every 10 hrs of sewing. i don't...but do after every completion of every project. if working with novelty fabs i clean almost every day. esp the bobbin case area. i use a little brush that i can get up inside and sm flashlight to ck for anything i missed. i also periodically while oiling will add gear grease to some of the gear things in shaft area. i have been here 7yrs now and only had it cleaned by shop once [it had been in storage while hse hunting] and repaired once [thread got caught up in flywheel...don't ask me how :)) ..another long story!!]
Mine has grease inside (that's supposed to be there), but I'm sure it's all gunked up with lint by now. I keep saying I'm taking it in, but I can't stand the thought of being without it. Then again, if I keep ignoring it I may be without it permanently!
When I first started machine quilting I used a huge, flat box and cut a hole out for my machine. It worked great for a few years until I finally bought an extension table. My newer machine came with an extension table, so I don't need to do anything special for my quilting (except having a quilt hanging over my shoulders when I'm doing a large one).
My book says to oil the machine after 8 hours of use, and I've tried to be diligent about that. My other machine doesn't require oil at all.
Anyway, I'm glad you're back at it!
what a great idea! the box...i could make an extension table out of plywood...finish it with some kind of polymer coating...hmmmm....omg! now i just need a sewing room to set up in! lol...i too hang the quilt over my shoulder for quilting. not as difficult with a wall quilt tho.